Teach your baby to drink from a cup (English)

Teach your baby to drink from a cup (English)
English | October 2005 | [AHS-7845]
Choosing a trainer cup
3 good reasons
to give up the bottle
Babies that continue with bottles after 12
months are more likely to get:
Handles –
easy to hold
– won’t
Lid screws or
snaps on
– simple and
easy to clean.
cups with teats that baby has to suck on
and cups with valves that are hard to clean.
Developed October 2005 by the Bankstown Community
Nutrition Team.
Copies of this pamphlet in English and other languages
can be downloaded from www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au
• tooth decay – from milk, juice, soft
drink, cordial, sweetened drinks
• ear infections – from lying down while
• iron deficiency – from drinking too
much milk and not enough variety in
their diet.
Put your baby to bed
without a bottle.
Teach your
baby to drink
from a cup
Best for baby’s health
and older
At 6 months
6-12 months
By 18 months
Baby has mainly breastmilk
or infant formula.
Baby still has breastmilk
or infant formula.
Baby is:
Baby begins to:
Baby learns to:
• eat foods from
a spoon
• drink from
a cup
• drinking
a cup.
• eating independently
• eat family
12-18 months
• drink cool
boiled water
• use a cup.
Help your baby to give up
the bottle and drink from
a cup.
Breastfeeding may continue past 18
months if it suits mother and child.
What your baby can drink
• breastmilk (recommended)
months • infant formula
• cool boiled tap water
12-18 • breastmilk (recommended)
months • full cream cow’s milk (up to
• water (when thirsty)
• fruit juice (not every day)
(1 part juice to 3 parts water)
* or other dairy food:
200ml milk = 200g yoghurt = 1 slice cheese
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