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So the other post had me wondering...is my babe the only one who is fairly clueless about drinking from a sippy cup? Jamie still refuses to hold his bottle (I tried several types, with and without handles, different styles, etc.) so recently I bought some sippy cups thinking that might get his attention more. It's just not happening. He loves to grab the cup off the table play with it, roll it around on the floor and occasionally even chew on the spout but drinking from it is just not happening. When I try holding him and giving it to him like a bottle he mostly just plays with the spout and if I'm lucky a sip or two goes in before he loses interest and squirms off my lap. (But he is thirsty because if I go transfer the formula to a bottle he drinks it right down.) I've tried all sorts of styles. I'm going to try just sipping from a cup but I don't think that's going to be a great solution for us as he is very, very squirmy! I don't really mind giving him bottles except that I am sooooo tired of washing all the parts and it would be nice if he could hold something himself when my hands are full. The funny part is he is awesome at self-feeding and choosing "real" food that he can feed himself more and more instead of puree.
We havent tried in the last few days (been meaning to, ah i'm a slacker)... but last time we tried M tried to drink from his and got too much and gagged. We've tried regular straws so i dont think straw cups would help for us either... trying to find a new kind for him to see if that works better. Anyway, so he gets it, but we arent really using them yet
A lot of babies don't like sippy cups because they make it harder to get the liquid out. I've heard the Take 'n Toss cups are good for letting the liquid out easily for the baby and I've known a few people to use those successfully when their child hated all other cups. Have you tried just a regular cup? I give Vi water in a regular cup and she does fine and prefers it to a sippy.
Kaija was nearly 10 months old before she figured it out. So I was really surprised when Kolbie figured out sippy cups a month ago. She had straws down even before that. Kaija couldn't figure out how a straw worked until after she was 1! It's nothing to worry about. Just keep offering. We figure Kolbie got it because she's got someone to watch. Kaija didn't. So offer the sippy or regular cup or whatever and maybe demonstrate how it works?
Also, what Shelley said about the Take n Toss cups was true for us with Kaija. The cups with the rubber valves made it too hard for her to get whatever she was drinking out. So we started with the Take n Toss ones and then moved to the valved cups.
You could always try soft spouted cups like nubbies or something like that (I can't remember if thats the brand, but it sounds like that). The spout is softer so its similar to a bottle. My kids prefer that kind to start as the spout is soft like a nipple. Then we move to straw style and then hard spouts.
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Logan just chews the spout of regular sippies. He used the straw sippy a couple of times, but seems to have decided that he forgot how to drink out of it, so now it gets chewed, as well. He drinks water out of a shot glass by himself, so he will probably just end up using a regular cup.
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Addisyn just started to take the sippy cup about 2 weeks ago. At every meal I would set the sippy cup on her tray and offer it every once in awhile throughout the meal. Then when she was playing on the floor I would have it along with her all her toys. I didn't push it but everytime she made an attempt I would praise her and she just quickly picked up the idea. He'll get it