Most are ready to start learning to use a cup by 6 to 12 months of age. The baby should be able to sit up well without support before you begin weaning. Encourage your baby to give up the bottle when he or she shows any of these signs: Shortens his or her breast-feeding time.
How do I transition my baby from bottle to cup?
Weaning: The idea is to slowly swap out bottles in favor of cups. For example, you might fill in a cup for the bottle at just one feeding a day, then add a second cup the following week. No matter how slow (or fast) you want to go, Ayoob says you should take away the mid-day bottles first, then the morning one.
When should a baby use a sippy cup instead of a bottle?
Most doctors recommend introducing a cup around the time a baby is 6 months old. In the beginning, much of what you serve in a cup will end up on the floor or on your baby. But by 12 months of age, most babies have the coordination and hand skills needed to hold a cup and drink from it.
Why are sippy cups not recommended?
Nimali Fernando, co-author of Raising a Healthy Happy Eater, says: “Sippy cups encourage babies to do just that, to sip. But constant sipping on anything but water isn’t good for the health of a baby’s new teeth. Acid from the drink may wear down the enamel and demineralize teeth, leading to tooth decay.
Why are sippy cups bad?
Sippy Cups Can Cause Serious Oral Health Issues With Prolonged Use. If used incorrectly, a sippy cup can cause malformation of the hard palate, which leads to malocclusion (bite problems) and crooked teeth. Why? Because sippy cups cause your child to swallow incorrectly.