5 Tips To Transition Your Baby From Bottle To Sippy Cup
Most pediatricians will suggest that your baby drop the bottles at about 12 months, but getting acquainted with a sippy cup sooner can make the switch to cup much easier.
Around 6 or 7 months, when your baby starts solid baby food, is a great time to introduce a sippy cup.
Here are 5 tips to help transition from a bottle to a sippy cup
1. Try Different Cups
Some babies are just as picky about their sippy cup as they were about bottles. You may need to try a variety of cups before you find the one that works for your baby.
2. Milk Milk Milk
You may want to put some of their milk in the cup rather than water. If they really love their milk, this may be what gets them to try the cup in the first place. Keep in mind that this may have the opposite effect on some babies. They may ONLY want milk in a bottle, but take water just fine in a cup. Again, this will take some trial and error to get it right for your baby.
3. No Juice
We know water has no taste and can be kind of boring, but you don’t want to trick your baby into using the cup by offering sugary drinks with no nutritional value.
4. Start SLOW
Your baby doesn’t really need the water just yet. In fact, too much water can be harmful for babies. If your baby is breastfeeding his thirst is quenched by his mother's milk. If he is drinking formula, there is already water in the bottle. Dr. Jennifer Shu- Pediatrician at the Children's Medical Group says “2 to 4 ounces per day is the typical recommendation.”
5. Don’t Sweat It
If your baby is just refusing the cup all together right now and it is causing stress at the table, take a step back. You can come back to it in a few weeks and try again. Don’t make the dinner table a battle or there may be negative associations with eating for the long run.