Over the weekend, a fellow Instagram mama saw this picture of the boys and inquired as to what kind of sippy Carter used and how we made the transition from bottle to said sippy. It was then that I realized I never really documented The Great Sippy Switch of 2011 and wanted to take some time to share it with you now.
Believe me, it's a doozy!
As Carter neared the 12 month mark, I knew it was time to begin thinking about the transition from formula to whole milk as well as the transition from bottle to sippy cup. As a matter of fact, I believe we began giving him whole milk around 11 months after we had been given the green light from the pediatrician.
If you've been reading long enough, you know that C has always been off the charts in terms of height and weight and it was because of his growth that we were given the OK to start whole milk early.
For a couple of months prior to the 12 month mark, Carter has been drinking juice and water from cups with straws without an issue. Since I garner most of my parenting tips from Twitter (har har har.. I'm not really kidding) I remember seeing in passing something about how cups with straws were preferred over regular spout sippies because they strengthened specific mouth muscles that were keen for verbal development.
I assumed (we both know what happens when you assume things) that one day I could just pour Carter's standard serving of milk into one of these straw cups and call it a day. Needless to say, the joke was on me. He wouldn't touch that milk with a 10 foot pole. In fact, I'm almost certain, if left to starve, that he still wouldn't drink the milk from a straw cup.
And so began the Great Sippy Hunt of 2011. I immediately drove to the nearest Toys R' Us and picked up no less than 4 different types of sippy cups. Avent, Tommy Tippee, Munchkin and Nuby just to name a few.
Over the course of the day, I filled each of them with milk and watched with baited breath to see which would be the lucky winner.
Well, let's just say there was no winner. And believe me, I tried. And tried. And tried.
Carter refused to drink milk from the sippies. He much preferred his milk in a bottle and already feeling defeated, I turned, once again, to Twitter and sent out a Sippy SOS.
Thankfully one of the moms with a little boy just a couple of months older than Carter had recently battled the same sippy demon. She suggested we try the Nuk Active Cup and mentioned that, with its silicone nipple, it was much like drinking from a bottle and that Carter would be none the wiser.
Within minutes I was online ordering the aforementioned sippy cup. While researching similar sippy cups offered by Nuk, I came across the smaller "learner cups" and snagged a few of those as well- same silicone nipple, smaller cup size.
Ding, ding, ding! Finally, a winning sippy.
Nearly twelve months later, Carter still drinks his morning milk from the Nuk Active sippy.
And the million dollar questions is, "Will Carter drink milk from a straw cup?"
And the answer is a big, fat resounding NO. If given his milk in a regular open cup? He'll slurp it down no problem- but if I try to sneak it into a straw cup for a car ride and/or errand run? Forget it.
Some things never change, I guess. Toddlers. Hmph.
So there you have it. The Great Sippy Switch of 2011. Hope this helps!