Random Questions

Okay, i have two random questions.

When did you start letting your little one sleep with a pillow??? I always let Chas sleep with a pillow in bed with me because of his reflux. In his own bed he has a harder elevated pillow that goes under the sheet. I think he enjoys having a comfy pillow. Thoughts?


Are there any tricks to getting your little one to suck from a straw or take a sippy cup? I have been trying the last month to get Chas to do either...i've got about 4 different cups in the cabinets. No luck so far...all he wants is his bottle. Is this something they just grow into...or hopefully see other kids use???

Thanks!!!
I didn't give my kids pillows til they went into regular beds, at around 3 years old.

They learned on their own to suck straws and use sippy cups....at about a year old. It's something that they just pick up from watching other people, just like using a fork or spoon to eat...I didn't teach any of my kids how to use a fork, but they all learned how to do it anyway.
Xander got a pillow around a year old. My step mom gave it to him to help elevate him during his ear infections. I never took it out after that. It's a pretty flat one. He likes it and knows that that's where his head goes.

I think there is a critical period for teaching straw usage. Most babies can do it when they are teeny tiny. We missed that chance. We finally got X to do it around 15 months. My husband made a big show of showing him how to sucj and he finally understood. My husband also would put his finger over the straw and let the liquid dribble out. After a few weeks of that, he moved on to teaching sucking. It was a really happy day once he learned how to suck.

Taking a sippy cup took a while. He did not like the hard ones and would refuse them. I bought the nuby ones with the three interchangeble nipples. One is more like a bottle nipple so I let him use that for a few days. Then I used the one that is more like a sippy cup but soft. Once he got used to that, his sitter started offering him regular sippy cups. I do think that it helped that he saw other kids with the cups.


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I don't think there is any benefit to using pillows. And when I was little (a million years ago) my ped told my parents not to give me one...I think it can be bad for the posture or something. I didn't start using one until I was around 4 or 5 (because it looked like fun). Mine still doesn't use one and she is 2.5, but then again, she still cosleeps quite a bit. She seems comfortable w/out a pillow even though I suppose she could use one of ours if she wanted and we were asleep.

I started mine on the sippy cup at about 9 months and she was on it consistently by 10 months (coming from bottles, not the breast). I hated giving it to her because she made such a mess with it. But oh well. They know liquid comes out so I imagine if they are thirsty, they will figure out how to use it. She didn't seem to miss the bottles.

She took to a straw immediately...right around the same time as the sippy cup.
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A pillow? Not until they were toddlers.

As for the straw, put the straw in the cup and put your finger over the end you drink out of. Pull it out(keeping your finger over the end) and that should hold the liquid in the straw. Put it in your child's mouth and let it go slowly. It won't take long for them to start trying to suck the liquid out. Start with small amounts so they don't choke and cough on it. After they start trying to suck on the straw you can keep it in the cup like you normally would.
I don't remember when I gave them pillows- I know that I had the head of the crib elevated for Maya because of reflux, and when we coslept, she'd sleep on my arm, so her head was propped up.

I gave both of my kids water from a sippy cup starting when I started them on solids. I started them on an open cup (supervised) when they began to eat finger foods.

You can teach straw drinking by using a juice box (or milk in a box, whatever). The straw is tiny, and if he doesn't get it, you can give the box a little squeeze- liquid will come through the straw, and they will almost always suck after that.
Pillows--I put one in her crib maybe last month (she was 20 mos old). Every time she would wake up early, we would bring her to our bed and lo and behold, her head would end up on my pillow. I figured she could use one in her own bed.

