Putting baby to sleep with a bottle?

Tiffany - posted on 03/26/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I have a four month old and I put her to sleep at 8:30pm with a bottle... then she wakes up at about 2pm for another, I then prop it up in her crib nd go backto sleep... when she is done she spits it out.

What is everyones feeling or concerns on this?

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User - posted on 03/31/2009

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I understand how hard it is when you dont get any sleep! My son is 4months old and doesnt sleep through the night! However as tempting as it is for you to prop a bottle in your childs mouth so they will sleep so you can get yours its not to your babies best health. The first thing that can happen is that baby will choke on the milk running down its throat as it sleeping. Possible chance of aspiration! 2nd: Your baby will be sucking in lots of air causing lots of tummy gas and it will be fussier (even wake up at night b/c tummy hurts) 3rd: Bottle decay can be very serious health condition. 4th: your child will soon learn the only she will learn she can fall asleep is w/ that bottle in her mouth and it becomes a hard habit to break. Ways I've learned to help my son sleep better at night are: dont change the diaper unless abslute necessary; Dont talk much or interact w/ them during night time; Maybe they are needing a little more to eat right before its bed time to help keep them satisfied. 8:30 is still early and your child is still young maybe holding her off tell around 10 so you can get more sleep; Find a routine and stick w/ it every night, something like cereal/bottle, bath, massage, book, lil more bottle while rocking, then bed. Hope this helps!

Dawn - posted on 03/27/2009

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my advice besides the health concerns and risks is don't make the mistake that i did!! we started giving our daughter a bottle in bed at around 8 months old. she was old enough to drink it by herself and then put it down and go to sleep. however she will be 4 next month and we are having issues getting her to go to bed without her cup! we just started telling her that she can't have it in bed anymore because she is still wetting the bed due to the fact that 1. she has a full bladder and 2. she is such a sound sleeper that she won't wake up to go potty.



so with my son who is 9 1/2 months we aren't even going to start him on taking the bottle to bed!! it's very hard to break them. everynight she gets out of bed repeatedly and very dramatically says that she's sooooooo thirsty and needs her cup. we get her a sip of water in a big girl cup and take her right back to bed. last night she laid in bed for an hour going "is anybody here? i need a drink!!" finally she gave up and went to sleep!



i know your prolly tired and this seems like the easy way...but you really should stop giving her a bottle in bed now before she is too dependant on it. that's my advice anyway. and 4 months is a little early to just trust that when she's done she will spit it out and not suffocate or choke.

Sara - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Amber:

I personally did it with all 3 of my kids. They weaned themselves off the bottle by a year old. My son is still using his but only to go to sleep. If they're able to eat without being held let him..Its not gonna rot his teeth because he doesnt have any lol. And even when he gets them as long as you brush them its fine. You are gonna hear a lot of neg opinions about it but it all comes down to what YOU feel is the right decision and what doesn't kill them makes them stronger lol Good luck



Let's be honest though...who's going to get their kid up and brush their teeth at 3am?  It is ultimately your decision Tiffany, but in all honesty it's just going to be a bad habit you will have to break later.  By 6 months most babies shouldn't need night time feedings anymore and if they wake up to eat it is only because they are used to it.  Good luck to you!

Annie - posted on 03/27/2009

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My mom is the supervisor for the birth to three program at the school for the deaf and blind and she warned me to never put my daughter to sleep with a bottle, reason: Babies ear canals are tilted forward, unlike our adult ones that face down, therefor if they are lying down to drink the formula can go straight into their ear canals and cause horrible infections and when there is fluid in their ears you risk all sorts of other things going wrong, even bursted ear drums from the pressure. But also because propping bottles can cause choking if done before an age where they are able to hold their own bottle and know how to take it out of their mouth. Thats what i know...hope it helps!

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Karen - posted on 08/20/2012

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I am a grandma to a 4 1/2 yr. old and an 11 month old. How about the issue of not bonding with your child when you simply stick them in a carseat and prop the bottle in their mouth. No one seems to be addressing that. Shouldn't they be held so they can feel a parents love and look at their face and hold their hand, etc. I think that is more dangerous and would have more of an affect on a child than any concerns about teeth and choking. Come on, we can't take 15 min a few times throughout the day to sit and relax and hold the bottle for your baby and snuggle with them. What is this world coming to.

