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Health Tip: Weaning Baby from a Bottle

Posted Jul 20 2010 6:00am
Suggestions for 'upgrading' to a cup

By Diana Kohnle
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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(HealthDay News) -- As babies grow into toddlers, it's time to take away the bottle and transition to a cup.

The Nemours Foundation suggests how to wean babies of their bottles:

  • Instead of a bottle, offer baby a "sippy cup" to drink from.
  • Praise your child for using the cup, saying that it's for "big kids."
  • Gradually replace the milk in the bottle with water by slowly diluting it over a number of days. This should cause your child to lose interest in the bottle.
  • Hide bottles where your child can't see them.


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