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Function and Importance of Sphingolipids
Sphingolipid is one of the important and major components of a cell membrane, and is distributed widely in body and play key roles in cell recognition and signal transduction between cells.
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The Mystery of the Sphinx
Sphingolipids was discovered in the late 1870s by Johann L.W. Thudichum, a German physician and biochemist, who was a pioneer in the field of neurochemistry and a founder of “brain chemistry”. While studying the chemical composition of the brain, he discovered a component that presented many enigmas. This mysterious compound he named sphingosine, after the mythological riddle of the Egyptian Sphinx.
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Helping Baby Kick the Bottle
It is very common for parents to delay weaning. It is also very common for an older toddler to become attached to their bottle. The dilemma—the longer you wait, the harder it will be for your child to break the habit.
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Breakfast is for Champions!
Why do Champions eat breakfast? Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Not only does it help your child start his day right, it’s linked to many health benefits such as weight control and improved performance.
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Helping Baby Kick the Bottle


Weaning—Why It Is Important

It is very common for parents to delay weaning. It is also very common for an older toddler to become attached to their bottle. The dilemma—the longer you wait, the harder it will be for your child to break the habit.

Most pediatricians recommend parents to start weaning their child off the bottle at around 12 months, for a host of reasons. The two major ones are:

  • Baby bottle tooth decay: Prolonged bottle drinking can damage baby teeth and even cause tooth decay.

  • Missing out on solids: While milk is very healthy and is an important source of nutrients, children who are dedicated to their bottle tend to ingest more milk and may not want to eat enough solid foods. Weaning your child off the bottle can be challenging, but once you think your child is ready, here are some tips and tricks to make this transition easier for both you and your child.

How to Wean Your Child

“You’re a big boy now, so you can use the big boy cup.”

Some suggestions on how to wean your baby off the bottle:

  • Start early: Allow your baby to get used to holding a cup. This can be introduced as early as 3 to 6 months old. Just make sure there’s no liquid in it!

  • Substitution: Give him spill-proof cups or “Sippy Cups” as they are called. These cups have spouts designed just for toddlers. Choose a feeding time when he usually drinks just a little, rather than at a major mealtime. Use this same feeding time to use the “Sippy Cup” every day for a week. Routine is key!

  • Wean gradually: Start by gradually cutting down on bottles from feeding schedule, starting at mealtimes. For example, if your baby drinks 3 bottles a day, start by cutting the morning bottle. Encourage him and suggest that since he’s a big boy now, he’s allowed to drink from a cup instead. This will make it seem like a reward rather than a chore.

  • Be coy: Give your little one the liquids he likes best in the cup and the ones he likes least in the bottle.

Consistency is Key

How long does weaning to a cup take? It varies, but generally anywhere between a couple of weeks to a couple of months. It also depends on the age and development of the child and how consistent the parents are. Don’t start weaning your child when your lives are busy or stressful. If you’re starting a new job, moving homes or if your child is going through a new developmental stage, wait a month or two before weaning.

There will be rough spots on the way. Remember to be encouraging and patient and most importantly—resist the urge to backtrack on the progress you’ve made. If you continue to have problems or concerns about stopping the bottle, have a chat with your doctor.

At the Forefront of Milk Innovation
Scientists at Snow Brand are constantly developing breakthroughs in nutrition. As an innovator of dairy products since 1951, Snow Brand filed over 30 patents in the last five years alone, of which the use of Sphingolipids in milk formula is one of its most important breakthroughs. In Malaysia, Snow Brand has helped children grow smart and strong with its premium quality products for over 40 years.

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