Your baby will grow and become developed. Along with this development, the child will soon learn to eat and drink solid food, thus no longer need the baby bottles. For some moms and dads, this is a simple process, but for those who have a hard time weaning the child from using baby bottles, here is a simple guide that you can follow.
Training the child as early as possible will be helpful in the weaning time. If your baby can hold the cups comfortably, teach him or her with the proper way of drinking from the cup.
Switch different cups
It is best also if you will switch on different types of cups so that the child will not get bored with the usual one. You will also be able to find one that will be more convenient and comfortable for your child to use. Make the cups interesting as well by choosing different colors.
Different Types of Cups
Similar to a bottle, a sippy cup has an opening that resembles the nipple. If the baby does not want to drop the bottles yet, this is your interim solution for the baby’s transitioning to drinking on cups.
Some child development experts disagree to the use of sippy cups because parents would still need to wean the child from it. Some suggest that instead of using sippy cups, train the child to drink on glass and cups directly.
Plastic cups are better when training your child to drink on cups. In fact, most babies prefer drinking on cups just as how they see the adults do.
For the safety of your child, it is best to use plastic cups, and to prevent the spills, fill the cup in half only so that there is not much mess to clean up. Straws are also helpful and little kids love using straws in spiral design and colorful pieces.
Sports Water Bottles
Another way to help kids wean from bottle feeding is through the use of the sports water bottle. Its small hole makes it easy for the little ones to drink without the mess and the spill.
By simply doing the proper way of drinking on cups, your baby will learn through imitation. They love to imitate what adults do. If you want to teach your baby the easiest way, be the perfect example for them to imitate.
Allow your Baby to Choose Cups
It is like a simple negotiation by getting your little one to agree giving up the bottles and use his or her desired cups. This will definitely make a way for the child to stop using the bottles and drink from the cups instead if he gets to use the cup he likes most.
A simple way to have him choose his cup is by taking him into the shop and let him choose the design and size he wants.
Introduce Cups in Disney Characters
You will be surprised to find out that your little one already has his favorite Disney character. Make use of it and get him a cup with his favorite character printed on it. He will surely want to use it all the time.
Keep the Bottles
Let the baby use the bottle for a while for water, but not on milk. As you explain that milk time is only on cups and not on bottles, he will learn to forget the bottles little by little.
Swap from Bottles to Cups Gradually
A gradual swap can be helpful as well. Don’t rush things because the baby will absorb the reality as he grows up. Instead of pushing him to do it now, let him do it on his own. Take him to the table and let him get the cup by himself.
Continue with the bottles once in a while as you gradually swap the cups during meal time and before nap time. On bedtime, offer him a cup of milk once in a while or every other night. When he becomes used to it, you can completely take the bottles away and wean him from it.
Throwing of bottles
A careful explanation to a more detailed one may open his mind to understand that as a big boy, he no longer needs the bottles. Guide him through the trash can and allow him to throw the bottles so he would not ask for it again.
Out of sight, out of mind
In weaning your baby from bottle feeding, he usually asks for it because he still sees it in the bottle rack or in the refrigerator. Once he lost glimpse of it, he will soon forget the bottles because he already has cups to use.
Whenever he tastes the cup as one with better taste than his bottle, he will prefer the cups over the bottles. You do not even have to push him to use the cups.
Offer him rewards every time he chooses to drink on cups. A story time or a simple play will be enough for the little one.
Avoid stress on mess
Kids tend to be clumsy. In case he spilled the milk or dropped the cup, stay calm and let him learn from it. As you clean the mess, the little one will also learn how to do it. The next time he spilled it again, you will be surprised that he will do the cleaning on his own just as how you do it.