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bottle at bed time

the question about the sippy cups made me think i was doing something wrong. i give my dd a bottle of formula before she goes to bed everynight she can hold it her self and spits it out when shes done. am i not suppose to do that bc of bottle rott? shes 11 months old and plan on getting rid of the bottle when she turns one.

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:59 AM on Oct. 26, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Are you giving her a bottle IN bed or AT bedtime? It's not good to put a bottle in bed with a baby because of bottle rot - although it is good that she's spitting it out when she falls asleep. The pooling of formula in their mouths is what causes problems, so switching to a sippy cup would not help this, although it couldn't hurt the transition to not having a bottle anymore.

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 2:03 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • You should NOT be giving her a bottle with her in bed. It can and often dose cause bottle rot. There is sugar in the formula and it sits in her mouth (even just a little of it) and rots her little baby teeth and gums.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:08 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • Um I agree with them my cousins (all three sisters) baby teeth were brown as if they had been smokers and drug addicts. Their parents said it was hard to brake them cause of there temper and they can't ever sleep. They said that their baby teeth were gonna fall out so they aren't worried about it! You should have seen there child hood photos those girls don't smile with their teeth showing even though they have straight pearly whites

    Answer by christinkie at 2:37 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • They told me to start training him on a sippy cup at the age of 6months and he is eight months and loves it he thinks its cool! He gets it only at meal time.... They told me I can start breaking him off the bottle at 10 months because its a process. Day by day they will need the bottle less it works

    Answer by christinkie at 2:41 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • If your child is getting a sippy cup, it should be right before bed time and then put away. Just because she can spit it out when she's done, doesn't mean it's better for her. She will have left over milk just sitting in her mouth and since saliva decreases during the night time it's just a resting place for bacteria! That can really do some damage to soft baby teeth.

    If you are going to give a sippy cup, make sure it only has water in it.

    Answer by jlry_ldy at 3:34 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • You can incorporate "toothbrushing" into your nightly routine. As soon as she finishes her bottle, take the little fingertip brush and rub it along her gums and teeth. There's no need for "toothpaste" although they do sell non fluoride "training" toothpaste for toddlers.

    Answer by missanc at 7:50 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • She needs to have her teeth brushed before bed (and before breakfast); after night-time toothbrushing she should only have water.

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:13 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

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