At a certain point in baby’s life the bottle becomes an important friend. As the baby grows and starts to consume other food and drinks more water, juice and milk the bottle will be all around the place. For the parents this is really helpful and very often they delay the process of moving from bottle to glass. But what is the proper age when the baby should switch from bottle to glass?
Many parents don’t know that pediatricians advise leaving out the bottle from baby’s daily routine before making 12 or 18 months so they continue with its usage even after third year of the baby’s life. Feeding with a bottle is related to teeth damage, overweight and iron deficiency, so when the baby is 2 years old itself doesn’t want to leave the bottle.
Why the bottle is bad?
Even though using the bottle is easier than using a glass the child sooner or later has to make this change. There are a few good reasons why you should “take away” this tool:
- Suckling from the bottle may cause teeth diseases especially if the baby uses the bottle for falling asleep or during the night
- In this way the baby doesn’t get the healthy parts from the milk
- The baby is spending too much time on suckling from pleasure and later this has bad influence on speech development
- The baby is using the bottle when is frustrated, angry or in some other emotional state instead of learning how to deal with this emotions.
Besides this many studies have shown that there is a relationship between the need for the bottle and overweight. Namely, the children that are using the bottle till their second year have greater chances up to 30% to be overweighed till their fifth year. The problem is that is easier and faster to drink from a bottle so in this way the child imports more calories than the ones it really needs. It is important to know that researcher have taken into account and other factors such as baby’s weight when it was born, mother’s weight, the diet so the results apply to all.
When to stop the process of taking away the bottle?
Babies usually have good self-regulative system over their meals so they will let you know when they won’t need the last meal before going to bed. Usually the baby starts moving its head or simply they don’t finish their milk. The aim is, the bottle to be left from usage before the baby turns 12 or the most 18 months. Breaking this habit may be hard but you need to know that this calories your baby doesn’t need after first birthday. At this point the baby should satisfy its nutrition needs with daily meals. Instead with the bottle at night try to comfort and make fall asleep you baby with its favorite toy or teddy bear.
Of course, as in the case with many skills that your baby has to learn and accommodate with them breaking this habit is one of them. Be patient and show to your baby that you love him. This will help him to become a professional in the usage of a glass and to completely forget the bottle.
When to start using a glass?
In order to start using the glass easily you should follow the following advices:
- Start giving a glass to your child right after it learns to sit on his own. Of course this has to be a plastic glass specially designed for babies, because the baby has to play with it in order to get familiar.
- Use the bottle only for milk or juice.
- If you are giving a glass to an older baby for the first time you should be patient because maybe it will take some time for the baby to accept it.
- If you are using a special glass for training you have to know that at the end you have to start using an ordinary glass. The special cups have a special outlet and require the baby to be still suckling. To pass from suckling to actually drinking you have to take and ordinary cup.
- Don’t try to make your child to use a glass using force. This may be bad experience for it.
Note: All of this guidelines are suitable for children that develop healthy and normally. If your baby was born premature or it had some issues related with growing and development please consult a pediatrician.