|Can you help me with the process of weaning this very determined
one year old from the bottle?
Firstly make sure that baby is very settled in life. When
baby is already cranky because of sickness or some kind
of upheaval, you are not doing yourself or the baby any
favours by trying to wean at that time. Wait until baby’s
usual sunny self re-emerges before you decide to start weaning!
Although our parent’s generation favoured the cold
turkey method, it is not the kindest way to wean a one year
old. So that method should be reserved for older children
and does work well for them. For a one year old, it is better
to introduce a cup slowly and let it gradually take the
place of the bottle. Firstly you need to get baby happy
with a cup. Then start to either give a cup for one feed,
or combine bottle and cup at one feed – put the milk
partly into the bottle and partly into the cup. The midday
feed is a good feed in which to introduce change. If you
are using the combined bottle and cup method, you would
slowly over a week or two reduce the amount of milk in the
bottle and have more in the cup, until you are giving that
feed completely from the bottle.
If your baby still wants the bottle, then make a new rule
that only water is served in the bottle. For most babies
this is a good way to get baby to lose interest in the bottle.
The alternative is to hide all the bottles away and hope
that they get forgotten. At the same time, display the cup
prominently. Make it a special cup, with appealing pictures
or colours, and make a fuss of how lovely it is. There are
so many special cups around that it should not be difficult
to find one that your baby thinks is wonderful!
Since baby will be holding the cup, there will be a mess.
You can be sure of this, and just accept it. Just be patient
and calm and mop up as you go along. Sippy cups that are
spill proof are tempting to use at this time, but they have
as many disadvantages as the bottle, so you will not be
achieving much. Be very excited and make a fuss of your
baby every time he drinks from the cup. It’s a good
idea to have the whole family have a cup to drink from at
the same time, so that he feels grown up and part of the
family. It’s perfectly normal for the amount of milk
that the baby takes in to diminish now that he is using
a cup, and you should not worry about that. If you feel
he is not getting enough milk, then you can use a bit of
extra milk in cooking for him.
This weaning and getting used to a cup can be a long drawn
out process. Give baby all the time he needs to make the
transition. It’s not a race, and baby is giving up
a lot of the comfort gained from sucking. Be sure to give
extra cuddles and reassurance to help baby make this important
Weaning - Bottle
Weaning - Cutting down on feed
Weaning - Demanding dummy
Weaning - Exhausted mother
Weaning - Mother’s discomfort
Weaning - Preparation
Weaning - Regression
Weaning - Self weaning baby
Weaning - Sick baby