When should my daughter start holding her own bottle??

Tanisha - posted on 10/07/2010 ( 39 moms have responded )

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My daughter ir is almost 8months old and isnt holding her own bottle yet.
I was just wondering when she should start to hold it

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Tiffini - posted on 10/07/2010

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like the other moms seed all babies are different and their are a lot of different reasons why they are not! Brest feed baby are lazy! my first daughter was nursed till she was 11 mounts old but I went back to work when she was 8 mounts and she would not hold her own bottle or cup till she was over a year! just would encourage you baby if it important to you! have your baby hold their hand up to the bottle and you hold your babies hands they get it when he/she ready!

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Tricia - posted on 01/24/2014

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My daughter is 4 months and she picks up and puts the bottle in her mouth if its on her in reaching distance, she started at 3 1/2 months old(: every baby is different tho I think what helped her is we started proping the bottle in her mouth with a blanket under we've been doing it since she was a month old, just make sure your always watching her, idk if that's the reason she learned so early but it makes since to me :)

Marissa - posted on 12/05/2012

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my daughter is 4months and 1week and she holds her own bottle already. i encourage her everyday

Lindsay - posted on 10/31/2010

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Like everyone is saying, all babies develop at their own pace. My little guy was 4.5 months and holding his own (when he felt like it) around 5.5 months i would just put it far enough in front of him where he would learn to reach for it himself. After a while he started grabbing it everytime and held it. Even though hes been holding his bottle for over 4 months, he still needs his head tilted back. Hes still not sure how to lift it up high enough to get the formula or juice out. Even now that hes on a sippy cup he still has trouble with it but gets better with it each day. Dont rush it. But try holding it in front of her and see if she reaches for it. good luck :)

Lindsay - posted on 10/28/2010

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depends how much experience they get?
all babies are different. my son started holding his bottle at 3-4 months, and for a breast fed baby i thought that was quick. lol

Brynie - posted on 10/27/2010

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it depends on the individual, like with all babies it could be any time, my son has held his own bottle since he was 3 months but my friends son is 10 months and still doesn't hold his bottle, so i wouldn't worry if she doesn't do it soon or not at all, but to encourage it, put blankets under the bottle and place her hands round the bottle, see if it helps, it just shows her what to do with it. hope this helps

Brynie - posted on 10/27/2010

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it depends on the individual, like with all babies it could be any time, my son has held his own bottle since he was 3 months but my friends son is 10 months and still doesn't hold his bottle, so i wouldn't worry if she doesn't do it soon or not at all, but to encourage it, put blankets under the bottle and place her hands round the bottle, see if it helps, it just shows her what to do with it. hope this helps

Hayley - posted on 10/24/2010

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My daughter is 8 months old and just starting to take interest in holding her bottle. She will do it in her own time.

Noor - posted on 10/24/2010

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My baby 'Fatima' is going to be 9 months but still doesnt hold her bottle ! i guess every child is different and will do it with her own time :)

Ashley - posted on 10/21/2010

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my daughter is breastfe3d, and never went to a bottle, she started a sippy cup at 6 months and could hold it.. encourage a sippy cup with handles.. definitely helps!!

Ladasia - posted on 10/20/2010

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Every baby is different my son who is 8 months now started holding his at 3 months but when he started daycare he allowed the caretakers to hold it for him. He pretended like he didn't know how to hold his bottle. He knew he could get away with it so he kept letting them do it so he didn't have to. Until I told them he can hold it. Then he had no other choice...lol.

Kristy - posted on 10/19/2010

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My son is also 8 months, he started holding his bottle at 3 months, but uses a sippy cup daily.. For him he just wanted to be like his daddy :) Im a stay at home mom so I have a lot of time with him, but the best advice I can give you is to let your little one do it at their own pace, if you try to force them to do anything it WILL backfire, kids develop at all different stages, some early and some late (my little man's first tooth came in at 3 months and he now has 6 teeth!!! Keep in mind, he turned 8 months old yesterday!) However, he just started crawling... So it all depends on the baby.... I would only worry if she doesnt hold toys and play with them like other children her age, then you may talk to your peditrician about developmental stages. :)

Debbie - posted on 10/19/2010

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My daughter is 8 months 2 weeks and doesn't hold her bottle, but will hold her water beaker. All babies are different and will do things when they are ready! My health visitor said she is fine development wise and thats all that matters!!!

Shandis - posted on 10/19/2010

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My daughter is 8 months old also and she will rarely hold her own bottle, although, the pediatrition told me to start her on a sippy cup...I got her the Nub brand and she will hold that up just fine.

Angela - posted on 10/18/2010

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My daughter is eight and a half months old. She won't hold her own bottle. She'll hold toys. She'll eat cheerios on her own. My other daughter was crawling by now and holding her own bottle. So very different.

Jennifer - posted on 10/17/2010

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My daughter is 7months and doesn't hold her bottle. She's lazy and spoiled. She knows how and will do it if we put her hands on it. But as long as someone is doing it for her she wont.

Ileana - posted on 10/16/2010

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My daughter just turned 8 mon. What helped me most were these bottles they sell with little handles. I found they were easier for my daughter to hold, and also helped transition her to sippie cups.

Natashia - posted on 10/16/2010

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my son is 8 and a half mnths and ez nli holdin da small bottles e can hold da big bottles e juz cant drink from dem by imself i fink u shud try givin ur daughter a small skinny bottle and put her hands round it

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I bet she knows how but shes just lazy. I have seen my daughter hold it, but she doesnt always want to.

