Is My Baby Ready for a Cup?

When baby graduates to a cup, it hits most parents pretty hard. The infant stage is moving behind you. However, you certainly don’t want to put it off for too long.

If you are breast-feeding, sometimes it’s easier to skip the bottle completely. It’ll be transition time from formula to cow’s milk anyway. This mainly depends on how long you plan to breast-feed.

All babies mature at different ages, but they do need to be able to sit up, hold the cup, and drink from it. Generally, plan a complete daily transition for the child’s first birthday. As she’s turning the big one, help her to feel like a big girl by leaving the bottle behind for babies.

Around six months, go ahead and buy a cup, introduce them, so it doesn’t just all of a sudden take the bottle’s place. Occasionally, substitute the cup for the bottle during feeding.

As the baby gets stronger, give him the cup to play with, just to eventually get the feel of it. Get a cup that’s the same color for yourself; then, he will get the idea of how to use it by watching Mommy.

Work the cut into a bathtub toy. Let him fill it up and pour water out of it, drink from it, or just make a mess. It’s all about comfort and friendship.

Choosing The Right Cup

Age 4-6 months
Transitional cup: By this age, The baby can have water with meals. Start by introducing this cup because it’s not so different from the bottle with its soft spout and handles.

Age 6-12 months
Spout: This cup is shaped almost like a nipple, but narrower with harder plastic. The label might read, bite-proof spout, due to the fact that some little toddlers like to nibble holes in their cup lid.

Straw: The straw can be a little confusing at first with its completely new way of drinking. You definitely need to wait till she can hold the cup on her own.

Spoutless: Probably the coolest and most confusing sippy cup for adults, but Pediatrician and Dentist recommended. It comes with a leak-proof guarantee. It’s a 360 degree rimmed cup, has a sealed rib, and only allows liquid out when it is sucked.

Age 12+ months
Multi-use Cups: With straw cup functions, this cup is very similar to any cup you would use for yourself. There’s a silicone straw, and your little toddler will take half-second learning how to keep the cup upright to drink.

Age 18+ months
Trainer Cups: With removable lids, that little girl is getting ready for the days of drinking without a lid. However, it’s still there until you are ready, Mom.

Why The Bottle Must Go

Of course, the bottle is not only feeding your baby but giving security too. However, health issues could arise if you allow her to keep it.

Ear Infections

When your baby lays down to drink her bottle, some of the fluid comes back into the back of her throat, leaving nothing but air and opportunity for bacteria to take over.

That Cheesy Smile

Sucking on that nipple all the time can cause development issues with the roof of her mouth and facial muscles, along with leading to an overbite in time.

Obesity

Studies have shown that two-year-olds with bottles are very likely to be obese by six. Also, if they are filling up from it, she’s not getting enough nutrients from food.

Tooth Decay

If she’s drinking milk, there’s sugar. If she’s partaking in juice, there’s acid. When she sucks it from a bottle, it’s going to stay on her teeth longer. When she goes to sleep, her body makes less saliva to wash away the bad stuff.

It’s a Process

This is not going to be easy. Get ready to hold him tight, and don’t be surprised if you share some tears together; it’s a major mom! Just take it slow and make sure that all caregivers are on the same page.

Remember, this is a big transition time, going from bottle to cup, and formula to cow’s milk, next, from the only formula to food. He won’t be spending near as much time with cuppie as he did the bottle. So, even though he might seem sad when the bottle goes, it won’t last too long. There are too many new foods to introduce.

Start by allowing the cup to replace a bottle; this is meant to reduce the time he gets his bottle during the day. You can start by replacing the lunchtime bottle with a cup, then dinner. You will slowly take away all of the daytime bottles.

Start putting milk in the big cup and watering down the bottle. But 75% milk to 25% water. The next week, move to 50% milk, 50% water. Work your way down to total water in the bottle. It won’t be long before it’s known that the milk in the cup tastes better than the water in the bottle.

How To Stop Bedtime Bottle

Begin by giving the baby a healthy snack after dinner with the new cup. If he’s full, he won’t miss the bottle.

If you’re not already giving a bath at bedtime, you might consider it. After a snack and a warm bath with some lavender lotion, he will knock right on out.

It might also help to buy a new stuffed animal that he can clutch to go to sleep instead of the bottle.

Always remember to pray for baby, no matter which idea you go with. “Atta boy” goes a long way, even for adults.

Eliminate Temptations

Throw away ALL bottles! Don’t forget spares in the diaper bag, car, or especially at Grandmas. You don’t want to get past everything, and he accidentally finds one and wants it. Plus, you can’t give in to a tantrum at 4 AM if there’s no bottle in the house.