It’s not uncommon for toddlers to get attached to their bottles.A bottle can become a source of comfort.It is important for your toddler to use a cup instead of a bottle.Before you begin, you will have to determine the right time to do this.
Step 1: When your child is six months old, introduce her to cups.
While your child might not be able to drink from a cup on her own, beginning at this age will help her to become familiar with the cup.Give your baby a sippy cup to play with in order to get them familiar with the object.
Step 2: When your child turns one, switch his or her formula.
Your child can start drinking cow’s milk at around one year of age.You can introduce your child to drinking out of the cup at the same time.If you give your child a new cup and drink at the same time, she may be able to make the transition.If you notice a rash, redness, difficulty breathing, or vomiting when you give your child cow’s milk, please get in touch with your doctor.It is possible that your child has an allergy to milk.
Step 3: You should stop bottle feeding your child at a certain time.
If your child is stressed out because you just moved to a new house, you may want to delay taking away the bottles, as this could cause more stress.Wait for a time when your baby is not stressed out.If your baby is sick or just starting preschool, don’t switch her entirely to cups.
Step 4: Discuss your plans with your toddler.
Your child will be more receptive to you if you include them in your plans.Talk to your child about how they will have to use a cup soon because they are a big girl or boy.The bottle is only for babies if you speak positively about the cup.If you have an older child, talk to him or her about how big kids use cups.Your younger child is more likely to follow in her older sibling’s footsteps.
Step 5: You should reduce the number of times you give your child bottles.
Take away one bottle-fed meal during the first week of transition.If possible, replace the morning bottle feed with milk from a cup or a different kind of food.If your child asks for a bottle in the afternoon or at night, it’s best to give up the morning bottle first.
Take away an afternoon bottle during the next week.The dinner bottle is the last bottle to go.Wait until your child accepts not receiving bottles in the morning or afternoon.
Step 7: When your toddler demands a bottle, figure out what she wants.
Don’t give up if your toddler wants the bottle.Find out what your toddler really wants, not just what she wants to drink.Relax and comfort her if this is the case.If your child is thirsty or hungry, give her something to drink or eat.Give your child a bottle if she doesn’t want food or drink.It will be a gradual process to get your child off the bottle.Talk to her about why you want her to drink from a cup.
Step 8: The bottle needs to be removed from the view.
If you are going to transition your child off of using bottles, make sure to hide them completely so that they don’t get reminded of the bottle and begin demanding it again.
Step 9: Do not allow your child to carry a bottle.
The bottle should only be used for feeding during meals as soon as you begin feeding your child with a bottle.The bottle may begin to represent something other than feeding if your child is allowed to carry it around.If your child already carries a bottle around, give her a toy or blanket.
Step 10: Help your child dispose of a bottle.
You can make a big deal of it.Let your child throw the bottle away.Your child will know that there are no more bottles if you do this.You can help your child put all of the bottles into a box to leave for Santa Claus on a holiday.Santa will replace bottles with a gift.Alternatively, you could have your child leave the bottles for the bottle fairy.The fairy will leave a gift for your child.
Step 11: Change the routine of your child.
If the bottle was part of your child’s routine at night, replace it with something more interesting, like reading a picture book or singing a song.When your child gets her bottle, you can give her milk in a cup.
Step 12: Pick the right cup.
A cup with handles will make it easier for your child to hold it.The cup should be made of plastic.Most spills are avoided if the cup has a lid.A cup with a picture of your child’s favorite movie or book character is a good choice.Your child will be more likely to use the cup if it has something on it that he likes.
Step 13: The liquid should be easy to drink from the cup.
Before you give your child the drink, try to drink from the cup.If your child tries to drink out of a cup that doesn’t flow easily, she may become frustrated and ask for her bottle again.
Step 14: You should be positive about the change.
The cup should be introduced with enthusiasm.It’s a cool tool that kids use to drink.Tell your child how impressed you are when she uses the cup.When your child uses the cup, consider rewarding her.Give her a hug, take her to the park, or reward her with a snack.When you are trying to help your child accept the cup as a habit, do this only at the beginning.Over time, replace the reward with praise.
Step 15: Your child’s drinks can be used to your advantage.
When your child is still drinking out of a bottle and a cup, it is a good idea to change the milk in the bottle to make it taste better.Your child is more likely to ask for the cup than the bottle.Give your child her favorite drinks in a cup, but only stick to water or drinks she doesn’t like.
Step 16: You can be a good role model by drinking from your own cup.
Children copy what their parents do.Show your child how to drink milk by pouring it into your cup.At the same time, give your child a cup of milk.Show your child how to hold the cup.Help your child by showing her how to hold the cup in her mouth.