Sippy question

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Registered: 04-28-2011
Sippy question
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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 9:57am
So 11 month old DD finally found a sippy cup she loves. It's the Avent soft spout cup which is great because I can get extra parts and use my bottles if need be. I have one question though. These are sippy shaped but soft silicone so almost like a bottle nipple. She loves them and can't figure out what to do with the hard sippy spouts. I know that if she was getting bottles I would have to wean her off those. Are these soft spout sippies okay for long term use? She's getting water in them only and I hope to give her a little milk after she turns one (backup to nursing if I'm away). Will it be okay to use these soft sippies well into her second year?

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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 10:15am
The soft sippy cups are a good transitional cup. I personally found that the silicone spouts didn't last as long as the regular sippy cups so I needed to replace them more often and that helped me encourage my little one to use the regular sippy. Stick with whatever works for now and let's worry later about what the next cup should be. Have you tried straw cups with her yet? That's another good option for many kids.
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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 2:01pm
I started with a soft spout like that and slowly transitioned to a hard spout. It took time for my DS to figure out how to suck to get it out of the hard spout, but he did get it. I just kept occasionally offering the hard spout, let him try it, then after a few minutes but before he got too frustrated, I would move it to a soft spout. Also something that helped me transition to the hard spout cups is I would "start" the fluid moving through the spout. Basically I took a short sip so that there was already some liquid in the spout when he tipped the cup to his mouth, he got a little something to encourage him to suck.

I got rid of all soft spout cups when he started banging them on his high chair tray or tables or any hard surface to get the water out to PLAY with it, dang child. I think he got the hard spout ones figured out around or a little over a year and I introduced the cup around 6 months. Now at 2.5 he's on to Tupperware style lidded cups (look like a sippy cup, but they can and do spill when knocked over) or no lid at all if he's in the kitchen.
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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 6:05pm
Thanks for responding. She loves the straw cup but it's very messy. She sucks and sucks until her mouth is full, may have a little swallow here or there and then spits out the entire mouthful and starts again. She loves it but won't take a break to swallow and it's just as messy as when I try helping her drink out of a regular cup lol. So I keep offering the straw cup here and there but can't realistically change her whole outfit every time we are out and she wants a little water. For now the soft spout sippy is working great. She drinks rhythmically, swallows, stops, and doesn't make a big mess. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't getting her on to something she should be giving up in a couple of weeks.
I have hard spouts with removable valves so I can help her work on it here or there if it's important to get her off the soft spout. If the soft spout isn't doing any harm though then I'd like to just use them for a while and relax about it.
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Registered: 09-08-2007
Thu, 03-15-2012 - 9:36am
I consider you lucky, my son has only ever successfully drank from a straw once in his life. He just chews on them. But we don't have straws in the house a lot, we don't go out to eat a lot (finances) so he hasn't had much chance to encounter straws. I'm thinking about buying some take n toss straw cups from wal-mart to give him to try and teach him, lol.
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