How do you teach a baby to hold their own bottle?

Jennifer - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have an 8 month old son who will not hold his own bottle. If you give him the bottle to hold he plays with it or throws it down. Unfortunately, he is a little small for his weight and I don't trust just leaving it up to him.

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Wendy - posted on 06/11/2009

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He will do it when he's good and ready! I have two girls and they were both around the 9/10 month mark when they started holding their bottles but my son was a lazy little so and so and he was around 13 months before he started holding his!

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Not all babies will hold their own bottles. It's good that you let him try. I let my son play with his bottle and for the longest time he did what your son did but he eventually got the idea. Have you tried using a bottle that has handles? I have one for my son maded by Nuby and he loves it. I don't remember at what age my son finally held his bottle on his own.

CJ - posted on 06/11/2009

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I wouldnt worry, he will hold it when he is ready. Every child will play with something when they have the power in there hands. But if he is under weight and you want to make sure he is getting enought to eat, just keep him on your lap when you feeding him and put his hands on the bottle under yours, if he takes the bottle move your hand and wait to see if he will hold onto it. Make sure you tell him he is doing a good job of holding it all by himself and lots of smiles.

Jennifer - posted on 06/11/2009

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Can he hold other things? He really just may want his mom to hold him because he loves her so much.

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