Bottle in crib?

Heidi - posted on 11/23/2010 ( 104 moms have responded )

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When is it safe to let my baby have a bottle in his crib with him at night?

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Tanya - posted on 12/02/2010

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Heidi,

I ams ure you did'nt expect such a venomous thread replies from all the mums. And thumbs up for for posting the thread. Its great that you are asking questions and don't just assume you know it all. Also your question helps other mums who might be struggling, who might be depressed, who might think they are hopeles at being a mother and thus feel shy to ask for help or advice. I don't know it all and my baba still night time binge drinking but I am her mother and I love her more than anyone possibly could and would like her to have a great rest , feel full & safe. I am bi-polar so sleeping well for both of us is very important to ensure that both of us function well during the day. You are your baby's mother so take all the advice of the pro's & cons (excl the attitudes!!!) and decide what id best for you & YOUR baby.

To all the negative commenting Mothers. SHAME ON YOU. Did you forget how uncertain you all were with your first born and how horrible it felt if someone scolded you!! Advice Comments & Feedback Incl Facts should be done in a positive manner at all times!!! That is what you would expect.... Teenage Years are also still coming and yes you might still need advice someday! Keep It clean for all of our sakes.

Sarh - posted on 11/24/2010

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Chloie, are you unaware that it can cause problems to their adult/permanent teeth and the signs of rot are not always bam right in your face?! Not to mention the bottle can cause jaw damage, again you can't see this.

Why would anyone want to give their baby a bottle in their crib or prop a bottle up anyways?! More then likely pure laziness! Hold your baby and feed them their bottle.

Karen - posted on 11/24/2010

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not only is there a choking risk and increased chance of tooth decay, it also can be the cause of chronic ear infections - when a baby drinks laying flat on their back the milk can flow through their ear cavity causing infections

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It is not recommended to put a bottle in the crib with the baby. When baby drinks a bottle laying down it can choke him. Once he gets teeth the milk pooling in his mouth can cause bottle rot (rotten teeth). Does he take a pacifier? That might be a better alternative.

Heather - posted on 11/24/2010

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It is not safe if you want your child to have healthy teeth. Letting your child fall asleep with a bottle will cause bottle rot to their teeth. I work in a daycare where I'm very sad to say I have taken care of children who went to bed with bottles and ended up having their baby teeth having to be removed due to bottle rot. If you really want to put your child to bed with a bottle, put only water in the bottle.

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Leslie - posted on 08/17/2012

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never!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would never ever have my baby go to bed with a bottle. bad habit.

Ben - posted on 08/15/2012

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I don't understand either contradiction. Can someone please explain how the babies teeth rot. It's no different than feeding them milk as they fall asleep. Second, how are they going to choke? Not the bottle, and they can't aspirate the breast milk. I could see how formula could possibly be an inhalation hazard, especially if they cant sit upright. Is there anyone who can give me a more expert answer.

Emma - posted on 12/12/2010

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and the qusestion should he have in a crib why not as long as hes not too young and can sit up unaided my twins are 1 on wednesday and i give them a first morning bottle in there crib as they can now hold there own so as long as the baby is capable of sitting up to drink it id say it would be fine! hasnt killed any of my 3 yet! lol!

Emma - posted on 12/12/2010

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i have twin girls and i have bottle fed from start and at times it was difficult to feed two at once so while i was winding one i would have to prop the bottle in the other ones mouth as she would scream otherwise! god how did we survive in the dark ages?! people are far too paranoid now! what do you do if you have triplets or quads and your by yourself and there all screaming for a bottle?

Randi - posted on 12/12/2010

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I apologize if my response was rude and/or presumptuous. I did not intend to offend anyone.

The fact is that every child and family are different. Nobody is or is not a better mom, just different. But all of you LOVE your children and that is all that really matters. You will do what is necessary suitable for your child in the end.

Good luck!

