Drinking from a cup

United States
January 26, 2009 3:57pm CST
I'm trying to get my daughter to learn how to drink from a cup and it's not going so well. She would rather use the tippy cup as a teether, rather than try and find out what's inside of it. I have tried taking the stopper out so that the juice will flow freely. She likes it but makes me keep putting it in her mouth. When I put the stopper back in and hand it to her she continues to only chew on the spout rather than suck on it. Any suggestions?
6 responses
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
4 Feb 09
You did not mention the age of your baby. I think, babies have stages in developing their behavior toward a certain thing. Maybe at this stage of your daughter's age, she is only capable of chewing on the spout rather than suck it. Your daughter couldn't absorb yet what you are teaching to her. But don't lose hope, just continue training her what is the proper way of drinking through a cup, if she always saw what you are trying to convey she will learn it along the way. Just be patient in teaching the child, she can soon adapt it and learn the right way to drink.
@mrumley (33)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I remember that it was very difficult for my now 3 year old to learn to drink from a sippy cup when we transitioned him from a bottle at 1 year old. I tried every kind of sippy cup and he finally started get it with a training cup that had a nipple-like top so it felt like drinking from a bottle, but they are not 100% leak-proof. So we eventually found a leak-proof cup after he got the hang of it.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I have to agree with the first response you got...try the straw kind of sippy cups. Another thing is how old is she. Maybe she just isn't ready. But if you do get the straw kind make sure get the kind with hard straws especially if she is biting on things. Some of them come with straws that are soft plastic and she would probably be able to bite pieces off. Good Luck
@MythiliK (141)
• Switzerland
27 Jan 09
In my case, my 20 months old son loves to take liquids in cup, the one which my husband and I use. It is easy to teach babies. Sitting before your daughter, take a cup of tea or juice, sip and drink. Show her as if you are really enjoying it. When she eagerly looks at you, ask her whether she too wants to drink like that and give a cup to her. It will work. Beginning my son used to spil it all over. Now he manages it well :-)
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
26 Jan 09
patience is the key to it and hard work. always remind her not to chew the tippy cup. only give her something to drink if she is thirsty using the cup so she will pay inerest with what is inside. put something she loves to drink so she will have more interest on drinking than just playing with the cup. i have four children but they are all teens already. i am kind of disiplinarian when they were much younger. so i would rather have it my way and wont stop reminding me that they should not do this or not do that. how old is your precious one?
• United States
26 Jan 09
It will take a while. As a mother and a teacher, just let her do it until sh's really ready. She will get very interesed in it one day. It is like potty training a child. If you force them, it will take a lot longer.