How do you break the sippy cup habit?

United States
August 9, 2007 6:14pm CST
Breaking the bottle habit was hard enough! But, now that our daughter is three and 1/2 years old, we are having a real battle with breaking her sippy cup habit. I'd prefer that she drink out of a regular cup throughout the day, but she insists on drinking out of her sippy cup. She knows how to drink out of a regular cup very well. But, she just doesn't want to do so. And, arguing with her over the matter doesn't help at all. She's a very strong willed person and she usually wins every argument. So, I was wondering, at what age should a parent take away the sippy cup? Is it alright for a three year old to have a sippy cup instead of drinking from a regular cup, or is that just for babies? How do you get a little kid used to drinking from a cup when they really don't want to do so? Maybe I should simply throw out her sippy cups and be done with them? Or, do you think this could cause too much emotional upset? Any mom tips or suggestions that you might have would be much appreciated. Thanks!