Weaning Your Baby
After 6 to 8 months, you are feeding your baby more solid foods. Your baby needs less formula or breast milk as he or she gets more nutrients and calories from other foods. This is the beginning of weaning.
Offer your baby fruit juice and formula from a small cup, with meals and between meals. Babies develop their motor skills by learning to drink from the cup. It may be messy as they learn, but you can use an infant cup with a lid and sipper spout to cut down on the accidents.
A one-year-old baby is usually able to get all the liquid he or she needs from a cup. By one year of age, most babies are ready to drink whole milk instead of formula. Make the switch from formula to whole milk gradually. Feed your baby a mixture of formula and whole milk for a few weeks, then start giving just whole milk. Your doctor may also recommend a transitional formula for older babies.
Helpful hints for weaning include the following: