Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

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Ask Dr Pam   

At what age should I switch my baby from a bottle to a cup?

There is no magic or even any rush to start weaning a baby from their bottle. Even at 5-6 months of age an infant can start to learn the coordination to drink out of a regular cup. The tongue-thrust reflex starts to diminish by their first birthday and this is when they will be able to get a better lip seal around a cup -- prior to this time a sippy-cup maybe a cleaner option. 
If an infant still relies on the bottle for comfort through the sucking action, they may require a different way to self-soothe. Before completely weaning from breast or bottle, make sure your infant is getting enough calories and eating a balanced diet so they are not missing out on important nutrients. One such nutrient is iron -- see this post for reasons why iron is important for your infant/toddler. 

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