Use of cups for babies aged 8-12 months

After your child is 6 months old, you can always let him use a sippy cup (a cup with a straw) or a duckbill cup. Breastfed children are more likely to learn to use a cup than a bottle. To start, give him a learning cup such as a sippy cup with two handles, a snap-on lid and a duckbill spout, or a sippy cup. Both cups are designed to keep as little water from spilling out as your child tries to hold the cup in various ways (and most likely throws it). Start by filling a cup with a small amount of water and giving it to your child only at one meal each day. Show him how to bring the water glass to his mouth and how to tilt it to drink water. But don't be discouraged if your child can't do it correctly and keeps using the water bottle as a toy for weeks on end - most kids do.

Once he's mastered using a cup, you can fill it with breast milk or formula to get him used to drinking from a cup instead of a bottle. Drinking water from a cup has some benefits: improving your child's hand-mouth coordination and preparing for weaning in advance. Remember the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations: Breast milk is the best source of nutrients for your child's growth before he or she is 1 year old. Even under the best of circumstances, a child won't learn to use a cup right away. It takes about 6 months for a child to fully learn to drink various drinks from a cup. You may find it easier to start feeding from a bottle at noon each day instead of breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Once your child has fully adapted to this change, you can try doing the same thing in the morning. The feeding method at night should be changed last. The reasons are: first, the child may have been accustomed to the comfort and calmness of drinking milk before going to bed, so it takes more time to change this habit; secondly, if the child can sleep soundly all night and If he doesn't wake up hungry, you may not need to feed him an extra time before bed. You need to gradually change the habit of feeding him before bed. First, give him some water from a bottle instead of a bottle, and then give him water from a cup instead of a bottle. Or, advance the feeding time before bed so that drinking milk will not conflict with sleeping.

During this process, you may want to put some formula milk in your child's bottle to help him fall asleep quickly, but you should never do this. One of the reasons is: when the child falls asleep while drinking milk, the milk will submerge. His newly erupted deciduous teeth cause bottle cavities - a disease known as "early childhood caries". Worse, if the child falls asleep while lying down to drink milk, it may cause otitis media. Another cause Yes: Bottles can become soothing aids, especially if used after the child is 1 year old. To avoid this, do not allow the child to hold the bottle or drink from the bottle while playing, only when the child is sitting or using it. Drink from a bottle while being held. Let your child use a cup at other times. If you have never allowed your child to use a bottle as a soother, he may not be aware of it once you make the decision. Give in. You have to stick to the rules, otherwise your baby may get confused and want to use the bottle again long after weaning is official.