When is a baby able to hold its own bottle?
Feeding your baby is a special means of getting your fill of snuggles, but in some cases you need to complete various other tasks as well. How can you handle that mile-long to-do list if you're always holding a container?
Most new mums wish I could do nothing but breastfeed my baby, however, as much as they love bottle feeding, they do think that life would definitely be easier if their child was more independent. The upside: your baby will eventually start to hold a container.
This stage can vary from person to person, so don't compare yourself to other mums or even older youngsters. We'll break down when to expect this stage to arrive, how you can help your baby find it, and some other valuable tips.
Most children don't have the skills to hold their own baby bottles with handles until they are 6 months old, although some babies reach this stage earlier than others.
Some take a lot of time to learn how to do this. They may not be ready until they are 9 months or even 10 months old. However, this does not mean that your infant is not intelligent or that they are too slow to build up.
Babies develop at different rates Try not to compare your baby to your best friend's baby who may have mastered holding his container earlier than your little one. As mothers, our children rely on us to enjoy as well as maintain their understanding, no matter how fast or slow this really is.
Don't worry if your child hasn't shown any type of interest in the bottle when many of his peers have already mastered it. I remember with my first baby, I would start to worry whenever my infant didn't reach a milestone before the wonderful date discussed in children's publications.
In particular, my child really didn't like holding the bottle. He just likes it when I snuggle up to him and hold the bottle so he can totally relax. I love doing this, but I start to get a little paranoid when other mums are sure to comment that my baby doesn't have his own bottle yet.
The only thing that kept me from going crazy about it was that I noticed that all his other developmental signs seemed to be on the right track. I soon discovered not to let the comparisons of other mothers bother me, as the speed at which babies reach landmarks has nothing to do with how smart they are or how successful they will be in the future.
All my early stress proved to be for naught. He eventually showed some interest in holding his container and I began to miss the days when he let me do all the work.
If you want to help your baby learn how to feed themselves, you can place one or both of their hands on the bottle during feeding to help them get used to the position.
Once your baby starts trying to do this, they will probably handle holding it over their mouth for more than a few seconds. This is normal and you can help them by subtly guiding it to their mouth and making sure their hands remain on the sides of the bottle.
Once they have mastered this, you will still want to be in the same room as your baby when they are feeding themselves. Babies who sleep with containers in their mouths can develop tooth decay and it is never too early to consider oral health. In addition, a dripping baby container can wet the bed and make your cleaning mistakes later.