holding the bottle/transitioning to cup?

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holding the bottle/transitioning to cup?
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Sat, 03-14-2009 - 11:12am

i am definitely NOT saying i'm ready to give noah a sippy cup, but i just got an email from beech-nut saying a cup can be introduced at 6 or 7 months. is that right? noah's not really even holding his bottle by himself yet. i mean, he puts his hands on it, and sort of "held" it this mornign propped on a blanket while i pumped...

i definitely want to get him off the bottle at the appropriate time - i had a meeting yesterday for a child who's two and still gets two bottles a day and throws a tantrum if he doens't get it. (i was there because he's not talking and toe walking, not bc of the bottle thing.) that's totally behavioral and habit, and i don't think we'll let noah get to that point, but i don't know when it the right time. the beech-nut email totally threw me for a loop!

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Sat, 03-14-2009 - 3:03pm
I started handing Sara a sippy at about 6 months - when we started full force with solids. It had maybe an ounce of water in it and she just banged it on the table. I would show her how to put it to her mouth etc - then at about 8 months she just started to use it. I would offer her water in there at her solid meals as we got closer to 1 we were using the sippy a lot - we recently transitioned off the bottle and exclusively onto the cup - she will be 13 months next week. I tried before and she was doing great but then she got sick and wouldn't drink unless from the bottle - and well we know a sick baby need fluids so I had to give her a bottle. Also - Sara NEVER held her own bottle. I didn't let her - My Dh read somewhere that if they have "control" of their own bottles then it is harder to take it away from them. Seemed to make sense - no idea if that has helped us with the transition but she is doing great! So go and get him a couple of fun two handled ones to play with in a few months and just watch as he figures it all out!
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Sat, 03-14-2009 - 3:18pm

Hi, Mindy-


I think my kids started holding their own bottles around 9 months or so.

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Sun, 03-15-2009 - 6:16pm

We started introducing a sippy cup a week ago. Not expecting him to take right to it. Jake will be 6 months on Tuesday and he WANTS to hold his bottle he tries to but usually its a battle because he doesn't get the concept to hold it up to get from it. My oldest was about 7 or 8 months and he'd hold his bottle but he had to have a special feeder so he could never do it alone until he his palate was repaired and he learned to suck.


As for getting off the bottle every kid is different. My oldest we were told to keep on a bottle for specific reasons BUT now the dentist is saying we shouldn't have (I told them take that issue up with Dr so and so) When we did finally get him off at almost 2 we went to nuby cups which in retrospect weren't that much different from bottles and then he was addicted to those, so sometimes dropping the bottle just means instead of bottle addiction you have sippy cup addiction.


We had a different Dr want our oldest off a bottle by 9 months and well since he couldn't suck and we had to take valves out of the sippy cups that just was not happening but now I'm wondering if that wasn't the way to go. The plan of that Dr was to transition to sippy cup since he had to loss a bottle for awhile and then go to an open face cup, which is better for their teeth and diet. Since drinks are no longer allowed in the living room for my oldest we are thinking about going this route this time around.


We are currently dealing with a lot of bottle and sippy cup related dental issues. Tooth decay and jaw misalignment and he was never put to bed with milk or juice they say its just from prolonged use of both a bottle and sippy cup

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Sun, 03-15-2009 - 9:24pm

I actually tried a little bit of cup feeding with the lid from the Medela bottles when I was trying to get Nora to take the nasty vitamins a month ago.

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Mon, 03-16-2009 - 1:12am

We tried the gerber cup with the soft spout and the Nuby but DS couldn't suck hard enough to get anything out and ended up using the gerber as a chew toy, the nuby was good but seemed too close to being a bottle. We starting using a Tilty cup and love it. DS doesn't have to suck too hard and doesn't have to the chug a lug head tilt thingy. Also I read something that the sucking thing is really bad for tooth development.

you might want to give Tilty a try it worked great for us and our 5 year old uses it too because she spills so much at the table.