How do I get my child to switch from bottles to sippy cups?

@Amstardam (1348)
United States
June 28, 2007 12:36pm CST
My son is not really open to change. He likes his bottles. He won't take anything but formula! When we try to give him a sippy cup, he screams! He is 11 months old is nearing the time when he shouldn't be having bottles anymore. Does anyone have any advice or experience on this?
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
28 Jun 07
This probably isn't what you want to hear and I still feel bad that I did it but it worked when nothing else would...Let him scream. You're the parent and you know what is best for him. Take it away and don't give it back to him. Keep offering the cup even if he refuses. With the two children I had to do this with it really only lasted a few days. The other thing that worked for me was more luck than anything else. Two of my children both happened to get a stomach bug around the time I was taking the bottles away. I still used the same technique of taking it away from them and just not letting them have it but those two times I told them that their bottles made them sick. They believed me and then refused to take a bottle.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
28 Jun 07
How long did you let your children go without drinking anything? He refuses to eat at all if he doesn't get his bottle. I don't want to starve him.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
28 Jun 07
With mine it really wasn't that bad. If they wanted a bottle but I gave them a cup instead, they would have a fit for awhile but if they were thirsty enough they would drink from it. It only took a few days of repeating this cycle for them to get used to the fact that thewy were not getting their bottle back. Eating was neveer an issue, all of mine were eating regular food for the most part at that age.
• United States
28 Jun 07
I know this sounds cruel but if you're really worried about getting him on the sippy cups right now. Just take the bottles away. He'll get thirsty enough that he will take the sippy cup over not getting anything at all. Start giving him juice or water or whatever you want to give him in it. He'll eventually like drinking out of it. It will make him feel like a big boy. Make sure you get the ones that flow out easier because he may get sick of having to suck so hard on the no-spill cups.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Thanks for the advice. He's doing a little better at taking sippy cups now. He didn't have a bottle at all yesterday! Yay!
@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Well a couple of things. First, they do make sippy cups that the top is just like the top of a bottle. It is the rubbery stuff, so when they drink from it, it still feels like a bottle. You may want to try that and slowly wean him off the bottle all together. Like only give him the bottle at nap time and all other times give him the sippy cup. Second, don't give in to him. Explain to him that he is starting to be a big boy and big boys drink out of sippy cups. Then give him the sippy cup and no matter how big of a fit he throws, don't give in. Kids of all ages are smarter than you think. If you give in then he will know that all he has to do is throw a fit and he will get his way. Be strong and I wish you the best of luck!
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
30 Jun 07
I'm starting to have a little success. He'll drink about half of his sippy cup once or twice a day. He watched me throw away his bottles so he knows that they are gone. Of course I kept two just in case he decides he doesn't want to eat from sippy cup and I have to get him nutrition. I think he enjoys being a "baby" everytime I tell him he's a big kid now he gets mad and starts to cry/scream!
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@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
28 Jun 07
when my son was younger he really didn't fit much when i took his bottle away actually it was pretty easy. But you can always just give him formula in the sippy cup and if he knows that it's in there he will soon enough drink from it. If he cries and screams i say let him it's good for his lungs anyway but he will get over the fact their isn't any more bottles, but once he starts his sippy cup don't give him back his bottles cause he'll think he can have it back..
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
28 Jun 07
There's no reason why he still can't have his bottle, but only give it to him at night or during his nap time. The rest of the time only offer him the sippy cut with water or juice and save his milk or formula for his bottle. This way he won't get confused between the two. If you persist in offering him the cup, eventually he will take it, especially if he knows he won't be getting a bottle.
• United States
29 Jun 07
I had the same problem with my 13 month old daughter. And on top of that, she would not even hold the bottle herself unless she was laying down. My doctor told me to keep giving her the cup and if she still hasn't taken any milk by bedtime, then give her a bottle. There are sippy cups out there made by gerber that have softer spouts that can trick your little one into thinking it's a bottle. As mean as it may sound, i laid her down and held her hands with one hand and put the spout in her mouth with the other until she figured out to suck from it. After doing that twice, she figured it out and hasn't had a bottle since then. I'm still trying to get her to figure out how to hold the cup higher so she can drink it while sitting up....any suggestions on that one???
@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
29 Jun 07
I've tried holding his hands too because otherwise he won't give the sippy cup a chance. He will swat at it or try to hit my hands away. His head he will just swing side to side and scream so it's impossible to get him to try something if he doesn't want to! My son is having problems learning to tilt his bottle too! If he is sitting up, I have to tilt the bottle for him. I try to show him where to put his hands and how to tilt it, but he just brings it right back down. But just like your daughter, he knows how to do it lying down.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Good advice from the above posters. One thing I did with my grandson when he went through that was to take the nipple and slowly enlarge the hole a little at a time. Pretty soon they're taking in more fluid and they'll learn to sip rather than suck and get a big mouthful at a time. That kind of gently eases them into it. Also, about the sippy cups...all sippy cups are not created equal. Look for one that's a similar shape to the bottle, that he can get both hands around. Some sippy's have tinier holes than others if he's one of those kids that has to lay down a little while they're drinking. As far as not taking anything but formula, before you start taking away the bottle, try putting in some sweetened juice, or flavored water or something. Or, put the juice (etc) on a little spoon to try him with it, and when he finds out it tastes good he might be a little more willing to take it from the bottle or sippy. Don't worry...he'll get to the sippy cup stage soon! Not all kids progress as fast as others in the switch, and a bottle filled with milk/formula is still very comforting after all. Don't let others make you feel like your child has to be on the same time-table as others, each and every kid is different:-)
@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Thanks for this advice! I already cut a few of his bottles. I can tell he notices a difference and isn't happy but he'll drink it because he's hungry! :)
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