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    Default Introducing a Cup?

    When did everyone start offering a cup to their LO? Did you use breastmilk or water? I would prefer NOT to use a sippy cup but a straw cup or a regular cup? My LO is 7 months old. Thank you!

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    Default Re: Introducing a Cup?

    My boys are preemies, so they are a little delayed in some areas. I just now introduced a cup with them and they are doing ok with them. Mine couldn't figure out straws or cups with Valves, so I'm using the Take and Toss sippy cups. I started out with water, but have now put BM in them and they are fine. They sometimes have difficulty raising the cup all the way up when it gets low, but that's their only problem.
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    Default Re: Introducing a Cup?

    DD is just over a year and we have been experimenting with an open cup in the bathtub. This way she can figure out how to drink the liquid and can spill whenever she wants. We just do it before any soap (or pee) might get into the bath. We aren't doing sippy cups, so far.

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    We started around 7 months. Around then, DD got very interested in what I was eating and drinking--trying to take food from my plate and hands, and started always trying to "taste" from my cup, which always had water in it anyways. I started letting her practice around then, she still gets very excited when she sees my cup and always wants to drink from my cup instead of her own. She's very good at drinking from a cup I hold but she can't hold it herself without spilling. I also use a sippy cup to give her water after meals and she doesn't seem to have a preference for it over the cup.
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    We started at about 6mos, and offered a little water along with snacks, we did a sippy, straw cup were a hassle to clean. He did learn o drink from a straw no problem. We now 3yo, use an open cup at meals.
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    Around 6 mos here too. She would always want to taste whatever we were drinking (everything looks better on your plate/in your glass/etc.). At almost 22mos, she drinks from an open cup better than my 4.5yo.

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    Default Re: Introducing a Cup?

    DD is 5.5 months old and we'll be introducing a cup at around 6-7 months. It will just be to have water with meals (she'll nurse before being offered solids). Few things are as personally annoying to me as when other parents allow their kids to cart around a sippy cup of formula, milk, or (sticky) juice all day long. We have no intention of doing that with DD - if she wants to nurse, she can nurse, and if she wants a cup of water, she can have it.

    I've had other nursing moms recommend avoiding the spill-proof sippies with the valve because they're really like a bottle with a slightly different form factor and they can mess with the baby's latch. We will keep her on bottles for EBM at daycare until she's 1.

    We have a Doidy cup (a slanted open-topped cup with handles) and to start we'll help her use it with water during meals. There will be some spillage, of course.
    Katie - mom to Lily, 8/5/2010

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    We started around 6 mo with water in a "soft" sippie. Then very quickly moved to a straw cup (take & toss). Neither of my LO liked a traditional sippy with a valve. Baby is now 16 mo and prefers drinking from an "open cup" with a little help.
    Lynn
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    Default Re: Introducing a Cup?

    Thanks for your replies! I'm a little concerned about using a sippy because of the speech problems reported with it. Would like to try a regular cup or a straw cup. We'll see... :-)

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    Default Re: Introducing a Cup?

    I started a sippy when my son was about 6-7 months. He didn't get really good at it for several months. FWIW, I used a sippy with all three of my kids and no speech problems yet
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