5 Tips For Introducing Sippy Cups
When your child starts to walk, he needs to transition to using a sippy cup or a straw cup, whether he is breastfeeding or bottle feeding. The main reason for introducing sippy cups is to prevent tooth decay.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends straw or sippy cup training for your child's first birthday, but this does not mean you have to stop breastfeeding your child! If you have been using a bottle, change your breast milk from a bottle to a cup.
Here are 5 tips for introducing sippy cups:
1. Start as early as possible. Although most people don't think of it, sippy cups or baby bottles with straws can be used as early as six months old (or earlier, if you and your baby are feeding separately, and the baby is not interested in the bottle). However, most parents will use straws or sippy cups for their children when they are 12 months old. Don't be nervous, if the baby does not pick up the cup immediately-it may take a while before they accept this foreign thing as their routine.
2. Let them play with it. You may want to limit them to the sippy cup training in their high chair or feeding baby chair, but keep introducing the sippy cup during meals so they can become familiar with it.
3. Try different liquids. If the child is over 6 months old, you can give them breast milk and water (if the child is over 12 months old, you can give them juice and whole milk). If you choose to drink juice for your child, dilute it to control the amount of sugar you give your child.
4. Change up the bedtime bottle routine. Some babies use feeding bottles as safety items during their bedtime (such as drinking a feeding bottle when you read them a story on the glider in their room). Change this habit by giving them a sippy cup, but be sure to add brushing to this habit. Beverages such as milk contain sugar, which can cause tooth decay. You can prevent them by brushing their teeth. Bring your baby's toothbrush and toothpaste (without fluoride, because fluoride is harmful) in the room and brush your teeth gently before you put them in the crib.
5. Do not put the baby bottle in the crib at night. If your child wakes up and wants to drink water, give him a drink in a baby sippy cup instead. Then wipe his teeth to keep them clean before putting him back in the crib.
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