Ashley - posted on 10/15/2010

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My daughter is 8 months old and started holding her bottle around 4 months, then all of a sudden stopped because she started getting jar food and was more interested in that instead of her bottles. So before that she really wanted them so she would hold them.. Then it got to the point she could care less about her bottles so she wouldnt' hold them anymore and I started to let her be lazy about it because I wanted her to make sure she had the milk instead of not so she wasnt waking up in the middle of the night hungry... She's finally starting to do it more now again though. So it just all depends on the baby, but they will hold it when they want to.

Bekka - posted on 10/15/2010

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my little girl is also 8 months and i found that i subconciously hold it for her. but when i let her cry for a bottle she grabs it and holds on for dear life. but when i dont she wont hold it. haha. dont feel pressure to make her do it early if your ok with doing it. but they soon work out how if you let them. ruby my girl only holds it lying in my arms if that helps she still cant sitting up and she is nearly walking :) take care

Tracy - posted on 10/14/2010

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All babies are different, my daughter refused to hold her bottle and held a sippy cup at 4 months then would hold her bottle and not she is starting to try standing up on her own at 8 months. try the sippy cup wit handles it may be easier for her to hold the handles than the bottle.

Stephanie - posted on 10/12/2010

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all babies are different. my daughter is 8 mths old and she is trying to hold her bottle. she can't hold it by herself yet.

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My daughter is 7 1/2 months old. She held her bottle at 4 months for about a week then stopped and hasn't held a bottle, sippy cup, etc since. she won't even put food in her mouth, but everything else goes in her mouth. I just know she will do it when she is ready

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Try a bottle with handles. She'll learn how to hold a bottle without handles soon enough. It worked for my son. He was barely 6 months when we started and he has never been bottlefed, but now he's 8 months and can hold a regular bottle like a pro. He still uses the one with handles though, but that's only because he likes that particular bottle.

Tanisha - posted on 10/11/2010

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Thanks for all the advise every one.
Im not worried about it that much it would just make it eaiser when im studying etc.Itd be alot eaiser if i had a had free and could be comfertble lol

Kelly - posted on 10/10/2010

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my son is 8 months, and held his bottle when he was young..then stopped all of a sudden..laziness i don't know but anyways i gave him a sippy cup at 6 months old and he knew what to do with it..so now I make sure he drinks most of his bottle with me feeding him an when there is a bit left and he wants it I let go and he will grab it and feed himself...maybe try giving her a bottle with water in it to play with a couple times a day when laying down or whatever and see if she gets the hang of it...

Carla - posted on 10/10/2010

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Jennifer I am a nurse and I am only telling you this to inform you that laying a baby flat while he/she has a bottle causes ear infections. Of course not in 100% of kids, but it is a greater change for them to get an infection. This is because the ear ducts and sinus passages are all connected and when you lay flat and drink something the passages are open allowing fluid..whether it be water or juice or formula....access to the canal. This is just some info for you that's all. Just wanted to be helpful.

Jennifer - posted on 10/10/2010

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Nathan started holding it about a month ago. He is 7 months now. He doesn't like to be held when he is taking a bottle. He likes to be laying flat.

Carla - posted on 10/10/2010

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My son is 8months old. He does hold his bottle now. Not all the time though. My husband started showing him his bottle and "teasing" him with it. Meaning putting it to his mouth and then taking it away and do that again. He did about 3 times and finally our son got angry and grabbed it and put it to his mouth and starting holding it....But every child is different. Try propping her up and put the bottle in her mouth and then put her hands around the bottle.

Kristy - posted on 10/10/2010

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My daughter is almost 8 months old and started holding her own bottle at 5 months. She held the 5 oz bottles first and then eventually moved up and can hold the 8 oz ones.

Jen - posted on 10/09/2010

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We started giving our son a 4 oz bottle after his jar of food and he started holding that first. Seemed to work alil better for him.

Jessica - posted on 10/09/2010

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i think when they can hold toys in their little hands they can hold their own bottle. for a while my son wanted us to hold his bottle until one night i checked on him and he was holding it when just earlier i had to hold it for him. lol. idk how and why babies think but if she is hungry enough and can hold other things on her own, she will feed herself. :O)

Leanne - posted on 10/09/2010

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My son started holding his two weeks ago. Try holding it in front of her out of reach from her mouth to see if she will grab it. If she wants it bad enough, she will get it! She might just still want that one on one time with you!!

Janell - posted on 10/08/2010

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My 7 month old started holding his bottle about a month ago. All babies are different but I pretty much tried to make him hold is bottle. I put his hands on it so he could see that he could do it by himself.

Nikole - posted on 10/08/2010

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My daughter is spoiled! She won't hold her bottle at all and she is 8 months old. She just now started to crawl. My son was like that also, he didn't hold his bottle for a looooong time and didn't even start walking until he was 14 months old! LOL! But he's one smart cookie! He's 4 now and is excelling in his Pre K class!!! Very smart. All kids are different and will do whatever it is they feel comfortable with. Honestly, I don't want her to hold her bottle yet... she may throw it at me! LOL!

Meghan - posted on 10/07/2010

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My little guy Brayden is 8 months old today and still isn't holding his own bottle. They will do it on their own when they are ready :o)

Ashley - posted on 10/07/2010

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All babys are diffrent, my daughter started holding her bottle at 5 months old.. she will do it in her own time.

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