Holding the bottle

Penny - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Is your 8 month old holding their own bottle yet? Mine doesn't even try! Any suggestions?

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Jess - posted on 06/01/2010

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I let my daughter do it in her own time. Why rush them ? If she doesn't want to hold it, then I hold it for her, but when she pulls my hands off the bottle I let her hold it.

Propping up bottles is very dangerous and should NEVER be done !

SarahJane - posted on 05/31/2010

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I just let it fall...eventually at the end of the 6 months he held his own. He figured out if he didn't hold it then he wouldn't eat... now that does mean I let him starve.. We would actually prop it up for him as well. He started holding 4 oz bottles and then moved his way up from there.

Shelley - posted on 05/31/2010

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I know that my baby knows how because she has done it perfectly many times the problem is she is spoiled with me holding it and just screams for me to do it if I try just giving it to her. With my husband she holds it herself so I have just created a prolem for myself that I do not know how to fix.

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Mine is - on and off - she still likes mommy or daddy holding it for her - but lately I've given her more opportunities to hold it herself. Give her practice opportunities.

Cherry Mae - posted on 05/26/2010

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you can encourage her by putting her hands on the bottle and let her hold for a while.. If she stops holding, try again letting her hold.. later on, shell realize she needs to hold the bottle so she can drink her milk..that's what i did when my daughter was 6 months old since she only started drinking milk formula on her 6th month..

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2010

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Just a note though, don't ever leave your baby flat on their back to drink their bottle. The milk can run back down into their ears and become infected and cause infection and posible deafness if left untreated. Always prop baby up on a pillow. Not sitting up, just on a lil slant so they aren't lying flat.
I didn't know this until my mil who is a speach therapist told me. She has worked with many children who have hearing problems as a result of this.

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2010

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Yip my lil man's been holding his since he was about 6-7months old. I just started putting his hands up to his bottle as I was feeding him, and he just started grabbing it on his own. Now he won't let me feed him at all, stubourn lil monkey. They all do things in their own time though. All you can do is encourage him/her. Maybe get some of those handles that attach to the bottle they help sometimes.

Sarah - posted on 05/17/2010

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my son is 8 n a half months and has been holding his own bottle for the last 3 months . some babies would rather you just hold it for them i guess!

CHRISTINA - posted on 05/12/2010

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My newest baby is 9 months and has never really had a bottle cuz i nurse so i dont expect her to know how to hold it.. which she cant... my last baby was not breast fed and held his bottle from 4 months old all by himself.. and my first baby was breastfed for 6 months and could hold her bottle by 7 months.. it just depends on how much exposure they get to holding a bottle.. just leave a few on the floor with new water it in and let him or her play with it for a while they will figure it out

Holly - posted on 05/12/2010

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My daughter is 8 1/2 months old and has held her own bottle since around 5 months. She just started grabbing the bottle, I would let go, and she would want to drink so she holds on to it. Maybe try putting the babies hand around the bottle and see how they do with it!

Trisha - posted on 05/12/2010

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Recline your little ones highchair (if possible) and hand him the bottle if he grabs it just let go. He will get it after a few times. Since the bottle is still heavy I recline the highchair to make tilting easier.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/12/2010

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My little girl will be 9 months old at the end of the month. She has been holding her own bottle since she was about 3.5 or 4 months old, with a little help at the beginning but needs no help now. She just picked it up on her own. She does so well with it now. Every baby is different and picks things up at a different pace. For example, My little one can hold her own bottle but still does not crawl or pull her self up. I know that she will learn these things when she is ready. Good luck!

Christina - posted on 05/11/2010

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my son is 8 and a half mon and hes been holding his own for about 2 months. i laid him flat on his back and put his hands on it and told him preston holds his own bottle and just kept repeating this until he started doing it. i did the same with sitting up and i'm trying it with crawling. right now he prefers to roll everywhere he wants to go lol. every child is different, my oldest just started doing it on his own.

Peta - posted on 05/11/2010

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my girl has been holding her bottle for a while but she always would drop it an then i would have to give it back to her she has only just started the last couple of days holding it confidentally its makes it sooo easier i just lay her on her couch and give her the bottle she drinks it till she thinks she needs to burp then rolls onto her tummy on her couch and burps then she picks it up when she wants it again an finishes it herself makes it so much easier to get stuff done i just kept encouraging her giving her sippy cup with handles placing her hands on the handles now she holds her bottle without any handles

Sarah - posted on 05/11/2010

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I found putting my son flat on his back helped him figure out how to hold it himself. I would hold it for him, them start to let go and he would just automatically reach up to put it back in his mouth. He only lets me give him his night time bottle now, the rest he wants to do. He still doesn't quite get tipping it up when it gets to the end, but he'll get there. Good luck :)

Jill - posted on 05/11/2010

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Penny, my son was the same way. Wouldn't hold the bottle at all! We ended up getting him a 'straw cup', he hated bottles from the beginning though so as soon as he started wanting drinks from ours at restaurants, we bought him a straw cup and didn't worry about bottles. He is 3 now and still likes his chocolate milk in the straw cup. It might be worth a try?

Lindsay - posted on 05/11/2010

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Well, baby's are so used to you holding it for them, they have no reason to try. Every time you give your baby the bottle try letting them hold it.. put there hands around the bottle then let go.. do it a few times every time and they will get the gist. It took my daughter quite a while to start understanding, but eventually they will get it.

Beth - posted on 05/11/2010

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Don't worry Penny, mine is almost 9 months and doesn't really try...she would just rather lay back, relax, and let mommy do all the work :) Sometimes she will hold it and drink for a minute or so, but I have to lay her down in a Boppy and there can't be more than about 2-3 oz in the bottle...they all have their quirks I guess:)

Christina - posted on 05/10/2010

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My daughter is just over eight months and has been holding her bottle and sippy cups for about 2 months now. She uses a cup most of the time, but if we are at the store or something, she drinks from a bottle. I can't say I really did anything to make it happen, she just picked up on it by herself. So far I have been very luck, she has slept through since 2 weeks old. And she is self potty training. She will crawl or furniture and wall walk to the toilet and then say momma momma momma over and over till I put her on the potty. I wish you luck, and remember that every child is different, and will develop at different times.

Robyn - posted on 05/10/2010

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I wish when I was wondering like you I thought of it as easy. Easy hardly! When you body as a mom can't seem to go any longer...like lack of sleep... it just seems to fall into place. (I can say that now, but I didn't like you at the time)
Good luck to you few extra hours of sleep! Let me know how you made out! :)

Penny - posted on 05/10/2010

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You make it sound so easy! lol I will definitely give the belly placement a try! Thank you!

Robyn - posted on 05/10/2010

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You will love it once they do! My sleep has increased so much! My son still wakes up for his 5-6am bottle, I use to wait with him at 6 till 7am for breakfast...but thats so early. I started using the bottles with the handles (not a sippy cup) they have a slight different nipple, but it's non-spilling. I just placed it on his belly he picked it up and started drinking from it. I found the liners that you use in bottles...if you take all the air out they can still sit upright and drink from it (like a freezie) He got use to holding a bottle that way but still cannot tip his arms up to actually drink from a bottle that still has air.
So the bottles with handles worked so well. I can get an extra 2 hours out of a 5am bottle that I just give him. After he's done he sticks in his soother and asleep he goes.
It's great...It will come soon. You will love it when it does!

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