Thumb sucking, picky eating and nose picking are not only a nuisance, but they can have lasting effects on your childs health.
Here, experts weigh in on why these habits are harmful and offer their best tips for how to deal with your childs behaviors.
1. Hanging onto the bottleSwitching from a bottle to a sippy cup is often one of the most challenging things for toddlers to do. Plus, drinking too much milk can cause your tot to skip meals and miss out on calcium-rich foods like leafy green vegetables, yogurt and cheese and may even lead to iron deficiency.
Of course, allowing your child to fall asleep with a bottle in his mouth can also lead to cavities and tooth decay.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends toddlers transition to a sippy cup by 15 months of age, but experts say the time to start introducing the sippy cup is around six months so that by the time theyre a year old, its gone for good.
The truth is that theyve satisfied most of their sucking needs by a year, said Dr. Jane Scott, a pediatrician and neonatologist in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and author of The Confident ...