Tips to move your toddler from the breast to the bottle
Toddler weaning tips
Like many things, the longer they last the more difficult they may be to change. Try these tips to help a toddler wean:
- Keep busy - if your toddler is busy and distracted he might miss a feed without noticing
- Substitute breastfeeds with different snacks, or provide drinks with a straw. A fluffy at a cafe when you’d normally be at home having a breastfeed is likely to be greeted with enthusiasm. You could also make milky snacks.
- Whenever possible, leave your toddler with someone they are familiar with around normal breastfeeding times - they will hopefully fill up on (healthy) snacks and happily miss a breastfeed.
- Organise for Dad or someone else to see your to toddler during the night and perhaps offer water or milk from a cup.
Toddlers who refuse solids
Although it’s likely that your baby will be ready to try solids at around six months, all babies are different. Some want to start a bit later, which is fine, as long as there isn’t too much of a delay. If your baby is nearing seven months of age and hasn’t started solids yet, seek advice from your doctor.