My daughter caught on to straws only after the sippy cup. And with the sippy, I had to go the same route as DA with the Nuby ones (it took a month or two before she could drink from a sippy with a valve). With straws, she still needs to understand that you don't need to lift the cup to your face when sipping from a straw and that you're better off holding it in your hand below the straw.
As for the straw, put the straw in the cup and put your finger over the end you drink out of. Pull it out(keeping your finger over the end) and that should hold the liquid in the straw. Put it in your child's mouth and let it go slowly. It won't take long for them to start trying to suck the liquid out. Start with small amounts so they don't choke and cough on it. After they start trying to suck on the straw you can keep it in the cup like you normally would.
Originally Posted by internetchick
We've tried this a couple times with DS when we're drinking with a beverage with a straw and he wants it. He hasn't quite caught to it yet (or drinking from a sippy cup, which I've offered a couple times) but he's still young.
I pobably won't give Lucy a pillow until she goes into a bed. I don't give her blankets either.

It took her a while to learn to use the sippy cup. The first one I gave her was the kind with the handles and the little spout. At first she just played with it. When she finally tried to use it she would just suck on the spout, so I decided to try the kind with the straw and she took to it right away. I don't remember exactly when this was, but I remember thinking it was late, but I don't think it really was. Maybe around 11 months or a year.

Now she drinks milk from the sippy cup with the handles and juice or water from the kind with the straw. She hasn't really mastered drinking from a real straw though. When I tried to let her have some of what I was drinking, she just stuck her whole face in the cup. It was pretty funny. She did it once, but there was a lid on the cup.
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I can't remember how the sippy cup thing went w/ Bailey. We switched her from the bottle at a year. I think we started weaning at a year, and w/in 2 weeks or so, she was off the bottle. I recall buying sippy cups w/ a silicone mouthpiece rather than a hard one. I think I found ones that the top was kinda shaped like a bottle nipple.

As for the pillow, Bailey was over 2. If she had a head cold, or congestion issues I would put a pillow under her mattress to elevate her.
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I have been trying to wean Steven for a few months now. He wants no part of it. Today he actually threw the sippy cup at me and screamed until i put his milk in the bottle.

So far we have tried...

take and toss (even put holes in the top to make it flow faster)
Nuby with the thin top
Nuby with the nipple top
Nuby with the soft spot
Playtex
Nuby with the actual straw
gerber
I have been trying to wean Steven for a few months now. He wants no part of it. Today he actually threw the sippy cup at me and screamed until i put his milk in the bottle.

So far we have tried...

take and toss (even put holes in the top to make it flow faster)
Nuby with the thin top
Nuby with the nipple top
Nuby with the soft spot
Playtex
Nuby with the actual straw
gerber
Originally Posted by deezee02
This sounds like our house. I've been trying the straw trick with holding one end...hasn't clicked yet. I do like the idea of trying a juice box....I'll do that.

Thanks for all the suggestions...I plan on putting them all to use.
Neither of my kids would take milk from a cup for a very long time. In fact, Maya still won't for me, although she does for others. They drank water in their sippy cups, and they were given a bottle of milk before nap and before bed.

Have you tried offering water (or juice- I'm not a juice fan, but some babies prefer diluted juice to water) rather than milk in the cup.

Have you tried offering water (or juice- I'm not a juice fan, but some babies prefer diluted juice to water) rather than milk in the cup.
Originally Posted by cosmicfly

I've tried water, diluted juice, diluted lemonade. Someone told me to try Sprite...something they really like and want...they will learn quickly. Haven't done that yet.

He loved lemonade out of my cup...so I tried diluted version...didn't work. Although he was a little more interested in it.. but when it didn't work like a bottle...it went to the floor.
Katy didn't get an 'official' pillow until she moved into a bed at 2.5, although she had a small floppy beanbag frog thing she would use as a pillow in her crib. She probably started sleeping on it when she was 1.5. I think she always saw us laying on pillows, so she wanted to do it too.

And she never liked a sippy cup. We tried a couple of different kinds, but she would take a sip or two and then just not drink anymore. She did, however, love a cup with a straw. I drink from a straw all the time (I have horribly sensitive front teeth - like, I-can't-smile-outside-in-the-winter kind of sensitive), so I think it was sort of like the pillow thing. She saw me doing it and picked it up pretty quickly. (I want to say she started on straws around 8 months? DH was giving her BM while I was at work, and I think they were completely moved over to a straw cup around 10-11 months.)
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