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when did your dc start holding their bottle?

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mummy87 Wed 03-Sep-08 20:47:11

just wondering cos my dd is 6 months and was wondering if she should be starting to hold her bottle.

gagarin Wed 03-Sep-08 20:53:20

She might never hold her bottle - it's all about feeling snuggly so she may reach a hand out and pat the bottle or stroke it.

But may never decide to hold it!

Marne Wed 03-Sep-08 20:55:06

Dd1 held the bottle at 12 months
Dd2 was 5 months

Bibmother Wed 03-Sep-08 20:57:47

Got a 9 month old and he feeds himself his bottle at night-time as he gets grumpy waiting for his big brother to get out of the bath but he's only being doing that fairly recently!

Othersideofthechannel Wed 03-Sep-08 21:03:55

Never. DS could eat with cutlery but I was still holding his bottle. I perfected bf newborn baby whilst holding DS's bottle for him.

WendyWeber Wed 03-Sep-08 21:07:28

Awww - you holding the bottle while the baby plays with your fingers is one of the loveliest things about bottle-feeding a baby smile

You can do away with holding altogether if you use Playtex liners though - can you still get those? Once you've squeezed all the air out they can still be sucked on effectively while dangling out of a toddler's mouth grin

CuppaTeaJanice Wed 03-Sep-08 21:07:58

About 10 weeks I think, although not every time. Always made sure I held it too, just in case....

MuffinMclay Wed 03-Sep-08 21:23:05

Ds1 (bottle fed until 12 months old) never did.

Ds2 (6 months) doesn't.

Both held/hold my fingers instead.

shanks313 Wed 03-Sep-08 21:26:16

About 10 weeks-shes now 19 weeks and holds it very sturdy if we let her.

meandmyjoe Wed 03-Sep-08 21:27:17

My ds COULD hold his own bottle by about 5 months but never really wanted more than a few ounces if he held it himself. He's 12 months now and still I hold him laying down and feed him like a tiny baby. Don't forget that feeding to a baby is not only to stop hunger but also for comfort. I love cuddling my ds and feeding him, 'tis gorgeous!

wilkos Wed 03-Sep-08 21:28:43

12 months, she is a lazy little thing though bless

Kelix Wed 03-Sep-08 21:31:35

DD is 7 months and will hold hers quite happily. Actuaally I think she prefers it! Still try and hold it for her at night when she is tired tho - she tends to nod off and bottle ends up on the floor lol

sarahsmummy Wed 03-Sep-08 21:35:30

DD is 19mo and I still hold her night-time bottle! Must be comfort thing as she won't let me feed her during the day, and is very good with spoons and forks and holding cups etc - just sees the bottle holding bit as my job I guess!

suwoo Wed 03-Sep-08 21:36:15

20 months!

Wade Wed 03-Sep-08 21:37:59

12 months and I thought she couldn't. Then I found her drinking an unfinished bottle from the previous night and holding it all on her own...

mummy87 Thu 04-Sep-08 08:44:36

thanks for the info. tbh i love holding her bottle and having cuddles. grin

StarlightMcKenzie Thu 04-Sep-08 08:49:05

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meep Thu 04-Sep-08 09:04:13

dd still lies back and puts both hands behind her head when she has her bottle - she is 14mo! She can hold it - not sure when she started, but she doesn't want to!

You can get handle things that go on a bottle if you want to encourage holding?

ElenorRigby Thu 04-Sep-08 14:53:39

Cant remember exactly when DD started holding it, it was probably around 7 months. Now at 12 months she can do it one handed. Currently she is being weaned off her bottle and onto a cup.

Pinkjenny Thu 04-Sep-08 14:55:09

DD is 16mo and doesn't hold her bottle. She holds her cup, obviously, but not her bottle.

mummy87 - I feel the same as you. Love our bedtime and morning cuddles with the bottle.

Pheebe Thu 04-Sep-08 16:24:55

Never! Went straight to a beaker and held that instead

SIL thinks it some great party trick that all her dcs did so by between 6 and 8 months. Personally I think its really sad to see a bub plonked in a chair, alone swigging from a bottle sad. Milk should come with cuddles imo smile

AccidentalMum Thu 04-Sep-08 20:23:26

DD1 never ever held hers ... love the 'milk should come with cuddles' line smile

MannyMoeAndJack Thu 04-Sep-08 20:38:56

18/19mths, though my ds is SN. I was getting tired of having to stop in the street to give him a drink - people would look at such a large child who couldn't hold his own bottle (he was big, still is!).

mummy87 Thu 04-Sep-08 22:03:20

have decided that even if my dd could hold her bottle i would still do it. just love the cuddles to much grin

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