Switching from Bottle to Cup

 

Making the switch from a bottle to a cup is a significant milestone, and one that may take some trial and error. Most pediatricians suggest weaning from the bottle by the first birthday to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Try these tips for a smoother transition:

  • Introduce milk, juice, or water in a cup on a daily basis for a month before you take the bottle away.
     
  • Gradually decrease the number of bottles over a few weeks, eliminating one bottle at a time. Your child’s favorite bottle-time should be the last to go.
     
  • When you’re down to that last bottle, make it less appealing. If it's the bedtime one, make it water and give it after you brush the child’s teeth.
     
  • If your child seems to miss a particular bottle, introduce a soothing substitute routine. A favorite song, finger play, calming music, a soft blanket or stuffed animal may comfort him. Be prepared for some cranky periods and offer an extra dose of nurturing.

See also ...

•  Stopping the bottle

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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