Are you ready to move your baby off the baby bottle? Getting a baby to accomplish this simple task can be one of the hardest things to accomplish. To get your child to use other drinking options, we suggest you use one of our tips below. By doing so, we believe you will be able to get your child to change their attitude over time.
Phasing Out the Bottle Slowly
Kids are trying to move off of the bottle; we always recommend the use of a sippy cup. In the beginning, if the sippy cup is slowly introduced, it makes the transition away from the bottle easier. To do this, we recommend slowly letting them use one. Then trying to drink from it before you start to remove them from the bottle. Over time, let them drink from it more and more until you can slowly just remove the bottle all together…
Don’t Worry About the Spilled Milk
One of the biggest frustrations of babies is getting them off of the bottle due to the cups often get spilled or unintentionally bumped over. To teach the concept of moving on to an older kids cup, we recommend using a cup when in the bathtub. It allows kids to be able to pick up water and pour it out. If they spill it, it doesn’t make as much of a mess, and you can easily clean them and the spill. This provides the perfect environment to explain how accidents happen, but we have to be careful not to spill the cup.
The Milk Association
When trying to remove a child’s interest in a bottle, an easy way to make them psychology not want the bottle is to water the milk down. For instance, if you give your child a bottle with milk and a water mixture, continue to dilute it. By doing so, a child will want to drink out of a sippy cup more if it has the whole milk. Giving them both options, they will eventually drink from the sippy cup alone.
Appeal to Their Curiosity
When trying to get your kids more interested in the bottle, it often makes it easier to appeal visually. If you get them a decorative cup or even decorate their own, it will intrigue them. Allowing them to personalize something that makes it theirs, and therefore something they will want to use. Build a personal relationship with items by also adding other cool items, such as bendy straws or a crazy straw. Crazy straws are great because so many are incredibly visually complex. The bigger, the better, and more colorful will catch their attention.
Maintaining a Plan
When trying to get your child to start to use a bottle, there will be some natural hesitance. Your child may throw their cup or get upset. We recommend letting temper tantrums happen and allowing children to overcome the lack of a bottle. Children will cry, but you must stay strong and not waiver. Any recognition of the idea you might give back into the bottle will prevent the progression of the removal of the bottle. Any attempt to allow regression will make your work be reversed. They are making all of your attempts to stick to any plans now useless. The good news is their attitude will change over time, along with their hesitance.
Reward the Removal of the Bottle From Being a Comfort Object
When you are trying to instill the idea of removing the bottle, associate it with something more positive. This could simply be giving them their favorite toy or snack. If you do so, please understand any attempt to provide an association, will just replace the comfort object. Potentially causing issues down the road, depending on what you choose as a replacement. Sometimes giving them a stuffed animal or a blanket can provide this alternative comfort object.
The Early Constant Reminders and When to Stop
Each day remind your child that the days of the bottle are numbered. You may need to sit them down and explain to them it will eventually be removed. Reminding them of this often, they need to understand they are on their way to becoming a big kid. Eventually, once you have instilled these principles more seriously, remove the bottles. You will not want any in your home, or to have anyone use them around your child. This is when the idea of “out of sight, out of mind” becomes a real statement. Once they understand the need for the separation and are separated from the bottle, stop the reminders. You want to do your best not to remind them of this habit until they are comfortable with other options.
Allow the Proper Amount of Time
Your child will not lose their interest in a bottle overnight. Depending on the amount of time they have used one, it will impact the time to remove it. When working with them, we recommend that this occur over at least a couple of months. Children are not big fans of change, but they do not notice it when it is gradual. If you allow them the proper amount of time, they will reciprocate properly. Your children will not be able to convert from a bottle overnight, so please don’t have this expectation.
Consult a Physician
There have always been discussions about the negative impacts of a bottle. When speaking to your doctor, he will recommend maybe a unique strategy. Depending on their apprehension, some doctors may suggest alternative methods. If you choose to use these methods, please follow their guidance. Some cases of children building dependence on a bottle can often be severe. If a child has been dependent on a bottle for a prolonged amount of time, there could be other effects. Prevention of prolonged use may help prevent in reinforcing negative ideas such as the pacifier or the thumb sucking alternative.