I can vividly remember the day that we first tried to introduce a sippy cup to my youngest. She was anything but interested, and you know what that was perfectly okay. She was very much an infant who preferred the breast and wasn’t very eager to transition.

Despite her resistance we always still proceeded with offering a sippy cup at each meal. Sometimes she would show interest and other times she would shove the cup away, but you know what there was eventually that one day that she surprised us and willing accepted it. It was like a switch went off and she was ready! She realized the sippy cup didn’t mean the end of the breastfeeding journey that she knew and loved so much, but just the introduction of something new that she could love just as much.

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If you are thinking of introducing a sippy cup, here are some tips for transitioning your baby to sippy cup to take into consideration:

Only start offering a sippy cup once your child has reached the age of 6 months. If planning to introduce the sippy cup sooner, only offer a bit of expressed breast milk or formula in the sippy cup. After the age of 6 months, you can go ahead and offer water or a bit of watered down juice.

Introduce a soft spouted sippy cup first. Start by introducing a soft spouted, silicone BPA-free sippy cup, like Philips AVENT My Penguin Sippy Cup. A sippy cup that offers leak-free drinking and provides soft-touch trainer handles that your infant can easily grip, making the it easy for them to learn to drink independently.

Tips for Transitioning Your Baby to Sippy Cup

Have patience. The transition to sippy cup will take time, and the sippy cup shouldn’t necessarily be used as a means to wean from breastfeeding or bottle right away. In fact, it is perfectly acceptable to continue with both. My youngest did until she was 21 months old.

Shop around. You may need to shop around to find a sippy cup that is right for your child. My children were always sippy cup snobs. They would willingly accept their water from the Philips AVENT My Penguin Sippy Cup, but when it came to milk and juice it had to come from a insulated straw sippy cup. Don’t be afraid to let your baby test drive sippy cups. It is how they will find the one that is right for them.

Clean the sippy cup thoroughly and often. Don’t solely rely on the dishwasher for cleaning the sippy cup. Make sure you hand wash the sippy cup from time to time, especially focusing time and energy on cleaning all the nooks, crannies, valves and the lid. You would be amazed at the areas where liquid can get trapped and mold can build up.

Don’t be afraid to show your child how it’s done. Drinking from a sippy cup is all new to your little one. If they aren’t sure how to drink from the cup, don’t hesitate to show them how to do it. Just clean the cup before offering it to them. If you find that you struggle with getting liquid out, this may also be a could time to remove any valves from the sippy cup that could be slowing down the flow of fluids.

Are you in the process of transitioning to sippy cup? If so, check out Philips AVENT to see if they have a sippy cup that is just the perfect fit for your toddler. You might just be pleasantly surprised!

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Disclosure: I am a Philips AVENT #LoveIsInTheDetails Ambassador. Compensation and product has been received in exchange for drafting this article. All opinions are those of my own.

48 Comments on Tips for Transitioning Your Baby to Sippy Cup

  1. Holly MacRitchie
    February 21, 2016 at 8:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I would use this for my little girl!

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  2. Athena Da Rosa
    February 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    This would be for my niece.

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  3. Victoria Ess
    February 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d give this to my SIL!

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  4. kristen visser
    February 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I would definitely share with a friend! My daughter could really use one because I have tried 5 sippy cups and have yet to find one that my daughter likes to use and my cousins son is having his first baby and could really use one as well 🙂

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  5. charityk
    February 24, 2016 at 8:07 pm (2 years ago)

    i would give it to my friend who has a little one

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  6. Stephanie o'day
    February 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I would share this with my bestie who is pregnant with her 2nd!

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  7. laura b
    February 25, 2016 at 10:29 am (2 years ago)

    I would save this for my 2nd!

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  8. jenny
    February 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

    This would be for my niece

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  9. Kristy R
    March 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm (2 years ago)

    If I win, this would be for my twins.

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  10. Em Mahr
    March 3, 2016 at 4:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ll keep it for my little one.