Channing - posted on 12/12/2010

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I know that there are risks with giving a bottle in the crib...however, a parent putting their child to bed with a bottle doesn't make them lazy! How rude and presumptious and judgemental! I hold my son every night until he falls asleep and then lay him in the crib with his bottle. It is the only way we have been able to get to him to sleep thru the night and he is 15 months old. My husband and I both work...we cannot stay up all night every night indefinitely...He still wakes up at 4 or 5 every morning and I go and get him...and he doesn't go to bed til 9...He sleeps fairly solidly between those hours, but if he does wake up he reaches for his bottle...and most of the time he doesn't drink it...He holds it...It's a comfort thing for some reason...He doesn't like pacifiers...He stopped using one around 6 months and he doesn't have a favorite stuffed animal or blanky...He likes his cuppy so he gets his cuppy...I don't appreciate being called lazy! You can give advice or opinions without being ignorant.

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i breastfeed. You can take breaks while feeding. The feeding is the break. I would just go to my bed and lay down with my daughter all snuggled up in the bed to feed her, and relax for the hour it took her to eat(bf babies take a while to get the same amount of milk.)

Angie - posted on 12/12/2010

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Geez people, if she knew this she wouldn't ask! No need to bash her for it. It amazes me when people act like they are a better mom than someone else. Heidi, I didn't read all the posts because people are so RUDE so here's my opinion (and it has probably already been stated)...No, you don't want to put the bottle in the crib because the pooling of the milk can cause cavities and thrush. Also, formula goes bad after like an hour so you never know when the baby will drink from it. If your baby is over a few months old then he can burp himself but I would worry about choking. Plus you don't want to start the habit of having it in there all night, can you imagine trying to potty train later if your little one drinks all night long? I know how you feel, getting up all night long. My guy gets up several times a night just for his binky. He can put it in his mouth himself but he can never find it in the dark so I go in his room about 6 times a night just to find the binky. Hopefully the night waking will pass quickly! Good luck!

Ashlea - posted on 12/12/2010

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I never gave my daughter a bottle in her crib and I don't let her take her cup to bed either. There are a lot of risks that come with having a bottle propped up in their mouths. I never even propped a bottle in my daughter's mouth. When she needed fed..I picked her up and fed her. I never breastfed because I wasn't able to. However, when you breastfeed you don't get a break and I don't think you should get a break from bottle feeding either. Feeding time is for your child to bond with you. I don't care how many things need to be done around the house..you should always take the time to feed your child. Don't prop the bottle in their mouth. When my daughter was old enough to hold her own bottle is when she started feeding on her own. Up until then she laid right on my chest to feed. It drives me nuts when I see babies with their bottle propped in their mouth. When a baby is very young they can't burp the air out on their own and they need help to get it out. So, therefore I do not agree with just laying your baby down and putting a bottle in their mouth.

Crystal - posted on 12/04/2010

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NEVER NEVER NEVER! it is very dangerous and terrible for their teeth and health! and bottles leak like crazy. when they start on spill-proof sippy cups, then you can give them a sippy of water at bed time, that way they're old enough to know when they're thirsty and how to put it down and stuff. just wait until they're on a sippy, and get the transitional ones if you have a hard time switching, they should be off bottles by 10-12 months. :)

Ramya - posted on 12/04/2010

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Well, I would agree with most of the people. I would never put the baby in the crib with a bottle, as it is not safe for the baby. I usually put my baby to sleep before putting her in the crib. You might give out a try.

Destinee - posted on 12/03/2010

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I agree with Sara and Lacy-don't give your baby a bottle in his crib! While my son is only 4 months old, his father has a 3 year old brother (yes, brother LOL) and their folks let him have a bottle in bed-he still will not go to bed without one (will take a cup or sippee cup throughout the day though), and his teeth are awful! I would strongly recommend you find something else to get him to be more comfortable in his own bed-perhaps a calming musical mobile or a night light? My sister put a light up musical mobile over her daughter's crib with a mirror on the bottom of the mobile-Sapphire slept just fine in her crib after that b/c she thought the reflection in the mirror was another person and she wasn't alone. Loneliness is a common occurrence for babies and might be the reason he won't sleep in his crib.

Randi - posted on 12/03/2010

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Choking and bottle rot are some main concerns, as well as ear infections. My son had tubes put in his ears and what his specialist was most concerned about was whether he had a bottle or sippy in his crib. Giving a bottle to your infant in his crib at night is not something I would recommend, not just because it's a hard habit to break, but it can cause some bigger issues. Good Luck!!

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Like i said previously in this thread....health canada released a new book on child safety which states NEVER PROP A BOTTLE OR PUT BABY IN CRIB WITH ONE! Your baby can die if you do this. The book was released in nov 2009 so any info before this date is outdated!

