My 1 year old won't hold her own bottle

Karen - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter has never shown any interest in learning how to hold her own bottle! It drives me nuts. She refuses to hold it herself. Although, I know I'm to blame because I love stroking her hair and talking to her while she's in my lap. Should I force the issue, or wait until she moves on to sippy cups?

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Angela - posted on 08/13/2009

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Karen

I totally understand where you are coming from. I had a "lazy" baby too! Both my kids (b-4/g-2)are past that stage but know what you mean. I nursed both of them and so there was nothing for them to hold LOL - when I did move them to the bottle it took them a while to figure it out and want to do it themselves. I think every child is different. I like what the other moms suggested about adding handles to help. If you are looking for something unique and fun, check out the lillybugs on my website - this is exactly what they are designed for and the kids love them! www.iambabycrazy.com/adecker Best of luck! Angela

Kim - posted on 08/12/2009

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My daughter started holding her bottle when she was with her dad and wouldn't with me. What I ended up doing was putting the nipple in her mouth and saying, "Use your two hands and hold your bottle," while putting her hands on the bottle. Then I just let go. If she didn't hold it, it would fall out of her mouth and I would put it back in place and repeat my request that she hold the bottle herself. After dropping it a few times, she realized that she had to do it herself if she wanted to drink the milk and now I just tell her when I need her to hold it and she does!

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I did this to my child and reaped the reward of a lazy holder. LOL! I finally started wrapping his hands around it while he was on the floor and walking away. I had to repeat this many many times each feedding and usually ended up on the floor the last 3-4 oz the first week to help, second week last 1-2 oz and by the third week TADA! we had an independant holder! It just took a lot of persistence and a bit of a change in the feeding schedule until he got it down pat but we are good now.

Sue - posted on 08/13/2009

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I would suggest separating the two actions. Still spend time with her in your lap talking to her and stroking her hair but without the bottle. Also switch to the sippy cups. After one year, the sooner you have her off the bottle, the better it is for her teeth and the easier it is to just stop using one. Definitely, take the time to talk and cuddle. It sounds like both of you really enjoy that quiet time.

Jessica - posted on 08/12/2009

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I didn't agree with it when my daughter's father would put her hands on her bottle when she was only a few months old, but she started holding her own bottle around 4 months or so......and then she went to a sippy around 7 months......maybe also try the handl thing

Jenny - posted on 08/12/2009

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If you've got bottles with handles you can add, like Avent, just add the handles and wait for her to grab them. Otherwise start moving to sippy cups with soft silcone spouts and/or handles during the day (or otherwise easy to hold, extra knobby) and just wait, she'll probably be curious about the new shape and grab on by herself.

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