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My pediatrician would like my 10 month old weaned from the bottle by the time he's 12 months. He's been drinking water from a sippy cup since he was 6 months but he won't drink his milk from one. What should I do?


Dr. Steven Kairys Replied: I don't believe weaning has to be so abrupt. Many try to eliminate the bottle during the day hours first and then the night. Since your infant does take water, just eliminate the bottle for the period desired. Use yogurt, cheese, other dairy to give the infant the necessary protein and make sure the give plenty of water and juices
Posted On 2006-03-23 10:44:19
Penny Warner Replied: It takes time and repetition for a baby to learn a new task. Continue to offer the milk, but in a different sippy cup, so he doesn't make the association with the water cup. Then be patient and keep trying.
Posted On 2005-11-14 10:20:44
Sally Goldberg, Ph.D. Replied: Weaning is the process of giving up the bottle and learning to drink from a cup. This means a real cup, not a sippie cup. Introduce all drinking which should include milk, water (with optional fresh squeesed lemon or lime in it), and freshly squeezed juices (diluted as much as is desired)in a cup. Since you are there to assist in the process, their is no need for the sippie cup. When you focus on the process of drinking from the cup and not on how much of the particular liquids are taken of each kind, the whole process will fall into place. Reserve your sippie cup for the late toddler and early preschool stages when you will need it for situations when you cannot be there the whole time to supervise the drinking process. This is an aid for the learning to drink independently stage. Find out more information in the book Constructive Parenting by Sally Goldberg, Ph.D. and on
Posted On 2005-10-27 10:12:06
Trish Booth, MA Replied: For the times that your son drinks milk as part of a meal, you can wean to a cup. Choose a small, nonbreakable cup or glass that he can comfortably hold. Offer the cup after he has had some solid food. Because drinking from a regular cup is different from drinking from a sippy cup, it will take some patience as he learns this new technique. Put only a small amount of fluid in the cup and help guide it until he has mastered bringing it to his mouth and drinking from it. Consider starting with water rather than milk to make spills easier to clean up. For the times that a bottle has been a source of comfort or transition, you may want to use a sippy cup. Buy a "special sippy cup for milk," one that has a different design or color from the ones used for water. Put his bottles out of sight and introduce the new sippy cup with some fanfare. Help him associate this cup with feelings of warmth and comfort by holding him while he drinks from it. Make it part of any rituals you have had related to the bottle. This will help make the sippy cup an acceptable alternative.
Posted On 2005-10-26 00:32:51
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