Your child would have had made another huge step in life with the first spoonful of complementary feeding. At 9 to 12 months, another milestone for your child would be to drink from a cup.
From the 9th month, you should begin the transition from bottle to cup
You should have begun to transit your child from a bottle to the cup when it reaches 9 months.
It is recommended by the paediatricians for children to drink via their cups from 9 months of age.
They have their reasons:
The continuous use of the pacifier can adversely affect the position of their teeth and cause deformations of the jaw
When children drink sweetened drinks or milk from the bottle, tooth decay can occur from the frequent flowing of the sugar or acidic liquid around the teeth.
A study from the Temple University in Philadelphia shows that due to the higher fluid intake from the bottle when compared to the cup(sample : caloric beverages), two year olds who drink more regularly from the bottle would be more prone to obesity than that of a child who drinks regularly from a cup.
Learning to drink from a cup
Your child learns to drink differently when switching from the bottle to cup as it will not have to suck and instead use the tongue and palate as the beverage flows from the cup into its mouth.
To facilitate in the transition for your child
Usually has his bottle during bedtime? You can encourage him to transfer his loyalty to other objects; such as a stuffed animal. Even an extra cuddle before bedtime can distract him from the bottles.
Your child may not be able to drink as much from a cup at the start, so it is advisable to end the meal after trying with the cup by using a bottle until it is drinking about 120 millilitres with a meal from the cup.
To successfully wean your child from the bottle
- Give your child the baby bottle for a shorter time with lesser milk
- Colourful mugs with comic or animal figures make drinking more attractive
- Try to remain consistent (it will be hard)
It is perfectly normal for your child to take a couple of months for your child to wean off bottle. According to paediatricians and educators, the transition to the cup would be more successful and faster across the stage when the parents are consistent in the transition.
Tip for an ideal drink for your baby
- Carbonated, unsweetened water quenches the thirst, conserves and does not stain the teeth.
- Beverages with added sugar, syrup or sweeteners should be avoided. Even unsweetened juices should be given only after it had been heavily diluted with water.
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