My 13 mo no longer has daytime bottles (we cut them out pretty much right on 12 months). She's never been overly attached to bottles, I bf until 6 months then formula from 6-12 months and in that time, she would rarely finish her bottles. I was telling my mum this morning that we're cutting her night bottle down and last night we gave her 50ml. She proceeded to tell me how cruel it was to take her bottles off her when she was so young and that she's still a baby and she needs her bottle. I said to mum "she wants for nothing, she has all the love, kisses, cuddles and book reading that she wants at night, she gets plenty of comfort from us and I think it will be much easier to get rid of her bottles now than when she's closer to 2. It's not like I'm putting her out in the dog bed to sleep" and she said (jokingly) "well you might as well be!"
So I just wanted to see what other people think. My main reason for wanting to get rid of them now is because I've had plenty of health professionals (nurses, GP, OT & speech pathologist) say that babies shouldn't have bottles after 12 months for dental and speech reasons but I know many people don't follow this. Is it really cruel? I usually take parenting advice with a grain of salt from mum and continue with what I had already decided but this one has me doubting our decision!