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Has anyone heard of transitioning babies from having bottles to using sipper cups instead for their formula once they're past 6 months old? I remember the CHN saying that should start being phased out at around 6 months old but wonder how effective they are in getting babies to drink a full feed? Any ideas :confused:
DD has finally decided to take an EBM bottle at 4 months old :yelclap: and I plan to start weaning DD off the breast at about 6 months old so I'm wondering whether to buy more bottles or sipper cups instead...
My DD1 would not take any milk (bf, formula or cows milk) from anything but her bottle until about 2 1/2. We gave her bottles to Santa when she turned 3 as she still had a bottle before bed at night.
DD2 is 11 months and I am starting to give her formula in a cup with a straw - those fancy non-spill ones) and she has been fine so by the time she goes onto cow's milk bottles will be a thing of the past. She probably would have taken a straw-cup sooner (could use one at about 6 months) but I find bottles easier for mixing the formula and it is easier to have 6 bottles of water waiting rather than that many straw-cups ready to go - they are pricey!!
I have not heard of the recommendation of them being weaned off the bottle by a certain age. I have just followed the signs from my bubs.
I agree with schmell I have never herd recomendations to wean babys of a bottle at 6mths. My DS would not drink anything from a sipper cup until he was 11 mths old and he was 12 mths when we got him to drink milk from a cup.
Formula is definetly easer to make up in a bottle as a bottle has the mls on the side. If you use a cup you would have to measure the water frist and the tip it in the cup.
I also steralised until 12mths so steralising bottles is a lot easer then sipper cups.
if you are useing wide neck bottles Avent make a sipper top that fits onto bottles you might like to give this a try first to see weather your baby will take to a sipper before buying a few sipper cups.
ive tried sipper cups with ds1... he just doesnt like them :confused:
hoping by the time he is 3 we can say goodbye to bottle..... its like his security blanket... he goes everywhere with it :)
I don't think it really matters all that much. But, I was told to start introducing a cup when I started solids (so usually around 6 months) just with a littel water in it. More to give them the idea of a cup than anything else. Apparently they should have a good idea about usinga cup by 12 months. I would start out with bottles if you are weaning at 6 months. It can be a real hassle finding a cup that suits your baby (you'll probably end up with a cupboard full of them that have been used once!). Also, if a leak proof one doesn't work for you, you don't want half the feed down her front everytime!! So, my advice would be to use bottles and jsut give her a cup with meals or when you are having a drink so she gets a feel for it.
DS is 7.5 months old and i started trying sipper cups at 5 months. we tried about 3 before we hit the jackpot. He uses a sipper cup during the day for his daytime feeds and a bottle at night. we got the nuby one from tommy tippee. its the only one he'll use. And I have heard recommendations for babies to start trying to use cups at 6 months so that there's little risk of getting yucky teeth from using a bottle too long. But if your baby has been breastfed until now then theres no need to use bottles you can go straight to a cup.
I started giving DD#2 EBM from a sipper cup at about 4 months. I used the avent bottles with one of their silicon beaker spouts.
She never had a bottle after that.
By the time I returned to work when she was 12 months old, she was just drinking her EBM from a cup.
It's the content which matters, not the vessel.
I have never herd such advice, its a bit suss to me
In my case, i have still got my DS on the bottle for milk feed (formula) and sippy cup for water from the age of about 4-5 mths. He loves his sippy cups and gets more excited for it rather then the bottle. I tried putting milk into it once, to see if he would take it himself, but nope, he wont take milk from it. Kids get a connection going with things, and once they are used to milk being in a bottle they expect that, same with a sippy cup, they get used to juice or water or wat ever u put in it. When u change that balance they crack it, so therefor i like to keep things seperate untill he lets me know its time to move on
we have one at work who will only drink from a sipper cup, she's now 1... but has used one form about 7 months....
With our 10 monthers.. they've all just become very warey of drinking from a bottle and having a cup is a way to make them drink their bottle.... it's a big boy/big girl thing ;)
Thanks for all your replies! I think I need to go and buy some bottles then. I thought it would be harder to get them to drink a full feed from a sipper cup because it requires more effort on their part.
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