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Bye-bye bud vase - babies-toddler


It's at last time. My child is old a sufficient amount to be drinking from a cup; a sippy, if not an open-mouthed one. I analyze that we've been construction the beat for some time-after all, it is only milk that is served in a bottle. Juice comes from a sippy cup or a juice-box-we've even academic to get all of the juice out of the box exclusive of spilling or squeezing. But alas, it's time for us to alteration the way we consume liquids.

I've been difficult for months to award milk in a cup. I even use a clear false one that lets my hardly lamb see the true color of what she's drinking. But she all the time frowns and puts the cup down, after tasting amazing that, in her mind, cadaver confidently connected with the fundamental nutrition-delivery system.

It is attractive to hear accomplish strangers unabashedly asset forth on whether or not my chid ought to still be using a pacifier (they as a rule conclude that she shouldn't, and I go away illegally vowing to rush her to an orthodontist to acceptable the believed anxiety I've caused). Then there are parents who swear their offspring never had any use for a pacifier, and preschools that offer the open cup at snacktime--is cup-drinking a cultured community skill? Am I aimed to shame my child into heartrending en route for it, or will she go there artlessly as she develops?

It is said that cup-drinking must begin as early as six months. I'm ashamed. My child still cries for a binky. I did hear about a woman who breastfed her child until the age of five, and I couldn't help idea there was a touch odd about treatment a child who was old a sufficient amount to say obviously and understandably, 'Mumma. I'm hungry. '

This, however, is not breastfeeding. We're only plateful milk in a container three times a day, and we're assiduous never to do it publicly, so self-conscious we are about the communal perception of our feeding practices. The dominant wisdom says that babies shouldn't have to give up the comfort and pleasure of the bud vase until after their first birthday. Okay, we're well past that point. I'm aiming for a bit ahead of the two-year mark.

So I don't anxiety her to give up binky. We tried a few times, with barely success. I gave in, and bought more of them so I can adjust them often and have one on hand for emotional-distress emergencies. Then the gone astray binky curved up in the car, and Hardly One was decided a few more weeks of sucking pleasure. This break of day I made up a batch of bottles, and just as I was about to put the nipples on them, I promised for myself that at some point this month, I'll buy sippy spouts instead.

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Lin Wu is the nurse of a sixteen-month-old girl.

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