Transitioning from Bottle to Sippy Cup

When I went back to work at the beginning of April, my husband took over as primary caregiver of our daughter during the six hours that I was gone. In addition to breastfeeding, I was also pumping to ensure that my daughter had plenty of yummy breast milk to eat while I was away. When our daughter got hungry, my husband would feed her from a Tommee Tippee bottle. At first she fought eating from the bottle. However, after I poked some extra holes in the nipple so that the flow more closely resembled my breast, she started liking the sippy cup more. Of course, she is still my little boobie baby, preferring her milk straight from the mama, but at least I did not have to worry about her going hungry while I was at work.

Now that she is seven months old and eating some solid food, my husband and I decided that we needed to transition our daughter from a bottle to a sippy cup. Sucking on a bottle too long is linked to oral problems such as crooked teeth and jaw problems. Additionally, now that Poppy has her two bottom teeth, I want to avoid any tooth problems like tooth decay that might occur as a result of extended bottle use. (Poppy got her bottom left tooth on July 1 and her bottom right tooth on July 7.)

When she was six and a half months old, James started introducing Poppy to her Tommee Tippee Explora sippy cup. The Explora cup comes with a soft silicon spout instead of a hard plastic mouth opening. The soft spout helps to transition babies from a bottle nipple to a sippy cup and then a cup. I personally call the Explora a boobie cup because the soft spout is closer to breastfeeding than a more traditional sippy cup spout. I also like that the Explora top is interchangeable with the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle. Poppy eats only at most four ounces per sitting, so she does not need an eight-ounce cup yet.

At first when James introduced Poppy to the sippy cup, she ended up spilling most of the milk down her shirt. The Explora soft spout allows the milk to flow out more quickly. When she sucked as hard as she sucks for her bottle, the milk came pouring out too fast. However, after a few days, she started to get the hang of her new sippy cup. I am now happy to announce that my daughter has completely transitioned from her bottle to her sippy cup. In fact, she made the transition last week when she stopped using her bottle altogether. I am so proud that my little girl transitioned from her bottle to her sippy cup just before she turned seven months old.

When did your baby transition from a bottle to a sippy cup?

Image Credits

Tommee Tippee Explora Sippy Cup © 2012 Heather Johnson
Soft Spout on Tommee Tippee Explore Sippy Cup © 2012 Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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