Is it time to start saying bye-bye to the bottle? Is your little one having a hard making the switch to a sippy cup?
Around 6 months I started to introduce a sippy cup to Blake at dinner with a tiny bit of water just to try and get him accustomed to having something other than a bottle. At daycare he was still getting three bottles a day and would nurse whenever he was home.
The first few sippy cups I tried, to be honest, he pitched them right off the side of the high chair or threw them at me. Don’t be discouraged if this happens. It doesn’t mean that your baby isn’t ready to be introduced to a sippy cup, it simply means that you haven’t found the right cup to transition them from the bottle to the sippy.
The fourth or fifth cup I tried was the NUK Learner Cup and it worked like magic! He took to it instantly. I also noticed that he was a lot more interested in using a sippy cup if I offered it during random times when he wasn’t in the high chair. If we were sitting and playing on the floor with toys I would casually place it next to him and eventually, being the curious little nugget that he is, he would pick it up and give it a try on his own terms.
By 9 months Blake was regularly drinking a small amount of water at each meal and would still have his bottles of pumped milk at daycare.
So what makes the NUK Learner Cup so easy to transition from the bottle? First off, I think the design of the spout is great. It gives the baby the shape and flow of a sippy cup spout with the softness of the bottle nipple that they are so used to. It has removable handles which gives them the option of holding it like a bottle or using the handles for easy grasp.
Blake is now 13 months and he takes this sippy cup with him everywhere we go. We use the 10oz NUK Learner cup for water and we use the 5oz NUK Learner Cup for milk. At 12 months Blake was completely off of the bottle and had fully transitioned with no problems at all.
What makes this learner cup our favorite?
- Its completely dishwasher safe – all of the pieces can be easily tossed in for fast cleaning each night.
- They are insanely durable. He tosses them all over the place, even out of the wagon. Out of the eight of them that we own, not one has cracked, chipped or broken.
- They are adorable! Have you seen the super cute sea and zoo animals designs? And don’t forget the Disney editions too! We all know how much Mr. Blake loooooves his Mickey Mouse.
- The soft spout easily transitions baby from the bottle by offering the comfort in a soft spout as opposed to a hard mouthpiece.
- It’s BPA Free.
Some tips for making the transition easier:
- Start offering the sippy cup anywhere between 6 to 9 months
- Start off with a tiny bit of water – an ounce or two at a time
- Slowly start to offer the sippy cup in place of a bottle, filling it with the baby’s usual pumped milk or formula.
- Make the sippy cup available for the baby to explore on their own, not just at meal time.
- Never fill the sippy cup with juice to entice the baby to use it. This can lead to more tooth decay than the bottle and can also lead to obesity and an increased risk of diabetes in children.
- Look for a sippy cup with a soft nipple-like spout like the NUK Learner cup to offer a comfortbale transition from the bottle to the sippy.
Thank you NUK for creating the Learner Cup which helped us to reach our goal of being bottle free before his first birthday.
If you’re interested in purchasing your own NUK Learner Cup you can do so here: NUK Learner Cups
Don’t forget, to avoid tooth decay, doctors recommend saying bye-bye to the bottle completely by 12 months old.
NUK 10oz Monkey Learner Cup and NUK 5oz Sea Creatures Learner Cup c/o NUK USA