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My third baby is following quickly on the heels of her older sisters: She’s crawling earlier, eating sooner, and wants to be part of any activity going on. That means it’s getting harder to nurse her if her siblings are anywhere nearby.
She’s 9 months old and we’ve started introducing solids — well, more accurately, she began slamming her hand on the table and screaming until I would feed her bits from my plate. Though she’s transitioning to eating solids, I know she’ll still benefit from whatever breast milk I can give her.
Not only is my milk full of the nutrition she needs, it also has antibodies to fight against the germs hitching a ride on my kindergartner each day. My breast milk will be what gets her through the cold and flu season.
But she’s so busy and distracted by her siblings that it’s getting harder to keep her attention long enough to give her a good feeding during the day. That’s where I’ve found Dr. Brown’s 2-in-1 Transition Bottle Kit and Sippy Spouts helpful. She wants to figure out how to make it work so it holds her attention. I’ve begun giving her bottles with my breast milk and letting her practice the sippy cup version with water.
During this season of transition it’s felt like an olive branch between us. I can pump and have that process only take a few minutes rather than trying to get through a frustrating nursing session. She still gets the nutrients and antibodies she needs and she can begin moving towards that independence she (and I) sort of crave at this point.
She still loves her nighttime feedings and I still enjoy that bond and holding her close without her sisters crashing the party. My baby is just growing up. She needs me, but she needs to develop hand/eye coordination and become the busy toddler she’s turning into.
Each Dr. Brown’s 2-in-1 Transition Bottle Kit includes all of the items you see in the photo to the left below: bottle, cleaning brush, nipple ring, internal vent system, bottle nipple, sippy cup nipple, and a lid. I love that it’s all included so we’re ready to give her what she needs when she needs it.
Both the bottle and the sippy are easy for my daughter to grasp, even though she is just beginning to learn. I can tell she’s just as proud of using her new sippy cup as she is of crawling across the living room. Sometimes she’s dragging it with her or knocking it over so I’m glad it’s spill-proof too.
Here’s an inside tip: you can use the lid and sippy cup spout with the 4-ounce version of the bottle body as well. I had one on hand and tried it out. Since my daughter is just becoming dextrous, we found the smaller bottle is even easier for her to handle.
My teething baby loved the soft spout on both the nipple and the sippy spout; I loved that it’s 100 percent silicone and BPA-free. Another thing I love: it’s easy to clean. I can’t hand-wash everything (actually sometimes I can barely run loads of dishes) so the fact that I can wash these on the top rack of my dishwasher is so helpful.
I personally like anything that can serve two purposes and both versions are in use right now. Heck, when we can’t find my 2-year-old daughter’s sippy cup we borrow her little sister’s, so the cup spans multiple ages and multiple children. I’m glad I’ll have these cups on hand as she grows and transitions from bottle to cup, and I’m sure she’ll continue to love using them too.
What age did your baby transition to a sippy cup?
This post is sponsored by Dr Brown’s. All opinions are truthful and my own.
Images by Kelly Wilbanks