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Jessica - posted on 03/14/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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is it bad that i only give my 18 month old daughter her bottle at bed time ? she uses her cup during day .

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Elizabeth - posted on 04/12/2011

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I have 2 daughters who are both off bottles now of course and neither has ever had an ear infection. I think it may be possible that some people are just more susceptible to illness and/or infection. ..As is the same with dental issues like cavities. I am in agreeance with you however..my children were off bottles at 12 months each.

Sarah - posted on 04/12/2011

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I disagree with the others. After about 14 months kids are strong enough to suck bacteria into their ears especially if they are lying down while drinking a bottle which leads to increased ear infections (sounds crazy, but it's true!). Additionally, any pediatric dentist will have a field day with regard to the damage that long-term bottle drinking does to a child's mouth and teeth! IMO it is unhealthy and the negative side effects far outweigh the benefits. It may seem hard to break a child of their bedtime bottle, but a few days of tears is better than continuous ear infections!

Tammy - posted on 04/12/2011

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I don't see a problem with it either....
My first born, now 6, had her bottle up until she was 10 months old, but my 17 month old will ONLY drink her milk from a bottle. She takes her bottle prior to laying down, so there is no milk sitting in her mouth, and as important as it is for our children to have their milk at this age, I see nothing wrong with the method in which they receive it.

Tammy - posted on 04/12/2011

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I don't see a problem with it either....
My first born, now 6, had her bottle up until she was 10 months old, but my 17 month old will ONLY drink her milk from a bottle. She takes her bottle prior to laying down, so there is no milk sitting in her mouth, and as important as it is for our children to have their milk at this age, I see nothing wrong with the method in which they receive it.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/07/2011

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no it isn't bad.. but it is time she stopped having feedings at night probably. To get rid of it..take it down an ounce each day until it is gone.

Louise - posted on 03/14/2011

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If you mean you give it to her then take it away for bed then no I can see nothing wrong with that. If you mean you let her have it unattended then yes this is unsafe and should not be done due to choking hazzards.

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