Hannah - posted on 12/03/2010

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I dont give my son a bottle in his crib nor do i prop bottles. I can see the risks that it can cause. I actually breast feed my son so he only gets a bottle at daycare or when he visits his dad on sundays. BUT i am a full time nursing student as well as a single mom. So I fully understand that at times you need to get something done and you may or may not prop bottles everyonce in awhile. It is NOT Laziness. It is NOT neglect. It is NOT lack of parenting. I have a sister who has 5 kids whose babies had propped bottles plenty of times. I dont suggest propping bottles or anything but I also know that just because I dont does not mean I have the right to judge anyone who needs to everyonce in while. So honestly, the bashing on parents who do need to prop bottles sometimes is pretty immature. Just because I breastfeed my son does not make me a better mother than people who dont breastfeed. Just because certain people on here refuse to prop bottles does not give them the right to judge anyone who does and definately does not make them a better mother.

Heidi, I do think that if the bed is proppped, which I keep my son's propped at a 30 degree angle because of my son's acid reflux, if you need to give him a bottle to make him sleep, just watch him and take the bottle away when he is mostly dozed off that way he is awake enough to swallow whats in his mouth and not choke, he is propped enough that it does not flow into his ear canal and if that doesnt work, then you know that its not the problem and you can figure out a different method to help him sleep better. - In My Opinion

Nikkole - posted on 12/02/2010

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My daughter has reflux kinda bad and she throws up a lot and one day i was doing laundry and asked my 17 year old sister to feed her and she was in her bed swaddled because she had just woken up and my sister left her swaddled and propped a pillow up next to her and let her have her bottle and LEFT THE HOUSE without telling me and i almost killed her! BUT never put a baby to bed with a bottle not just because of health issues but when they get to the age of potty training you have to take ALL liquids away before bedtime and it may be harder if there used to having something to drink in there bed!

Rachel - posted on 12/02/2010

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sorry shauna someone was saying i was in the wrong for propping henry's bottle when that not what i said xx

Rachel - posted on 12/02/2010

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i would also like to point out i never would or said i would prop my son's bottle, i said i gave my son a pillow when he was ill and never took it away therefore he was holding his own bottle NOT BE LAZY!!!!

Shauna - posted on 12/02/2010

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your right .... everychild is different. And every mother is only going to take the advice they wish to go by anyways ....

Rachel - posted on 12/02/2010

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shauna i totally agree that things have changed (when those days you were sent off to auntie's house for it to be all quite) it says on the packet don't let your child chew on a tooth brush and paste, for me that what has helped get through the teething stage(pleasure & pain thing), as i have said before i think every child is different and you as a mother only can ask for advice but do what you think is right for you, and it's a shame that some people are not giving there personal advice they are telling heide what to do.......................

Rachel - posted on 12/02/2010

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again do what you want to do, not someone who doesn't know you or your child, if they can hold there own bottle let them have there last feed while you read them a storey and when all is settled and done you finish your book take the bottle and let them fall asleep in there own time, doing this you have created and peaceful environment for them to full asleep. balls to all that think they are right and not open to other peoples opinions this is for you to decided xx

Shauna - posted on 12/02/2010

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rachel- auntie is 50 yrs old and had her first son at age 15. Back then nobody talked about this as an issue. But me personally i brush my childs *2 teeth* twice a day .... before he had teeth i brushed his gums as well *as adviced by his Peditrician*

Rachel - posted on 12/02/2010

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shauna did your auntie think to brush there teeth? like adults, when there teeth come through though they need doing!!!

Sandy - posted on 12/02/2010

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You should never put a child to bed with a bottle. Every doctor and dentist will tell you this. Also, it is not good to prop a bottle for a baby because of choking. I don't believe people can say they do this to get a break, babies don't eat 24/7, and if you can't take the time to give them a bottle, what else don't you have time to do for them? Sorry, but even if they don't have teeth you are damaging gums that have to hold their teeth. Talk to your pediatrician and a dentist and see if you will change that practice. If you want your child to sleep, why not try to help them learn to put themselves to sleep without being held or fed.

