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How Can I Teach My Baby To Use A Sippy Cup
When should I put my 22 month old in a toddler bed? How can I get him to drink from a sippy cup instead of a bottle?
About now..: If your child is getting to big for the crib and has tried to get out, it is time to get him out of there! consider moving the crib mattress on to the floor so he can learn not to fall and if he does he will just roll off. As far as the bottle, its is way past due to take him off it. Remember kids learn by association, teach him to drink from a regular cup or from a straw. ...Read more
If over a year old..: If your child is over a year old and you are considering weaning to whole milk, you might want to try adding an ounce of whole milk to the cup of breast or formula. Little by little increase the amount of milk and decrease the formula, do it over a couple of weeks. You can also give yogurt or cheese in place of the milk. ...Read more
Ask dad to help: If baby wants the real thing & knows its nearby s/he may not accept the bottle. Enlist the aid of another and get out of the room. Dad or an assistant is more likely to be successful if your not visible. Once baby has begun to accept the bottle & enjoy it, you may begin to use it yourself. ...Read more
What age can I start giving my bottle fed baby some water in a sippy cup in addition to his formula?
And how much can I give him?
Kid will decide: Kids don't need supplemental water but many seem overly focused on giving it. Breast milk or formula have the appropriate balance of liquid(water) to nutrients. Kids growing faster needmore/take more. Many kids will be ready to take slowly from a cup as early as 6-9 mo. A sippy cup with a hard snout is preferred.The ones with a soft snout are basically bottles that look different. ...Read more
Try once a day: Introducing your expressed breast milk once a day is not a bad idea once nursing is well established. One good time of the day to try things out would be during a nighttime feeding. That may help to give you just a little break for a while. This is also a good opportunity for dad to get involved in the feeding/bonding experience with your newborn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bottle feeding: I need to understand whether you are breastfeeding and stopping early to feed your baby formula through a bottle or feed an older baby solid foods through a bottle feeder. If it's the former, repetition is key. I hope you are not thinking of the latter as it is not recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
keep practicing: Start between the ages of 3-6mo and begin by developing a consistent routine around nap and bedtime. Keep the lights low, nurse until baby is drowsy, sing a few quiet songs and put baby in crib before they are asleep. You can use a pacifier if it seems to help your baby. Try comforting sounds like white noise in their bedroom. With practice pretty soon they will be able to soothe themselves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breastfeeding: Some breast fed babies will not take a bottle especially if it is introduced later rather than sooner. Those babies adjust their eating habits to when mom is available. ...Read more
9-18 months: From your spoon to her spoon: You can help your baby extend her interest in spoon foods while she is learning finger foods by 1) giving her a small spoon of her own; 2) Alternating bites (she feeds herself and then a separate spoon you are holding; 3) Putting some food on the spoon for her - so she can get to the good part fast. Learning a spoon may take months, but looking back it will seem quick. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not sure question: Melissa- Are you yourself using these items, or are you using them on your baby? If it's you, it's just years of having these things as your way of calming. Some people eat, some smoke, some drink. You use sucking to calm. Try starting a new habit as you gradually break the old - for instance, while sucking the pacifier, have gum in your mouth as well. Brain will start to replace the old with new. ...Read more
My 3-month-old, breastfed baby refuses to suck on a bottle of expressed milk. What can I do? I'm returning to work soon.
Im trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can i give it to her when she goes to bed.
Techniques vary: You can do it as you suggest, giving it to her at only specific times, but I have found that parents who do that are too tempted to use it at other times, for instance, she bumps her head and is crying and you run and get the paci. If you really want to get rid of it , get rid of it. It just doesn't exist anymore.It will be a tough one week, but then the deed is done. It is much better in long run. ...Read more
How many oz milk can we give to 1 yr boy at night bed time n tips how to encourage baby to leave bottle feeding?
No milk at bedtime: A full tummy at bed time does not make kids sleep better and if anything teaches them to want to eat again before going back to sleep if they wake. If they are bottle huggers, and use it for comfort, put only water in it from now on. You will quit eroding his teeth and might avoid a set of caps.As he tires of the boring water, he will toss it in favor of the good stuff in the cup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Up to a year of age: The american academy of pediatrics actually endorses the use of a pacifier as it helps to decrease your baby's risk of developing sids (sudden infant death syndrome) in the first year of life. After 12 months, the benefit does not appear to exist. At that point it is wisest to discontinue the pacifier if not previously done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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