Bottle to cup transitions can be tricky – for baby and parents. Everyone has heard the stories of baby kicking and screaming through the process because of how attached she is to that bottle and everything it represents. To be fair, though, we can probably all relate to that part.
Quitting cold turkey doesn’t have to be the route you and baby take. Instead, kick-start bottle weaning to cup transitions slowly with a happy in between: The Dr. Brown’s 2-in-1 Transition Bottle Kit. It offers a perfect balance of familiar feel and brand-new beginnings – and a good chance everyone will shed a few less tears.
When to Begin Weaning Baby from the Bottle
When you start weaning baby depends on who you ask. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says around 6-9 months – and ditch the bottle entirely by a year old. But it also comes down to clear signs that baby has developed enough.
When baby can sit up in his own high chair and is ready for finger food, you can start slowly weaning him from the bottle and introducing new sipping skills. Don’t wait too long to fully make the switch to sippy cups, though. After a year old, baby learns preferences; after age two, threats to those preferences can turn your toddler feral. Plus, extended use of the bottle is associated with issues such as tooth decay, picky eating, oral structure issues, and even ear infections.
How to Develop New Sipping Skills with the 2-in-1 Kit
Included in the kit:
The sippy spout is made of 100% silicone and feels similar to the Dr. Brown’s bottle nipple, in thickness, give, and softness. That, along with using the exact same bottle, is what makes this transition tactic simpler.
The flow of the spout will be faster than our slower-flow nipples, so baby may need some time to get used to it if he’s not already using Level 3 nipples or above.
Tips to a Smooth Nipple to Sippy Switch
Pro Tip: After baby has gotten the hang of using the sippy bottle, encourage him even further along the weaning route with Dr. Brown’s® Silicone Handles. Our 100% silicone handles easy slide over the bottle and give babies gripping skills they’ll need when they’re ready to fully transition to a sippy cup.
When that time does come to fully transition to a sippy cup, Dr. Brown’s has you covered! With a wide range of sippy, straw, and transitions cups, you’ll have no problem finding the sippy cup your baby loves best.
Weaning baby from the bottle and developing new sipping skills for the eventual transition might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. A slow and methodical process using the Dr. Brown’s 2-in-1 Transition Bottle Kit is a good way to create new milestone moments worth celebrating. For questions about the 2-in-1 Transition Bottle Kit and where to order it, feel free to reach out!
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