Rachel - posted on 12/02/2010

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my son had a bottle in one stage of growing he is now 20 months old and is still alive and kicking i think it is down to your own preferance not everyone else's you need to decided and not worry about what everyone else is doing, if you want to give a bottle in bed then do it and stay near so you can see what's going on but don't stay where you can be seen so they can learn something new, me personally i would give henry a bottle down stairs, then little time later a bath, then it changed to a bath a storey while his was having his bottle in bed holding it himself with a small pillow ( i gave him in the first place for a cold and never took it away) , then it would be a bottle while i sat outside his room, and now he i have told him he is a big boy (20 months) he is on a cup of milk without a lid drinking it while we read a storey together in his room and then he goes to bed after a kiss and cuddle for the night week days 6pm bath and bed 6.45pm until 7am and weekends 8am ish, like i said this is good for me, but for all those that have said NO thats because that is there choice not yours, do what you feel for your child not what they dictate to you. your child your rules. i hope this helps. xxxx rachel

Shauna - posted on 12/02/2010

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What has COM come too???? Seriously? When a post is made a person can say what they want ... why does everyone take it so PERSONALY!!! and most of them are comming from immature young mothers. GROW UP! I cannot say how many times LITTLE GIRLS email me on this thing with threats and stupidity over a topic that i know im right on they happen to disagree and BLOW UP! b/c they cannot take productive critisisim. And MARIA----- you are out of line.... let it go. .............. And for your information I am a EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR, and also a CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST .... i do know what im talking about and dont speak if i dont know the facts. And I am 26 yrs old. And yeah proping a bottle is PURE LAZINESS!

Shauna - posted on 12/02/2010

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NEVER let a baby have a bottle in the crib. My Aunt did that with her kids their teeth were rotted by time they were 3.

Nicole - posted on 12/02/2010

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Well Sarh Snarski I am glad to hear that you are so perfect!!! I can't imagine how great it must be to be so sure of yourself. Just because someone doesn't know that there is anything wrong with giving their maybe a bottle in bed doesn't mean that she is lazy or a bad mom in any way. At least she is asking before just going ahead and doing it. I give her a lot of credit for that. I don't know any mom that knows everything when their baby is born. And did you ever think that maybe she just wants to do the best for her child. Maybe it is not out of laziness and out of her want for not having to get up in the middle of the night but maybe it is because she wants her child to have the best sleep possible and thinks that this may help to eliminate a large time break in the middle of the night. I am sure that you have made mistakes little ones and big ones that could have caused harm. All parents have. No one is perfect. A little compassion, and empathy could go a long way!!!

Nicole - posted on 12/02/2010

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You shouldn't ever give your baby a bottle to sleep with cause they really don't need it. Give them a bottle before bed and than when you lay them down they don't need anything else. I just think of it this way we don't need a drink while we are sleeping why would they? Also I think it is a distraction that could keep them from sleeping and other than water it is not good for their teeth cause whatever they are drinking will than stay on their teeth all night.

Tanya - posted on 12/01/2010

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I don't fully agree , my baby is bottlefed and we use a excellent brand that also only lets milk come out when sucking.

Tanya - posted on 12/01/2010

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Personally (and I DO STRESS PERSONALLY) The problem isn’t her teeth for me. It’s the habit of breaking the night time drinking. She insists on a bottle to bed not always to drink it but she clutches to her bottle or else she won’t fall asleep. I personally don’t see a problem as her bottle teats are always checked and replaced and is non-spill so she has to suck to get and it is a well known brand for the development of teeth but In your case I wouldn’t suggest it as your baba is free of the habit already so my recommendation would be not to start at all. The night time drinking is a hassle for me as she fills up with so much milk at night that she isn’t ready to eat breakfast until 9-10am.which means the most important meal for the day cannot be fully utilized. She does not drink any milk during the day but still stocks up way to much at night. If you are not in this position , rather don’t put yourself willingly in it cause it’s not just the choking or the teeth issues but also the eating and braking the habit of the bottle binging at night.

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There's sugar in both formula and breastmilk.
The main problem is not the content, but the fact that a baby is more likely to have milk pool in his/her mouth when drinking from a bottle - with breastfeeding, milk only comes out when the baby is actively sucking. With bottle feeding, the milk conrinues to drip out even after baby is asleep. So the milk can pool in the baby's mouth.

