For the most part as a first time mom I have either known how to do most things or been able to figure it out by myself (with a little help from Google and books in some cases). We’ve done pretty good so far I think, though I know every parent has a different method of raising their children. We’ve avoided the pacifier with ease, never had to use any numbing gel for teething and managed to avoid any severe cases of diaper rash as well. The one thing that bothers me is that I was not able to exclusively breastfeed, but under the circumstances that is understandable. We did what was best for William at the time and he is healthy because of that.
But this next hurdle I am not sure how to approach. I’m not going to rush William off the bottle, but I would like to start getting him off of it by a year old. I want to make the transition as easy as possible for everyone. The problem being, he can hold his bottle but refuses to. I think he enjoys being cuddled and fed by mom or dad. We enjoy that time also and haven’t pushed him to hold his own bottle. We have seen him do it for about 30 seconds a couple of times but he won’t do it regularly. So when I try to introduce a sippy cup it’s not so easy.
I’ve gotten the Nuby brand cups with the long spouts so he doesn’t have to tip his head way back to drink. They are also are made of a similar material as bottle nipples so it’s easier for him to get use to it. He is ok with the cup and doesn’t mind it, though the change in flow throws him off. But he will not hold it. I’ve put his hands on either side and shown him. I’ve held it for him for a little while, just to get him use to it. I’ve left it on the floor near him in the hopes that he would get curious and/or hungry and try to pick it up himself. He just doesn’t want to be independent in that manner.
This is the boy who hates if you stop him from doing something. Who desperately worked towards crawling and moved almost immediately into standing up with support and then pretty quickly into standing without support (his newest skill that still needs a little work). This kid is beyond curious and very independent. Maybe this is all normal, but I don’t remember my sister being this way (I was almost 15 when she was born, so I got a lot of baby experience from her). I thought that he would be wanting to hold his own bottle and feed himself as soon as possible. Doesn’t seem that way.
I’ve had a lot of people pushing the cup. Skip the sippy cups and go directly to a normal cup. WIC was especially adamant about this. What they likely don’t have is an apartment with rug everywhere except the bathroom. This includes the kitchen as well. I have a bottle of rug cleaner and a rag that I follow William around with after he eats in case of any spit ups. If I hand this 9 month old a cup of anything he is going to dump it as soon as he can (believe me, I have tried this). He does however drink from a cup if mom holds it and tips it carefully for him. So that is not an issue at all.
Well who knows. Maybe he will jump right to cups. Maybe I will never have luck with this sippy cup thing. This is one area that I don’t really know what to do in. I guess I am going to keep trying. If anyone has any ideas let me know in the comments because I am a little baffled.