Q: Is it okay to put my baby to bed with a bottle of breast milk, formula or juice?
A: Giving your baby a bottle in bed is not recommended. This practice leads to tooth decay, a condition known as "bottle caries" syndrome. Babies without teeth easily develop a habit of going to sleep with a bottle in the mouth, and decay begins with their first set of teeth.
- Don't let your baby sit with a bottle in his mouth during the day.
- Don't put your baby to bed with a bottle.
- Once teeth come in, clean your baby's gums after each feeding with a damp gauze pad or washcloth.