Introducing solid food for 6 to 24 month old babies

Saying goodbye to the feeding bottle!

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Titleļ¼šSaying goodbye to the feeding bottle!

Hostess Dr Amy Fung Family Health Service, Department of Health: Once your child can drink from a cup, you should help wean him from the bottle. Children should stop using the bottle by the time they reach eighteen months old.

Narrator: To begin, offer your child a cup for milk during the daytime. Let him drink sitting in a chair. You should stay with him to make him feel secure. When he drinks milk from the cup, you should praise him. You can also let him drink with a straw. When he gets used to drinking milk with cups during daytime, wean him from the bottle before bedtime. Offer him half a cup of milk and some food such as bread. After he finishes eating, you should brush his teeth, then take him to bed for a bedtime story. As he quiets down, he will fall asleep.

Hostess Dr Amy Fung Family Health Service, Department of Health: Weaning from the bottle is part of growing up. It prevents children from developing dental cavities. The combined actions of family members help children get through weaning smoothly. Delaying these actions makes weaning more difficult when babies are older.