Baby Won’t Take A Cup

Life as a parent is full of challenges. One day, your baby will only eat bananas. The next day, you go to feed him a banana, and he’ll look at you like you just tried to feed him garbage. It’s frustrating – to say the least.

One challenge we have had with Gage is that he refuses to drink from a cup. In fact, before we went to his one year well visit, I could only get him to drink formula from a bottle. After he passed the one year mark, I started weaning him off the formula and onto milk. We did it gradually, and in a few weeks, he was drinking milk from the bottle.

But when I tried to give him anything in a cup, he would refuse it. He’d push it away, scream, and turn his head. I tried every cup the sell at our local grocery store, too. Not a single one of them appealed to him.

A couple of weeks ago, he got the flu. I couldn’t get him to eat or drink anything – from a bottle or a cup. I was so afraid we were going to have to admit him for dehydration. The doctor put him on antibiotics, and I started pushing any kind of fluids I could get in him. Italian ice, popsicles, jello – whatever he would eat. Eventually, I was able to get him to drink Gatorade from a bottle –  but not from a cup.

At this point, I was incredibly frustrated. He’s over a year old, so I want to wean him from the bottle and get him on a cup. BUT, I actually needed to get him drinking from a cup.

Then, last night, I held my cup up to his mouth – no lid, nothing. He drank it like a pro. So, all this time, I should have been trying a cup with no lid! Not 20 minutes later, I caught him drinking from Lucy’s princess cup that has a straw.

It took him long enough – and me long enough to figure out why he wouldn’t drink from a cup. Apparently, he just wanted to do it like the big kids.

It’s a little messier having him drink from a regular cup or a cup with a straw, but if that’s what it takes to keep him from getting dehydrated, that’s what we’ll do.

If your baby won’t take a cup, try using a regular cup or a cup with a straw. It may take several days, but don’t give up. Keep trying!

Did you struggle with a baby that won’t take a cup? If so, what did you do to finally get him or her to stop drinking from a bottle and use a cup?


Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    ColleenMarie82 says:

    My daughter just turned 1 in March. She will drink from a cup but not a much as she will drink out of a bottle. I have started splitting the amount she drinks in half. Giving her half in the bottle and the other half in a sippy cup. That seems to be working for now, but like you said tomorow who knows.

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