Jump to content
Feed to sleep in cot
7 replies to this topic
Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:12 PM
DD is nearly 11 months. Our bed routine is bath time, sometimes a story, a bottle then bed. Lately she's been hard to settle even though she's tired. We used to feed her downstairs on the couch then take her up to bed. But we're thinking there's too many distractions (tv, toys, us!) so we've moved bottle time upstairs to her room. A couple of times DH and I have lay her in the cot and fed her the bottle there (we hold it for her and take it when she's done). When she's finished she usually just rolls over and goes to sleep. Just wondering if this ok? And if it's not, why? Or should we keep feeding her in our arms and transfer her to the cot when she's done and persist with the patting and shushing to settle her.She's also starting child care next week so I'm worried this will affect her settling at bed time. Any advice would be appreciated!TIA
Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:43 PM
I can't see why this would be an issue as you aren't actually feeding to sleep. She is awake when finished and then falls asleep on her own. If she was actually falling asleep while drinking the bottle then I would say that night not be the best idea.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:52 PM
I have been doing this the last few nights with my 5 month old DD as she also doesn't settle well if I do it any other way. But once the bottles finished I pull it out and before she can cry the dummy is in. This doesn't work if I'm holding her as she wants to be up right in my arms and looking around.
I don't see a problem with it really. I am big against leaving a bottle in the cot for them to have when they feel like or even them holding it and you walking away. But if you're holding it and taking it as soon as she is finished I think it's fine.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:09 PM
If you look at formula/bottle feeding as a substitute for the breast (which it is) then it would be better to get your baby up and cuddle her close when she is having a bottle, just as you would if she is breast feeding. There might also be physical reasons to avoid this practice but this is just one thing to consider.
All the best.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:15 PM
Does she have teeth? I try to BF DS, then brush teeth, then bed.
It doesn't sound like you're likely to be setting up a sleep association problem, and it sounds nice and peaceful for all of you. I'd just want to think a little about her teeth and that part of the routine. Maybe it's not something to do every night.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:31 PM
In terms of sleep routines I don't think it's a problem if it works for you, but it's not great for teeth- lots of sugar (from the lactose) in milk which then stays in the mouth if you don't brush their teeth straight after. This can lead to early childhood caries/milk cavities.
It's harder to break the association as your LO gets older, it seems, so maybe for that reason try to do so at some point?
Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:09 PM
Yes she has two teeth and I hadn't thought about that.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:15 AM
In terms of sleep routines I don't think it's a problem if it works for you, but it's not great for teeth- lots of sugar (from the lactose) in milk which then stays in the mouth if you don't brush their teeth straight after. This can lead to early childhood caries/milk cavities.That is a very good point. It's not just the lactose that's the issue but rather the fructose and sucrose that you will find is in there as well (it will be hidden and in things like corn syrup - so you will have no idea).
The issue with bottle feeding is that the milk will pool around the teeth and stay there.
Does she have teeth? I try to BF DS, then brush teeth, then bed.
If you breastfeed this is much less of an issue because the milk is deposited at the back of the mouth and misses the teeth.
Also there was a study done (haven't got time to look it up) and with breastfeeding, if the teeth are clean then there is very low risk of caries in feeding to sleep as the lactose isn't an issue ie brush teeth before bed and nothing else but you can bf afterwards (and overnight). The problem is other foods (with all sorts of other sugars in them) and then breastfeeding to sleep without brushing first.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Today, on White Ribbon Day - and every other day - we're teaching our son to say no to violence against women.
If there is one thing the owners of Tillings Cafe can be certain of, it is that the eatery won't win the award for Britain's best baby-friendly coffee shop any time soon.
A woman who admitted to dumping her newborn baby down a Sydney drain has reportedly been allowed to give him a name.
Are you feeling used up by life's stress, family problems and a demanding job you can't turn off? Many people are way beyond work-life exhaustion. They are functioning as robots.
The world's biggest chocolate-maker says we're running out of chocolate.
A baby who was born at 23 weeks has survived her first week of life outside the womb.
It might sound like temporary insanity, but almost obsessive nesting as you near your due date isn’t uncommon – even if you’re not usually a particularly clean person.
The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.
A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.
A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.
Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.
Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.
Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.
A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”
Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.
Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?
Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.
The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.
Love has nothing to do with mental illness. But love may drive a mother to do something about it.
We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.
A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.
A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.
One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.
There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.
We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!
We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.
She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.
Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.
Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?
Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.
Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.
Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.
"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."
I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.
There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.
Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".
They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.
New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.
The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.
Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.
Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.
Twin brothers have become dads on the same day ? with their partners giving birth in the same hospital, and even the same birthing pool.
How many weeks til Christmas?
Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.