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  11. lori
    March 6, 2016 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

    i would give to my niece

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  12. ivy pluchinsky
    March 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm (2 years ago)

    i would gift this to a friend

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  13. Kim K
    March 7, 2016 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I would give it to a friend

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  14. Lisa Lundstrom
    March 10, 2016 at 11:19 am (2 years ago)

    This would be perfect for my niece!

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  15. jessica eapen
    March 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d keep the cup for my little one!

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  16. Tiffany Rotulo
    March 11, 2016 at 9:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I would use it for my little one.

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  17. Paula Caudill
    March 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like to try them for my granddaughter. Thank you!

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  18. Margo b
    March 13, 2016 at 3:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I would give this to my neighbor who just had a baby

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  19. Lemoncello
    March 14, 2016 at 10:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I would give it to a needy mom

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  20. KellyPC
    March 14, 2016 at 11:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I would pass this on to my friend!

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  21. Erika Letson
    March 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I will use it for my little one. Thanks for the chance!

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  22. MaryG.
    March 25, 2016 at 5:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I will use this for my little guy! Thanks for hosting 🙂

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  23. Joanne Frank
    April 4, 2016 at 8:20 pm (2 years ago)

    my neice is having a baby in Aug so i would share

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  24. Joni W
    April 15, 2016 at 4:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I would not use it for myself but I would keep it here in my house for when niece and/or nephews come over

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  25. onyinye Elochukwu
    April 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I would use for my little one. He used the ones he had as teether. Chewed the straw up.

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  26. wanda macsween
    April 16, 2016 at 3:46 pm (2 years ago)

    I will keep for when little ones come to visit.

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  27. Jackie M
    April 20, 2016 at 9:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I would def share with a friend!

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  28. Jodi Mitrovic
    April 22, 2016 at 5:01 am (2 years ago)

    I would use the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup for my little guys. Thank you and good luck all!

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  29. Aaron
    April 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I would share with a friend.

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  30. kathy downey
    April 22, 2016 at 1:50 pm (2 years ago)

    If i won i would use them for my granddaughter

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  31. Stephanie
    May 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I would give it to my friend!

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  32. violet taylor
    May 4, 2016 at 1:17 pm (2 years ago)

    i think this would be for a freind who is TTC.

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  33. Maureen
    May 12, 2016 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

    I will use it for my little one 🙂

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  34. Mariko Lafontaine
    May 14, 2016 at 12:53 am (2 years ago)

    I would use it for my little boy!

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  35. Wendy Jensen
    May 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

    This would be for my grandchild.

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  36. Dianne G.
    May 16, 2016 at 7:16 pm (2 years ago)

    If I won, it would be for my grandson. I recently spent a week with him and had the experience of trying to wash some of his sippy cups. There were so many nooks and crannies around the valves that I can see why there could be a build up of germs in there.

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  37. Jamie hall
    May 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I would use them for my daughter

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  38. Edna Williams
    May 22, 2016 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

    I would give it to a friend! Thank you for this giveaway!

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  39. sabina Edwards
    May 22, 2016 at 5:25 pm (2 years ago)

    My sister had her second child on april 13th so this will be for her. Thanks

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  40. kayla sheehan
    May 23, 2016 at 10:03 am (2 years ago)

    I would use for my little ones as i have a toddler and am due with number 2!

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  41. Donnas
    May 24, 2016 at 7:24 am (2 years ago)

    I’d gift this to my niece; she has a little one at home.

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  42. Emily L
    May 27, 2016 at 2:12 am (2 years ago)

    This would be for my newest addition! 🙂

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  43. Alea Elliott
    June 3, 2016 at 10:53 am (2 years ago)

    If I win, I would use the product at home. I have a nearly 2 year old toddler!

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  44. Katherine Dixon
    June 3, 2016 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I would keep these for my bundle on the way!

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  45. Debbie W
    June 6, 2016 at 12:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I would give this to my daughter. She is expecting

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  46. Kristina
    June 7, 2016 at 10:28 am (2 years ago)

    I’ll share with a friend! a few friends have some little girls who are getting really close to sippy cup age!

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  47. Melinda
    June 9, 2016 at 9:46 pm (2 years ago)

    My niece has a newborn, so I would share with her!

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