My son is 5 and a half months old. He currently takes 3 (5 oz) breast milk bottles daily as well as nursing 2-3 times per day. He eats 1/4 cup of cereal twice a day and is starting on vegetables.
When will he start using a sippy cup in addition to the bottle and what does a baby drink in the sippy cup? I’m not a big fan of sugary juices and I’ve heard a baby can get too much water.
I started my children at 6 – 8 months. I would put some milk from their bottle in the sippy cup and let them bang it around and play with it as I fed them in the high chair. Of course you have to use a sippy cup that doesn’t leak milk. Eventually they put the sippy cup to their mouth and discovered there was good stuff in there just like the bottle! Mission accomplished. :)
andrew p says
1 year old
6 months……….If you buy sippys they have them age approved. would be a good time in introduce that cup also………….
Start giving the cup to him. He’ll get used to it. My daughter held her cup at 5 months,while my son was a little lazier. He didnt want to do anything,lol.
veronica i says
when ever they want to start using your cup,
When your babie sees you drinking from your glass of water and he/she wants it, then you can give zippi cup to train him/her.
you can start using a sippy cup when your child is used to holding it him/herself. You can put anything in it, water, soy milk, milk, juice etc.
Miriam Z says
Mine started at 6-7 months. My kids’ pediatrician recommends not giving juice before 9 months and watering it down then but so far my son has just had water in his sippy cup. I never heard that a baby can get too much water.
we took our sons of the bottle and onto a sippy when they were one. and then off the sippy onto a big boy cup when they were two. i would introduce the sippy cup when he is 8 months old but don’t push him on it until he is one. then you really should give up the bottle for dental health reasons. good luck.
Yeah, anytime the child gets used to holding something themselves. Which would be by 12 months and up.
we let my little nephew drink from a sippy cup as soon as he could hold it up himself. i dont remember how old he was, but as soon as he discovered he could do it himself he wouldnt let anybody bottle feed him. he likes milk and juicy juice (i dont think there’s any sugar added) but it gives him confidence and control to hold his sippy.
You can use a sippy cup from 6 months.
I used to put water in the sippy cup for road trips or days at the park. I never gave juice until my kids were about 1 years old and enjoyed drinking their milk and water.
My friends used to take the single packets of formula for their littles ones to the park and would mix water and formula into their sippy cups when they were out and about.
I started mine on it at one and daycare recommended that I give him milk. You can also buy juices made by gerber. I’m not sure,but they may have less sugar.
Mine started with the sippy like a month ago, at six months. Mind you, he’s far from independent with it b/c we use the kind that is literally a "sippy" cup – the liquid just pours out, they don’t have to suck through a straw or other device. This actually teaches them a new skill, drinking like a big boy! I’ve read they have to use different coordination and different muscle groups to sip. Otherwise, what’s the point? If they have to suck, they might as well be using a bottle – I don’t see how it’s such a transition that way.
As for what to put in it, I do very diliuted apple juice..at first this was to alleviate some constipation. Now that he’s eating a lot of solids, I worry about him being thirsty, but I also have heard too much water can thin their blood, so he just gets a little bit and not even every day. Just when he seems bored because it’s a fun activity. Good luck!
Don’t wean from the bottle to a sippy cup, that’s just going from one habbit to another. Use a regular cup and just give him a tiny bit of whatever you want in it (he’ll just dump it anyway) that way he gets used to tipping it up to his mouth.
Whenever the baby is ready. Grip wise see if he can use it and then show him how if he gets it try to introduce it more. Usually right under one to one and a half is when they start though.
Coley S says
1 year mine was on a sippy cup full time and now she is two and we are getting her off of it at night to where she just goes to sleep
we put anything in the cup milk water
we try not to give her sugar stuff BC i feel you start then on it when they are that young they think that everything is going to be sweet and wont enough water
Wal-Mart sells a fantastic sippy cup that has a silicon spout. It is clear and feels just like a bottle’s nipple. My daughter started drinking from this cup when she was 6 months old. And was bottle broke by the time she was nine months old.
As for what a baby drinks from sippy cup, the nutritionist suggest putting juice or water in it. If you are not a fan of juice, you can dilute it so that she is not getting so much sugar. Also, you don’t have to actually fill the cup all the way up when you are fixing your child something to drink. Another thing is that we always gave our daughter her formula in the cup since we were trying to get her off the bottle.
emandn's mom says
Between 6mths. and 1yr.
All children differ and yours will too, I started giving my daughter a sippy cup at about 8 1/2 months for the first time. I would sit her in the highchair and put a few cheerios and a cuppy on her tray.
Holding it to their mouth until they get that first taste is a good way to start . Then let go when he reaches for the cup and gets his grip. He is not going to hold it or like it at first but leaving it there for hime to see is a great way for him to grow interest in the cup. I also had no problems taking my daugter off of the bottle at 12 1/2 month using this strategy.
**** But since you nurse*****
My best friend nurses…. she said it was so much easier to go from nursing straight to the cup and skipping the bottle all together. Versus using all three…. I hope this helps…
They say six months you should give kids sipper cups with some Gerber juices in it. My child loves his juices and banana puffs. remember at 12 months they should be off the bottles. so let him take his time learning the sipper cup so you don’t got any problems. There are juices out there with less sugar in them.
I started my son on a sippy cup between 6 and 7 months. It took him a while to really get the hang of it. We just practiced every day with meals. My doctor told me not to put formula or breast milk in a sippy cup. This way when it is time to switch to milk, he won’t be confused. Sippy cups are for water, juice, or when the time comes, milk. I usually put water in the sippy cup (he usually doesn’t drink that much and certainly didn’t at first). If I give him juice, I water it down considerably
I started my boys with a sippy at 6 months. I gave them water. It took them time to really get the hang of it but when they were a year old the bottles were gone.
I started giving my daughter a sippy cup at 7 months. You can on the sippy cup once your baby is able to sit on their own.