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Bottles in bed?

My 8 month old has 6 teeth and he wakes up a couple of times during the night to eat...i heard that having a bottle in bed will rot a baby's teeth..is this true? What am i supposed to do? I'm really worried about it, and i don't really want to stop feeding him during the night because he's a big growing boy...how can i ween him if this is true?

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JulesMommy1008

Asked by JulesMommy1008 at 1:09 AM on Jun. 30, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Leaving a bottle in bed with your baby will cause (what is often called) bottle rot. Yes, the sugar in the milk will rot his teeth. You're supposed to feed him in your arms and then lay him down without his bottle.
    And actually, bottle rot can start before the baby even has any teeth.
    outstandingLove

    Answer by outstandingLove at 1:16 AM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • Maybe you could give him a few sips of water when he finishes his bottle to clear away the milk residue? However, I think they are talking about babies falling asleep in the crib with bottles in their mouth. The milk would simply pool in their mouth and cause decay. What I would do is make sure he doesn't fall asleep before he finishes his bottle. Or you could try a bottle of water if he'dbe happy with that.
    ShadesofGrey

    Answer by ShadesofGrey at 1:18 AM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • You should always brush your babies teeth before bed and nothing but water after that untill morning. If you insist on giving him bottles at night and wont give him water then you should brush his teeth after each time you give him a bottle at night. He should never ever ever have a bottle in the crib. That will only cause him to go on and off all night and you will never be able to break him of eating at night and he will end up with bottle rot for sure. Remember to always brush his teeth before bed and nothing but water after that. This proven method has saved ALOT of babies unnecessary cavities and pain.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:25 AM on Jun. 30, 2009

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