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My daughter is 15 months old. The pedi said to go ahead and switch her from the sippy to an open cup. She hasn't used a bottle since about 11 months. How do I start that transition? She nurses at home, so we rarely give her a cup. She uses the sippy at daycare. I feel strongly about giving her organic cow and soymilk, so we bring our own sippys. When I offer her an open cup, she'll drink out of it, but she won't hold it herself. If I put a cup with a small amount of water on her tray, she'll pick it up and pour it out. Thanks.
 

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I'd keep offering a small amount in the open cup at home. If she just dumps it out then I'd keep it to the high chair and just water. Do you all eat meals together? If so I'd make a point of giving her a cup and having her watch you drink from your cup. Otherwise, just keep trying. She'll do it when she's ready. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Why the hurry? My DD is 13 months, almost 14, and she even still uses a bottle, sometimes. It's comforting to her when she doesn't have me. An open cup at 15 months seems like rushing it to me. If you really want to help her learn, then keep trying, and letting her imitate you sounds like a great idea, but I'd say that expecting her not to spill an open cup at this age is asking way too much.<br><br>
That's my opinion, of course, and I'm sure there are plenty of kids that do it, but I just don't see the need to push so hard with this. Did your pediatrician give a reason?
 

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The pedi didn't say I needed to. She said it's a good idea in response to my question about whether I should. I think the main concern is the same with a bottle; that we'll let her run around with it or put one in her crib, which will harm her teeth. But we won't do that, and anyway she doesn't even have any teeth yet.
 

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Don't worry, a time will come where you will be wishing she'd be willing to take a sippy cup. My DD still drinks from sippy cups because its easier than cleaning up spills around the house (and we are trying to sell teh house) but she absolutely INSISTS we give her an open cup at meals. Obviously at 2.5 she can drink from it fine, but she still isn't old enough to pay attention and not knock it over.
 

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My son is 32 mos. and still uses a sippy when he's carrying it around the house. At the table, or at restaurants, he drinks out of a normal cup with no problem, but we have a kitten, and stuff gets knocked over too much for any of us to leave glasses sitting around the house. I wouldn't worry about switching until 2 or so, though.
 

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My 2 year old could never drink out of a sippy cup, so we give him a regular cup at meals and one of those straw sippy cups(instead of a sippy spout, they have a straw). This is what he has always used. Have you tried one of these? It might be a good in between step for you daughter....
 

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We usually use a cup with the lid and straw spout. We started that somewhere between 13 and 15 mos and once he figured out how to suck on the straw, he loved it. We give him little bits of water in an open cup and he usually just dumps it out but now he's getting better at drinking it and not getting tooo much on the floor (or down his shirt and pants!). He at least now has the idea that water in a cup isn't always for dumping out right away.
 

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My ds is 17 months and drinks fine out of an open cup if someone holds it. He's interested [*very* interested] in trying to drink out of an open cup himself, but he's still figuring it out. About 50% of the time he'll drink out of an open cup for the first few gulps successfully; after that he often ends up choking because he pours it down his mouth too fast! Without fail though, after he's had a few drinks, he dumps the rest down his shirt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> .<br><br>
Practice makes perfect, but I definitely wouldn't rush it unless you're a sucker for creating unneccessary messes.
 

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She will get it eventually. Some get it earlier than others. My dd1 did not get the open cup thing until age 2. My dd2 seems to be going in the same direction. She just pours it down her front when trying to drink. Good thing they have straw cups!
 

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Well DD is 21 mo tomorrow and *can * drink from an open cup but it is SO MUCH MORE FUN to pour it on herself we just practice in the bath right now!! (We have good drinking water though here.)
 
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