Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s daughter, Suri, was spotted sucking on a bottle in NYC earlier this week, spawning comments and criticism from various news outlets who say that at two years old, the tot should no longer be drinking from a bottle.
Us Weekly called on some experts to weigh in on the situation. “Most pediatricians recommend a bottle should be given up by age 1 — almost certainly by 18 months,” Dr. Charlotte Cowan, author of the Dr. Hippo book series, tells Usmagazine.com. However, Dr. Cowan said that constant traveling with her parents might shed light on why Suri is still relying on a bottle. “When babies are challenged, their diet is upset, their sleep is upset,” Dr. Cowan says. “They will regress back to previous habits … lingering with a bottle is comforting. You could argue that her parents have decided that this is not the time to try to wean her off if they’re traveling frequently.”
Yet, every child is different and the important thing, some experts said, is to not distress over a situation like this one.
“We panic and feel as if we have to break a child of that habit before it’s really necessary to do so,” psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow, who has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, tells Us Weekly.
What do you think? Should Suri have been weaned off the bottle already? Any tips for Katie and Tom?