Never prop the bottle and let your baby feed alone; not only will you miss the opportunity to bond with her while she feeds, but there’s also a danger that she’ll choke or the bottle will slip out of position. Propping the bottle also increases the risk of ear infections.
What happens if you prop a baby bottle?
Risk of Tooth Decay
Propping your baby’s bottle usually causes milk or formula to pool in their mouth. The liquid will coat their teeth with germs and sugar from the milk that lead to tooth decay. This type of tooth decay has many names, including early childhood caries, nursing caries, or baby bottle tooth decay.
Can you prop a baby’s bottle up?
NOT. EVER “prop up” your baby’s bottle. It may seem like an innocent enough habit, but doing so not only has general health consequences — it can be extremely unsafe. In some cases, babies have even died from this practice.
Why should a bottle not be propped in an infant’s mouth?
When you feed your baby with a propped bottle, the liquid pools in the mouth and can go into your baby’s ears through the Eustachian tube. Bacteria can enter through the tube into the ear and cause an ear infection.
Can you give a baby a bottle lying down?
Don’t feed her lying down—formula can flow into the middle ear, causing an infection. To prevent your baby from swallowing air as she sucks, tilt the bottle so that the formula fills the neck of the bottle and covers the nipple.
When should I start propping my baby?
You may want to wait until your baby is closer to reaching the sitting milestone to use a baby seat. Instead of propping your baby at three months old, consider waiting until sometime between 6 and 8 months.
Is it OK to sit a newborn baby up?
Sitting babies up prematurely prevents them from rolling, twisting, scooting, or doing much of anything else. When an infant is placed in this position before she is able to attain it independently, she usually cannot get out of it without falling, which does not encourage a sense of security or physical confidence.
Can a 3 month old hold a bottle?
Some babies have the fine-motor skills required to hold a bottle — and get it to its target — as early as 6 months. For others, it will be closer to 10 months. The only way to tell if your baby can hold his own bottle is to hand him one and watch what happens.
Why does my newborn chokes while bottle feeding?
Why is my baby choking on formula from the bottle? When your baby gags when drinking from a bottle, it’s often due to the positioning. Lying your baby on their back while bottle feeding will lead to a faster milk flow, making it harder for your baby to control the rate of feeding.
What is the best position to feed a newborn?
The cross-cradle is usually the best latch for newborns. The hold is similar to the cradle hold, but the woman supports the baby with the arm opposite to the breast the baby is feeding from. To breastfeed in the cross-cradle position: Hold the baby flush against your stomach, with their back and neck aligned.
What angle should you hold a baby bottle?
When you feed your baby, cradle him in your arms in a semi-upright position. Hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle so that the milk always fills the nipple. Otherwise, the baby will take in a lot of air.