Pediatricians recommend that babies beginning transitioning from bottles to sippy cups at around a year and be completely weaned by 18 months. But what if you missed the memo? How do you wean a 2-year-old from the bottle and why is weaning important?
Art Nowak, a professor of pediatric dentistry and pediatrics at the University of Iowa told Parents that bottles can cause damage to a toddler’s teeth. Any liquid other than water creates acidic solution that is washes over the teeth and decalcifies them which can lead to tooth decay. Also, toddlers who still use bottles tend to drink almost double the amount of ounces in milk as the daily recommended servings. This can cause them to decline solid foods containing important nutrients.
On another note, Keith T. Ayoob, professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine explained to WebMD that research shows that toddlers who are still drinking out of a bottle at age two have an increased risk of obesity by the age of six. This is because some children fill up on milk, and then still eat plenty of solid foods causing them to ingest too many calories. So if you're trying to transition your baby from bottle to big kid cup, here are a few tips.