When do babies usually start holding their bottle?

Nicole - posted on 06/18/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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At what age do babies usually start holding their own bottle?

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Rebekah - posted on 07/16/2009

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My son was lazy and never would. He didn't hold anything until he was over 1 and had a sippy cup with a straw.

Heather - posted on 06/25/2009

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My daughter is almost seven months and she just fed herself the other day! She put the bottle in her mouth when I reached down to put the nipple in her mouth and she held it there until the bottle was empty! Of course, it has it's repercussions because she's also learned that she can now throw the bottle on the floor when she's done!

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Heather - posted on 07/16/2009

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My daughter is 5 months and will hold it until she realizes that we are not holding it then she will let go. She holds her sippy better but still wants us to do it.

Jackie - posted on 07/11/2009

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My daughter is 8 1/2 months old and still won't hold her own bottle. I know she can do it, but she just won't. I try to put her hands around the bottle, but she just pulls her hands away. Ever since she was born when she has her bottle she always puts her hands over her eyes. She will hold her sippy cup.

Sarah - posted on 07/11/2009

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my little boy is just over 5months .. he can't hold his bottle properaly yet .. puts hands around it but can't lift it to his mouth .. however he does quite well with sippy cups .. although most of the time he misses his mouth .. i think the handles help.

though he does like to grab and hold everything else

Diane - posted on 07/11/2009

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My daughter didn't even try to hold her bottle on her own. At about 9 months we put her hands on the bottle and from then on she held it herself. My son who is 4 months has been trying to hold his bottle on his own for the past months or so. He doesn't have the cordination yet to do it well. But he's really been focused on mastering his hands. He practices getting his pacifier in his mouth and can get it ever once in awhile.

Michelle - posted on 07/11/2009

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my son started holding his bottle at 3 mnths but every now n then he gets 2 lazy 2 do it lol x

Brooke - posted on 06/24/2009

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My daughter is 5 months and has been holding her bottle for about a month.. it doesn't matter the shape or size she knows what to do lol... if she drops it she starts talking or yells at me and I just pop it back in for her and she pushes me away again lol

Aimee - posted on 06/24/2009

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ha! i was thinking the same thing today. my son is three months and has the ability to feed himself... but i dont think he even realizes he is. we put his hands up to the bottle and get him to hold it, then slowly pull our hands away. this works for about 10-20 seconds. haha

Tabetha - posted on 06/24/2009

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My little girl just turned 3 months and has been grasping (putting her hands in position) since 10 weeks. She can hold the 6 oz. bottles now...but the 8 oz. ones are a little trickier. She can hold those for a little bit...as long as we are still kind of supporting it.

Joy - posted on 06/22/2009

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mine is nearly 10 months and still doesnt do it.....partly my fault as he is more than capable but i guess he thinks "why the hell am i gonna hold it when mummy does it?" lol........i love feeding him his bottle.

Tanisha - posted on 06/18/2009

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my little boy is trying to do too now and he is 4 months sometimes he does it - other times he cant support it ....

Jennifer - posted on 06/18/2009

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My four month old is beginning to hold it with her hands around it, but can't support it yet, but she is trying!

Jennifer - posted on 06/18/2009

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Hello, Nicole. It really all depends. My son is 6 so I do not remember when he started holding his bottle. My daughter started holding her bottle at about 4-5 months.

Hope this helps, Jennifer

Sara - posted on 06/18/2009

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my LO is 8 months and she doesn't quite get the concept that it has to held up yet, so I still have to tip it up. But, I have started giving her a sippy cup too and she seems to be doing better with that.

Sally - posted on 06/18/2009

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My little boy is nearly 7 months, he puts his hand round but I still have to support the bottom otherwise I get covered in milk!!

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