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bottle in crib VS rocking to sleep with bottle?

is one or two bottles of milk before bed really that bad? and seriesly what's the difference bettween rocking your baby to sleep after a bottle of milk VS putting her to bed with a bottle??? to me it's the same thing! Just different place...

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Asked by laaalbers at 5:14 PM on Sep. 13, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • When you put a baby down after rocking to sleep, you generally take the bottle out of their mouth.
    When you give them a bottle in the crib, you generally go back to bed and the nipple stays in their mouth indeffinately.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 5:15 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • nope... she doesn't keep it in her mouth as soon as she's done... she may still be holding it 2x out of 20 but NEVER have i seen it in her mouth when she's out. if anything it leaks on her sheets... but we always rocked her to sleep with milk and I don't know how else to put her to sleep... but she has never left it in her mouth while sleeping...

    Comment by laaalbers (original poster) at 5:19 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • You are lucky. Most babies don't release their suction when they fall asleep so leaving it with them in the crib can cause problems.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 5:21 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • oh ok... so i don't have anything to worry about... cause i hear all the controversy and it drives me nuts... what she does do is put her binki in when she is done... when i rock her we trade the bottle for the binki and when she's in the crib with her bottle i put the binki around her finger so when she finishes her milk as much as she chooses... she chucks the bottle and puts her binki in. I'm not worried about her sucking on a binki it says ortho what ever approved...

    Comment by laaalbers (original poster) at 5:25 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • It's a good habit to start wiping the gums down after each feeding (if you can without waking her up). I just used a soft damp cloth or baby wipe (with no fragrance). This will remove most of the leftover milk/formula and will also make brushing teeth easier when she gets older.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 5:36 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • she has all of her teeth but her canines and 2 yr molars... and there is NO WAY she's stay asleep for a quick tooth brush before sticking in her binki.,.,. so that's another concern...

    Comment by laaalbers (original poster) at 5:52 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

  • Having a bottle at night is a problem. It doesn't matter if you rock her to sleep with it vs putting her to bed with it. The problem is that the sugars from the milk can damage the teeth. In the worst case, teeth could have to be pulled as a result of the damage. Will if definitely happen, not necessarily but is it really worth the risk? You should start to develop a different sleep routine that phases out the bottle. Rock and read a book or two. There's a book called "The No Cry Sleep Solution for TOddlers/Preschoolers" by Elizabeth Pantley that may be useful.

    Answer by momofryan07 at 7:59 PM on Sep. 13, 2010

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