This week, as always, we have Kate Barlow from joining us to chat about how to wean baby from bottle to cup, as well as discussing moving a toddler from a bottle as well.
In fact, the AAP states that kids at 12 month don’t require nighttime feeding at all. But, need and want are two separate things. A lot of kids use their bottles (and the contents) for comfort. That’s why, when weaning a baby from a bottle, it’s the before bedtime one that is most difficult for them to relinquish. They want the comfort of the bottle before sleep. And, because so many parents don’t want to deal with a crying or cranky kid before bedtime, they continue allowing the bottle and formula (or milk) well after the kid should have given it up.
If your child isn’t quite ready to make the transition directly to the sippy cup, thisÂ Â worked wonders for my kids as an in-between solution. My kids loved the soft flexible straw much more than they did the hard sippy cup. These are super convenient for days at the park or the beach. Just pop some ice cubes in there and your children will stay cool and well-hydrated the whole day! Making the transition between milk and water in these cups was also really easy and I was able to get all of my children completely weaned from the bottle by age 2. Apart from this bottle, for more tips on how to wean your baby away from the bottle and onto a cup or sippy cup, watch my vlog!
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. Longer bottle use may lead to cavities or cause your child to drink more milk than he or she needs.