My Toddler Refuses To Drink From a Cup: SOS Moms Reply

child drinking2Srujana Naresh wrote to us and told us about a concern she has for her 1 year 9 months son. She says that she still bottle feeds him because he refuses to drink from a cup.

She wants to know how she can make him have his milk from a cup. She is concerned and has asked us for some advice.

We posted the question to our ever-helpful community of parents and have included their advice below.

It is not unusual for kids to resist new things. You might want to try a transition from a bottle to a Sipper cup, instead of a normal cup. A sippy cup with a straw might be easier to drink out of.

Get your child an attractive sippy cup with a cartoon they like. You could try adding sugar or jaggery in the drink to tempt them. You could also try distracting him with television or stories or songs.

Put him in a group with other kids who drink from cups. Also encourage other family members to drink from cups in front of him. He is more likely to try to imitate them and want to drink from a cup.

The main issue is not to get stressed about it. Every child is different and transitions to a new behaviour in their own time. It might take time and patience on your part, but your child will ultimately start drinking from a cup when he is ready to do so.

Thanks to all these moms for their helpful advice:

Poonam Botadra Mehta, Roopa Mahesh, Revathi Phani Krishna, HS Meshaha Clair, Angel Aman, Shirin Mandviwala, Sunitha Raj, Bhuvaneshwari Suryanarayanan, Richa Agrawal, Priyanka Dhadve Gosavi, Chital Panchal, Bhuvaneshwari Suryanarayanan, Janki Shah, Hema Bhat, Nandini Mangla, Zahin Shaikh

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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