This may sound silly, but I cannot get my boys to drink out of a sippy cup! I know someone else asked about a good brand of sippy cup, but I don't think its the cup that is the problem. Both of my boys just use the cup spouts as a chew toy and if they happen to suck a bit of water out of the end then they just spit it out or just let it run down their chins.

I have put water in their bottles and they love it and will drink it no problem, but from everything I've read and heard, its not good to encourage infants to have anything besides milk in their bottles. I've been fighting with them with these sippy cups for almost 3 months.

I have different brands of cups, ones with soft nipple-like spouts, rubber spouts and hard spouts and they treat each of them the same. I even removed the valve in one cup so the water would pour out and force them to drink, but they just choked on it and spit it out. I guess I'm just looking for any advice on how to get them to actually drink water of the cup and not chew on it or spit it out?

asked 23 Oct '09, 18:34

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Shannon B
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How old are they? And how much solid food are they having?

(23 Oct '09, 19:08) Meg Stephenson

They are 8 1/2 months old and are eating 3 meals of solids a day (full jars of meats, veggies and fruit)

(24 Oct '09, 00:21) Shannon B

Our daughter played with her cup for a long time before she really drank from it. We just continued to give it to her with meals and let her get used to it and play with it and eventually she just started to drink from it.


answered 24 Oct '09, 00:15

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Maybe try a straw cup. My son watched us drink from straws and wanted to do it as well. We first let him drink water from our fountain drink type straw cup and then when we gave him a sippy straw cup he loved it. But our son did a lot of spitting it out too at first. I think they don't know how to get the right amount in their mouth and when it's too much they spit it out.


answered 23 Oct '09, 21:09

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I agree, I would try a straw cup! Eventually they will get the concept with the other cups though! Just keep them practicing!!

(23 Oct '09, 22:44) Melissa 1

You could just skip the sippy and go straight to drinking from a "grown-up cup". Your babies are probably getting close to being old enough to do that. You'll have to help them, of course, which might not be ideal, but there really isn't any requirement for a child to use a sippy cup. :)


answered 26 Oct '09, 02:41

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