When Is Your Baby Ready To... (Food)
Try a piece of sushi? Drink water? Read on.
...Start Transitioning from a Bottle to a Sippy Cup?
As soon as your baby can sit up well on her own. Look for a first cup that's easy to grab, and has a weighted bottom and a soft, nipple-like tip (like The First Sipster from Playtex). The AAP recommends that ba-bas be gone for good after the first birthday. Easier said than done. (A bunch of us on staff had kids over two still clutching bottles like their little lives depended on it.) But there are ways to make it a non-event, whenever it happens. Start by reserving the bottle only for those times of day that your child is most attached to it (usually before bedtime) and gradually work down from there. And putting formula or breast milk in the sippy teaches your baby that those drinks don't just come from a nipple.