Giving Toddlers Bottles Ups Their Obesity Risk -- Yikes! Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
If you’re like us, you’ve probably heard you should transition baby from a bottle to a cup early on to prevent dental problems, but here’s another reason to ditch the bottles by toddlerhood. Researchers at Temple University and Ohio State University collaborated to analyze data from 6,750 kids. They found that those who were still using a bottle as their primary drinking container at age two were about 30 percent more likely to be obese when they reached age five and a half than those who hadn’t been using a bottle at two.
The likely reason? Researchers say parents tend to put babies to bed with bottles, and that puts them in the habit of consuming more calories. They say switching from bottles to cups by age one could help prevent obesity, and they encourage parents to ask their baby’s pediatrician for help making the transition if they’re having trouble. How old was your baby when you switched from the bottle to a cup?
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