I don't tend to fuss about what my DS does or doesn't do, but yesterday I saw a 7 month old holding and swigging away at his bottle and I suddenly got concerned. DS is perfectly capable of holding it - just doesn't seem to want to. The minute he finishes drinking he has a good play with said bottle or cup but won't take it into his own hands to help himself. Should I be worried?
Honestly don't worry sweetie. My ds doesn't hold his bottle at 11.5 months, but dd held hers from about 9 months. But I am chilled about his development - he is advanced compared to her on some things and 'behind' on others. All babies are different.
I have photos of my DS1 drinking from his bottle like a lamb (i.e. him standing up but someone else holding the bottle) when he was about 17m - I used to get mortified but fortunately he grew out of it!!
I've always thought that if a child is old enough to be able to hold their own bottle then they're really too old to be having one! Personally, I can't bear to see children with bottles (or dummies come to that!). Just me being old-fashioned and prejudiced, I guess. No offence intended to anyone.