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Weaning is not just about your baby moving on to solid foods. It’s about learning to drink from a cup too. The ideal time to start introducing a first cup is about 4-6 months. Each child is different and will progress onto weaning cups at various ages and stages.
Learning to drink from a cup is a gradual process and can be quite messy at times. Although it may be difficult and take some perseverance, you should aim to have your baby off the bottle by his first birthday. Using a cup is much better for his teeth. When choosing a first cup, remember that:
Young babies don’t know the difference between sweetened and unsweetened drinks. Don’t give your baby a ‘sweet tooth’ by offering sweetened versions. Water is the best drink you can give to your baby.
All of these are different names for sugar which can decay your baby’s teeth:
Now your baby has started to eat solid food, it's important to begin to establish a teeth cleaning regime Get your baby used to the dentist - if you’re going, take him with you. If your baby is taking a bottle, you should try and make sure he's given it up by the time he's a year old. As your child learns to talk start to discourage use of his soother.