Many toddler become attached to their bottles. Besides providing nourishment, bottles also mean comfort and security.
But it’s important for parents to start weaning babies from bottles around the end of the first year and start getting them comfortable drinking from cups. The longer parents wait to start the transition, the more attached kids become to their bottles and the more difficult it can be to break the bottle habit.
Changing from bottle to cup can be challenging, but these tips can make the change easier for parents and kids.
As you try to remove the morning bottle, keep offering the afternoon and evening bottles for about a week. That way, if your child asks for the bottle you can provide assurance that one is coming later.
The next week, eliminate another bottle feeding and provide milk in a cup instead, preferably when your baby is sitting at the table in a high chair.
Generally, the last bottle to stop should be the nighttime bottle. That bottle tends to be a part of the bedtime routine and is the one that most provides comfort to babies. Instead of the bottle, try offering a cup of milk with your child’s dinner and continue with the rest of your nighttime tasks, like a bath, bedtime story, or teeth brushing.
Strategies : Though there are other ways to sterilise baby bottles, the above method is the easiest.
When your child does use the cup, offer plenty of praise and positive reinforcement. If grandma is around, for example, you might say, “See, baby is such a big girl she drinks milk in a cup!”
If you keep getting asked for a bottle, find out what your child really needs or wants and offer that instead.
If your child is thirsty or hungry, provide nourishment in a cup or on a plate. If it’s comfort, offer hugs, and if your child is bored, sit down and play!
For the first few days, fill half of it with water and half of it with milk. Then gradually add more water until the entire bottle is water. By that time, it’s likely that your child will lose interest and be asking for the yummy milk that comes in a cup!
Get rid of the bottles or put them out of sight.
If you continue to have problems or concerns about stopping the bottle, consult with your doctor.