But I can tell you what I and other mamas did- and guess what? All of our stories are different!
Like I said, my daughter was over two years old when she finally let go of her bottle. I tried different styled sippy cups to try to find what she liked, but she didn’t seem to like ANY. I followed all the “rules”- I let her pick out her own cup (at the end of this she ended up picking out 5 different cups because I was THAT desperate), I filled a bottle with water and a sippy cup with her favorite drink, and I even bought those little juice boxes to get her used to working with a straw. And although for a few minutes, those “rules” did work, after those minutes, she would throw a fit.
Like a full-blown tantrum.
She cried, I cried, we all just… cried. And then, for a little bit, we gave up trying.
Until I noticed her two bottom baby teeth were starting to turn towards each other.
Celia, a mother of two toddlers and an infant, had an interesting thought process when weaning her two oldest boys off the bottle. “I started weaning all of them between 10-11 months,” she said. “I started introducing them to a sippy cup once a day with breast milk that was getting a little cooler each week until they could drink it refrigerated.” That’s very interesting! “Then by the time they hit a year, they would be good to start transitioning to whole milk. Then after a couple months of them knowing how to hold a sippy cup on their own, I started transition to cups without lids. You give less liquid to decrease spill mess while they learn.” Wow! I’ve never heard of that tactic before. Calling all moms of children less than a year old- give this a try! I’m definitely going to try this with my 8-month-old. Celia also added, “It took a few weeks to transition out- no more than a month. I loved not having to hold a bottle for them,” she said. “I also loved seeing them do it on their own, how intelligent and much older they were getting. It’s bitter sweet. It’s a task they don’t need you for anymore, but they also don’t keep you up all hours of the night for feedings. It’s a sign you did your job of teaching.” Awww, I love that! I agree, it’s definitely “bitter sweet,” and such a huge learning moment for them!
Last, but not least, Kaitlin, a mother of two little ones, shared her experience getting her toddler used to a cup. “I’m pretty sure it was right at the year mark we introduced the sippy cup, when we weaned him from breastmilk,” she said. “He had no trouble switching from a bottle to the sippy cup.” YAY! “We use the kind that doesn’t have anything that sticks out, just looks like a regular cup with a rubber valve over the top.” (GET YOURS HERE.) “He loves drinking water, and asks for his cup all day long. Around 18 months we let him start using a cup without a lid, and that did take a couple months for him to really get the hang of,” Kaitlin continued, “Honestly, switching from bottles to sippy cups was not a dramatic process for us. I have never let my son take a bottle or cup to his crib or bed, so I didn’t have to break him of that. When we stopped using bottles it was a little bit of a mixed emotion, sad that my baby was growing up, but pride that he was learning new skills.” I feel you on that one! This just proves the theory even more– that all of our children are SO different.
So, which method will you be trying? Comment below!
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