Weaning baby from bottle can be troublesome, especially when it comes to toddlers being attached to it. It may even affect their sleeping schedule as some babies have trouble sleeping while sucking from a bottle. However, there are possible strategies and tips for you to wean off your baby from a bottle.
When To Wean Baby From Bottle?
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Most pediatricians recommend that best time of weaning baby from bottle should start between 6-12 months and shouldn’t start later than 18 months. Normally, Boy baby starts eat food table earlier than girl baby because boy baby always seem hungry.
Caution: Babies shouldn’t start wean from bottle before 3 months.
How To Wean Baby From Bottle?
The following are recommendation from experts, and some added steps tips on how to wean off baby from a bottle:
1.) Always reserve feeding bottle for meal time
Indeed, step one for weaning off a bottle from a baby is to begin giving it more than often in the first place. That means the bottle should be fed only during meal time. It should not be carried around all the time just like a stuffed animal. On the other hand, refrain from getting the baby a bottle during sleeping. It will eventually lead to a bad habit that needs much effort to deal with, along with bad teeth! It has been stated that babies who drink from a bottle during sleep may increase the risk of ear infections as well.
2.) Find sources substitute to a bottle
So your baby can be more familiar with the stuff, introduce her some foreign new transitional object. Of course, with comfort. This may be done while she is eating, or even sleeping. Also, introduce foreign objects such as a tiny cup to your baby at the age of 4 months! Babies that are of 4 months tend to be more curious at things. With this, take the advantage of introducing a cup to your baby instead of a bottle.
Other times, babies ask for the bottle due to the itchiness of their gums. This is most applicable to babies that are having their first tooth. Having said that, instead of giving the bottle, try giving rubber toys instead! Since it is specifically for biting, it is best to give the rubber toys instead of the bottle to truly avoid babies to rely completely on their bottles!
3.) Try new strategies
Having a substitute being said, here are the strategies that you can do. An example is giving your baby a bottle of milk, and alongside is a tiny cup of water. Before feeding her the bottle, you can let her take a sip from the cup. Other than that, eventually, your baby will get familiar with it. This can be done while eating as well, try to let your baby sip from a cup in the alternative with a bottle. Slowly but surely, your baby can rely on the cup itself.
Description on Youtube: The milk your baby has been drinking for the first six months of his life is the only nutrition he will have needed. Weaning will progress the baby from a milk based diet to a more substantial range of solid foods.
Weaning baby from bottle does not need much effort but creativeness! All you need is the right time and the right strategy as stated above. Patience for parents is needed for these out of all steps. All the given strategies worked for various parents, after all, babies do grow and will eventually switch from bottle to cups. Having said that, you would not have to worry about your baby waking up from time to time asking for a bottle during his or her sleep!