Bottle Holding and Daytime Napping

Danielle - posted on 09/07/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Lily is nearly 4 months old and is a really good napper and sleeps all the way through the night from 9am-9pm approx.Well for the time being anyway. At the moment she naps in her rocker at the end of our living room or in her pushchair fully reclined. Should I be putting her in her cotbed upstairs or does it not matter as long as she is nappng? Your thoughts please!

Also when did you babies start holding their bottles? Lily is trying very hard to and has both hands around the bottle when she is feeding. I have been given a really handy tip about when she is in her rocker or swing to "prop" the bottle with a blanket and this encourages independent feeding but I wondered if anyone else had some tips? nd also what age your babies held their bottles?

Thanks Fellow Mummies! xxx

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Shelly - posted on 09/07/2009

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For me, she's still young enough that as long as she's sleeping, let her sleep. When it was time for a structured nap time, our kids always went to their bed, but that wasn't until they were closer to a year. I want to say our kids were closer to 6 months or so before they could hold the bottle alone. But we were be advocates of moving to the sippy cup as soon as it was appropriate, so they didn't hold their 'bottle' long.

Danielle - posted on 09/07/2009

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Thanks Ladies! I will keep her downstairs for now I think that Amy you might be right about bed in the nursery being night time sleep and downstairs rocker or swing for the day. Thanks for all the advice!

Amy - posted on 09/07/2009

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Hey! My mum always tells me that Dylan should have somewhere to nap downstairs and that his bed upstairs should just be for night time, but he generally naps on my lap during the day (naughty mummy!)

I don't have a baby monitor either so putting him upstairs when I'm downstairs isn't practical at the moment :)

At the end of the day, it's your choice, put her down to sleep wherever you feel comfortable and wherever she sleeps best :)

I can't help on the bottle front I'm afraid ad I've only just started giving Dylan a bottle :) xx

Meika - posted on 09/07/2009

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my three month old is trying very hard to get his hands to work and puts his hands on the bottle when feeding. with my three year old i bought these handle things to put on the bottles which really helped her get a grip on the bottle. i can't remember what age she was when she held her own bottle but it's not too much farther ahead. my pediatrician told me that it is not good to prop the bottle it can cause ear infections and possibly lead to choking because if they get too much or swallow wrong they might not be able to get out from under the bottle... i think there were other reasons but those i know for sure. the best idea i found is to get handles and keep letting the bottle drop a little this will show her that she has control and will help encourage her to hold the bottle up... it will take a little while but it's fun watching them try. it's okay for her to sleep in her chair.. but it encourages better sleeping habits to move her to her bed after she has fallen asleep... my daughter is a heavy sleeper and can sleep anywhere so i left her were she lay. my son sleeps in the bouncy seat and in the swing for naps (mostly because if i try to move him he wakes up and is almost impossible to get back to sleep). i hope this is helpful.. my advice is to take into consideration many peoples advice and do what feels right for your child.. every child is different and some tips work better for one child but not another. good luck and enjoy every minute it goes by sooo fast you won't believe it's happening.

Kelly - posted on 09/07/2009

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My little girl Nancy is now 5months & when she is napping she normally sleeps in her bouncer downstairs in the day & so did our other 2, As for the bottle she try's as hard as she can to hold it, normally she will hold it but we hold it as well as her arm's do start to hurt after a while as it takes her about 1hour to drink it all! xxxxx

Melissa - posted on 09/07/2009

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I prefer my daughter to be downstairs with me during the day when she is napping, I find it makes it easier plus she doesnt usually sleeps that long,so personally i dont think it matters,Well done with your baby sleeping so good at night,Nevaeh is 7 months old and still not sleeping right through,She did for a few months and now has changed he mind, Although i am still breastfeeding so that might be why,With regards to the bottle if i have always mixed my feeds Breast and Bottle and i would say tht from about 3 months she was holdingthe bottle with both hands but it was a little while longer befor she actually held it properly,Cant remember exactly what age she was.

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