How can I get my 3 year old to take a cup?

I need tips on how to get my three-year-old to take a cup. We have tried literally every cup and water bottle available. We’ve worked with an occupational therapist, we’ve tried cold turkey and he went two days without drinking. Destroying the nipples has become an EVERY day thing, and I’m done with it.

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Be strong! He will eventually drink out of a cup if he is thirsty enough.

Use a regular cup. No sippy cup. He will drink…

I was always told(because my autistic daughter was on a bottle till like 4-4.5) to just cold turkey it and if they are that thirsty they will eventually drink from whatever you give them. I always told her pediatrician or her therapist just do it; just give her a sippy cup etc but they didn’t understand she would scream cry till she got a bottle and it was weird she only wanted a bottle for milk ; juice and water she drank from a cup with no issues lol
I know you say you tried cold turkey but it worked for us alittle older than I like to admit but it was actually a very easy transition yes she asked a couple times but eventually stopped asking

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I recommend trying these, my son didnt want any sort of cup, we tried these and now he’s off the bottle

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Keep holding out on him until he does!

When in doubt if they’ll drink, give em whatever! Tea, koolaid, caffeine free soda as long as they’re taking in fluids so they dont dehydrate. Then take away all the nips. None at all, throw them away. Make it a big deal, have her throw them away and then have cake and icecream. Let her pick her own new cups so she has her input too, makes kids feel important

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And act like her not using the cup doesnt bother you. Kids will keep up the battle if they’re getting a response from the parent.

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Try tale the pressure off it an turn it into a sort of game an goal. My son learn by we call had a cup of water at tea an lunch time an we would clink the cups together an say cheers then drink the water. Also if they bite the teet off the top of the bottle offer them the same bottle thats broken so they learn to sip instead of sucking.

Try straws and a regular cup at 3 i would just skip right over the sippy cup

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We have been using the throw away cups with straws, my 3 year old loves them and she uses her bottle at night.

I just put all bottles in the bin when they were a year old…slight protest for a second then they downed the milk out of a cup…might be harder at that age but there not going to let themselves go thirsty

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My 2 1/2 yr old drinks out of these. If we go out in public and don’t have her cup, we can get her a regular cup and add a straw and she is fine.

Throw all the bottles completely out. Don’t buy no more bottles just cause he refuses to drink out of a cup. That’s what I did when my son was a year was throw all bottles out completely n thankfully I never did pacifiers with him either. So just throw out all those bottles.

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You have to stop buying the sippy cups all together. Just like a pacifier. and the more the mom would buy more pacifiers and more sippy cups to give to the kid the longer she wanted them even though grandma and aunts and uncles like me and my husband and all the other cousins were steadily at throwing that stuff in the garbage can. I mean she even had the kid in diapers until the school house said listen this child does not start school until you potty train her we are not a daycare. Kid was like 7 years old 6 years old and still in diapers a pacifier and a sippy cup. You just have to go cold turkey throw it all away. it’s gone!! there is no more! maybe get one of those cups to child can hold on each side that’s what a friend of mine done with her kids.

Throw all the bottles out and move on to a straw cup. We are tossing all the bottles in a few weeks and only giving mine a cup with a straw after that for everything and then slowly adding in an open cup

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I have heard mums putting bandaids over their nipples and telling their little ones that mummy’s boobies have ouchies and the milk has gone away.

And when the child goes to try and have boobie, they see the bandaids and remember that mummies boobies are too sore.

When child remembers mummy is to sore, that’s when you offer a drink … doesn’t matter if it’s in a bottle at first. You can then go from bottle to cup.

Take baby steps first, there’s no wrong way.

Maybe in the mean time while hea not drinking make home made water popsicles so hell get some fluids too, jello also counts as a fluid

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Get rid of the bottle all together. Keep presenting drinks in other sippy cups or cups. When the child is thirsty, they will drink. The more you keep giving a bottle, the more they will only use the bottle. Stop being the crutch.

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Throw bottles in trash. If they get thirsty they will eventually drink it

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