Hi My 10 month old baby has been ill the past few weeks and has started to use her bottle as a dummy to the point where she won't go down to sleep at all without it now. She won't take a dummy as an alternative. Is it ok for her to be sucking on an empty bottle or is it bad for her to be sucking in air and is it bad for her teeth?
I don't think it would compromise her safety from what you've described: it's an empty bottle, so no sugars would be present; no spillage risk. I suppose the worst thing is that she might break wind more often from swallowing air?
I guess I would try and distract her from taking the bottle to bed and replace it with something more appropriate (a dummy, a toy). But an empty bottle doesn't seem like the worst thing.
she has a blanket but doesn't seem too bothered about it. She used to have a dummy when she was tiny but got so addicted to it she started waking very 40 mins so i had to take it away. I didn't really want to give her a dummy back but somehow this bottle thing has got to be a bit of a problem.... she does seem to like the sucking so maybe i should perservere with trying a dummy again... just feel like I'm making another habit to break later!
I don't see a problem with dummies, tbh. As long as you look after their teeth and make sure they've stopped the dummy by the time their milk teeth come out/before their adult teeth grow in, what's the issue?