baby bottleMy 17-month-old daughter is channeling Suri Cruise and still takes a bottle. Just one before bed, and occasionally before a nap. I know I need to take it away from her, but I just haven't been motivated to enough to deal with the struggle I see ensuing.

Turns out that if my doctor had just had a little chat with me sooner, I might not be in this predicament now.

A new study says a five-minute chat at a child's 9-month checkup can help parents wean children from the bottle. The study found as much as a 60 percent decline in "prolonged bottle use" if they get the talk.

"In five minutes, we changed the health trajectory of a child," Dr. Jonathon Maguire, lead author of the study, told CNN.

I don't remember my doctor having any chat with me, so I'm blaming her.

Not really. I know all the reasons Lila Claire should be bottle free: to prevent tooth decay and to make sure she's getting enough nutrition from food sources. And I knew them then. I do wonder if I would have been more motivated if I heard them directly from my doctor's mouth.

In any case, it's time. One suggestion I've heard repeatedly to start the weaning process is to offer water in the bottle instead of milk, so tonight, I'm going to try it.

I'll let you know how it goes ....

At what age did your baby give up his or her bottle?

 

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