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When Can Babies Have Water and How to Transition Them

As a new mom, you’ve been serving formula and breast milk in a bottle for quite some time. Wouldn’t it be nice to simply pour a sippy cup of whole milk or water from your refrigerator instead? Introducing a sippy cup such as our transitional sippy cup goes hand in hand with leaving formula and breast milk behind for other beverages. According to KidsHealth®, “most doctors recommend introducing a cup around the time a baby is 6 months old.” While they may not know what to do with it, in time they will develop the proper coordination needed for when it comes time to transition to other liquids. 

Our transition cups are perfect for this stage in your baby’s development. They are the easiest to clean with 1 less part than other sippy cups. Plus they are 100% leak and spill-proof, have a soft silicone spout that’s gentle on your baby’s teeth and gums and removable, easy-grip handles. 

When Can Babies Drink Milk? 

Once your little one celebrates his or her first birthday, you can begin the transition to whole milk. Whole milk has the fat needed to support normal growth and brain development, so you’ll want to ensure you’re not serving low-fat or nonfat milk. When you’re ready, replace formula with milk and serve about 2 to 3 cups each day.

Your munchkin likely will take the change of beverage like a champ, but there’s a chance that he or she might need a little incentive and coaxing. Remember to have patience in this process. While you may be eager to pour milk in your baby’s sippy cup to serve alongside his first birthday cake, know that it takes time to transition your baby from formula to whole milk.

How to Transition Your Baby to Milk

Before you can begin the transition from formula to whole milk, make sure you chat with your baby’s doctor. If your tot was on a hypoallergenic formula for a milk allergy, you want to be cognizant of all the possible side effects. Be open to suggestions from your doctor.

There’s no doubt that the transition is going to be a huge change for your little one’s digestive system. With a thoughtful approach, you can make the change much more enjoyable. According to Working Mother, if your baby is drinking 8 ounces of formula, give him or her two smaller servings of 4 ounces of whole milk with time in between feedings. Eventually, you can serve 16 to 20 ounces of whole milk a day.

By their 1-year birthday, your offspring is hopefully enjoying solid foods. Try adding whole milk to her meal so she looks forward to it the way she does when eating those yummy foods. As time goes on, watch for any signs of an allergic reaction and consult a pediatrician as soon as possible.

When Can Babies Drink Water?

From the time your baby turns 6 months, you can add water into the picture. But, only a little bit. Water is typically not recommended for infants since it doesn’t contain electrolytes. This is why you want to hold off until your curious crawler is at 6 months of age.

Since you’re most likely experimenting with solid foods from 6 to 12 months, you can pair water in a sippy cup with that food to make swallowing easier, according to Care.com®. This doubles as a transition mechanism for getting your little one off the bottle and moving to whole milk. Spilled water is no biggie, right?

When Can Babies Drink Juice?

 Once your baby routinely ingests water and milk, it may be tempting to get creative with what their palate can stand. But, juice can wait! They don’t offer as much in nutritional value and are really only advised for toddlers when seeking constipation relief. According to Parents®, “many types of juice are loaded with sugar, and you don’t want to get your kiddo hooked on sugary beverages at this early stage.” It’s best to wait until they are about 8 months to introduce juice, and that typically allows for the consumption of prune or pear juice for constipation issues.

If you insist, treat your little one to a cup of juice after a meal. Make sure it’s 100% fruit juice to avoid all those added sugars. Talk about a bouncing baby! As an alternative, try serving fruit purees over juice so your baby can continue to get something that’s sweet and nutritious.

Be sure to take diligent steps when transitioning your little one from formula and breast milk to a new liquid. Timing is everything when it comes to changing up your baby’s dietary routine. Proceed with caution, and always make sure your growing baby continues to get all the nutrition he or she needs to remain happy and healthy.

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