How Do You Get Delayed 14 Month Old Off The Bottle Onto A Training Cup?
Um…a 14 month old who doesn’t want to give up the bottle isn’t “delayed”…at least not in that aspect. If he does has some developmental delays, I would concentrate on them, rather than what he drinks out of, for the time being. Even his Specialist isn’t concerned with it. Just give him some time. Having to see doctors, having his Mom pushing sippy cups on him……no wonder he wants to hang onto a something that comforts him. He’s only 14mo, still a baby. Let him have his bottle in peace. As for him wanting to drink out of something free-flowing. How about just letting him drink out of an open cup. Sure, it will be messy for a bit, but not any messier than him pouring his juice out everywhere. Put a little water in a regular cup, and let him go to town.
There are a variety of parenting styles that say contradicting things when it comes to taking a child off the bottle. Personally, I feel that even in a family, children differ. They’re individuals, therefore cannot be treated as if they are the same. I have four children, ranging from 22 years to 4 years. I never adhered to a set “schedule” for potty training, removing bottles, feeding, etc. I do agree that it’s bad for their teeth. My youngest son had a fixation on his bottle. This is what I did to ease the transition. I gave him only water in his bottle. In his cup, he was allowed juice, kool-aid, tea, and milk. Then the decision was up to him. Eventually, he removed himself from his bottle. Some children who are slow developers have a dislike for change. This may be the case with your son. Consistently offering the cup will familiarize him with it. Or you may want to skip the “sippy cup” level entirely, and offer him small open cups to drink from with help. (I would still supplement