Weaning your baby off the bottle
Make the transition smooth to the cup-
Getting your baby ready for a cup
By 9 months, your baby should already have been introduced to a cup. Between 10 and 11 months and over a period of 4 to 6 weeks, start weaning by giving your baby one less bottle a day for a week and replacing it with a small amount of formula or water in a training cup, For example:
- If your baby has 4 bottles a day, reduce to 3 bottles for a week, 2 the next week, 1 the next week. By age one, she should be drinking about 16 to 24 ounces of milk a day and her solid food patterns should begin to resemble your own.
There is no fast or easy way to remove a bottle from a baby. Some babies are attached to their bottles and need a little more time. Having a goal, a plan, and a starting point will make it easier. For example:
- Replace the afternoon bottle with a snack, then the morning bottle, and so on. The bottle that is most cherished should be the last to go.
- Put water in the bottle.
- Enlarge the hole in the nipple for a few days and then cut the tip off entirely (guard against flooding).
- Give your baby his milk in a sippy cup––and some time ––and he will enjoy sucking again.
- Let your toddler pick out her own cup at the store. She can decorate it with stickers if she is old enough.
Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN
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