What is right age to wean from a bottle?

My son is 12 months old. He gets two or three bottles a day, including a middle-of-the-night bottle. I am worried he is getting too much fat. Is it time to begin weaning him from his bottles?

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It is fine that your son still gets a bedtime bottle. Most one-year-olds need a bedtime bottle or snack to get them through the night. During the day you can offer him milk from a sippy cup. Another bottle in the early morning is also fine. The bedtime and early morning bottle or breastfeedings are usually the last to go in the weaning process.

Do not cut out the fat in your son's diet. Because he still has a tiny tummy, he needs concentrated forms of nutrition. He cannot yet eat enough of a low-fat diet to get all the other nutrition he needs. Children who eat low-fat diets end up eating more often. It is the fat in the food that fuels them for longer stretches of time.

I suggest you relax and enjoy that time to cuddle. He'll outgrow it before you know it. Babies are the best judge of how much they need to eat. Allow your son to decide how much he eats.

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