Kristin - posted on 03/31/2009

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keeping a bottle in there crib is not a good idea I think. First its not good for there teeth. And what if she starts choking or something...  And plus its a really bad habit to get into..   For my son I'd just wake up feed him and rock him and then once he was done I'd just put him back in his crib and that was it. Don't even wait tell he's sleeping before putting her back in her bed.  I hope I helped a little Kristin

Michelle - posted on 03/31/2009

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I do have to say I agree with everyone else. The tooth decay is a big issue because it will still happen even though they are not through the gums yet. And they also say that how you take care of their baby teeth reflects their adult teeth. So you have to be exra careful with the baby teeth. Teething is hard enough for them. The pacifer can do the same thing as the bottle. I was lucky with my little one. She kinda broke herself from the bottle at 11 months. It was over this last christmas. She was cutting in her top two central insisors and they are connected to their sinus canal so she was not draining the snot out of her nose but going down her throat. Which was not good at all for her because she started throwing up several times a night and we just swiitched her over to the cup. Which I got some not a lot of slack for putting her formula in a sippy cup. But it worked and it was just as easy switching her over to whole milk. If you are gonna do that you atleast need to look into the special gerber baby gum/tooth paste with the finger brush but make sure you wait till she is close to the right age and also you should be wiping her gums off with a wash cloth/rag. To help reduce the risk of tooth decay. Hope this helps.

Ashley - posted on 03/31/2009

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Quoting Chloe:

my health visitor just turned up at my door the other day n when she came in she saw i had propped my baby up with his bottle cos he was drinking it n she kept stressing to me how i shouldnt prop feed because there is a risk of the baby hoking,so i would advise u not to do this.cant u just put a bit of milk in a dormal for her,that sometimes works for me



i was told the exact same thing by a nurse!....i had my son propped up in his carseat with his bottle , she was from the childrens hospital and she actually came over to me and told me that it's extremely dangerous to feed your baby like that because if they have to throw up they cant throw up properly and they've had  a lot of babies choke on their puke. my son is almost 11 months and still gets up for a bottle in the middle of the night and even though he's able to hold it on his own and move about  i still wont give it to him in his crib. i bring him in the room with me.....i personally wouldnt do it but that's just me.....hope this has helped!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/30/2009

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Never put your child to sleep with a bottle.  It is a bad habit to start.  When they start getting teeth you are bound to have a case of baby bottle syndrome.  This is when a childs teeth are rotting.  Feed your baby right before bed time, this should eventually help them last through the night.

Amber - posted on 03/29/2009

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I personally did it with all 3 of my kids. They weaned themselves off the bottle by a year old. My son is still using his but only to go to sleep. If they're able to eat without being held let him..Its not gonna rot his teeth because he doesnt have any lol. And even when he gets them as long as you brush them its fine. You are gonna hear a lot of neg opinions about it but it all comes down to what YOU feel is the right decision and what doesn't kill them makes them stronger lol Good luck

Sara - posted on 03/29/2009

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well im a mum to 3 happy kids who's bottles have all been propped. id advise u to teach ur baby to hold her bottle she'll soon pick it up. if she's on solids she might soon come off the bottle.

April - posted on 03/29/2009

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that causes ear infections proping up bottles get up and feed her and put her back dwon to sleep, maybe she is not getting enough at each feeding

Vanessa - posted on 03/29/2009

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my son is 4yrs old now and i did do it with him.. and it took me 4yrs to get him off the bottle at night he would always want one and would not sleep unless he had one, so now with my second child i don't do it as it is hard to get thm out of this routine..  but i think whatever you feel your comfortable with do it.. there is nothing wrong with doing it as long as you take the bottle from them when they fall asleep..

Jaime-Lynne - posted on 03/28/2009

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Dont do it!

i put my son to bed with a bottle of formula everynight and it ruined his teeth!!



