Breaking Your Baby Of Their Bottle

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Updated: 6/27/2012 7:51 am
Getting your baby off the bottle can be difficult. The same can be said when it's time to transition to a cup.

Pediatricians say when it comes time to buck the bottle, or send the sippy cup sailing, there are two ways to go about it.

You can transition by limiting use of the bottle or sippy cup to only meals and bedtime, or you can quit cold turkey.

Experts recommend using the "big boy/big girl" argument -telling your child that you need to give the bottle or sippy cup to a little baby who would still use it.

Experts say you can even turn it into a celebration or a ceremony, so your child can feel good about moving on.

Babies should come off the bottle at 18 months and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children start the transition to a cup around age 1.

Doctors say it's not as difficult as you might think.

"Sippy cups are a relatively recent invention, so kids previously just used regular cups. I am not saying go to a glass because obviously, we don't want something breakable. But a nice plastic cup with no lid, there's no question with two hands a one-year old can start to use a nice, plastic cup with two hands," said Dr. Deb Lonzer, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Lonzer says if you're worried about the mess, supervision is critical. She also says to make a rule about keeping cups in the kitchen.
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