Is it Worth Crying Over Spilled Milk?

One of the milestones that comes with your baby celebrating its first birthday is that he/she is now expected to be old enough to stop drinking out of a bottle. So after only using a nipple for their entire life, young children are supposed to suddenly enjoy drinking out of a hard spout. Most families find this to be an extremely difficult transition, ours included. In fact, at our one year check–up, I brought several sippy cups with me for my pediatrician’s stamp-of-approval. The doctor quickly vetoed a few because the spouts were soft and therefore no better than a nipple on the child’s teeth. While the others he found acceptable, my son did not. He refused to drink his milk out of any of the cups. He would cry until I poured the milk into his bottle which he would then happily consume.

I was literally at my wit’s end, pulling out my hair, and asked friends for advice, tips and recommendations. I was willing to try anything and everything, regardless of the cost or what I had to do to get my son to give up his bottle. My son was unhappy with every option and scenario I presented his milk to him in except his beloved Born Free bottle (which I might add, the prince refused to hold on his own). Finally, a friend with a son 2 months older filled me in to her little secret weapon. She instructed me to buy the Beaba Training Cup and give it to my son with the nipple for 1-2 days and then switch to the hard sippy top. A year later, this is the only sippy cup I am aware of that offers the nipple option. The product is BPA-free, shatterproof (which is a very good considering how often my son’s lands on the floor) and is dishwasher safe.

This is the first nd only product that I have purchased from Beaba, the French company renowned throughout Europe for baby food-related products. Because this three-in-one cup did the trick and transitioned my son from his bottle to a cup, I have since bought 3 of these cups which retail for $15 each at William Sonoma (but several other retail outlets carry them as well).

While I am indebted to this product for getting my son to stop using his bottle, I find it extremely difficult to remove the lid to fill the cup with liquid. Yet my son is somehow able to throw the cup at the exact right angle to pop it off and spill it all over the floor several times daily. In addition, I wish there were more color options than the green/yellow and preppy pink/green (yes, my son has this one and his 9 year old cousin tells us that pink is not for boys). I would purchase the cup in every color available, especially blue or non-feminine shades.

Because we had such a positive success with transitioning our son from the bottle to this sippy cup, the Beaba training cup is my top choice to give as a first birthday present. Then again, the parents I’m gifting it to may curse me as they’re on their hands and knees wiping up the spilt contents.

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Lainie Gutterman - Before giving birth to her son in 2009 and becoming a stay-at-home mom, Lainie was a founding partner of a Public Relations firm. Lainie describes herself as "a natural born publicist who is constantly spreading the word about new products, activities and events." When Lainie is not chasing after her son or they are not watching Nick Jr or reading together, she scrapbooks and writes posts for her blog, "Me, Myself & Baby I" at http://memyselfandbabyi.wordpress.com. Lainie and her family live in New York City, where she sacrifices living space (but not style) to be in the center of it all in "the city that never sleeps." (Fortunately, her toddler is a sound sleeper who doesn't rise until after 9am, on most days.)

6 COMMENTS

  1. the avent cups and bottles have lids that are interchangeable (except the sportsbottle cup) and you can use the nipples or sippy spouts on either.

    many people don’t even buy the actual sippy, they just buy the spouts and put them in the bottle’s ring.

    my biggest tip to make transitioning to a cup easy… start finding a cup your baby can succssfully use as soon as they can sit assisted and can get a toy to his/her mouth (usually around 4-6mo old)… put water in it and just keep it with them… (if you are nursing, this isn’t as needed as the boob doesn’t have the same effect on teeth as a bottle)… they’ll play, take little sips, or show you that it’s too hard and you need to find another cup.

    Also, for first cups, I like ones with the valve built right into the spout… they don’t require as much hard sucking… like take n’ toss and other brands that are similar. Best part… when you take the lid off, it’s a regular cup… or you can buy the lids and straws to make them straw cups from the company’s website.

    my oldest boys were off the bottle 100% at 18mo and 13 mo respectively… my daughter at 9mo… you just keep offering the cup first… and start with water and work up to the formula/breastmilk…

    Also… just because it’s a cup doesn’t mean you can’t hold it for them… they don’t want to lose that security and nursing time (yes, nursing can be done from a cup or bottle when the breast isn’t an option)… so snuggle your baby/toddler like you normally would and hold the cup for them or with them as long as they like… my daughter didn’t nurse because of the medications I’m on, but we snuggled for every feeding and she wanted me holding her cup almost 100% of the time until she was over 2… and didn’t go totally independent until she was 3.5yrs old.

  2. Tommy Tippee makes sippee cups for babies starting as young as 4 months old and strangely enough , that one has a hard spout. I just bought it and used it for my son because it was the only one that listed that young of an age. Baby was on a bottle strike and I desperately needed a way to get him to take breast milk from something other than my breast for a few hours so that’s why we started him so early, but a pleasant side effect is that he has no problem switching over now that he is one.

  3. Pampers Stages also has sippy cups with a nipple option. The sippy spouts, however, have a pretty soft top. I used them at 9 mos. with formula to bottle break my son, and by age 1 he would drink out of a hard spout on any sippy cup.

  4. The Avent/Philips bottles are also nipple and spout interchangeable. Used them for all 3 of my boys. Love them. The 3 year old still uses the sport spout for his milk at bedtime.
    You can use the baby bottles with hard spouts or buy the colored bottles and use with nipples….. and then change as and when….. perfect. They’re BPA free etc..

  5. Honestly I don’t care about the bottles. Most kids’ teeth are just fine as long as they don’t sleep with a bottle in their mouth or hang out with a nipple in their mouths all day.

    Many toddlers breastfeed well past 1 year…it’s comforting. The bottle serves the same purpose. I think the urge to wean comes from the judgement many feel from society rather than a real need 🙂

    That said, my kid will drink milk only from a bottle before bed or from a straw during waking hours. I’ll be happy when she’s done with the nipple, but no stress HAHAHAHAH (no fears, I worry about plenty of other stuff though!).

  6. Was advised – & followed the advice – to introduce my kids to a straw cup (instead of a sippy) fairly early. Used a Combi straw cup (they don’t make them anymore) w/ my 1st kid, & used the new Playtex straw trainer cup w/ the 2nd after seeing the good review of that cup on this site. Using the Playtex cup my son figured out how to drink from a straw w/in minutes (he was about 6mo old at the time). Both kids now use straw cups w/o problem. Hope this helps. 🙂

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