If you're going to do it anyway, just do a bottle of water.

Lorri - posted on 03/28/2009

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My son is 8 months and he sleeps better with a full tummy so I give him his bottle then get him ready for bed with a diaper change, his lotion, a bed time story then he goes to sleep by himself.

Meaghan - posted on 03/28/2009

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Just as a comment about the tooth decay, the baby doesn't even need to have teeth coming through the skin for the decay to stay as it can cause issues with the gums as well. Also this will be a VERY hard habit to break once she is older.

Liz - posted on 03/28/2009

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Quoting Tiffany:

Putting baby to sleep with a bottle?

I have a four month old and I put her to sleep at 8:30pm with a bottle... then she wakes up at about 2pm for another, I then prop it up in her crib nd go backto sleep... when she is done she spits it out.
What is everyones feeling or concerns on this?



I know that it can be hard to get sleep when you have a new baby......But putting the baby in her bed with a bottle is not a good idea. I am a dental assistant and have seen the effects that bottles can have on childrens teeth. Not to mention that it's a bad habbit that is hard to break.. I suggest that you google baby bottle caries and read some of the information.



Good luck

Kate CP - posted on 03/28/2009

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Erm, I would probably stop doing that. More than anything I worry about mush mouth (bottle rot). I let my daughter fall asleep with a pacifier but I never propped her up with a bottle or put her to sleep with one. Good luck!

Megan - posted on 03/28/2009

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wow! I was also bottle-propping! I had no idea of the health concerns! Thank you everyone for the great advice, I am definitely going to stop giving her a bottle in bed or propping it up!

Charmaine - posted on 03/28/2009

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Also never prop them so young when she is able she will hold it herself, even with my daughter routine I am holding her and make her sit up so she digest it and let her slowly sleep. Another thing is to tire her out by keeping her busy all day wether its you or the father or some sig. person in your lives - thats a huge help. Get a routine and stick to it. But don't prop her, she can drown and suffercate her self with a bottle

Charmaine - posted on 03/28/2009

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Well is she on breast milk or formula? Either way she is hungry and needs a slower nipple if she is spitting up. Try bathing her right before you plan to put her down and then give her a 4 oz-6oz bottle you may have to start adding single grain cearl in her milk my daughter is on that now and she is 3mos because we noticed she was eating more and not staying full for long periods of time. So we routine her to take a bath, bottle w/ cearl before bed let her rest and slip into sleep so she is in bed by 9:30p and sleeps til 9:20a every day w/o fail!

Katie - posted on 03/27/2009

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It is not good to put a baby to sleep with a bottle or prop a bottle for many reasons. Once they are used to getting a bottle to fall asleep, it is the only way they will fall asleep! When the baby gets a little older you won't want this! Also, propping a bottle is a choking hazard. Especially at such a young age when a baby is not holding the bottle themselves formula can pool in their mouths when they fall asleep and they can choke or drown and if you are going back to sleep yourself you will never realize it. It is also very bad for their teeth (once they begin getting them). It won't be too long until she no longer needs the middle of the night bottle, for now the best thing you can do is take 15 minutes and feed it to her and then put her back to bed. Once she doesn't need the night feeding anymore you will miss the quality quiet time with her!

Heather - posted on 03/27/2009

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One thing to be concerned about with this is baby bottle tooth decay, excess gas in her stomach from not being burped, or she could choke or drown..worst case scenerior though. What I did with my daughter and was right before her bedtime, I fed her a bottle with rice cereal in it and rocked her to sleep. That way she got her meal, I could burp her and lay her to bed.

Julia - posted on 03/27/2009

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A concern I have read about is ear infections. When you feed a baby laying down, whether it's with a bottle or breast feeding, their ear canals are not like ours; liquid will pool and cause an infection. Not to mention the tooth decay, bacteria, drowning, not learning to self-soothe, and the dependence on you. Babies, even if they don't have teeth yet, still need their gums brushed to keep their mouth clean. The sugars in the milk can cause yucky mouth smells, and conditions. If you're truly concerned about this, you should talk to your pediatrician. They are experts after all.

