My 10month old will not hold his own bottle.

Danna - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son is 10months old and i have tried to get him to hold his own bottle but wont. He will play with on the floor. Or when im feeding him ill put his hands on his bottle and try to keep them there and he will for a little bit but then i guess he gets lazy and drops his hand. How do I teach him to hold his bottle?

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Brandi - posted on 03/01/2010

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I am totally agree with Danielle Steinborn, I actually discourage my little one from holding it and give him my hand or a blanket instead.

Margaret - posted on 02/28/2010

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when he is looking for his bottle beleive me he will hold it when he knows your not going to do it. my son use to do the same thing so i left it with him and he took it himself. hope this helps.

Jane - posted on 02/26/2010

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This is not a big deal and I see you've got him working on a cup. He might just not LIKE holding the bottle, period! If he can do the cup, ace the bottle all together!

Danna - posted on 02/23/2010

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Thank you everyone for all your comments. He has great motor skills. He loves to eat on his own. A few days ago we started him on a nuby cup and he's getting the hang of it. So maybe it's just not that big of a deal. But Lisa you are right my little man is very very spoiled.

Jacqueline - posted on 02/19/2010

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Danna, did you nurse for a long time? I did and my 11 month old can hold her own bottle but is very uninterested. I'm about to start her on milk and am planning on just transitioning her to a copy anyways. She has great fine motor skills otherwise so I'm not too concerned but curious nonetheless as to whether nursing is a factor.

Joy - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son is 17 mnths old and never held his bottle!! He went to a cup at 11 months old and held that just fine. All kids are different.Dont worry too much.

Heather - posted on 02/17/2010

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I agree with you about not wanting her to hold it I also feel the same, way, and that is some good advice about the reasoning behind it! thank you

Lisa - posted on 02/17/2010

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Danna, I agree with Melissa. Unfortunately you have spoiled the little guy. He knows he has gotten you right where he wants you. I have raised 3 spoiled boys myself. I love them dearly and no one likes to be told this but it is true. When you fill his bottle set it next to him. Let him figure out your not going to rescue it for him. I'm am sure he is not starving. When he is hungry he'll pick it up. He might even throw it at you for not holding it. Don't give in. He is almost a year old. Babies this age are testing to see what they can get away with. Oh I know they look so innocent don't they? Trust me he is testing you... Good Luck

Lani - posted on 02/16/2010

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Babies use holding bottles on their own as a way of learning fine motor skills such as finger to thumb reflexes for picking things up... ur baby will get the hang of it... milestone for babies vary just like their personalities, when ur baby is ready and with enough encouragement he will get the hang of it.... not to worry all things will come with time patients is key when raising children :)

Gayle - posted on 02/16/2010

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Do not worry he will catch on my little girl did. She is 13 months and holds her own bottle at night, we practice drinking from a cup during the day and she is getting good with a straw.

Danielle - posted on 02/16/2010

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I know this sounds silly, but I do not want my daughter holding her own bottle. I have her hold my fingers. I have seen it proven that it is easier to get them to get rid of the bottle at a later age. And also helps get rid of the pacifier because they loose the need all together. That is just what I am doing, but I know a lot of people like to have them hold the bottle

Alison - posted on 02/16/2010

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Be patient. Also try a bottle that is designed to be easy to grip. That is what made the difference for my first.

Melissa - posted on 02/16/2010

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If he is really eager about feeding and knows the bottle has his milk (which I am sure he does) then you could put it in front of him, but not give it to him. He will probably reach for it and put it towards his mouth, you may still have to tilt it. This might get him used to the idea of feeding himself. My son will be eight months on Friday, if I even want him to touch the bottle I have to have him grab it himself. He'll usually let go when he knows I have it, but I don't try too hard with it. If he thought the only way he would get it is if he grabs it, then he probably will.

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