Why wont he use his sippy cup?

United States
May 15, 2007 8:12pm CST
OK So I have a 2 year old little boy. His name is Angel but that is not relevant to the discussion. Just thought I would throw that in there. I have been potty training him for a few months now and he is doing really will. So I decided it's time to get him off the bottle as well. And went out and got him 4 new sippy cups. Only thing is he will not drink out of them at all. I have decided the bottle is no more. So I get juice boxes and capri sun pouches for my older kids. And tried to give him one today all he did was squeeze it all over the floor. I tried to put the same juice in one of his cups and he cries and say I don't want it. I really don't know what else to do. I don't want juice all over my floor but I also don't want him to be thirsty. My sister says fill his cup up and let him know where it is if he gets to thirsty he will dink it. Other then that I have no advice whats so ever. So any kind of advice will be great please help and thank you in advance.
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@Darkwing (21590)
16 May 07
Your sister's advice is good. However, he may still not drink from it. He may prefer to go thirsty and cry for your attention to give him something else. How about trying him with a drinking bottle with the pull-up spout? Pulling the spout up and pushing him down will probably amuse him so that he will forget that he's actually drinking it. It's a learning thing too, that the spout has to be in the "up" position in order for the drink to come out? The bottle also has a single hole, rather than three or four so may be easier for him and it will feel like his baby bottle to hold, which may be more comforting to him. Heck, it's worth a try!!! Good luck with this, and Brightest Blessings. I do hope I've been of some help to you.
• United States
16 May 07
Oh that is such a great idea I will definitely try that.
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@Darkwing (21590)
16 May 07
Good luck... I'm glad I could be of help. I'm just going by the way my grandchildren were taught. :-)
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@GardenGerty (90027)
• Marion, Kansas
16 May 07
That sports bottle thought makes sense to me. Some kids also do well with a "ceremony" to get rid of the bottles, and tell them "goodbye". Depends on the child. Popsicles will fend off dehydration until he decides to drink from a cup. Maybe the potty change and the bottle change at the same time are a little much, but once you are started, I would say, do not go back. Good luck.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
16 May 07
Maybe you could try using cups with straws. I know you said the capri suns and drinks like that are messy but cups with lids and straws may work. I just got my daughter a bunch of these cups just last week and they have been great. She hardly ever spills and they were super cheap. They are The First Years brand. You can get them just about anywhere. I bought her a five pack of these cups for only like $3.
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• United States
16 May 07
I will try anything at this point.
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@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
25 Jun 07
hey i stumbled upon ur discussion and noticed it was a month ago, so did u wean him from the bottle yet? if so how, cause my daughter will be 2 in 2 mos. and i want to start now!
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• United States
25 Jun 07
I took his bottle and him to the kitchen and told him to throw it away. He looked at me funny and then did it. And after that I gave him a sippy cup and here we are no more bottle.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
25 Jun 07
gosh, why does that sound so easy, i hope my daughter understands wut she's doing. she might think of it as a game.
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• United States
25 Jun 07
Just dont let that bottle back out of the trash no matter what.
@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
1 Jun 07
Can he drink from a straw?Most children won't even attempt to drink from a sippy cup if they can't drink from a straw.....if he can,try buying him the cups with lids that have straws attached to them....hope this helps
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• United States
1 Jun 07
Yes he can. I have gotten those he pulls the straw out.
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@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
25 Jun 07
There are some out there that have the straws connected to them,you can't take the straw out,it's attached right to the cup....
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• New Zealand
2 Jun 07
Have you tried a cup with a straw my little girl 15mths likes it better than her sippy cups I think its because the new cups have the nonspill devices in them which means they have to suck it to get something out of it harder than they do the bottle. Or another thing we do is give her a plastic cup (not sippy) and hold onto it and give it to her that way so you control it so it dosent get thrown around until they get use to it. Apart from that let your child decide some children are just bottle babies my older daughter was and theres not much you can do about it when they are ready they are ready.
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• United States
2 Jun 07
Yes I have. Thank you.
• United States
18 May 07
I say the same as your sister. Put juice in a cup tell him where it is and when hes thursty he will drink it! Make the rules clear that the cup has to stay in the kitchen or he cant have it. I watch two kids who dont like anything to drink. They are almost 5 and 3 and still drink a bottle. Well noot at my house. I put juice in a cup and put it on the table. I had to tell them a couple times to keep the cup in the kitchen but eventually they got it.
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• United States
18 May 07
Already did it thank you.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
17 May 07
you sister is right. say honey there is no more bottle but i got you this cup. if you want some water it is right here on the table. and leave it at that. he will be fine and trust me he is not going to go to long without going to get that cup.
• United States
17 May 07
Yes you are right thank you.
