Is it okay to put a baby to sleep with a bottle?

Amanda - posted on 09/02/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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If I rock her to sleep and set her down, she immediately wakes up. When she falls asleep with a bottle, she pretty much sleeps from 11pm to 9 or 10 am.

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Ashley - posted on 09/08/2010

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i think its not good at all i had it with my first child and it made him get ear infections all the time. and it can cause the child to have problems with their teeth when they get older

Caitlin - posted on 09/06/2010

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Definitely not a good habit to start...it will make it extremely hard to wean from the bottle. And that isn't my opinion, that is what our pediatrician told us when we had our first. We listened to her, and he was weaned from his bottle by 10 months...and we weren't even trying, he just got tired of it. If you let it become a habit, it could make it extremely hard to wean her from the bottle.

Christina - posted on 09/04/2010

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I don't think it's a good idea. My sister used to put my niece, who is now 18 years old, to bed with a bottle and she had severe dental problems as a child so I've seen first hand how bad it is. If she's having a hard time going to sleep, rock her until she goes to sleep, or, if your not against it, use they cry it out method. Another thing you could also try, and I do this with my youngest son, give her a bottle right before she goes to bed. I do that with my son and he sleeps all night. Good luck.

Sarh - posted on 09/04/2010

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Ok.. rocking her to sleep is "soothing" for her! So is her falling asleep w/a bottle. Does she take a binky (pacifier)? If she does try to give her that as soon as you lay her down and she starts to wake up. My son will go to sleep in my arms while "jiggly-rocking" him, but then wakes up as soon as I move to lay him down.
I would not put her to sleep w/a bottle because of tooth decay, it makes a mess in the crib from leaking, and she could choke on the milk from sleeping and the bottle being in her mouth still, leaking milk into her mouth. Make sense?
It's just not safe!

Liz - posted on 09/02/2010

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My two year old b/g twins still get a bottle at night ( we're working on breaking this) But this is what we do for them: Give them a bath with the soothing Aveeno lavender bath, then they sit on our laps and drink their bottle of milk, and once they are done ( either finish the bottle or hand it to us) we bring them to their bedroom and they go to bed. We pretty much try to do it the same way with our youngest son who will be two months old on the 12th of this month.

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Sarah - posted on 09/09/2010

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I would only be worried if she is relying on it to fall to sleep, I fell into this same trap with both of my daughters and it was fine until I wanted to ween them off there bottle. We had a lot of sleepless nights at first until my girls learned to get themselves to sleep. Now they still have a milk drink in a cup about 1 hour before bed time and then are happy to go to sleep. Good luck =)

Jennifer - posted on 09/08/2010

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It is a bad ideal to put your kid to bed with a bottle. I have made sure my son is able to sleep without one for numerous reasons. The overweight issue, his teeth, choking hazard, and also breaking him from the bottle. My best friend let her youngest sleep with a bottle and when it came time to break her from it she clinged to the nighttime bottle since she was conditioned to fall asleep without it. I think once you do it for awhile she will learn to sleep without it will take a little bit and will be a bit hard having her cry for it but in the end you will be glad you decided against it.

Kimberly - posted on 09/07/2010

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No its not good for the child at all. It can cause rot in there teeth and problems later down the road.

Stifler's - posted on 09/07/2010

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i've heard that you shouldn't feed them to sleep etc. but for my son it's the only way to get him to keep his milk down sometimes. but i stand there and hold the bottle until he's finished and then take it away.

Tiffany - posted on 09/07/2010

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When I have to do this I stand over her crib and watch until she stops drinking then take it from her so that there is no hazard. Some of the reasons they say not to do it is, like Nikki said, chokeing on it. If she falls asleep and it keeps dripping into her mouth she can choke. Or also it is bad for their teeth for basically the same reason, if they stop drinking and it just drips in then it will just sit there on the teeth and cause them to start to rot.
But like I said, I just watch her until she is done then take it from her, no hazards :-) Hope it helps!

Debra - posted on 09/07/2010

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they get used 2 that hun then they wont go without a bottle n bein rocked try gettin your daughter 2 go down without a bottle for a while eventually she will get used 2 not havin 1 n gettin rocked xxx

Nicole - posted on 09/06/2010

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I get where people are comming from when they say that it's not good. I also feel you when you say you rock your baby, but she wakes as soon as you put her down. I had the exact same problem with my son. I let him take the bottle to bed with him. I would alway be where I could hear him and listen to him. As soon as he was asleep, I went in and took the bottle so he wouldn't wake up and just start sucking on it. I know there are people that say it will be harder to ween him from the bottle to the sippe cup, but I had no problems at all. Infact, most people will tell you that the bedtime bottle is the last bottle you ween from them. So by time you take it away, they are used to drinking from a sippie cup. I fed my son 8oz. with rice cereal in it, so I knew he was full. He would still, however, wake as soon as I put him down. Good luck hun.

