The short answer on helping baby transition from bottles to sippy cups.
- To practise with, select a variety of sippy cup styles.
- When your infant can sit unassisted and eats solids, switch from a bottle to a sippy cup.
- Start with drinks you’re comfortable with, such as breastmilk or formula.
- Hold the transition cup gently to the baby’s lips to allow her to sip.
- Encourage your infant or toddler to grasp the cup on his or her own.
- Reduce the use of bottles and instead provide beverages in cups throughout the day.
- Slow down.
- Make it enjoyable by providing plenty of encouragement.
Making the Transition From Bottles To Cups
It takes time and practice to transition from bottles to sippy cups. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association suggest that babies move from bottles to cups at the age of 12 months.
assisting your child in the development of many oral and motor abilities
Lip and jaw muscles, tongue muscles, and soft palate development are all exercised. This is critical for the development of appropriate speech and eating abilities as they grow.
As a mother of three, I’ve always stressed the need of avoiding lengthy bottle usage with my kids. I wanted to avoid dental issues, obesity, overbites, and speech development delays in my children.
What You Need To Make The Transfer Easier
We advocate utilizing a variety of non-toxic, unbreakable sippy cups, toddler training cups, and lid types for your kid to practise with, just as you would when introducing baby spoons. We recommend going with something free of phthalates and BPA/BPS, but it’s entirely up to you! There are many of nice glass and stainless steel sippy cups to select from these days. Your child will enjoy the procedure if you use a variety of cups, which will make the transfer from bottles to sippy cups much simpler!
Here are some examples of distinct cup styles:
- A straw-equipped toddler cup. Choose a water bottle with a spout and/or straw made of stainless steel or glass.
- A learning cup is a simple cup with handles on both sides and no cover that is easy to grip.
- A 360 cup for newborns with a 360 degree drinking edge to prevent spillage and a sucking mechanism to get the liquid out.
- Drinking from a sippy cup with a spout-style lid.
- A simple cup, such as a shot glass or a tiny tumbler would suffice. To avoid breakage, we recommend choosing tempered glass and avoiding using it on tile or concrete.
How to Introduce a Cup to a 6-Month-Old
- Instead of plastic, choose for glass, silicone, or stainless steel sippy cups that are safe and non-toxic. Purchase a variety of types so that your child may practise with them all.
- Begin when your infant is able to sit up in a high chair and consume solid foods.
- Make it enjoyable! Allow your baby to “control” the cup whenever feasible, allowing her to touch and play with it while also showing her how you drink from one.
- Start with a drink you’re comfortable with, like as expressed breast milk or formula, or water (which is safe to do at 6 months).
- Hold the cup to your baby’s lips and tip it back gently to allow her to drink some of the liquid. Before you offer anything further, be sure she has swallowed.
- With a baby who can utilize a variety of cup types, start gently with the objective of moving away from bottles altogether at 12 months.
How to Introduce a Cup to a 12-Month Old or Older
- Instead of plastic, go for safe, non-toxic toddler cups made of glass, silicone, or stainless steel. Purchase a variety of types so that your child may practise with them all.
- Begin with water, milk, or a very diluted juice to pique your baby’s curiosity.
- Allow your child to hold the cup. Show him how to do it and assist him if he does not drink from it.
- Reduce the number of bottles available during the day by offering milk in a cup rather than a bottle.
- If your baby shows curiosity, let him sip water from your cup (but make sure there’s no ice in it).
- Make it enjoyable for your kid by praising him or her for drinking from various glasses.
Things To Keep In Mind
Although switching to a sippy cup appears to be a simple process, some children find it difficult. Getting away of bottles is a significant adjustment, comparable to moving from a crib to a toddler bed and eventually to a large kid mattress.
Here are some pointers that I find useful while teaching my kids this new skill:
- Allow your baby to lead the way by experimenting with a variety of various sippy cup styles. It’s worth noting that moving to a sippy cup isn’t a required developmental step, so if your child prefers a learning cup or straw to a sippy spout, that’s acceptable (or even optimal).
- Half of the meal should be given in a bottle, and the other half should be given in a sippy cup.
- Attempt a variety of drinks. Using a bit of highly diluted fruit juice to get your child to use a sippy cup is a fantastic method to get them to use one.
- Take your own cup and demonstrate how to do it to your child. Encourage your infant to suck on her own cup by making a gently sucking noise.
- Congratulate your child on a job well done.
Sippy cups, like any new things for parents and kids to learn, require some time to perfect. Don’t get discouraged if your infant doesn’t grasp the concept right away.
When switching from a bottle to a sippy cup, keep the following safety and development considerations in mind:
- To avoid the introduction of teeth destroying germs, don’t share sippy cups with your infant.
- Only use a sippy cup for a brief period of time. By the age of two, toddlers should be able to use a suitable cup.
- Allowing your child to carry a sippy cup of milk or juice into her crib or toddler bed is not a good idea. Aside from the possibility of spilling some on her crib mattress, it’s bad for her teeth.
- Sippy cups should be rinsed after each use. Disassemble all parts on a regular basis for thorough cleaning with warm soapy water.
- Inspect cups for damage, wear, and mold on a regular basis.
Is it really necessary to switch my kid from a bottle to a cup by the age of 12 months?
Yes, you absolutely do!
Tooth decay, obesity, picky eating, poor nutrition, orthodontic difficulties, and ear infections are all linked to prolonged bottle usage.
Look for indicators that your baby is ready to go from the bottle to the cup, such as wanting to drink from your cup.
Switch to water in a bottle and milk in a cup for older infants and toddlers. They’ll be more likely to pick the cup if the milk is more appealing.
Be prepared for a bit of a shambles at the start. Some spouts may be too tough for your infant to suck from at first. Allowing your infant to drink from an open cup with only a spoonful of liquid at a time can help them get the hang of it with little mess. Recognize that the babys are learning about cause and consequence, which may include some cup dumping.
It’s fine if your child refuses to drink from the cup straight away. Continue to provide it and show the infant how to utilize it.
Before introducing fluids, give the infant an empty cup to play with and become used to. Make an effort to use a cup that the baby enjoys.
Whether you use a straw, a sippy cup with a spout, or an open cup to introduce to your infant, keep in mind that a cup is preferable to extended bottle usage.
Baby’s health and well-being, as well as optimal oral development, need progressive weaning off the bottle or quitting cold turkey.
Remember that the bottles should be finished by the time the baby turns one.