Good Oral Health Helpful Infant Tips Before your baby’s teeth show, you should clean the gums with a damp cloth after meals and at bedtime. Once teeth show, you should clean them with a soft toothbrush (without toothpaste) after meals and at bedtime. Your Doctor can teach you how to clean your baby’s gums and teeth. It is good to wean your child from a bottle between 9 and 12 months of age. Helpful Sleeping Tips Do not put your baby to sleep with a bottle, try one of these instead….. Offer a blanket, Give baby a warm bath Rock baby to sleep As a last resort, give WATER ONLY in the bottle It may take about 3 to 7 nights of the child crying to break the bedtime bottle habit.