Help your child quit the bottle
Some toddlers just love their bottles. Here’s how to say farewell.
Your toddler’s bottle has become a very special item in his life. The bottle is soothing when he is tired and comforting when he is upset. So, when will your toddler be old enough to go without his bottle?
Like any other stage of development, letting go of the bottle will depend on your child and cannot be compared to other children. A good rule of thumb is to aim to move from a bottle to a sippy cup by their second birthday, but watch for signs he’s less interested and grab the moment when it first arises.How to boot the bottle
- Start at a time when you anticipate the least amount of change in his life (i.e. not when he is ill, starts nursery school or when you have a new baby in the house). This will optimize your chances of success.
- Introduce a cup to replace one bottle per day, then gradually increase it. Teach your toddler how to handle a cup. Cups are different from bottles, and your child needs to learn cup-drinking skills with your help.
- Once you've substituted a sippy cup for any feeding or snack, don't bring back the bottle.
- Don't rush, give your toddler ample time to get used to not having his bottle. He might get to a point when he only wants his bottle at night, you should not be concerned about this, in time your toddler will let go.
- Encourage him to make the move away from the bottle by praising him for his newfound cup-handling skills.