At about 12 months, it is recommended that children be weaned from the bottle to a cup. For some children, this can be difficult. Children who have become accustomed to sleeping with the bottle, or who have become attached to it will be the most challenging. If you have already introduced your child to a cup, you will be that much further ahead.
There are several options when weaning to a cup.
Cold Turkey is not recommended for children who have become attached to the bottle. As the name implies, the parent removes the bottle abruptly and does not replace it. For children who are self-weaning and are showing less and less interest in the bottle, this method may be preferable. Children will likely cry or morn the lost bottle, but this may only last a couple of days.
Replacement methods involve replacing the bottle with a sippy cup or replacing the liquids in the bottle and weaning. This method is preferable for children who are attached but no longer sleep or carry the bottle around. These children have no difficulty getting milk and juices from a cup at meal and snack times.
Weaning is a way of slowly removing the bottle over a period of time. This method seems to work well for children who have become especially attached to the bottle and refuse to give it up. The parent simply removes one bottle-time each day for 2-4 days. This can take up to 3 weeks if your child is with a bottle constantly.
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Weaning to a Cup