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When should you take a child off a bottle?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 12 months

By one year of age, a baby should have the coordination to use a sippy-cup, and getting rid of the bottle will decrease the chance of baby tooth decay.

In brief: 12 months

By one year of age, a baby should have the coordination to use a sippy-cup, and getting rid of the bottle will decrease the chance of baby tooth decay.
Dr. Leto Quarles
Dr. Leto Quarles
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2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

The sooner the better. Once your child can use a sippie cup, wean the bottle.

In brief: See below

The sooner the better. Once your child can use a sippie cup, wean the bottle.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Yet, Sippy cups

keep the tongue forward in a primitive suckling position.
SInce the same muscles used for eating & drinking are used for speech, tots with speech/language delays or low oral motor tone should use open-mouth, soft plastic cups with a semi-circle cut out for the nose, to promote lip closure. A neurotypical 8-mo.-old can drink from such a cup if mom holds it; by 12 mos . he can hold it himself.

In brief: Yet, Sippy cups

keep the tongue forward in a primitive suckling position.
SInce the same muscles used for eating & drinking are used for speech, tots with speech/language delays or low oral motor tone should use open-mouth, soft plastic cups with a semi-circle cut out for the nose, to promote lip closure. A neurotypical 8-mo.-old can drink from such a cup if mom holds it; by 12 mos . he can hold it himself.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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