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Here are some tips for weaning your toddler from the bottle:
This can help prevent injuries if your toddler falls and also can help keep the bottle from being a comfort item for your toddler.
When your toddler asks for the bottle outside of meal or snack time, encourage the use of a comfort object, such as a stuffed animal, blanket, or doll. For example, tie an empty bottle securely around the neck of a favorite stuffed animal or other comfort object, then remove the bottle after your toddler thinks of the new object as the source of comfort (after a few days or weeks). Make sure the bottle is tied securely and that the string has no slack or loose ends that could become wrapped around your child's neck and cause choking.
For example, after a fall, comfort your toddler with hugs and attention rather than the bottle.
This can be in the home or in a museum, at a zoo, or at a playground.
Make using a cup part of your toddler's solid-meal routine. Then gradually eliminate his or her bottle-feedings.
Make a big announcement that "today is the day you'll eat like big brother [or dad, or cousin]." Celebrate by having your toddler throw out the old nipples and bottles and by taking him or her to the store to pick out a personal cup. The bottle may be a comfort object, so replace it with hugs and attention or another comfort object, such as a stuffed animal.
When feeding time approaches, offer your toddler a snack. If this is filling, it may take the child's mind off the feeding.
Current as of:
September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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