How to get her to hold her own bottle??

Crystal - posted on 12/22/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Hello all! My daughter is 5 months old. I was just curious to know when your babies' started holding their own bottle. My baby will do it on her own, but only for a few moments. At 5 months should she have already mastered this skill, or am I just pushing the issue? What are some ways I can get her to do it herself?

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Kirsten - posted on 12/24/2010

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well at six months your suppose to start introducing a sippy cup. its reccommended cuz feeding an older baby from a bottle can cause some problems. you could try encouraging her, holding her hands and placing them on the bottle, but remember not every baby develops at the same rate. some develop certian things quicker and certian thing slower. it just depends. i wouldnt push it too hard, because she could start getting annoyed and not want the bottle. but thats just my opinion.

Anna - posted on 12/22/2010

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I don't think most babies do this until they're a few months older. Everything I read says they typically master it around 9 months.

Bondlets - posted on 12/22/2010

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I may not be the best one to offer advice on getting your baby to hold her own bottle as I did try but they all refused and preferred to have mama hold it for them. I figured it was a short time in their life so me sitting with them, cuddling them close and holding the bottle wasn't that big a deal. :) I'd say if your baby doesn't want to hold her bottle then don't push it. Maybe try again in a month or so when her grasping ability has improved.

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Vanessa - posted on 01/28/2011

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My son is 6 1/2 months and holds his own bottle every feeding. However, maybe she just enjoys the comfort? feeding time is a good time for bonding, maybe she just likes that.

Saraya - posted on 01/27/2011

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My daughter is 6 1/2 months now and she rarely holds her own bottle, so we just keep on her about it. We know she can, it's just a matter of her being lazy pretty much. Lol! That or she'd rather hold my fingers while i hold her bottle.

Leanne - posted on 01/25/2011

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I think my son is lazy too. My daughter held her bottle by at least 6 months old. My son is 6 monts 4 weeks old and refuses to hold his bottle on his own, he puts his hands behind the back of his head and is like you hold it mum I'll just lay here all relaxed and suck on the thing. :D

Crystal - posted on 01/01/2011

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my son is bout 2 b 6 monthes on tha 8th of jan an he already holds his own bottle they can start @ diff ages

Alli - posted on 12/30/2010

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my son is five months and he holds his bottle but i have to have him propped up on a pillow. im gettin him to learn by wrapping his hand around it. and he does it. he just has some problems sometimes keeping it up for him not to get air.

LUISA - posted on 12/30/2010

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babies learn at there own paste my baby girl 5 months and holds her bottle but she is a fast learner she already says 5 words.. every baby i different .. let her hold toys a lot that way she used to holding something thats what i did n i wouldnt hold the bottle i put a blanket to hold it but be near by ... then they will learn to hold it on there on n they will find out they will have to cause mommy is not going to anymore

Michelle - posted on 12/30/2010

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As Karen Bond said up at the top, use this time with your baby to hold the bottle for her, she's only little once and it goes so fast. Cuddle that baby and give her the bottle.

NeQuitta - posted on 12/29/2010

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My son did it all on his own when he was maybe 4 months. I had him in his bouncer and I was holding his bottle and doing something else. It must have slipped or started slipping. Next thing I know, his hands are on both sides of his bottle, holding it up. At first he held it then it fell. But when I put it in his mouth again, he held on it pretty good. So I sat down and watched him. He was just sucking away, not paying me any attention. He's only done it a few times...but me and him have been practicing, lol

Sarahskwlsucksass - posted on 12/29/2010

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My lil baba is 5months and she's been holding her own bottle for quite a while now. Every baby is different :)

Gwen - posted on 12/29/2010

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Hi, my daughter is 5 1/2 months and has been on and off holding it. its not a big deal and she wont do it if shes tired so dont worry shell practice and do it longer and longer

Tarina - posted on 12/28/2010

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i have twin girls who will be 5 months in a few days, One of them holds her own bottle as long as she is lying down, the other sort of does for a few moments, then lets it go... Every child is different, there is no normal age for it - Just encourage her if she reaches for it, and talk to her while she is eating whether she does or not, the more engaged you are while feeding her, the more likely she is to focus on you and what you are doing, and learn how its done! Good luck!

Mae - posted on 12/27/2010

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My daughter will be six months old on the 3rd of January and she holds her own bottle. She has been trying to hold her bottle from the beginning, but now is doing it on her own. With our son, we didn't start with him holding his bottle until we started him on food at six months. We used to have to prop blankets up on the tray of the high chair to help him hold it. He was probably about 8 months. My daughter is doing everything faster than my son because she's watching him all the time and trying to catch up to her big brother. Don't push it too much because if she's not ready and you are forcing it, she'll not do it out of spite.

Anna - posted on 12/26/2010

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My daughter is 5 months and she will hold it while im holding it but if i let go, she can only hold it for a few seconds before she stops. I'm not pushing it on her, but sometimes i put her hands on the bottle, just to get her into the motions and everything. I don't think a lot of babies hold their bottles at this age so im not worried about it :]]

Crystal - posted on 12/26/2010

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my son is 6 months old and wont hold his bottle, he will play with it and hit it but not hold it, im having lot of trouble getting him to i just figure he is lazy and will do it when he is ready....will be a long time before he gets a sippy cup

Brenda - posted on 12/25/2010

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Hello all, my Elizabeth started holding hers at around 4months for a short while. She turned 5 months on the 23rd and today she held it on her own for most of the time. I have to say I truly enjoy the cuddle time with her and so I dont push her. Even when I hold it she likes to hold it too. All in due time.

Alex - posted on 12/25/2010

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hmmm my bub is just 5 months and though cant hold her bottle at the start because its to full she can from about half way down and will happily lay and hold it well i go do other things, i still hold it alot and sit and cuddle with her tho cause i like to, she pretty much had started from 1 month old trying to hold her bottle lol so i knew she wouldnt have to much trouble, maybe just when she put her hand up move then to a good position to hold the bottle and encourage them, it may take a whole before they stop throwing it away or pulling away just gotta keep encouraging :D good luck

Marsha - posted on 12/25/2010

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My daughter is 5 months and she only holds her bottle for a few moments.. she isnt ready to master it on her own yet.. Dont worry.. it will happen when it happens.. enjoy your snuggle time :D

Adrienne - posted on 12/23/2010

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My son is 5mnths 2morrow and will only hold his bottle for a few moments also but my Goddaughter master it at about 8mnths old so thats what I'm hoping for. That was 12/23/10 today is 1/2/11 and he is now holding his bottle all on his own. Practice make perfect.

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