Getting your baby off the bottle can be difficult. The same can be said when it’s time to transition to a cup. Advertising Policy Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy Deb Lonzer, MD, a pediatrician … Read More
“You can transition and say you can only have your bottle and your sippy cups at meals and at bedtime and otherwise you have to start using a cup,” she says. “Or you can stop cold turkey, and say, ‘You know what? You’re a big boy now, you’re a big girl now. We’re going to take the sippy cups and the bottles and we’re going to give them to someone else who needs them, a little baby that can still use them,’” she adds.
Dr. Lonzer says you can even turn it into a celebration or a ceremony, so your child can feel good about moving on. Babies should come off the bottle at 18 months, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children transition to a cup around age 1.
Dr. Lonzer says it’s not as difficult as you might think.
“Sippy cups are a relatively recent invention, so kids previously just used regular cups. I am not saying go to a glass because, obviously, we don’t want something breakable. But [consider] a nice plastic cup with no lid. There’s no question with two hands, a one-year-old [child] can start to use a nice, plastic cup with two hands,” she says.