When Should I Stop Giving the Bottle?

When Should I Stop Giving the Bottle?

You are thus unsure about when to stop giving your kid bottles. It might be challenging to decide the right time. In addition to getting nutrition from their bottles, babies also have a tendency to get highly connected to them.

Long-term bottle feeding may be dangerous and make weaning challenging. However, how can you tell when your child is prepared to start moving away from the bottle? And how can you minimize the tension associated with this procedure? As mothers, we are aware that deciding to discontinue bottle-feeding, for your child may be a difficult decision. 

As they become more independent and defiant, your kid will find it harder to let go of the bottle the longer you wait. You’ll experience greater confusion and stress as a result. A sippy cup should be introduced between six and nine months of age. 

Start by giving your infant one to two ounces of water in a sippy cup with each meal, expressed breast milk, formula, or one to two ounces of water. They could need a few weeks to become used to the sippy.

Start the weaning process by switching one daily bottle feeding with a sippy cup when your child is getting near a year old and is comfortable using a sippy cup. Since you’ll also be making the transition from formula to milk, one year is an excellent time to make the change.

How to Stop Feeding from Bottles

For you and your baby, giving up the bottle may be a challenging and stressful time. Here are some ideas to help everyone engaged with the move have an easier and more pleasurable experience.

Time it properly

Before beginning the transfer, be sure no stressful situations are due to occur. A relocation, the birth of a sibling, or a lengthy family trip may be too much for your young child to handle. They could start to experience insecurity and revert to old habits or patterns.

Let them decide

Make the changeover a wonderful event in itself by going shopping with your kid and letting them choose their own cups. Additionally, you may let them choose the cup they wish to use for each meal.

Use a straw or sippy cup with a firm spout

Dentists advise against using sippy cups with soft spouts and instead advise using ones with a firm spout or straw. In addition to being better for their teeth, utilizing a firm spout or straw will help simplify the adjustment.

Offer praise

When your kid uses their cup rather than the bottle, praise and encourages them. In order to make the sippy cup more appealing, you might even offer them stickers.

Keep the bottle away from view

Hide all other bottles while you’re weaning your child so they won’t ask for one as often. When the transition is complete, you have two options: either hide all the bottles until the arrival of your next child or have a little party and enlist the aid of your toddler to get rid of them.

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