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I can’t believe that at one year old my baby is so firmly attached to the bottle. Should I be worried?

The bottle is a source of comfort to your baby, just as a teddy or cuddly toy is. This is not a problem. The problem is that if you don’t wean your baby now, it will become harder and harder. As babies turn into toddlers, they tend to be quite fixed in their habits.

In addition, the way that toddlers drink from the bottle, taking sips all day long, can lead to tooth decay and other tooth problems. This is because the juice or milk is coating the teeth constantly, and this really provides the right environment for decay. Some babies also get so full up from all the sipping that it interferes with their eating habits. They get full without getting adequate nutrition. In addition, a bottle can cause problems with speech because the baby has it in the mouth all the time and so does not make enough sounds. Babies even sometimes play less because holding the bottle interferes with games and exploring. So you should consider going through the weaning process as soon as possible.

See also:

Weaning - Cutting down on feed

Weaning - Demanding dummy

Weaning - Exhausted mother

Weaning - Mother’s discomfort

Weaning - Preparation

Weaning - Regression

Weaning - Self weaning baby

Weaning - Sick baby

Weaning - Weaning off bottle

 
   
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