my daughter won't go to sleep without a bottle of milk...isn't that bad for her teeth?

Allison - posted on 10/17/2008 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 17 months old and still won't go to bed without a full bottle of milk. I heard it's really bad for her teeth to let the milk sit in her mouth overnight, but when I try to give her bottle while she's awake and then brush her teeth before bed, it's a nightmare. Any suggestions or tricks of the trade?

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Natalie - posted on 10/20/2008

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To put it plan and simple yes it is bad, i didnt know this till my son had to have 4 filling at the age of 3 over time the milk roots the teeth and its the back molars coz thats where the milk pools in the back of there mouth, then it was confirmed to me when i started working in childrens dental that it is really bad for their teeth plus it can move childrens teeth out of place so my advice is to have her milk in a cup before bed then brush maybe she can give her bottle to santa in the shops in exchange for a really cool milk cup good luck

Aimee - posted on 10/20/2008

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I was told by a pediatrician that it is only bad for their teeth if they fall asleep with the bottle in their mouth and keep it in their mouth. Kind of like a pacifier.

Jessica - posted on 10/19/2008

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Try reducing the amount of milk you put in the bottle until she gets none.

Casey - posted on 10/17/2008

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I just went through the same thing. Its horrible for their teeth. There really are no tricks other than water instead of milk, start a new routine thats more safe for her teeth and stick to it. Its going to be a nightmare for a little bit but kids can adjust to anything. See it as doing her a favor, right now shes using the milk to comfort herself, take it away and shes going to have to learn how it do it on her own!

Theresa - posted on 10/18/2008

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it is very bad for her teeth. Try to switch her bottle over time. Each time you fill it, use more water and less milk each time. Eventually she will be drinking water. Also, the water in bed may be difficult during potty training. This happened w/ my 3rd. She had to pee all night long...

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Lisa Jayne - posted on 03/31/2016

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My daughter still has the bottle warm milk and is near 5 classified as a milk drunk child she my 6th and this is never been so hard and woke go to sleep til she over drank

Keri - posted on 08/11/2009

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My daughter use to get a small amount of apple juice and milk in her crib, and it has caused problems with her teeth, so know she just gets the wate, and she kicked up a 5 minute fuss and slept threw the night :)

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I say let them bawl all night. I have a 2 year old who still loves his bottle at night for comfort. Just went to the dentist for the first time yesterday and he had four cavities. They will have to put him under to do the dental work and it is costing me $1200 for his bottle mouth. I thought for the longest time it was no big deal and didn't want to deal with crying. Now I recommend getting rid of that bottle asap.

Amber - posted on 10/18/2008

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In my experience, all 4 of my children went to bed with their milk until they were about 18 months old, but in a sippy cup. I have heard it isnt good for their teeth but i have had no problems whatsoever with my childrens teeth, hope that helps :)

Misty-lee - posted on 10/17/2008

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hi alison in all honesty your judgement prob the safest bet on the do i dont i my eldest was an advanced learner, taylah was runny around at 9 months old,drinking out of sippy cups magority of her teeth ect were my son byran was very slow and lazy he didnt start walking till 16 months so of coarse i put him on cows milk but didnt take the bottle of him till prop 20 maybe even 22 months so really u know your daughter better it might not be the bottle it self but the sucky motion might soothe her some children get the same effect of dummys so really if you think its time then persever but in my opinion i think its more damaging on there teeth in older children 3 to 4 and i even heard cases of 5 year olds. if she is content stil give her the bottle then chase it down with a teaspoon of water .

Allison - posted on 10/17/2008

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She definately takes the bottle out of her mouth cause I go in and remove it from her crib about 1/2 hour after she goes to bed. I've tried the water and it's a no go :) I think it'll come down to the tuff love...but I brush her teeth twice a day, so I'm hoping that's helps....Thanks so much for your reply...cheers

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My son was the same way. I started slowly watering the bottle down or also only offering a very watery juice cup. The sugars from the milk and juice can rott their teeth. Also start putting their milk in a sippy cup and slowly get rid of the bottles. Take a day perhaps a Saturday and you all throw all the bottles away. Let her help you. It will be rough, but it usually takes a child about three days to learn a new behavior. As long as you stick with it, it will work. Good Luck it will be tough,but like our mom's always said....... It is for their own good.

Lori - posted on 10/17/2008

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try filling a colored (so she can't tell it's not milk) bottle up with water and placing it in the fridge several hours before you plan on giving it to her. It's it's the same temp and in a bottle she might not notice.

Kimberly - posted on 10/17/2008

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I'd go for water in the bottle. My daughter (3 & 1/2 years) still goes to bed with a sippy cup full of water. I give her the choice of sippy with water or no sippy at all back when she was 14M or so. She choose water every time.

Lori - posted on 10/17/2008

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Put water in a colored bottle so she won't be able to see the difference and place it in the fridge several housrd before bedtime to its the same temp as the milk would be, hopefully she won't care too much.

Katie - posted on 10/17/2008

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My son is 18 months old and still gets milk before bedtime. We hold him, he drinks a sippy cup of milk, we take it and lay him down for the night. I think your biggest issue is not putting them to bed with a bottle and leaving it. Make sure to feed them and take it away.

Katie - posted on 10/17/2008

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I have two kids and they have always gone to bed with a bottle of milk before bed. My son is 18 months old and gets a sippy cup of milk right before bed. We hold him, he drinks it, and then we lay him down in bed. I think your biggest issue is not letting them go to bed with a bottle and not taking it away.

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Have you tried giving her water instead? If she doesn't want the water, maybe you could start diluting her milk (make sure she gets it at other times) with water until it is just water. I know with my son I've done this when converting from breastmilk to formula (he doesn't sleep with it) and he was fine with this. Maybe it could work with water?

Lori - posted on 10/17/2008

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Try a cold bottle of water. Put it in a colored bottle so she can't see the color and put it in the fridge for a while before you give it to her so it's the same temp that whe milk would be. Don't mention any difference to her about it.

Bettyna - posted on 10/17/2008

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well...my son is only 10 months old and he is the same way only with formula...i've heard it is bad for the teeth for it to sit in there but i don't know what else to do either cuz he will sit there and bawl alllllll night if he doesn't have his baba...he doesn't sleep with it in his mouth tho so i don't know if that is so bad. he always takes it out of his mouth before going to sleep. I don't know if that matters or not. but does she take it out of her mouth before going to sleep? or does she sleep with the bottle in her mouth? i think that is bad for teeth if they keep the bottle in their mouth. try giving her water instead of milk? i have but he doesn't like it but maybe that would work for you. I don't know what else to tell you. you might just have to put your foot down and say no bottle and she'll get over it eventually. i know it is easier said than done cuz i haven't done that yet but i plan on it pretty soon. i don't want his teeth rotten before he is a year old. lol well hope i helped. let me know how it goes. take care! sorry i wrote so much. lol

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