Help my baby hold her bottle?

  • So my baby is 5 months old now, and she hardly ever tries to hold her bottle. When she was 3-4 months old she would get her hands up there and try and hold it, what happened? Is it too early for her to hold it by herself or what? Please help!

  • my daughter is 5 and a half months old and she is doing the same thing. I was told that she will get the hang of it when she is ready. Also i think that little ones at this age are very distracted by the world around them, just have patience and she will get it eventually.

  • My baby did exactly the same thing, although he only started holding his bottle at around 5 months, then stopped by 6 or 7 months old.  He is 9 months old now (and still won't hold his bottle).  The good news: it hasn't been a problem for learning to use a sippy.  A couple of weeks ago, the pediatrician said he should start on a sippy cup (just because it was time for it, not because of problems holding the bottle).  He did just fine on it (I got him one with handles though Smile).  I wasn't really worried about his lack of bottle-holding (maybe I should have been?!).  Anyhow I guess I just wanted to let you know that I was in a similar situation as what you're describing.  Sorry I can't be of more help - maybe someone else can enlighten both of us about this!

     

  • Five months is a little soon for this skill, I think. I would encourage the skill, but I wouldn't worry if your baby doesn't have it down at this time. They will get it when they're ready. I think my girls were closer to eight months when they started.

  • I would introduce the sippy cup in a couple of months, but not worry about the bottle. Bottlefeeding is a time for you to bond with your baby. Use this as a time to hold her close, cuddle her, and allow her to explore your face with her hands. When she gets other fluids like juice and water, you can put those in a sippy cup with handles. These cups are much easier to hold than bottles. In my experience, babies who give themselves bottles, tend to carry them around. This can lead to dental problems, make it harder to wean from the bottle, and fill their bellies (preventing them from eating well).