Teaching children to eat is easy. Teaching a child to learn how to take a bottle properly is harder. That’s why your first few attempts will be the most frustrating, but once you’ve mastered it, child to bottle-feeding can be a very rewarding experience.
Bottles are a way for the baby to express his or her emotions and taste flavors. But as the child learns to eat a bottle, he or she will discover that several things must be learned to feed themselves adequately. As a parent, it’s essential to be prepared for this.
Prefer Natural Methods: Bottle-Feeding
The right time for your child to learn how to take a bottle is as soon as possible after birth. Some mothers want to bottle feed their babies, while others would prefer a more natural method. You should research the ways that are best for your baby.
Scent Of The Bottle: Bottle-Feeding
Children learn through experiences, and one of the most important is smelling. You need to teach your child to recognize the scent of a bottle. There are several ways to do this.
Different Size Of The Bottle
The first thing to remember is that your baby will have no idea that the bottle is different from the breast. The scent should be “new” to your baby. If your baby associates breast milk with the smell of a bottle, you can change the association and just let your baby figure out the difference in the first few months.
Bottle Feeding Experience
Another way to work this out is to begin the bottle-feeding experience as soon as possible after the child starts to nurse on the breast. Let the bottle come out when the chest is full and wait until the next feeding when the container is gone. This will allow the bottle to be used at the breast anytime your baby nurses on the chest. It may take some trial and error, but as long as the container is never “used” in the first six months, you should be okay.
Getting The Bottle To Go Out
After the first few bottles, you’ll have an easier time getting the bottle to go “out” on its own. Once the child can nurse on the breast of his or her choice, you can gradually begin to move them toward the bottle.
First Milestones For Bottle-Feeding
When the child is about eight to twelve months old, the first milestones for bottle-feeding should be reached. These include Not nursing at all, some solid breast milk, and becoming able to go at least half an hour without nursing. This can be challenging, but if you are consistent, your child should continue to be able to breastfeed.
Additional Training For Using Bottle
For some babies, the changes in their feeding behaviors will be minor and not require any additional training for “using” the new bottle. They’ll still try to nurse on the breast; they’ll forget about the bottle. There’s nothing wrong with this.
Keep Your Child Happy And Healthy
For others, there will be some more to contend with, but these changes are regular. A few simple reminders will help you keep your child happy and healthy.
Provide Bottle When Its Necessary
If you want to use the bottle, provide the bottle only when you feel it’s necessary. For example, while your baby is nursing, give the container to your baby, but don’t use it. If you are feeling hungry, give the bottle to your baby.
No matter what the changes in your child’s eating habits are, you should be ready for the new way. With the proper training, your child should eat on his or her own. And most of all, with the appropriate encouragement, they should start enjoying the benefits of being able to do it on their own.