When and how to begin bottle weaning

Parent Educator Allison LaTona, LMFT, shares advice for parents on the best methods for weaning your baby from the bottle
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When and how to begin bottle weaning

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Bottle weaning really begins around six months when parents introduce solids to their baby. You have the opportunity, then, to introduce a cup which gives your baby the opportunity to practice cup skills and to get used to taking different liquids through a different vessel. When parents do this and approach the one year mark, when we encourage parents to wean kids from the bottle full, the transition goes more smoothly. As babies first year approaches, that need for non-nutritive sucking fades, as does the baby's need for a bottle. Between 12 and 15 months is the best window. Parents can employ a replacement process where they replace the bottles with a cup of milk or a snack. Over time, consistently offering this replacement, the child gets used to taking increased volume from this different vessel.

Parent Educator Allison LaTona, LMFT, shares advice for parents on the best methods for weaning your baby from the bottle

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Allison LaTona, MFT

Parent Educator, Marriage & Family Therapist

Allison LaTona, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist, whose life-changing consultation groups provide a practical and compassionate roadmap for those navigating the journey of parenthood. LaTona has 18 years of experience counseling children, families, couples and individuals, and has facilitated groups in private practice, as well as at Santa Monica's Babygroup with Donna Holloran, MSW, for over a decade. La Tona is an author for Twigtale, an online resource for creating transition books for young children.  

Focusing on respectful parenting philosophies, the power of language, emotional intelligence, and a child's natural developmental capabilities, LaTona offers specific strategies and invaluable insights that ease the inherent challenges of contemporary parenthood. Her work empowers parents with the vision and tools to create thriving and fulfilling family lives, and fosters long-term connections within a supportive community. With 13 years "in the trenches" raising two young children of her own, LaTona's personal path complements her professional credentials. Her empathy, experience, and dedication fuel her passionate commitment to her work.

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