Ask the Mamas: Sippy Cups

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MSW reader Erin asks:

“When did you introduce the sippy cup? Which cup(s) worked best for you? When were you able to say goodbye to bottles? How did your little one handle the transition?”

  • Great questions! I think we started the sippy cup around 6 months, but it’s hard to remember for sure. At first, the little guy just kind of played with it and didn’t really know what to do with it. We started with two kinds: the Playtex Sipsters and the Munchkin Mighty Grip Trainer cups. Once he mastered both of those, we tried some others, but ultimately he did best with the Playtex ones.We started the transition from bottles to cups around 10 months and he was completely weaned from bottles by his first birthday. It was a lot easier than I thought and he didn’t seem to mind at all! We started replacing the middle of the day feedings first, then the morning bottle and the night time bottle last. That one was the toughest only because it made our bed time routine go so much slower! He didn’t drink as quickly from cups as he did from bottles and learned that he could extend his bedtime by taking his time. ~Mary Ellen M.
  • We started introducing the sippy cup around six months, but Emma just wasn’t having it. We had tried all different kinds, but it took awhile for her to actually take to them. She found a Nuk sippy that she liked, and for awhile wouldn’t use anything other than that particular one. But after awhile she started taking some of the others (since we bought about five different ones to start). It wasn’t until about a month after her first birthday that we were completely done with bottles. ~Sam A. 
  • We introduced a sippy around nine months, but only as something to try and see. If he didn’t figure it out, it was no biggie. The sippys we started with some sort of 2 handle cups with a soft spout. We had a Playtex sippy with a soft spout too. He was so used to laying down to drink (whether it was from the breast or a bottle) that tipping his head back to get liquid to flow just did not click for him. So it took him quite a long time to get the hang of them. By about 12 months, we gave up and tried some straw sippys. He figured out the bite-valve on the Camelbak Kid’s Bottle really quickly, so we had two of them. After about a month, we switched to a regular Camelbak water bottle because the kid’s one leaked. It was quite irritating since Camelbaks are supposed to be well known for being spill and leak-proof. He eventually figured out how to drink from a regular sippy, and we evolved into using the Take and Toss sippys for home and Playtex sippys for when we were out. We had both straw and spout cups for the Playtex ones and we still use a couple of them for when we’re in the car to prevent spills. These things are seriously leak-proof. The Take and Toss cups have been great for around the house and how inexpensive they are considering the beating sippy cups can take! ~Alex T. 

  • We started giving our daughter a sippy around 6 months, nothing too serious just to let her play around with it and drink some water from it if she wanted too. At one year old, she was using sippy cups during the day and having a bottle in the morning and right before bedtime. I would say around 18 months is when we stopped giving her a night time bottle.  It was really for easy for Alexis to transition, I honestly think it was harder for us because the bottle was our go-to sign for Alexis being ready for bedtime. ~Christy A. 
  • We tried introducing the sippy cup at about 5.5 months. She would drink from it just fine, but she couldn’t figure out how to hold it and tip her head back at the same time. We started with a Nuk brand “learner cup.”
    We didn’t push it with her, and when she was about 7.5 months old, we introduced a straw sippy cup. I had thought she would be too young for it, but after getting some advice from other MSW?! mamas to try it, I did and she took to it immediately.
    Our favorite straw sippy is the Nuby No-Spill Mega Flip-It, but honestly- it’s easiest for all of us to give her a regular cup with a regular bendy straw in it when we’re home or at a restaurant. I hate cleaning straw sippy cups!
    We had no problem transitioning her from bottles to the sippy because we rarely used bottles to begin with. She’s 15 months old now and my husband still gives her a bottle with breastmilk every once in a while when I’m out of the house, but she certainly doesn’t need the bottle and on an every day basis, she mostly drinks out of a regular old cup with a straw. ~Cassie W.  

  • I think we started sippy cups around 6 or 7 months. We tried quite a few, but Playtex seemed to work best for us. It took him awhile to figure it out, but once he got the hang of it he loved drinking his water out of them. N was exclusively breastfed, only needing bottles occasionally. At his 12 month WBV our pediatrician said to get rid of them sooner than later if possible. The next day they all disappeared and it wasn’t a big deal (although when he saw the one from the day before he did get kind of excited about it). I know for us we were really lucky that he didn’t have a huge attachment to them. However, it did take him a long time to drink breast milk or cow’s milk from a sippy. I sometimes wonder if he would have taken to cow’s milk more quickly if we had started it off in the bottle then switched it to the sippy. In the end, it all worked out, so no biggie. ~Cari H.
  • We gave my daughter a sippy cup between 4 and 5 months. It took a little while to get used to, but eventually she got the hang of it. Since she’s only 10 months now, we still use bottles for milk but she gets a sippy with water throughout the day. The Playtex sippy cups work great for us! Easy to use and clean. ~Kathy S. 
  • We started trying around 7 months, and we tried consistently every few days for months! She never took to it. She would take a sip and then chuck it as far as she could. To this day, she’s never taken one. She drinks all of her water from a Starbucks reusable plastic cup with a screw-on cap and straw. She doesn’t like juice and she won’t drink milk from it. She still drinks her milk from a bottle at 18 months. It’s been a struggle but I’m just trying to follow her lead. I know she won’t use the bottle forever. And the pediatrician supports me, so that always helps. ~Debbie F.

 

The advice given here is solely based on our individual experiences and in no way is it going to be perfect for every mama, every baby, and every situation. None of us are medical doctors. If you have a question regarding a medical topic we can give our opinions, but please consult with your doctor. We are not liable or responsible for the results of following any specific advice in any given situation.

By Christy A.

Christy lives in Maryland with her husband & daughter, Alexis. She works full time as 911 dispatcher and in her free time is a SuperStar Consultant with Scentsy and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Christy is looking forward to watching her daughter grow up, welcoming her son in June and enjoying the little things in life.

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One Response to Ask the Mamas: Sippy Cups

  1. Great article! Thanks!

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