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Tips On Transitioning Your Baby From A Bottle To A Cup


Baby with a pink bow sitting in a high chair holding a sippy cup

Have you decided it is time to transition your baby from a bottle or breastfeeding to a sippy cup? Many parents are baffled when their child refuses to take milk (Cows, goats, almond, rice, coconut, etc.) out of a sippy cup when they stop breastfeeding or bottle-feeding around age one.


They give their baby a sippy cup full of the new kind of milk, and their baby purses their lips tight and turns their head. They reject milk from a sippy but have gladly taken water and or juice out of that sippy cup for months. Parents wind up thinking that their baby doesn't like the taste of the new kind of milk. That may be true, but there is another reason for their refusal.


A baby who is given milk in a sippy cup when they are used to drinking water out of that sippy cup is shocked when milk comes out instead of water. Milk is not what they expected. It does not make sense to them. They reject the sippy of milk because not only are they used to getting milk from a bottle or breast, the kind of milk they are drinking has changed, AND it's coming out of their water cup, and it's supposed to be water!


You want to think long-term about these kinds of liquid issues when it comes to your baby! To avoid this problem, give your child water in one type of sippy cup, reserve these kinds of sippies just for water, and never milk. Give milk in a completely different kind of cup. For example, stick to water in a standard sippy and milk in a child straw cup. This way, your baby will not think you are crazy, reject it, and be more open to the change. It is best to be consistent until they get the hang of the new taste, and then you can use all sorts of cups for all kinds of drinks!


Remember, babies are quite logical. Milk in a water cup does not make sense.

Children deserve clarity and consistency.


Does that make sense?