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Bye-bye, bottle

Your toddler loves his bottle, but the pediatrician says it’s time to switch to a cup. Here are a few quick tips for making a no-tears transition.
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Many pediatricians recommend weaning babies from bottle to cup sometime between 12 and 18 months. Extended sucking on bottles (or pacifiers or thumbs) could gradually change the shape of a toddler’s mouth, leading to problems with his dental arch or with speech. And while sippy cups have valves, bottles don’t — that means formula, milk or juice can continually dribble out, pooling around teeth and causing decay.

Making the move

To move from bottle to cup, first invite your baby to play with the cup and try it out when she’s not really hungry or thirsty, so she’s not frantic if she doesn’t figure it out right away. After she gets the hang of it, gradually substitute one bottle feeding at a time over the course of a week or more. End with the most beloved bottle, which is usually the one before bedtime or nap.

Bump up snuggle time

Make sure to give your baby lots of close physical contact and hugging when those final bottles are being replaced, so it’s only the bottle she’s missing, not your time or cuddling. And as with bottles, don’t let your child take a sippy cup of formula or breast milk to bed.

Shop around for sippy cups

If your child is really resistant to picking up a cup, try a cup with a different design or character. You can even let her pick a special cup herself. It may turn out that a different type of valve, spout or handles will work better for her.

Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Baby's First Year. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 57reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I am so worried that my little won't want to give up the bottle! These tips are helpful and I hope they work with her. March 20, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I'm having an extremely difficult time with my 2 yo letting go of the bottle at night, that is how he's always been comfortable falling asleep. He will drink out of his sippy cup and other regular cups during the day and at meal time,but is emotionally attached to the bottle at night. Help!! January 12, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I introduced sippy cup a little before age one. I would give it to him during the day once in a while. than when he turned a year he took bottles away cold turkey. it worked really well with him. December 17, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Doctor told us to go straight to a cup. It has been so messy November 13, 2014
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