My 15 months baby wants to have milk from a feeding bottle both day and night. I have tried sippy cup and other option, but she refuses them all. I think she is now too old for a baby bottle and I also want her to stop feeding at night.
Please provide tips on how to make her forget the baby bottle and start using a cup intead.
Weaning From Bottle To Sippy Cup For Toddler
At the age of around 15 months, many babies have quite a strong view on what they want and they show it! While this is a natural development, it can be hard to know how to deal with it.
So if your baby really likes her bottle, she won’t give it up without a big fight unless you do it gradually. There a no particular health or development reasons to take away the bottle yet, just so you know. What is more important is actually to reduce the night feeding since it can lead to cavities.
The bottle in itself, e.g. filled with water, is not a threat to her teeth in any way. (But that doesn’t mean you are wrong to wean the bottle, of course, that is your decision.)
To wean a baby from the bottle and to a sippy cup, it will certainly be easier to start with introducing the sippy cup at daytime.
Here are a few tricks you can use to make your baby want to try the cup:
- Make sure the sippy cup is easy to drink from. Try it yourself to see how hard it is to get the liquid out. Some no-spill cups are quite hopeless even for adults to drink from.
- Consider giving her a regular mug (not a no-spill one), but still a baby cup with handles and lid. They are often easier to drink from.
- Let her use the cup as a toy to get used to it. You can play a game together, where she can feeds her dolls, her loveys and even you (but not herself unless she wants to).
- Put some tasty liquid in the cup that she really can’t resist, like breast milk, formula or juice.
- Use the cup yourself without offering it to her, to make her curious.
- Meet other babies that use sippy cups, so that she can watch others using it.
- If you have a fight over her current cup, buy a new one that doesn’t look the same and have a fresh start with all the tips above.
- If your baby really hates a sippy cup anyway, consider a cup without a lid. She will spill more, but since it is easier to drink from, she might accept it easier. One of my kids was like that. She hated the sippy cup, but gladly drank from a regular cup AND learned quite quickly how to drink from it.
Once she has started to accept the cup, take away the bottle at daytime first. When that works, try offering the cup at night too. It is very possible that your baby will stop feeding at night, if she is not offered her beloved bottle.
You can learn more ways to stop bottle feeding or nursing a baby at night here. (The article is mostly about breastfeeding at night, but many tips can be used for bottle feeding as well.)
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