When Should You Take Your Child Off the Bottle?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents begin to wean their child off the bottle by 12 months of age. This is because prolonged use of a bottle can lead to tooth decay, ear infections, and other health issues. Additionally, it can be difficult for children to transition from a bottle to a cup if they are used to drinking from a bottle for too long.
How To Wean Your Child Off The Bottle
Weaning your child off the bottle should be done gradually. Start by offering them a sippy cup with water or milk during meals and snacks. If they refuse, try offering it at different times throughout the day. You can also offer them their favorite drinks in the sippy cup instead of the bottle. Once they become comfortable with the sippy cup, you can start reducing the amount of time they spend drinking from the bottle each day until they no longer need it.