Before you start the weaning process, plan out which feeding utensil you wish to use. If your baby is less than 6 months of age, then you may consider a milk bottle.
Check out the different bottles and teats available in the market. Be prepared to try a few if your baby doesn’t particularly like one.
There are teats like that of the NUK milk bottles that are designed to mimic a mother’s nipple. Keep in mind that all babies are different and so are their preferences for milk bottles.
When selecting a teat, also pay attention to the flow rate. Most brands of milk bottles and teats have age recommendations, which makes this decision easier for you.
If your baby is older than a year, then you may consider weaning your baby directly onto a sippy cup.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents wean their babies off the bottle by at least 18 months to ensure better oral health.
Moreover, a sippy cup encourages gross motor skill development and helps improve hand to mouth coordination, which will help when you want your baby to start picking up food and feeding himself.
If you are weaning your toddler off the breast, then you could consider weaning him directly onto an ordinary cup.