Transition from bottle to cup Bottles do not promote a mature swallow, which is why it is important to transition toddlers to a cup around 12 months of age and definitely by 18 months of age. Another reason a timely transition is important, is because the longer a child continues this immature sucking pattern, the greater chance they have of developing a habitual tongue thrust pattern.
How Do You Wean A Baby From A Bottle?
Weaning From the Bottle. Slowly reduce the quantity of formula (for babies under a year) or whole milk (in babies over a year) you put in the bottle, and top off each feeding with formula or milk (again, in babies older than 12 months) in a cup. You might also try only serving water in the bottle, one feeding at time,…
When Should Babies Stop Using Bottles?
Child health and development professionals agree that by the time a child is 1 year old, he should not be drinking from a bottle. Children should stop using the bottle by the time they are 1 year old, but should absolutely be off the bottle by 18 months of age, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.