"It's important that parents tune in to their individual child and what the bottle means to them," said Claire Lerner, director of Parenting Resources at Zero to Three, a parenting resource Web site. "It's not a monolithic response."
Transitioning a child from a bottle to a sippy cup or a regular cup using goodbye rituals or stories of a "bottle fairy" that took it away might be a way for a parent to honor and respect a child's needs.
Lerner pointed out that, if sucking on a bottle was the primary soothing thing a child did, that it was a parent's responsibility to meet that need in another way or the transition will be more difficult.
But not all are convinced of the cons of bottle-feeding. Ciervo said she never noticed any speech problems in her girls, despite her younger daughter only giving up her pacifier one week ago.
"It was really hard," Ciervo said. "But you know, when it's time, they do give it up eventually."