Feeding your baby using a bottle is usually a conscious decision for most mothers. As a mother, you are able to identify if the baby is developmentally ready to start feeding through the bottle. As babies develop, they naturally start becoming independent and are able to reach their bottle and feed on their own. You can encourage your baby to become self-sufficient in feeding with a bottle. My mum told me I started teething at three months and could hold my own bottle when I was six months.
When Can a Baby Hold a Bottle?
Babies develop differently, and while it may take some only about 6 months to get used to the bottle, others may take up to 10 months. The best way to tell if your baby is ready for the bottle is to give them the bottle and watch how they handle it. If the baby puts the bottle in the mouth and is able to remove it when full, you can slowly begin to introduce bottle feeding.
However, you must not force the bottle on your baby. Propping the bottle may force the baby to overeat and even lead to choking. If the baby sleeps with the bottle in the mouth, the breast milk or baby formula will pool around his or her mouth and this could lead to tooth decay. Watch your baby to avoid this.
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What to do.
Babies develop differently and learn in different ways. Though there are certain necessary steps to take, there are many ways to help baby learn to hold the bottle independently. So keep trying until you find one that works. Be patient. Enjoy watching your baby grow and continue to encourage him in every development he makes. I promise, it’ll be worth it.
At what age did your babies begin holding a bottle on his or her own? What are some methods you have used? What worked and what didn’t? Let us know in the comments below!