Feeding BottleBottle-feeding is a typical part of a child’s nourishment. This is mostly the case when the mother is unable to breastfeed the child personally due to work or health issues. Despite the practicality, there is an age limit to this practice.

Kids should stop drinking milk from a bottle before the age of two. More than discouraging bottle dependency, there are also other motives to stop it as early as this. Here are a couple of reasons:

Tooth Problems

The sugar in the milk causes cavities to develop in your baby’s teeth, and may even damage them before they fully develop. This is the reason dentists from Highlands Ranch Dental Group advice parents to be cautious in sending their children to bed with milk bottles. Sucking the milk from the bottle increases this tendency due to increase in sugar absorption. In addition to that, the nipples from bottles and pacifiers can inhibit proper teeth growth.

Obesity

Kids drinking from a milk bottle tend to lug it with them most of the day. This means that as long as you keep on bottle-feeding your baby for an extended period, you give them more calories than they should consume. This is especially the case when the child is already able to eat solid food. The more calories the kid intakes, the bigger the chances they will become overweight.

You already have reasons to stop bottle-feeding your child. Here comes the tricky part: weaning your kid off the bottle. Here are simple tips on how to proceed with the transition from bottles to cups:

1. Use fun sippy cups as soon as the child is 6 to 9 months old. 2. Reduce the number of bottle-feeding times. 3. When your child is more comfortable with cups, put away the bottles. 4. Verbally encourage drinking in cups with words like “cups are for big boys/girls.” 5. Patience. The transition period is usually full of tantrums.

Teaching your child to lay off the bottle is a difficult but necessary part of parenting. Get creative in coaxing them to get rid of the habit. By teaching your kid to drink from cups early, you keep them away from serious health problems later in life.

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