How do I get my daughter to hold her own bottle??

Sierra - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 1/2 months old. She grabs for her bottle but as soon as I put it in her hands, she drops it! :-). How can I teach her to hold her bottle. Or is she still too young to hold it?

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Dana - posted on 07/23/2009

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still a bit young, but to encourage the act i hold my daughters hands in my hands and we hold the bottle together :)

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Gloria - posted on 09/04/2009

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Emma is 6 months old and she just started holding her bottle. When she grabs for it try positioning her hands for her and see if that helps, that's what i did and she got the hang of it.

Stephanie - posted on 09/03/2009

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hey if u put your daughter in her pram and pull it back a bit so shes at a 45dgree angle and prop a blanket over her and place the bottle on it, the blanket will suppourt the bottle and teach her to put her hands on the bottle. my sons doin that since hes 5months try it

Cari - posted on 08/28/2009

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Cati has been holding her bottle for a month now. We let her put her hands on the bottle while we would hold the end of the bottle. The stronger she got, the more we would not hold it.She now at 6 months holds her own sippy cup.
I would practice with your daughter on holding the bottle while you hold the bottom of the bottle. The more you do that, stronger she will get. Little by little, she'll get the hang of it.

Becks - posted on 08/27/2009

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samaul holds a firm grip on your fingers and manupliates if he wants the bottle in his mouth or out of it. he has been doing that since he was 4 months but at 5 1/2 months has only just started taking a intrest in holding it himself.. although he still needs a helping hand (great excuse for cuddles.)

Stacey - posted on 08/24/2009

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I wouldnt say shes too young my son was holding his own at 5 months.. while he was holding it i held it to.. then i would slowly back off and he finally got the hang of it

Joy - posted on 08/23/2009

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I find if I put it close, he'll grab it out of my hands and put it in his mouth, but when I hold it to straighten it, he'll let go! We're working on it, but I know how to make him hold it. We need to increase the duration

Raesha - posted on 08/20/2009

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deffinatly not too young! mine little girl was holding her bottle at 4 1/2 months. i am breast feeding and i think that helped because she would hold onto my breast when she would nurse. then she started holding toys and putting them into her mouth. try putting apple juice and water mixed, your baby will get excited for the new flavor and it might encourage her to hold her bottle if you set it down. if she drops it pick it up and wrap her hands around it and guide it into her mouth. also it might help if it is a small bottle. :) hope this helps!

Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2009

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I just started bottlefeeding Tyler a couple weeks ago, and to my suprise he grabbed the bottle himself. It took him a few times to get it positioned in his mouth just right though. I don't really think there is a trick. Like everything else, they will do it when they are ready

Tina - posted on 08/16/2009

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My son will be 6 mo. on the 19th. I had him holding his bottle for 4 weeks now. I would feed him as normal only I'd place his hands on the bottle as I fed him and if he moved his hands I'd move the bottle slightly out of his mouth and he'd grab it and pull it back in, we played that game for about 2 weeks then he put his hands on the bottle on his own and I'd let go little by little until he was holding it him self. it took me a while to get him doing it but it was worth it.

Tenea - posted on 08/16/2009

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She is still young but you could always get her a sippy cup because they are easier for them to hold.

Jhazmyn - posted on 08/16/2009

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Its nice to cuddle and feed your own child but sometimes you have other thinqs to do and I understand that. My dauqhter just started holdinq her own bottle a few weeks aqo. She started to realize if she doesnt hold it she wont eat. I put her hands on the bottle and held them up there a couple times and moved my hands. Eventually she qot it

Emily - posted on 07/23/2009

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I think for now just cherish the time you have with her while feeding her. Soon she won't let you feed her and you will wish you had these days back! :)

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