Offer a sippy cup when your baby is 6 to 8 months old.
Choose a small cup with a spouted lid - easy for your baby's little mouth and little hands.
Use a cup with a 'free flowing' spout, or remove the 'no spill' gadget.
Some babies will hold their cup when they are 6 to 8 months old. Don't wait until your baby holds his own cup. hold the cup for him while he sips the milk.
What's in my cup? Start with 1 to 3 ounces of breast milk, infant formula or water in the cup. Offer more if your baby wants more.
If your baby refuses the cup... he may not know what's in the cup. Remove the lid and let him see and taste the breast milk or infant formula.
There will be spills. Be patient and have a towel ready. Your baby is learning how to drink from a cup.
When is a good time to practice? Offer the cup to your baby at meals.
Sit your baby in high chair.
Feed some baby foods with a spoon.
Offer a few sips from the cup.
"Show me how"
Let your baby watch you and other children drink from a cup. Talk about how you are drinking. Your baby will learn by watching.
Drinking from a sippy cup is the first step to weaning from the bottle.
More cup, less bottle - When your baby is about 10 months old:
Slowly use the cup more often and the bottle less often.
Give small snacks instead of a bottle between meals.
Offer the sippy cup at meals and snacks.
Your baby may be drinking only 1 or 2 bottles when he turns 1 year old. That's good! He's ready to stop using a bottle.
Keep it easy
Don't let your baby get too attached to a bottle.
Put your baby in his crib without a bottle. Sleeping with a bottle is a hard habit to stop.
Use the bottle to feed your baby, and then put it away.
Don't let your baby crawl or walk around with a bottle.
Offer only breast milk or infant formula in a bottle, not sweet drinks or juice.
Comfort a crying baby with love, hugs, blanket, or a soft toy, not a bottle.
Create healthy routines - for your 9-12 month old baby
Serve three meals at about the same times each day.
Offer a couple snacks of soft finger foods and sips of milk from the sippy cup.
Practice with a sippy cup at least 3 times each day.
Your baby can be using a cup and no bottles when he is 12 to 14 months old. Weaning from the bottle takes time. Be patient - Don't give up! Talk to your health care provider if you have concerns about weaning from the bottle.
General nutrition information for healthy full term infants; medical advice should be obtained from your health care provider.