Bottle Propping and Why It’s Unhealthy

What is “Bottle Propping” and why is it unhealth for infant children?

Bottle propping is the practice of using some device, article, or mechanism to propp up a baby’s bottle to allow it to feed without holding the bottle. Unknowing parents routinely use blankets, clothes, pillows, etc., to prop up the babies bottle to allow it to drink. The liquid in the bottle is forced downward to the nipple and into the baby’s mouth. This can cause gurgling and pooling in the baby’s mouth, as well as drainage into the baby’s other systems.

Literature from around the web about the unhealth aspects of bottle propping.

“A propped bottle can pose life-threatening risks to your little one… Choking and Aspiration … Suffocation … Tooth Decay … Ear Infection…” – LiveStrong.com

“This is bad because bacteria can then enter through the tube into the ear and cause an ear infection. Prolonged ear infections can cause hearing loss. Hearing loss in a baby can make it harder for her to speak and learn. Choking/aspiration—Bottle propping makes it easier for your baby to choke.” – https://www.sharecare.com/

When you feed your baby with a propped bottle, the liquid pools in the back of her mouth. The liquid can then back up into her ears through the Eustachian tube. This is bad because bacteria can then enter through the tube into the ear, and cause an ear infection. Prolonged ear infections can cause hearing loss.” – Intermountain Healthcare

“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. We do not recommend devices to hold a bottle in a baby’s mouth—they could be dangerous.” – HealthyChildren.org

How the TipMeNot helps?

The TipMeNot allows the infant to practice tilting the bottle to feed herself. When she is not actively pulling to tilt the bottle, the bottle and milk contents shift away from the baby’s mouth.