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is it wrong to let my baby fall asleep with the bottle in the crib?

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Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greene answered
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: Saliva protects a baby's teeth while awake, but disappears while asleep. If you regularly let your baby fall asleep with a bottle, you are greatly increasing the chances of tooth decay from too much milk sugar coming in contact with the teeth. Consider water (if you've started solids) or a pacifier at bedtime instead.
Dr. Jason Perkel
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: I wouldn't say that it is "wrong" but it may lead to several problems down the road, such as tooth decay, or sleep onset problems. If a child learns to fall asleep with the bottle, he or she will need the bottle to fall back to sleep when they awaken in the middle of the night.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: The habit of feeding with a bottle in the crib is not healthy for your baby's teeth. It also may increase his or her risk of developing ear infections. Lastly, new research shows that prolonged bottle use at bedtime may increase your baby's risk of obesity later in childhood.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: A baby will be more independent if he doesn't associate eating with sleeping. Otherwise, he might need to eat every time he wakes up at night. After 3 months of age, a normal baby doesn't need to eat at night anymore. At that age, he can be fed, burped, and put down to sleep.
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
It's a mistake: Any sugar-containing liquid in the bottle may do two bad things: increase the risk of tooth decay and increase the risk of lifetime obesity. I suggest that mothers feed a small amount of plain (not flavored) water just before bed, thus giving a little more cuddling and bonding time. P. S. I once had a patient whose gung-ho mom nursed him until he developed "bottle caries" at age 22 months.

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Why does my baby resist her crib during naptime?

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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
She covets cuddling: Infants are born with various innate personality traits. Some crave more intensely the tactile comfort of cuddling or motion--neither of which occurs in the crib. Also, for the slightly older baby, she may experience what has been labeled as "separation anxiety". Whatever the cause, this usually triggers "parental anxiety"! yet there is no harm in allowing her to fret briefly before settling down.
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How can I get my baby to stop resisting his crib?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Put him in it: Repetition and routine are the most important factors to getting your baby in the crib. Put him in whenever he sleeps whenever you can. Put him in for naps and nighttime. Put him in when he seems sleepy, rubbing his eyes. Stay next to him in the crib and give him support without taking him out. Talk to him and soothe him with your touch while in the crib, then extend the times you leave him alone.
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What are the characteristics of a good baby crib?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Safety first: Use a firm, well fitted mattress, no more than 2 and 3/8 inches between slats, no missing or loose pieces, no bumpers or stuffed animals inside and no drop down rails. Go to http://www.Cpsc.Gov/info/cribs/index.Html for more information and good safety tips. Make sure crib is approved by jpma (juvenile products manufacturers association).
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A 25-year-old female asked:

What ageshould i switch my baby to a crib ?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Around 2-3 months: By the time the baby is 2-3 months old, baby is able to move around enough that a bassinette usually is not the place for them to stay - as they move they may hit the sides. If the baby is in bed with you, please get her in a crib immediately - co-sleeping is one of the leading causes of infant death in this country when parents roll over on the infant and suffocate them accidentally.
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How long are you supposed to air out a crib mattress before its safe to use for the baby?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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