Infant And Toddler Feeding
In terms of preventing dental decay here are some tips concerning infant feeding:
- Breast feeding is recommended until age one
- Otherwise always hold the infant when bottle feeding
- No propping of bottle
- Only formula or breast milk in bottle
- From breast to cup
Bed time alternatives to bottles:
- Stuffed toy
- Clean pacifier
- Back rub
- Read or sing
- Remember crying is normal, after a few nights your baby will sleep peacefully
If your child is having a lot of difficulty giving up the bottle filled with juice or milk at bedtime try to:
- Slowly replace the juice or milk with water adding more water to the juice or milk each time. Eventually, this way, your child will becomes used to a bottle with only water.
Toddler Feeding Liquids
- Ideally sugar free drinks
- No “liquid grazing” - sippy cups can contribute to “liquid grazing”. If a child is thirsty dispense water. Try to keep juice and milk to a normal cup so that your children are not walking around with it all afternoon.
- Milk or water between meals
- Sugars in fruit juice cause cavities
- Limit fruit juice to meal times Solid foods
- Limit number of times eating and snacking
- Regular meals, no “grazing”. Be careful of sippy cups which can contribute to “liquid grazing” Avoid juice or milk in these cups, it promotes periodic drinking all day long.
- Sugar free snacks like cheddar cheese