Jamie - posted on 03/27/2009

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Its bad for thier teeth and your not allowing her to learn to put her self to sleep, your relying on a bottle. And you should never prop a bottle unless you are right there, what if she chokes or something happens and you arent in the room.

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It can cause tooth decay, you should never put a baby to bed with a bottle, give a bottle before you lay her down at night and if she wakes up at two sit there and fee her another bottle. It could cause choking, drowning (2 tbls spoons is all it takes). No offence, but proping a bottle is lazy, when your baby eats enjoy that time and cuddle with your baby, they grow up soon enough. Part of being a mom is getting up at night with a baby.

Sara - posted on 03/27/2009

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I think that in the long run you might regret the fact that you are using a bottle as a crutch to get her to sleep. When she starts to get teeth, you will not want to let her go to sleep with a bottle because it could cause some major damage to her tooth enamel and cause her teeth to rot. Plus, I've read that it can be dangerous to prop a bottle up, it's a choking hazard. My daughter is 5 months and gets up once a night to feed still. I stay up and feed her in her room then put her back down to bed. I realize it's hard to get up at night, but is there a reason you cannot stay up to give her the bottle? She eventually should not need to eat at night anyway. Hope that helps!

User - posted on 03/27/2009

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hi im alicia and im a 1st time mum to a girl when she was only 4 mths she had the same sleeping patterns as ur baby! is shea good sleeper? the only problem i had with olivia going to sleep with her bottle there is good and bad! she stopped taking to her dummy at 12 months which i was really happy about!the bad thing is is that she wont go to sleep without a bottle!!! and if they have to much milk they get milk rot on there teeth so i put water in her bottle after she has finished her milk!

Chantal - posted on 03/27/2009

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Yeah I agree with everyone I wouldn't do it. Have u tried to settle her back to sleep at 2am? My little guy used to wake up and I thought he was hungry and feed him then I started to resettle him back to sleep and 9 times out of 10 he would go back to sleep and wake hours later for a bottle.

Alex - posted on 03/27/2009

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i did that with my youngest who is now 17 months..... he was such a tricky baby to get to bed, i don't think there is anything wrong with it but wing him off as soon as you can becuase it's going to make it harder for him to give up the bottle when that time comes. also when he gets to be about 6 months switch the milk for water as milk well effect his teeth at night time.



 



hope this helps you!!





 

Chloe - posted on 03/27/2009

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my health visitor just turned up at my door the other day n when she came in she saw i had propped my baby up with his bottle cos he was drinking it n she kept stressing to me how i shouldnt prop feed because there is a risk of the baby choking,so i would advise u not to do this.cant u just put a bit of milk in a dormal for her,that sometimes works for me

Kylie - posted on 03/27/2009

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my concern with you doing this is even with baby proped up she could still drown with drinking a bottle on her own and such a young age and babies often drown silently

Maria - posted on 03/26/2009

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hey well i use to put my son gave me his pacifier at about 4 monthes n would only take it at bed.. when it came time for a bottle i would always get up n feed it to him n once he was asleep put him back down.. once my son was a little older i put him in the crib with his bottle by that time he was holding it himself and let him go back to sleep.. after he was over a year i think i shouldnt have ever put him to bed with milk my son got bottle syndrom on his front teeth and had to get caps put on them and now at 3 they look like they r yellow but its the paint they used.. but back to the point i dont think proppin her bottle and goin back to sleep is a good idea i think its dif wen they can hold it decide wen they r done with it...

Jessica - posted on 03/26/2009

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There are a couple of things that you have to be concerned about with doing that:

1. The bottle top coming off and spilling all over her. Then you have to change her because she is wet and she wakes up more than she did before.

2. You have to worry about the air intake that she is taking in and then not burping her afterwords.

3. You must also have to worry about bottle tooth decay. Because of the formula or breast milk sitting on her teeth.



One thing that you could try is putting a formula scoop of rice cereal in her bottle at 8:30 and she might sleep through the night. Or possible longer than 2 and you might be able to catch up on sleep.

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