Babies grow so fast. One day your baby will be eating off of your breast or out of a bottle in your arms, and the next, they will be feeding themselves their milk out of a sippy cup.
Learning all of the dos and don’ts of introducing a sippy cup is very important and can make the transitional period so much easier. Babies love their bottles.
There will come a day when you think I will never get that bottle away. Be patient. Take time. The day will come soon enough. For now, enjoy their growing stages and take in every moment you have with them. Babies love to learn.
They love to do what they see you doing. It is natural for them to progress at their own rate, but they will need help with certain things.
Introducing a sippy cup between six and nine months of age is very important. By twelve months, you want to try and have your baby completely weaned off of the bottle.
This is important because once babies start being mobile, they like to carry their bottles with them, and if they constantly have a bottle in their mouth, it can cause tooth decay.
Transitions come and go. Your baby will go through a lot of them. You must support your baby in any way that you can throughout each and every transition.
Take time with your baby. Try to make them understand the transition instead of them thinking you are just taking something away from them like their bottles.
Is weaning a baby off of a bottle hard?
Parents that used a one-week plan were more successful at weaning their babies off of their bottles in a quick, easy, stress-free way.
Parents who did not follow a plan and gave a bottle here and there and a sippy cup here and there had a more difficult time. Weaning became especially hard for parents that waited until their baby was over a year old before starting the weaning process.
Babies get very attached to their bottles no matter how old they are. Taking it away suddenly can be traumatizing to them. You want to make sure you are following a routine and taking it away for longer periods of time each day.
Can babies use a sippy cup?
Babies can use sippy cups, but there are some guidelines you will want to follow. These guidelines include:
- Making sure your baby can sit up without being supported
- Can they hold the sippy cup by themselves to drink?
- Make sure they are eating solid foods before introducing a sippy cup
- Ensure they show interest in the cup
- Verify that the flow is not too fast and they can easily drink
Make sure you make the transition natural
Ensuring that your baby is comfortable and ready for the transition from a bottle to a sippy cup is very important.
Babies are often ready before we are, and they mustn’t sense the feeling that you are not ready because this can make the transition more difficult.
Transitioning your baby from a bottle to a sippy can be a very sad time, but it should not have to be. It should be an exciting step in the journey that you and your baby are on together.
Once you know that you and your baby are ready for this step in your journey then you should take the step to find the right sippy.
Finding the right sippy
Finding the right sippy for your baby will be the hardest part of your journey. It could take a few tries, but eventually, you will find the sippy that works for your little one.
There are so many different kinds of sippy cups, hard spouts, soft spots, fast flow, slow flow, etc. You may have to try a few different ones before your baby really takes to one.
Take the step and move on to sippy cups
Your baby is going to grow faster than you want it to. There is no way to slow it down. The only thing that you can do is take in every little moment that you get.
Enjoy every transition that you get to help your baby through and remember every little moment.
Transitioning to a sippy cup is one of the smaller transitions, so when you feel that your baby is ready, then go ahead and take this step.
You will be helping your baby in the long run by ensuring you are helping them avoid tooth decay. A lot of babies are not going to want to give up that sippy cup. It is going to be a sort of pacifier for them. A security item.
Do not just yank it out from under them and expect them to be okay. Take your time. Follow a schedule. Let them understand it is okay to give up the bottle.
You want this transition to be easy for you, so make it easy for them. Babies do not understand as we do. They will not until they are bigger.
For now, it is up to us to make sure their little lives run smoothly. Babies can have sippy cups as long as they can sit up on their own, hold the cup on their own, are old enough to have things like water and juice, can drink without being strangled, and a few other things.
Newborn babies cannot have sippy cups, but eventually, your baby will be old enough to transition. Do not let this be a scary time. Enjoy it. Soon these transitions will end. You will want them back.
They may be scary for you now and feel like they are coming to fast, but eventually, you will want them back.