Breaking the Toddler Bottle Habit

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At almost 4-years-old, Suri Cruise is still drinking from a bottle, and people are aghast.  

From musings that it's part of some Scientology practice to accusations of poor parenting, people have some pretty strong feelings about toddlers with bottles.

A few years ago, I would have perhaps raised a slightly more judgmental eyebrow. I weaned my son of his bottle before he turned 1, like pediatricians generally recommend.

Now, my eyebrows are staying firmly in place because my daughter is 15 months, and I have no intention of taking hers away anytime soon. She likes it, she gets her milk in, and it helps her go to sleep. So what?


I know about all the dental concerns, but I don't think a few ounces a couple of times a day is that big of a deal. Dr. Harvey Karp, a pediatrician, child development specialist and creator of the DVD and book, The Happiest Toddler on the Block, agrees. He told Us: "Sucking is normal for kids when they are tired or bored, as long as kids aren't keeping the bottle in their mouths for hours."

Still, my Lila Claire is a long way from 4. Can I imagine letting her having a bottle for another 2.5 years? No. But I also can't imagine my children living the life that Suri does -- all the travel, events, media, film shoots, attention and craziness.

So if Suri needs a little help from a comforting, soothing staple in her life, then really, who cares. She'll give it up when she's ready.

I have much more of an issue with her sporting lipstick at her age.

How old do you think is too old for a bottle?

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