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来源:WebMDMedicalNews 作者: 2014-4-19

摘要: Weaning babies from breast- or bottle feeding to a cup usually comes at a busy time in their lives。 At the age most babies are ready to wean, they may also be developing their hand-eye coordination, teething, and learning to crawl。 And like those milestones, weaning baby can leave you with d......


Weaning babies from breast- or bottle feeding to a cup usually comes at a busy time in their lives. At the age most babies are ready to wean, they may also be developing their hand-eye coordination, teething, and learning to crawl.

And like those milestones, weaning baby can leave you with dozens of questions. How long does weaning take? When should you start? What’s the best way to do it?

To help you wean your baby, we asked pediatricians and parents on WebMD’s parenting message boards for their tips on making the change easier.

The Key to Weaning Baby from Breastfeeding or Bottles

Many parents delay weaning. There’s the feeling that it will take forever. There’s baby’s tendency to be messy with food. Or, maybe it just seems that weaning will be stressful for all of you.

Weaning to a cup also does more than encourage your little one to make the transition to solid foods. It stimulates two-handed development, and promotes mealtime family interaction.

The key to success when weaning your baby from the bottle or breast is simple: Start early, says Laura Jana, MD, Nebraska pediatrician, and co-author of Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup.

“Many wait until they think their kids can successfully handle the cup instead of treating it like a learning experience,” Jana tells WebMD. Instead, she says, parents should let their children get the feel of the cup even before their dexterity and coordination are spill-proof perfect.

When to Wean From Breast- and Bottle Feeding

When are babies ready to wean?

Ideally, it’s a good idea to introduce the cup to your baby as early as six months, though some make the transition even sooner.

And, some make it later. “I did baby-led weaning, and by around nine months was down to nursing three times a day, and then…quit altogether around 11 months,” says message board participant Sarah.

Although every baby is different, look for hints that your baby is ready to wean. A breastfed baby may:

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The Road to Sippy Cups: How to Wean Your Baby

Once you think your baby is ready for weaning, what’s the best way to go about it? Parents and pros like Atlanta pediatrician Jennifer Shu, MD, co-author, with Jana, of Heading Home With Your Newborn and Food Fights, suggest:

How long does weaning to a cup take? It varies, but generally, Shu says, “anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple of months.” It depends partly on the age and development of the baby, as well as the consistency of the parents.

Expect success when you start weaning baby -- but be prepared for possible delays.

Many babies wean easily. “There was no gradual with ,” says FlutterByWolf on WebMD’s parenting boards. “He was receptive enough to go straight from bottle to sippy. Lucky me!”

But a few babies decide they’re not ready to give up the breast or bottle. “My little boy is really into nursing and struggled when we gave him his first sippy cup at six months,” says board member KandBMommy. “He just chewed on the [sippy’s] rubber spout like it was a chew toy.”

If it’s difficult for your little one to make the transition, pros and parents offer these tips:

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Weaning Parents

What if you are having a tough time with the transition? Weaning has been called “a long good-bye,” and maybe you’ve found you’re just not ready to say it.

In that case, offer yourself the same nurturing patience you give your child. Acknowledge that weaning is an emotional, painful, but ultimately freeing process. And, then take time to bond with your little one in new ways, such as cuddling and reading together.

Weaning Baby: Strategies for Success

When you’re ready to take the plunge from breast or baby bottle to sippy cups, keep these baby-weaning tips in mind:

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