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Switching From Bottle to Sippy Cup

When Did Your Tot Give Up the Bottle For Good?

Bottoms up! Doctors have long advised parents to make the switch from bottle to sippy cup around a tot's first birthday, but now they have a research behind them.

In a new study in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that kids who continue to use a bottle as their primary source of liquids at two years, and those who are put to bed with one, are 33 percent more likely to be obese at five-and-a-half years old. According to the researchers, lil ones come to rely on the bottles for comfort or convenience, rather necessity, "Prolonged bottle use may lead to the child consuming excess calories, particularly when parents are using the bottle to comfort the child rather than to address the child’s hunger or nutritional needs."

Making the switch to a sippy cup can be an arduous task that some parents put off out of fear of their children giving up milk altogether. When did you make the switch?

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EvieJ EvieJ 5 years
@Anonymous 4: Your post just relieved me to no end. My 2 1/2 year old still wants a bottle at night, and I've tried to get her off it. Some nights, she doesn't want it, but others she does. I only do a 2-ounce bottle for her, so it's not as if she's having a full feed. She's also not a paci-baby, so I guess it is a comfort thing. @Anonymous 2: Thank you!
LilaBo LilaBo 5 years
anon #2, my second daughter gave up milk when i took the bottle away at about one year old. she refused it for a few weeks, and then learned to drink it from a cup. i agree that its easier to just do it- like taking the pacifier. i was the one who had the hardest time, as it turned out.
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