Every child is different. We cannot tell the right time for children to stop using bottles. We can, however, give the effects of prolonged use of the bottle. How it affects the growth of the child and why it should not be considered harmless.
When to stop
Babies start weaning at the age of 12-18 months. We can introduce the child to a cup from the age of 6 months. Some dentists recommend checking out for the following signs to know when to start. When your child can sit up on their own, sitting up should be a sign that they can sit and hold the cups, when the child can eat during meal times instead of eating all through the day. Consistent feeding shows that the child can learn how to use the cup. When the child can eat solid food and can hold the spoon, at this moment, it is the right time to stop the use of the bottle.
Bottles and Oral Health.
Prolonged use of bottles can affect the dental health of the child. The problems include baby bottle tooth decay. Exposure of children to sugary drinks overnight increases the likelihood of the child developing decay. Children who sleep with bottles tend to be hard to wean. It is then advised to let them sleep with the bottles but add water instead of sugary drinks. Prolonged use of bottles could also lead to stunted or disrupted dental growth. It could also disrupt the child's speech development.
Weaning requires some time for the child to embrace the change gradually. Your choice of time is essential. A stress-free time is the best to start weaning. Slowly introduce your child to holding a cup. You can also begin by substituting the bottle with a cup once in a while. Add little amounts and teach a child to use the cup. With time use the cup in all meals instead of a bottle. Experts advise eliminating the bedtime bottle last.
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