Bye-bye baby bottle
By the time your baby is 18 months old, you should be getting rid of the baby bottle and only letting them drink from a cup. Sometimes that transition can be a struggle, but successfully giving up the bottle means that your child:
• Is at lower risk of tooth decay in their baby teeth and their adult teeth
• Is more likely to be a healthy weight
• Is more likely to get the right amount of vitamins and minerals
• Is at lower risk of anemia or iron deficiency
There are things you can do to make the transition from bottle to cup easier:
• Give your toddler a cup to drink from at every meal and snack.
• Give your toddler enough to eat; don’t let them turn to the bottle because they’re hungry.
• Let your toddler make decisions that involve using a cup. For example, do they want milk or water in the cup? Do they want to use the blue cup or red cup?
• Set boundaries around using the bottle. Don’t let your child take it to bed, or use it while they play.