Re: 6 month old baby won't take sippy cup or bottle - help!
I think your best friend in getting your child to take a sippy or open cup is time. Just keep patiently offering. One of these days she'll decide the cup/sippy is more than just a toy.
At 6 months, your baby is probably starting solids, right? Pretty soon you'll be able to leave baby with dad and a bag of Cheerios or a cup of blueberries and know that she'll be okay for an hour or two. Meanwhile, think about what a "break" means to you. Is it a long walk by yourself? A trip to the mall? An hour at the gym? Dinner out with friends? All of those can be combined with breastfeeding, even if your baby doesn't take bottles and sippies. You go for a walk, but you take your cell phone and scoot back if baby is suddenly desperate for you. Or you all go to the mall, and dad puts baby in a sling and walks around looking at iPhones while you try on shoes, bringing baby to you only if desperation sets in. You go to the gym, while dad and baby to for a walk or take a swim, and again, if baby gets desperate you get off the treadmill for 10 minutes, feed her, and then get back on. You go out to dinner, but you choose a place that's close by.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"