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5 Tips If Your Baby Won’t Use a Sippy Cup

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My baby hates the sippy cup!

No one wants their baby to be using a bottle any longer than necessary.

It is understandable when you begin the transition from bottle to cup that there may be some frustration. In the beginning, your baby may hate using a sippy cup.

You may feel confused about how to make this necessary switch happen. Don’t worry; there are many ways that you can deal with this that will make the entire experience less stressful for both you and your baby.

In this article, we will cover the following topics regarding your baby hating the sippy cup:

  • Recognize it may not be time to switch just yet
  • Transition with a cup that has a soft spout
  • Variety is the spice of life
  • Try a straw cup instead
  • Skip the sippy all together
  • Entice the baby

1. Recognize It May Not Be Time to Switch Just Yet

We all like to think that our children are wise beyond their months and can handle transitions with ease. This assumption is not always the case. In fact, in many cases, a child must be of a certain age to have excellent motor skills to complete specific tasks. Some babies are easy to transition to a sippy cup before their first birthday, but in some cases, this transition takes longer. It is common for children to transition between twelve and twenty-four months of age.

If your baby is under a year old and not taking the cup, it could be due to their age. Give them some time but keep reintroducing the cup. There is no harm in placing the cup on their high chair during mealtime or while out on a leisurely stroll in the stroller. Even if your baby does not seem interested in the least with the cup, they at least will slowly begin to understand that its presence is inevitable and will routinely be around at mealtime.

One day your baby may surprise you and start showing interest in the sippy cup by picking it up and trying to figure out its purpose. This curiosity is a good sign that you are beginning the transitioning phase.

2. Transition with A Cup that Has a Soft Spout

It is unreasonable to expect a baby to go from using a soft nipple on a bottle to a hard spout on a sippy cup. Consider a transition style sippy cup to make the experience simplistic for your little one. Babies are teething and used to gumming the nipples of their bottles to ease some pain.

The same is true for sippy cups. The first time they gum down on a hard spout, they may be surprised that it is hard and not so fast to utilize the cup again. A soft spout cup will give the baby a similar experience to drinking from a bottle. It also immediately cools liquids to ease sore gums.

Sometimes the transition is easier on babies by using a soft spout transition cup.

Just keep in mind; there is a variety of bottle nipples to select from that include wide-mouth, slow flow, and fast flow, and there is also a variety of soft spout cup options. This period is going to be a trial and error time, and you may need to try a few different styles of soft spout cups just as you most likely had to try a few different varieties of bottle nipples as well.

3. Sippy Cup Variety Is the Spice of Life

Take a moment to consider your cup cabinet at home. You most likely have coffee mugs, travel cups, juice glasses, water glasses, adult beverage glasses, and even tumblers. When you host people at your home, you have specific glasses for each occasion and then ones you quickly grab as your go-to cup. The same is true for your baby. Cup variety is the spice of life. You cannot merely buy one cup and expect your baby to love it 100% of the time.

Some days, your baby might want one with grips or handles on the outside so they can carry it around, and other days your child may like the one that has a different style spout. Sippy cups thankfully come in a nice variety of styles. Some even have straws for babies that prefer not tipping the cup but instead merely drinking from the straw style. Keep a decent selection in your cabinet, and you might find the transition goes faster when the baby has a choice in what sippy cup he or she uses.

4. Skip the Sippy All Together

Some babies simply do not take to a sippy cup. Some prefer taking practice sips from a real plastic cup instead. This practice is ok. The same is correct for straw style sippy cups. Some babies do not like the tipping motion that traditional sippy cups feature and prefer to get their fluids by utilizing a straw. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. If your baby is not taking to a transitional cup and hasn’t enjoyed any of the variety of cups that you have offered, then it may be time to try a small plastic cup with a little water in it. You will have to tip the cup for your baby, so they don’t send water spilling all over, but if your baby instantly takes to this method, then rejoice because you have found a way to achieve fluid intake that is not limited to a bottle.

5. Entice the Baby

Some babies simply want what mom or dad is eating or drinking. They see you eating and want what you are eating, and the same is true for your beverage. If your baby is showing interest in your cup then use this to your advantage. Entice your baby. Tell them, “this is so good,” and then pour some of your water from your cup into their sippy cup. You can even take this a step further and take a sip from their sippy cup to show them the process. In many cases, the baby will want to mimic their parent, and this is a fantastic way for them to become familiarized with their cup.


It is important to remember that each child is different. You can have several children, and no two will take to a cup, bottle, spoon, fork, or potty training the same way. Make sure you approach each child as a blank slate and understand their limits. If they are not ready, then take a break from introducing the sippy cup and come back to it in a few weeks. Eventually, your child will end up making the switch, so there is no sense in putting unnecessary pressure on yourself or your baby to switch to soon.

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