Hailey - posted on 12/01/2010

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Just been reading all the replys, most of you said that bottle feeding can cause cavities. I wouldnt know or could give no advice on this as i breastfed and have never made a bottle. Just wondered how the milk could actually cause the cavities? Does formular have sugar in it? and why would they put sugar in baby milk? i know teeth bathed in sugar for a prolonged period of time rot, but never heard of milk doing it.

I can understand why you would give them a bottle in bed, as i became a human dummy! Very tiring in the night as it was the only way they would go back to sleep.

Connie - posted on 12/01/2010

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It is not a good idea to but bottles in the crib with a child. Especially for their teeth. If they need a drink she should be up. If they need something to suck on just give them a soother.

Savona - posted on 11/29/2010

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When my daughter was younger we would put her to bed with a bottle. She never had a problem with it choking wise, I am aware of bottle rot, and when her teeth started coming in at a fast rate, we started to ween her off the bottle at bedtime. At 6 months she began weening herself off her soother even. Wouldnt take it in the day time. Was a lucky break I guess. In my OWN opinion a bottle in the crib is fine if you have a baby moniter and check in every once in awhile then when baby is finally asleep you obviously take the bottle out and wash it and what not. >.> Like a few others have mentioned, the bottle in the crib can cause a dependancy/habit for the child, but once you start weening you cant obviously just stop, just like with a soother best to start slow. I hope no one is offended with my advice =)

Samantha - posted on 11/29/2010

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My goodness, while I totally agree with the theory of not giving babies bottles in bed, and I was aware of the reasons, I am really shocked at how judgemental some of you mums sound. I haven't been on here for a while, and I dont think I will be back on! I thought these forums were for support, not to make people feel bad. I'm pretty sure we all do our best, or we wouldn't be on here looking for different ideas on how to do things. So you high and mighty mums should just back off!

Krystle - posted on 11/29/2010

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If he doesnt sleep well in his crib try a pack-n-play and see if that will help. I would not let the bottle in the crib with him, to much of a risk to be taking..

Alicia - posted on 11/29/2010

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The only time I ever put a bottle in the crib with him is when he hasnt had anything to eat in about 4 hours and I know that hes hungry. He drinks it, falls asleep, and I take the bottle out. Its only and every once in a while thing because I dont want him to get used to needing a bottle/cup to go to sleep with.

SONJA - posted on 11/28/2010

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I say no bottle or sippy cup in crib as well. Too dangerous and too many risks. Why would you even want to risk your punkin to any of those terribnle things that could happen?

Danika - posted on 11/28/2010

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both my girls had bottles in their cribs when they were old enought to hold it and put it down, sit up, stand etc. i was unaware fo the issues at the time and now having my third will try not to give in. but having said that my kids so far have perfect teeth, never had gas and it helped them settle back to sleep after waking. but if you can get away with never doing it i'm sure its much better and safer.

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never... its not a good idea at any time #1 it's a choking hazard #2 it can cause ear infections #3 it causes cavities #4 it's a bad habit that will be hard to break after you start



a pacifier is a good substitution though they are now recommended to help prevent SIDS see if he takes to that instead

Michelle - posted on 11/28/2010

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My baby would sleep well in her crib for a while and we put a pillow under her mattress to elevate it a bit and since then she sleeps in there, also something musical helps them too.

Cassie - posted on 11/27/2010

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I agree that a bottle shouldn't be given to a baby/toddler while their in bed. It has the potential to cause problems. Not all children will have issue if this is done..
As far as propping the bottle...You can't please everyone.... You know the amount of time you have to do things. It's not always easy to stop and feed. There are interruptions, especially if you have other children. Bottle feed, you prop it up, take care of business.. Breast feed, Not so easy.. Unlatch, have a unhappy baby till your able to fix what may be going on.. It's your baby...you do what you feel is right:)

Stephanie - posted on 11/27/2010

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My son woke up for a cup this mornin and was up an hr wanting it. i finally had to give him a cup of water to get him back to sleep. its better to break them of any drink during the night just as soon as they are old enough.

Stephanie - posted on 11/27/2010

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i wouldnt recommend it. my son is n the habit of waking up at 3 every morning and now i am having to try and break him of the habit, its awful! but the main concern is that the milk will rot the baby teeth and if the baby is too little even choking

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