my girl has a hard time going to bed without a bottle but i dont want to give her milk because of her teeth, should i give her water or apple juice? she is 7 months old

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Nevar - posted on 02/06/2009

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Try giving her tea with no sugar in it....like a camomile or something...my daughter loved it...

Jina - posted on 02/06/2009

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Don't do the juice OR milk cause they both can rot your child's teeth. With my baby who is 9 months, I make sure he is fed solids 3 times a day with bottles whenever he wants of course. I feed him his last solid meal at night after a bath then he has a bottle. I put him in his bed without anything while he is wide awake. He does cry for about 15 minutes but then he is out! This is good cause he has learned to go to sleep by himself. He sleeps all night from 8:30p.m. until 5:30a.m. Its wonderful!

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May I first ask this question, please? Has the milk in any way harmed your daughters teeth? With the amount of sweetness in apple juice, there is more harm in this than milk, milk is more helpfull for the growth of bones, and teeth, if your still worried just give her plain water.



To be honest, it's been proven that juices in bottles are more harmful for the teeth, as I have seen the results carried out in a documentary on tv some time ago.

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May I first ask this question, please? Has the milk in any way harmed your daughters teeth? With the amount of sweetness in apple juice, there is more harm in this than milk, milk is more helpfull for the growth of bones, and teeth, if your still worried just give her plain water.



To be honest, it's been proven that juices in bottles are more harmful for the teeth, as I have seen the results carried out in a documentary on tv some time ago.

Nicki - posted on 02/06/2009

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I have a 3 year old who drank milk in her bottle until she was 11 months. I only gave it to her when I laid her down so she could fall asleep. That seemed to work for me. If she happens to wake up wanting a bottle because she don't take the pacifier, give her water. I just took her  to the dentist and they said her teeth look great. Whatever you do don't do juice.

Carly - posted on 02/06/2009

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there is nothing wrong with u giving her milk at night she is only 7month and she will sleep better for u

Tara - posted on 02/06/2009

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I work for a pediatric dentist office you never want to give the baby apple juice or milk and sent her too bed. If you give her milk before bed make sure you wipe off her teeth before you put her too bed. You can give a bottle with water for as long as you want.

Sarah - posted on 02/06/2009

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Are you talking about a bottle BEFORE bed or a bottle while IN bed. At 7 months a bottle BEFORE bed is usually normal and nothing to worry about. A feeding before bed helps them sleep. Unless your doc said otherwise, at 7 months they should be on formula not just milk- it doesn't provide the nutrients needed, but maybe that's what you meant by milk. If you are talking about a bottle IN bed, then do your best to break the habit. Go water only. Having milk or juice IS bad for their teeth and a bad habit to get into. It might be a comfort thing so a bottle of water or a pacifier might do the trick. Or find her a comfort object to replace the bottle. Good luck!

Jolene - posted on 02/06/2009

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Apple juice would be worse on her teeth then milk! I would leave her with a bottle of water.

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You don't have to send her to bed with a bottle, just feed her right before and she will fall asleep. If you have concerns about her teeth though, what you can do is gently wipe her gums with a soft clean baby washcloth with warm water. Trust me she will not wake up. The warm cloth will wipe away any excess sugars and acids from the milk residue that can cause the problems with her teeth. Laying your baby down with a bottle also poses the problem of repeat ear infections, so its good you don't practice the habit of putting her down with a bottle.

Emilee - posted on 02/06/2009

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Avoid pacificer after the age of 9 months.. At that time it is only a habit and not a need for a baby.  Any older her personality will control you and the pacifer.  Pacifers will alter teeth if used for too long.

Emilee - posted on 02/06/2009

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As a Physician Assistant, a 7 month old can still have a bottle at bedtime.  This stops at 12 months unless you are breastfeeding.  She can have juice or water only minimal amounts under the age of 12 months and none before 6 months.   At nine months start to introduce a sippy and by 12 months she should be using only a sippy cup.  As her food intake increases her milk volume will decrease.  The major concern for a bottle at bedtime is her falling asleep with it.  the milk from a bottle will continue to drain even without sucking.  Try to brush her teeth before bedtime by singing her the alphabet that is a long enough time of brushing.

