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Q&A: How can I transition my baby from bottle to cup?

I read that my child should have started using a cup already, but he doesn't seem interested in switching from his bottle. How do I teach him how to use a cup and make the bottle transition easier for him?

Re: I read that my child should have started using a cup already, but he doesn't seem interested in switching from his bottle. How do I teach him how to use a cup and make the bottle transition easier for him?

The Bump Expert

Most babies do have the motor skills to make the switch from bottle to sippy cup before they turn one. But many children feel the same way about their bottle as they do about a security blanket, which can hinder the transition. So now’s a great time to get started with your little guy -- just make the transition very gradually.

Each time you want him to try -- and be sure to have him try as often as every day -- give him a few different sippy cups so he can choose his favorite; that way, he’ll feel like he has some control over the situation. He’ll probably let the drink run down his face and neck at first, so it might be best to start with water. Don’t worry, he’ll figure it out within a few weeks -- just keep at it.

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Q&A: How can I transition my baby from bottle to cup?

My daughter is 17 months old now. Her older brothers 7 & 3 both were off the bottle by 12 months. My little princess on the other hand, has to have her bottle every night for bed. I know I am to blame since it was tough being sleep deprived but how do I get her off this horrible habit? She uses a sippy cup or even a big girl cup like her brothers during the day, come bed time she NEEDS her BAABAAAAA!!!!! She has never taken a pacifier before so I defiantly do not want to try/ start that (still trying to get my 3 yr old away from his at bed time). . Any advice PLEASE!!!

stacmeister86 |

Q&A: How can I transition my baby from bottle to cup?

I bought a "training" cup for my daughter to try out. It is a sippy cup but the spout is made out of the same material as a bottle nipple. She just loves it too! It's just a way to help them get used to a sippy cup and to drink out of a spout. We do have other sippy cups but she is more interested in playing with those(shaking them to hear the contents splash around). She also would just chew on the spout part of the other sippy cups as well and not drink out of them. So now we use the "training" sippy cup during the day and at night and when she first wakes up, we use the bottle which are both times she still prefers the bottle. I would give the "training" cups a try with your child. Hope this helps.

kerrierageth |

Q&A: How can I transition my baby from bottle to cup?

My son was the same way, he needed a bottle before bed and still woke up around the same time in the middle of the night to have a bottle to go back to sleep up until he was 12 months. I took him to his 12 month check up and she asked if he was off the bottle and i then told her no and asked for tips. she said to throw ALL the bottles away in front of him. then a friend of mind suggested something else that worked for him which was having him throw a bottle away every day and each time giving him a treat and that way it was him wanting to throw them away not me. We went cold turkey and he has been fine and now sleeps thru the night ever since we did that. Good luck :)

Cynloo0810 |

Q&A: How can I transition my baby from bottle to cup?

My son transitioned well from bottle to cup. We started with the soft top cups like nuk or nuby then got straw cups, however we are still working on breaking the bedtime bottle, he doesn't even need liquid in it to drink he just sucks on it, he also never took a paci any advice on how to drop the bottle all together and keep him sleeping at night

aicila717 |