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When to put the bottle away?


At a time when breastfeeding is strongly promoted, many mothers do not use the bottle at all. This does not mean, however, that this centuries-old gadget is not used. Sometimes it is needed from the first days of life, other times only after weaning. Sometimes milk is given in the bottle, and at other times only tea or water. When asked how to put the bottle away and how to do it, the speech therapist dr Agnieszka Grabiec, working in the speech therapy cabinet Little Big Speaker, answers.

When to wean off the bottle?

Bottle-fed babies should be weaned at 13-15 months - explains dr. Agnieszka Grabiec - this process should be gradual. The ideal pace at the end of bottle feeding is the elimination of one feeding per day each month. I recommend once a month to reduce the number of daily bottle feeding by one. It is best to put the bottle aside until the child is one and a half years old.

What instead of evening feeding?

This is the most difficult to eliminate this feeding. That is why I recommend introducing a supper (porridge with fruit) served as soon as possible and spooning the child after supper.

There is a lot of talk about choosing the right teat for your bottle. What should he be like?

First of all, the bottle teat should not be profiled, because it does not stimulate the work of the muscles of the lips and tongue. The position of the tongue imposed by the shape of such a teat does not require active work.
Choose bottle teats with a shape that is as close to your nipple as possible. At its peak, which the child takes in his mouth, it should be flexible and soft, while at the base hard, which provides good resistance to the lips.
The second important rule is not to change the shape of the teat as the child grows, but only its size.

What instead of a bottle? Non-spill mug, with straw or maybe another?

In the eighth month of life, it is worth starting to learn to drink from a mug with a spout, at first in a sip, giving juices or rare jelly. It should drip from the cup, because then the lips work is started. As science progresses, we systematically dilute liquids. It should be noted that learning to drink from a cup can be started only when the child can eat from a spoon.
The next stage after introducing the mug with a spout may be learning how to drink from sunlit water bottles, however, only when the child has the bottle removed and copes well with drinking from the mug. Typical non-spill cups can only be used in exceptional situations.

Non-spill cups for many years were considered a "lesser evil". It was emphasized that switching from bottle to drink from such cups is better than dragging bottle feeding. Meanwhile, recent reports suggest that non-spill cups may be an equally bad solution.

Mainly in those situations when they are treated as the only way to serve drinks that are not accompanied by other forms of drinking. In addition, the less positive they are, the longer they are used and the older children use them.

Where is the problem? First of all, it is caused by the fact that when drinking from a non-spill cup, the lips do not work, lie in one place and remain lazy. The reflex, which fades with time, is fixed through the cups of non-spill. It tells you to suck the tab instead of performing typical lip movements when drinking from an open mug or mug with a spout.

Therefore, it is recommended that the child use a regular mug, and occasionally a non-spill mug.

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