My son is 10 months old and will NOT hold his own bottle... what do i do????

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Andrea - posted on 06/03/2009

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My daughter doesn't hold a bottle much either, only when changeing her diaper and then I take it back to finish the feeding! My daughters Peds and OT explained a new consept that has come out that babies shouldn't hold/have control of the bottle anyways. This thery comes for a baby who is breast feed isn't going to be able to hold/control the breast. I am not sure it that is 100% right but it kinda made me feel better that she didn't. Another thing that was pointed out to me was that when you start to take the bottle away that it will be easier on them (it is the mom's bottle not the childs) and then give them a sippy cup or a baby cup that is theirs. We haven't taken the bottle away yet so I don't know if that is true or not but I do know that she doesn't scream at me when I take control of it.

Chasidi - posted on 06/03/2009

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My daughter did this...we use Platex nurser bottles that you squeeze the air out of...we would squeeze out the air and sit it on her high chair...she would raise herself up to the nipple and figured out that she didn't have to hold it to get the milk because there wasn't any air. We figured out what she was doing and was able to easily transition her to a sippy cup at 10 months. She never really held her own bottle, but had to learn to do it herself with her sippy cup. It all depends on your preference.

User - posted on 06/03/2009

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Have you tried those sippy cups that are like bottles? either way, just give him time, mom. every kid is different. and see what the dr. thinks at his next checkup. :)

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Oh my goodness! I asked myself the same thing 2 weeks ago... My daughter turned 10 months old on May 25th and refused to hold her bottle, I put her on her boppy and handed it to her when she was crying and crying b/c I wouldn't hold it for her, after about 5 minutes of me trying to hold her hand there, she finally did. We struggled through this routine for about 3 days, now she is fine with it... Whew! :)

Christine - posted on 06/02/2009

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Quoting Gemma:

oh, my son didn't hold his own bottle till after he was 1. I think they just enjoy cuddle time, if you are feeding them. Just keep holding it for him, it wont be long before he will want to do everything himself and you wont get that special cuddle time anymore. make the most of it!



We are in the same stage however my boy is 11 months.



I agree, enjoy the cuddle time, he will soon want to be a big boy and do it on his own. Soak in these moments and be thankful you don't need to have a fight to take the bottle away. It will be replaced and life will go on.



Snuggle, love and cuggle him up, cuz one day he will want you to drop him off at the mall and not be in sight of his friends....



Baby's are perfectly needy to fufill our needs to fill.

Apryll - posted on 06/02/2009

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my girls started holding the bottle on their own but the way they started while laying on their backs and i would just lay the bottle on their chest but i also had one of those bottles that have a crook in the neck like the vent air bottles made by playtex. and they started holding it themselves

Faedra - posted on 06/02/2009

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What have you tried? I know when my son was about that age I discovered that he would hold it for everyone else BUT ME! LOL little stinker. So I would let him sit on the couch or somewhere near me and hand it to him and help him get and let go. He finally gave up trying to make me hold it, and there were times I held it for him, but boys are lazy when it comes to feeding themselves LOL

Cyndi - posted on 06/02/2009

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My son did the same thing. What I did was get a little comfortable little baby chair and prop the bottle on a pillow so he can drink it but it makes it so it's propped but he can also gradually get used to holding it so it wont fall. After a little while of this I just took the pillow away. Hope that helps.. Also maybe a sippy cup would work. Hope this helps!

Christin - posted on 06/02/2009

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if he will not hold it , then this is the perfect time to start switching to a sippy cup. He is almost one and they recommend breaking them of the bottle around one, he apparently is not to attached to it, so if you can do it now that would be great for you and make life easier in the long run

Gemma - posted on 06/02/2009

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oh, my son didn't hold his own bottle till after he was 1. I think they just enjoy cuddle time, if you are feeding them. Just keep holding it for him, it wont be long before he will want to do everything himself and you wont get that special cuddle time anymore. make the most of it!

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