Casey - posted on 09/04/2010

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its not good because it can cause tooth decay..cavaties.. also can cause choking

Lisa - posted on 09/04/2010

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Both of my kids did this same thing... I would hold them and feed them and when I noticed there eyes started drooping I would take the bottle out and put them over my shoulder and burp them while gently rocking. works everytime

Rita_2_davey - posted on 09/04/2010

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It doesn't sound like she is feeding enough prior to you lying her down. Try keeping her awake a little longer prior to bed, feed her and then tuck her in. All of my children up to the age of 9mos. woke up every night for a bottle every 3hrs. I guess maybe it became a habit or they were just hungry. At that point I was them able to give a bottle in the crib however, it was only a half a bottle and no more. My children have perfect teeth. I would try the latter first and see how it goes. Hopefully this helps. Some little ones' get tired of sucking and just fall asleep naturally.

Lyndsay - posted on 09/02/2010

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Give her the bottle first, then put her to sleep. You will rot her teeth out if you let her sleep with her bottle.

Sarah - posted on 09/02/2010

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Bottle to sleep is not a good habit to start. It becomes very hard to break the habit and you still have to deal with sleepless nights when you want to break the habit. It may take awhile of trying to get a new routine established, but having her learn how to put herself to sleep without the use of a bottle and even rocking (learned that one from experience) now is MUCH easier then it will be later. Also laying her down with the bottle increases the chances that her teeth will have decay due to the milk sitting on her teeth when she sleeps. I also increases the risk of ear infections as the liquid sits in their mouth and has more of a chance to go into the ear canel.

Betty - posted on 09/02/2010

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Maybe you can swap for a bottle of water as soon as she looks like she's almost asleep and then a binky soon as she's settled in bed for the night.
My daughter is 5 and I still let her have a sippy with water in it if she asks for it at bedtime. Her teeth are perfect.

Betty - posted on 09/02/2010

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She needs a bottle before bed and if she falls asleep there's no sense in waking her up.

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as long as you dont just lay the baby down, give him/her the bottle and go to bed yourself. instead, make sure that once he/she's asleep, take the bottle away or it can cause tooth decay, thats not just a myth. ive known mothers who had to take their 2 yr old to the dentist to get teeth pulled and fake ones put in (im not even joking he had a bunch of silver teeth where his molars should have been) because of this. also giving juice in a bottle can lead to it as well.

Cheyenne - posted on 09/02/2010

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ive heard its not good to do that but i do it to my son all the time, even during the night. but as soon as hes asleep i take it away. i think its fine as long as ur watching her/him

Sally - posted on 09/02/2010

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My daughter is about 13 months and I have given her a bottle every night before bed.
I feed her in my arms, and she'll drink either until she's full (hands me the bottle and asks for her pacifier and then falls alseep),
or drink all of it (sometimes fussing for more... sometimes I get more sometimes I don't.)
or if she's tired enough she'll start falling asleep while she's eating (when it's all gone I give her the pacifier, which she'll search for with her mouth, and then cozy her face in to me.)
She doesn't sleep with the bottle hanging out of her mouth, which I think is what the concern is. Maybe I misunderstood, but I think the way my baby eats before bed, I'm not concerned.

Karen - posted on 09/02/2010

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if there's anything besides water in the bottle, it's not a good idea. the milk/juice sits on their gums and can cause cavities before their little teeth even come through the gums.

Helen - posted on 09/02/2010

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in the uk the doctors really frown on it so maybe give her a bottle but as soon as she is asleep take it away?

Jenee - posted on 09/02/2010

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Putting your baby to bed with a bottle is not a good idea for a few different reasons

- It can lead your baby to expect more bottles at night and can cause tooth decay.
-Letting your baby drink her bottle lying down can also increase her risk of ear infections
-She'll also expect you to feed him to sleep, instead of learning to settle herself back to sleep.

Also some people on here might recommend adding cereal to the bottle. Please don't to do. For one it is a chocking hazard and has been proven not to fill up your baby.

Why not feed her and then put her down? When she wakes up feed her. My son was is almost 22 months old still wakes up hungry from time to time. We give him some milk and put him back down to bed. Usually he does this in the morning around 6am and will fall back asleep around 630 and sleep till almost 11.

Nikki - posted on 09/02/2010

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i heard its not good. they can choke on it and it can cause them to be overweight and it can also ruin their teeth(if she has them already) maybe its that she is not eating enough and when she wakes up she realizes shes still hungry?? my son is Breast fed but he does the same thing..hell eat and fall asleep so when i take him off hell wake up and want to eat more...i just make him stay awake while hes eating so i know for sure he is full...have u tried a paci?

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