Using a bottle beyond 12 months can:
Increase the chances of tooth decay due to liquids having prolonged contact with the teeth
Effect how the teeth develop
Prevent development of the muscles needed for speech
Children should be encouraged to use a free flow beaker cup from 6 months of age.
Allow liquid to flow freely
Teach children how to sip their drink, rather than suck
Helps to develop the skills required for drinking from a cup