Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sippy Cup Transitioning

Transitioning from bottle to sippy cup is a hard process. It's not going to be easy I'm not going to downplay it at all. It's hard for even atypical children to let go of their bottle, it almost seems as though the bottle has been with them for so long and they're losing a part of themselves. The key to making the transition easier is knowing whether your child is ready to lose the bottle or not. If your child shows interest in drinking other things besides formula and is able to hold there bottle independently without help , it's probably best to introduce a sippy cup.

Now you may ask yourself, what sippy cups do I pick? There is a whole aisle dedicated to sippy cups in most stores, how do I choose? The answer is there is no right or wrong Cup. You basically have to take the trial and error approach. If you buy one cup and it doesn't work, your child hates, refusing to drink out of it. Well there are many different kinds of cups out there, try another one. Never buy more than one cup at a time. If you do you're probably going to be losing out on a lot of money. Especially if your child has special needs, such as sensory processing disorder, or they just might be picky most children are. When you try a sippy cup, you should give that sippy cup at least a week before trying another one. Expect for it to be thrown and tossed to the side a lot. It takes time, you won't see your child using it consistently at first. Once you find the one that works for your child you can always go and buy more.

Weaning Dylan off of the bottle was one of the biggest challenges yet. I tried about 25 different kinds of sippy cups before Dylan settled in on one. He may have been more difficult than most children considering that he is an autistic non solid eater and has sensory processing disorder. Almost all sippy cup have a sensory input and most of them he disliked. Whether it was bumps or ridges on the nipple or the way the cup felt in his hands. The last cup that I tried was called Nuk active Cup with a soft spout. To me they seemed kind of on the expensive side of the sippy cup spectrum at about $7.50 a a cup, but i had tried almost everything else out there. Not to mention around here we could never find replacement nipples, we either had to order them online and wait for them to be shipped off Amazon or buy a whole new cup. But with all that said, it was and still is the only Cup my son will drink out of.

Because we started with a soft spout, and soft spout is generally not meant for children with teeth. We are going to need to transition Dylan again to another cup, being that he is 3 years old.

Now both of my atypical daughters, transitions were very easy. For them it was basically I went into the department store and bought the Nubi no spill gripper cup with soft silicone spouts they typically are on the lower end of the price range. Now my youngest Sofia, she is 22 months old and still drinking out of a soft spout cup. We will also need to be transitioning her to hard spout or just a normal cup. She is able to drink out of a straw but she's still pretty clumsy when it comes to spilling things so I still want her to drink out of a no leak Cup.

I guess my advice to you as a parent, is don't get stressed out if your child refuses to drink from a sippy cup. Just keep trying and you will eventually find a cup that they will drink out of. Your child will pick the cup not you so if your head strong about using one style/brand of cup, I would suggest you open your mind up to other brands that seem have the same aspects you like about that cup. Just breath they will eventually transition.

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