I was alarmed when I was doing my rounds here a while ago that a one year old baby could cause ear infection if she still drinking milk in a bottle. I asked Terry to search for the tips on weaning your baby with little fuss. And this was what he found out at Parent Time website.
- Give your baby a plastic cup to hold and play with from an early age—3 to 6 months. You’re setting the stage for drinking!
- By the time your child is 8 months old, give her a sippy cup for use during one meal. Don’t fill it up, but let her drink some juice or milk from it every day. Start with one meal each day, and after a week, add the cup to another meal. Don’t get rid of the bottle all at once; gradually substitute the sippy cup over time.
- Teach your child how to handle the cup by showing her. Hold the cup for her at first, so she only gets a little liquid and can practice drinking without choking on it. Cups are different from bottles, and your child needs to learn cup-drinking skills with your help.
- Don’t throw the bottle away completely. Sometimes, children need to bottle for sleeping or quiet playtime. Let an occasional bottle comfort your child. But once you’ve substituted a sippy cup for any feeding or snack, don’t replace it with the bottle. Keep the bottle for special needs.
- Don’t rush. You may get your child 85% weaned, and worry about giving her a bottle at night. (Once your baby has teeth, bottles for napping or sleeping should only have water; milk or juice can cause tooth decay). Sucking is a primal instinct; children sometimes need to suck to feel soothed. Don’t throw out something that can help your child feel secure; some children may use bottles occasionally for three years after weaning, and that’s okay.