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
17 May 07
I would forgo the sippy cup. Sit him at the table and teach him to drink from a glass. make sure he sits at the table for his drinks and they won't be on the floor. That is what we did before sippy cups. We would hold our toddlers and let them drink from our glass and they would learn to do with out sippy cups. You should se my earlier post aboout sippy cups. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/776297.aspx
• United States
17 May 07
Yeah thats not a bad idea thank you.
@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
16 May 07
I have to agree with your sister on this one. Fill the sippy cup up with his favorite juice or water and just leave it where he can reach it. When he gets thirsty, he will drink out of it realizing that this is his only choice. I learned this early on with my own kids.
• United States
17 May 07
OK thank you.
@annieroos (1846)
• United States
16 May 07
Glad to hear your potty training is going good i have a 2year old grandaughter and her mom is having problems with the potty training.. she just doesn't want to.. As far as the sippy cups.. i have bought her the first years sippy cups.. those work and i have also seen first years cups with straws.. those might work..I think it depends on the sippy.. cause i have tried others and she doesn't like the.. My granduaghter took on to those fairly easy now she has learned to drink with out the sippy.. she sometimes tips her cup to far.. but she is learning.. Your son i will learn in time..
• United States
16 May 07
I will look into it. Thank You.
• United States
16 May 07
I totally agree with your sister. It's going to take him some time to get used to it, especially being on the bottle for 2 years. When he gets thirsty, he'll figure it out. I'd stick with water in that cup though if he likes it, as it'll be much easier to clean up!
• United States
16 May 07
Yes I agree.
• United States
16 May 07
I have to agree with trying out different types of sippy cups until you find one he will take. It may seem there is not a real difference in any of them, but my kids had a hard time until I found "the one" for them. They ended up prefering the Playtex insulated ones also. There are actually more transitional sippy cups that he might be more willing to take. I know Wal-Mart has a Nuby cup that has a soft and more elongated spout (more similar to a bottle nipple) that you may be able to get him to take. It might let him make the leap over to the cup and then once he got used to that, he might be easier to switch to a harder spout.
• United States
16 May 07
I will definitely try that on payday.
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
16 May 07
I did this with mine, try to trick him to it by acting like you are drinking it and then maybe he will want it from you and start drinking it himself. but before long he will forget about the bottle and drink from the cup and dang then you have to wheen them off of the sippy cup. isn't it fun. good luck.
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• United States
16 May 07
Yeah but I'd rather ween him off the cup then keep him on a bottle any longer. And all of my kids weened themselves off there cups.
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
16 May 07
You can do one thing.Make your son play as much as possible.When he comes back he will be thirsty.So fill the cup with water or juice and keep it on the floor.He will reach for it and drink mostly.My son is 14 months.He can drink from glass/tumbler with water or juice.If I give him milk in it,he refuses to drink.So milk he still drinks from bottle.He even uses sippy cup to drink water from the 6th month.
• United States
16 May 07
That is great thank you.
• United States
16 May 07
My advise is get rid of the bottle. Just give him the jucie or water or what ever in a sippy cup if he does not want it them you hold the glass without the lid. Do not let him hold it. When my kids where little there was not such a thing as a sippy cup and I did not have juice or water all over my home. I made my kids sit at the table and drink or I held the cup. He will will get tired of not being able to run around with his cup like the other children. If that does not work than I do not know what to do except I think two years old is to old to have a bottle.
• United States
16 May 07
No more bottle. I will try whatever it takes.
@Gemmygirl1 (2871)
• Australia
16 May 07
It'll just take a bit of time for him to get used to it but i think you've left it too long for him to start using one, my daughter is 11 months old now & she's been using one for her juice since she was about 8 months. You probably should have introduced one to him when he was quite a bit younger. I think the only thing you can do is continue to give him the sippy cup, eventually he's going to take it, especially if there's nothing else on offer. Just do what your sister said, put the cup somewhere he can get to it & let him know it's there if he's thirsty but don't give him fruit boxes or anything coz he has to learn to drink from the cup, either that, or you could take the lid off & see how he goes with a normal cup - he might be ok with that & then you wont have to worry about it!
• United States
16 May 07
Yes you are right about that it's my fault as far as that goes. So i can only hope I can get him to drink from a cup now.
@Michele21 (3095)
• United States
16 May 07
I would suggest getting different kinds of sippy cups until you find one he likes. I bought all different kinds until my son finally got one he liked, and now I have a huge drawer full of them. He is picky about what type he liked so I had to try and find the ones he did like. They are the Playtex ones and I get the insulated ones, they are more expensive but I don't have to worry about his milk or juice getting warm if he doesn't drink it right away. Take him to the store and let him choose some and see if that helps =) Good luck because little boys can be stubborn!!!
• United States
16 May 07
Thats what I think im going to do thank you very much.
@MagusX (1099)
• Brazil
25 Jun 07
As it is good to be child, never cease to be a child
• United States
26 Jun 07
ok