- Training your toddler to change from their usual activities is difficult
- But using feeding bottles too much will invite unwanted risks
- Get an attractive cup and let your child try it
- Sucking from bottle for longer years may affect the child’s speech
- Try a cup with two handles in the beginning
Each stage of development in children has its time, and associated changes should be brought to their habits simultaneously. One among those million changes in your toddler’s habits would be training them to sip water or liquid from a cup replacing their favorite feeding bottles.
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, it is advisable to change from feeding bottles to cups in between 12 to 24 months of the baby. Once the baby gets teeth and ready, you can try giving her sippy cups for drinking purposes.
As you can expect, she or he may not take it easily, or rather they try to play with it. But gradually, when they know the techniques, it will become a habit, lifelong one this time.
- Get cups that are attractive for the kids. Good colors with some pictures of cartoon characters help grow a fondness towards it in children
- A cup with two handles on each side will make the task easier. Or else, the water might spill all over, making a mess out of the new habit.
- You can either serve water or milk in such cups. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding juice for children less than one year. For children between 1 to 3years, not more than 4 ounces of juice daily.
- Make sure the cup you buy encourages sipping not sucking as in feeding bottles. Cups with snap-on lids will help sipping without spilling the liquid.
- While serving liquid try to avoid sugar, as it may affect their teeth. Also, serve his favorite liquid in the cup thus encouraging them to use it.
While many parents seem to be okay with the toddlers using feeding bottles for long, the prolonged use of sucking may have effects. As per pediatricians, sucking from the bottle for longer years may affect the child’s speech. It may delay the toddlers’ speech than normal.
Using sippy cups for long too would not be good for your children. So, it should be changed to open cups, and that too takes time and training. ‘Practice makes man perfect’, also applicable in case of toddlers. Frequent usages will definitely adapt them to use the cups instead of feeding bottles.
So, don’t get worried. Move on to cups gradually, after the baby gets one year old. Initial spills, wonder and fear can be conquered soon.