My DD is nearly 11 months old and I have had so much conflicting advice & info about getting her to drink from a cup!
When we went to the 6 month baby clinic run by our local hospital, the midwife there said that the current health guildlines are that babies should start learning to drink from a cup from 6 months & should be totally finished with bottles by 12 months of age.
When I asked my CHN about this, she said it was a load of rubbish & that when she got to 12 months old, we'd start the cup-drinking thing.
Last month, a different CHN was filling in and she ws shocked that my DD was still drinking from a bottle & pretty much chastised me for not being more pro-active in getting her to drink from a cup. She gave me several bits of advice to get her started drinking from a cup straight away, including offering milk, formula, water & juice all from a cup so that she doesn't associate her bottles with formula and her cup with water.
I do give my DD a sipper cup to practice drinking water from (she's not all that interested in juice, and I'd rather her have water in any case) and she is slowly getting better at it, but can't seem to understand that she has to tip it up to get water out!
We do have one with a straw-type sipper, but she doesn't like drinking from that one.
Also, when people say "drinking from a cup", are they referring to a cup like you & I would drink from, or just a sipper cup?