Amber - posted on 02/06/2009

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she only 7 mths why is she on milk ans not formula?  My boy takes a cup to bed with milk and he is 2 and his teeth are fine...Juice is the worse cuz of all the sugar..

Jill - posted on 02/06/2009

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my daughter is 3 and still has a bottle ive tried all kind 2 get her off it and gave in. its a nightmare. also she is a very poor eater and wants milk all the time i do not give her this but then i panick incase she is not getting enough food help

Alexandra - posted on 02/06/2009

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do not give juice when she goes to bed cause it will rott and turn her teeth black, milk or water is good. my son has a hard time going to bed to i give him milk and he falls fast asleep

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Even milk has natural sugars in it. Stick with water, or get her used to no bottle in bed (best choice, probably).

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I wouldn't go with the juice option...it's just as bad for the teeth at night as the milk. We put a sippy cup of water in the same corner of the crib every night until my daughter started to potty train and was trying to stay dry through the night. She new the cup would be there and if she needed a drink, she helped herself. I'd try the pacifier as well before getting her into the habit of needing a bottle to suck on at night. She may just need to use her sucking reflex and she does not need to eat. Feed her a half hour before bedtime and she should be set for food for awhile. Good Luck!

Natalie - posted on 02/06/2009

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I would definitely give her water over apple juice, especially if you are worried about her teeth. You could always try chamomile tea as well. It's warm and soothing...and to me, better then just plain water. Best of luck.  =]

Alexandra - posted on 02/06/2009

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do not give juice when she goes to bed cause it will rott and turn her teeth black, milk or water is good. my son has a hard time going to bed to i give him milk and he falls fast asleep

Shannon Cassidy- - posted on 02/06/2009

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Give her Water-- Applejuice is full of suger. If she is thirsty enough she will drink it.

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Just water--anything else will rot her teeth, especially juice! And I wouldn't do Crystal Light or anything similar--the fake sugar and food coloring can't be good for a baby's digestion.

Leandra - posted on 02/06/2009

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Water is good, but you should not put her to bed with it.  Instead give her a snack before bedtime, along with the milk or water.  Brush her gums with a soft infant brush or your clean finger.  Get her into a routine and make sure to keep it the same each night.  This will ease her transition. 

Lisa - posted on 02/06/2009

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You can make her fresh chamomile tea.... I make it for my daughter all the time, and she LOVES it!

Ingrid - posted on 02/06/2009

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I would feed her before bed. Give her a pacifier if you have to give her something to go to bed with. I would not let her go to bed with a bottle, you are setting yourself up the longer you keep doing that. Harder to break the longer it goes on.

Heather - posted on 02/06/2009

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First time Mom,eh? After 3 I've learned....milk is no worse than anything else. At 7 months she is probably not interested in water. My daughter was the hardest to break of bedtime bottle, but trust me, it's easiest if you just take it away from her now. She'll scream and cry for about a week, then she won't care anymore. Give her a drink sitting with you on the couch, then put away the bottle before she lays in her bed. Worked with both my boys by 6 months old. Good luck

Tara - posted on 02/06/2009

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Does she like the binky? Because maybe you could give her a bottle way before bedtime, so you know she won't fall asleep with it, then when she is tired let her suck on the binky. That's what my 2 daughters do.  If that doesn't work I would give her water over the juice.  Hope this helps.

Tammy - posted on 02/06/2009

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Definitely not juice of any kind.  Try the water. Will she take a pacifier instead?

Monica - posted on 02/06/2009

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You could try water, of course that is the best option. But if she isn't into the taste, you could try the sugar-free crystal light packets in bottled water and just only giving a little. It is really recommended that babies go to bed without bottles or cups. But trust me, I understand, I had the same sort of issues with my little one! Good luck!

User - posted on 02/06/2009

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No apple juice!!!! if she likes water...give her water...another trick is feed her right before bed time one last bottle and she'll be out like a light!

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