Pediatricians recommend introducing the sippy cup at around 6 to 9 months of age and children are typically able to master the motor skills required to drink from a cup between 12 to 15 months. It is important to make the transition from bottle to cup because there are many studies that suggest that prolonged bottle feeding can lead to negative outcomes including tooth decay, excessive milk intake, and a lack of adequate nutrients (especially iron) for healthy growth. Although there is no one right way to transition a child from the bottle to cup, below are some suggestions for making the transition easier:
Great lens! I recently made the transition from bottle to sippy cup with my little'uns. It's a real struggle, but the best advice is to stay strong. They'll work everything out in the end (much like babies and toddlers work out crawling and sitting up!)
The best timeline and approach to use for the transition from the bottle to the cup will differ depending on the child. Some children adjust easily and don’t need the process to be dragged out, while other children are very attached to their bottles and may need a little extra time. Although this transition can be difficult, it is vital because when children reach 1 year, milk no longer contains all the nutrients necessary for healthy growth.
Over the last few weeks, we transitioned Mazzy from a bottle to a cup. Our doctor told us at a year that she should be fully transitioned by 15 months (which is today if you must know) so thankfully, we snuck in right under the wire.