When is the right time to transition your baby to a cup?
What happens if my baby rejects the cup?
How will I know if my baby is getting enough to drink?
And the questions go on and on...
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that you start the process of moving to a cup around the same age as when you introduce solid foods, around 6 months old. By the time your baby is 12 - 18 months old, they should be done using a bottle and have successfully transitioned to a cup. Remember, the sooner you start, the easier the transition will be.
Is your baby resisting the cup? That is developmentally appropriate. Remember, if you are making any changes to his routine, he will probably resist, and let you know! Be patient and consistent, set clear boundaries, and your baby will learn to accept the sippy cup and start drinking out of it just like a big kid!
Beginning the process of drinking out of a sippy cup starts your child on the road to independence. You will find that as he takes control over his own choices and his own actions, he will be less resistant and have fewer tantrums when you set boundaries.
If you are having challenges with power struggles or tantrums, reach out to me at any time. We can discuss a plan that will help you establish healthy boundaries with your toddler and teach him how to be more (age appropriate) independent.
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