How to Transition From a Bottle to a Sippy Cup
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Every mom looks forward to the day when you can throw out the baby bottles. No more individually washing bottles, and nipples and air drying. No more getting ready for bed and remembering that you had that bin of bottles to wash so they were ready in the morning! But most times, your little one isn’t as anxious to give up the bottle as you are. Sometimes, it’s the only thing they have known for a year or more. In some cases, it probably took them a while to learn how to drink out of that and now we want them to use a sippy cup instead.
Transitioning to a sippy cup is a big step in a little ones life. It provides a little more freedom and means they are moving from baby to toddler. Kids can really put up a fight when it comes to giving up their bottle. Here are a few tips that worked for us!
Start the Transition Slowly
For some people, cutting it out cold turkey may work. For us, we started out more slowly. We started out using The First Years Soft Spout Sippy Cups We decided that for one bottle a day, we would offer it in a sippy cup as opposed to the bottle that my son was used to. It was a while before he would drink much from the sippy cup. He would always hold it and look and test it out, but a lot of times, wouldn’t drink a sip. Which leads me to the second tip…
Don’t Give Them Another Choice
It is easy if they start fussing about wanting the bottle instead to just give in and give it to them, but that just reinforces to them that if they refuse the sippy cup, they can get their bottle back. It can be worrying that they are getting less milk than they should, but if a child really wants the milk or water, they will drink from the sippy cup. Starting out slowly also helps with not withholding too much of their liquid intake.
This also worked first hand with my son on the way home from a park one day. He was fussing, thirsty for some milk and all we had was a sippy cup. And what do you know – he drank the whole thing! And we never looked back! Once they get used to drinking from it, it’s important not to flip flop between the two!
If At First You Don’t Succeed…
…don’t give up! Continue to offer the sippy cup more and more often. When kids are old enough for sippy cups, they are also generally old enough that they are going to drink if they are thirsty and eat if they are hungry. If they really want it, they will drink it from the sippy cup.
What helped you transition your little one from a bottle to a sippy cup?