My daughter is 8 months old, she doesn't want to hold her bottle. Any suggestions?

Sara - posted on 02/09/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My daughter hasn't started holding her own bottle yet. She will hold a sippy cup, and other objects that are similar to the size of her bottle, but she just won't hold her own bottle.

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Chloe' - posted on 02/12/2009

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I bet he can, but just doesn't want to. :) That's how my eight month girl is.

Amanda - posted on 02/12/2009

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My daughter has been holding her own bottle since she was 5 months. I didn't incourage it, it just happened that while I was getting the air out (I use liners) she would always reach for it, then I just let her keep reaching for it when I would feed her then she could hold it solo. I still always hold her while feeding, she just holds the bottle instead of me!

Lexy - posted on 02/12/2009

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My daughter can't hold hers yet either. The Avent brand bottles I use have handles you can put on them to assist with holding the bottle. However I really like feeding her so haven't yet used them much :)

Brittany - posted on 02/11/2009

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my little girl doesnt hold it herself while sitting up but if she wakes up earlier than usual i pop it in her mouth while she's still in the cot and she holds it while laying down (and i go back to bed).When she's sitting up i think its just too heavy!

Rachelle - posted on 02/11/2009

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I am pressured by a lot of people even my Dr for my LO to hold his bottle (7.5mos old) So I switched brands of bottles from Dr Browns to Evenflo. As long as he is laying down he will hold the bottle...if he sits up he wont. He wont do the sippy cup thing yet...he cant figure out how to drink from it.

Ericka - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have three children, 7, 5 and 8 mos.. none of them held (will hold) their own bottle.  I was never bothered by it, cause I figured it is just more time with them, this stage doesn't last very long!!

Melissa - posted on 02/11/2009

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My baby girl learned how to hold her bottle at 6 mos. but since has decided that she prefers to be fed by others. Like someone else mentioned here, I think it is a psychological thing because feeding the baby with a bottle not only serves as a method to feed the child but it also provides them comfort and security which becomes a bonding experience. I am a working Mom so I treasure being able to feed her this way since this stage won't last forever. Not saying that you don't feel the same way but I don't think a baby holding their bottle on their own is considered a milestone that a baby is expected to reach.

I have a trainer sippy cup as well that I use only for water and while she is eating her baby food. She is getting better and better at drinking from the sippy cup. I am hoping by doing this, she will have an easier time giving up the bottle when the time is right. It's all in figuring out what is best for your own child.

Tonya - posted on 02/11/2009

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Don't feel bad. My son barely holds his bottle and he just turned 8 months. I had to get sippy cup attachments that give the bottle a handle so he would hold it. He's gotten better but I just think he likes being pampered and taken care of too much to do it himself. He still doesn't put food or other items in his mouth. He waits for me to hold his food and then he brings him mouth close to it! Use his hands, no way!!!

Lucille - posted on 02/11/2009

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Well reading all your comments, my daughter keeps her own bottle from about 6 months already.  She takes it out of my hands to hold it.  I keep a watchful eye on her incase she swallow too much, but has NUK 2 teats and she controls the flow.  She will keep it when he is ready to do it.  Skylah is very forward and even think she can walk but she is only learning how to stand.  Don't worry too much, maybe you should let her keep it but you keep it at the end and once you see she has the crip let go.

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mine is the same when i feed him he puts his hand round towards my back and be happy drinking his bottle while running his hand over my face ( got a few good smacks from him!) its the specail time that i enjoy with him since giving up breastfeeding!! i never had that prob with weaning off the bottle with mr 4yr he held his bottle from 6-7 months thro day any way he would have at night but only water and that stopped 3 nights after no bottles thro the day!!

Brenda - posted on 02/10/2009

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My little guy will grab it but won't tip it back far enough yet. I really like feeding him still give me some much needed mommy time with working and not being home all the time. I figure he will hold it soon enough and then I will miss being needed :)

Pamela - posted on 02/10/2009

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My boy won't hold his either. He can, but doesn't seem to grasp the concept of tilting it back far enough. Same with a sippy cup. I think he would rather have us do it for him. I've seen babies 5 months old holding their own bottle but a nurse told me some never hold their own bottle.

Terri - posted on 02/10/2009

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My son doesn't hold his bottle. He'll hold his sippy cup though. Our pedi told us that she suggest not letting him hold it. Something psychological - as long as we give it to him, it's ours. A sippy is his since he can hold it. Then, we don't run into as many problems weaning him off the bottle later on. Sounded like a plan to us. But, to answer your original question - every child learns at a different pace. She'll do it when she's ready. GL!

Sara - posted on 02/10/2009

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I just didn't know if she should be holding it yet or not.  I'm not too worried, just curious.

Sara - posted on 02/10/2009

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I just didn't know if she should be holding it yet or not.  I'm not too worried, just curious.

Doriss - posted on 02/09/2009

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My son doesn't hold his bottle either...I felt concerned for a minute..but I think the other mom's are right, when they are ready or when they want to - they will....I wouldn't worry so much, especially if she holds other objects...maybe she enjoys her mommy close...

Christi - posted on 02/09/2009

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My son doesn't hold his own bottle either. He is so not interested! It doesn't bug me...I figure when he's ready, he'll hold it!

Jennifer - posted on 02/09/2009

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Gosh, i didn't even think they were supposed to be doing that yet!! My son is the same age and he never holds his though he does drink from a lidded cup on his own. I've never been too bothered by it mainly because i like snuggling with him and feeding him his bottle. i wouldn't worry as she is holding other objects.



 

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