(In the above pic Suri was snapped (sans bottle!) modeling a Halloween costume in Boston on October 26th)
On Wednesday Katie Holmes, 30, was photographed bottle-feeding daughter Suri on the New York set of her new movie, The Romantics.
According to the experts, Suri, 3, should not still be hitting the bottle. (Suri will celebrate her fourth birthday on April 18th.)
“She should have been weaned off the bottle by the time she was nine months old,” Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician and co-author of Food Fights, told Us magazine. “By the time kids are nine months old, they have the physical development and mouth coordination necessary to be able to drink out of a sippy cup or a cup with straw. That development comes pretty early.”
Dr. Jennifer Shu says she doesn’t “know why” Tom Cruise and Katie still allow Suri to use a bottle. “You don’t force kids to crawl when they can walk,” Dr. Jennifer Shu told Us magazine.
Dr. Harvey Karp – a pediatrician, child development specialist and creator of the DVD and book, The Happiest Toddler on the Block – doesn’t think it’s such a big deal.
“Sucking is normal for kids when they are tired or bored — as long as kids aren’t keeping the bottle in their mouths for hours” he told Us magazine, adding that it may serve as an emotional security device. “Thumb-sucking is more damaging.”
But Dr. Jennifer Shu told Us magazine that if Suri is using the bottle out of comfort, her parents should “transition her to a different security object that doesn’t cause cavities,” such as a blanket or a Teddy bear.