Having a new baby, or a difficult one, might be challenging at times. You have to adjust to a new schedule and figure out what your baby wants and when. One challenging part of having a baby, besides changing diapers and not sleeping, is getting them to take a bottle. There are some pointers that might get your baby to take a bottle.
- Make a bottle with the feel and taste of mom
Some babies might only take a bottle if it is similar to mom in touch taste and temperature. Most of the time temperature is key when getting them to take a bottle.
- Get away from your baby
Although it sounds pretty harsh, some people say it is easier for someone else to feed your baby when you are completely out of the house. You can try to stay in a different room while someone else tries to feed your baby, but if he or she knows you are in the same house, it might be more difficult.
- Add something sweet
As long as your pediatrician approves, adding something to your baby’s bottle to make it more palatable is not an uncommon suggestion. Some moms have added a bit of applesauce to the bottle to give it to their baby. Some others suggest wetting the nipple of the bottle and dipping it in sugar. If you have any other sweetening methods, as long as it is okayed, don’t be afraid to try it.
- Be patient
It may become frustrating when you can’t get your baby to eat, but some moms suggest just waiting. You can try anything and any type of nipple or temperature or even formulas, but ultimately, being patient pays off.
- Skip to a cup
If trying to give your baby a bottle isn’t working, then it is okay to try giving them a bottle. Depending on the age, some might prefer a cup over a bottle. Some babies might even like the idea of a straw. Try both and see if it takes.
- Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you can’t seem to find something that works for your baby. Asking a grandparent or another family member might be helpful. You can also ask your pediatrician to see if they have any other suggestions.
If you are trying to wing your baby off of bring breastfed, it might be a little more difficult because a hungry screaming baby does not deal well with change. The secret is to keep nursing them, but only a little bit. Let them nurse until they are about half full then switch to a bottle and let them finish. This gives the chance for someone else to finish the job. It is important to get the nipple and temperature right for the bottle so it is not such a drastic change that your baby will not like it at all.