When will my baby hold her bottle?
Your baby should be able to hold their bottle by the time they are nine months old at the latest. Typically babies start to hold their bottles at six months old.
This time is when they can sit on their own and have developed their excellent motor skills. Your baby still needs supervision when they are feeding no matter their growth stage. Do not leave your baby unattended with their bottle, even if they can feed themselves.
It is essential to follow the milestones recommended for the healthy development of any baby and apply them to your baby.
While some babies seem to be able to do things earlier, it’s best not to stress your baby’s body by forcing them to hold their bottle when they are under six months old.
Remember that your baby’s bottle has weight, it might seem light to you, but your baby hasn’t developed their muscles yet. It is massive, and they always need your support to hold it.
This means that your 19-day old baby can hold their bottle as you feed them, but you should never leave it to them, especially if it still has milk in it.
Your baby confidently holds their bottle at six months old
Your baby will start holding their bottle when they are about 6 to 9 months old.
This is the time when their fine-motor skills develop well enough to have them hold on to different objects.
Everyone is different, which means that the best way to know when your baby is ready to hold their bottle is to observe the cues your baby gives at feeding times.
Can your baby sit up yet?
If your baby is sitting independently, which means they can support their head and sit without support is a sign your baby might be able to hold on to their bottle.
It means that your baby’s back and neck are strong enough to hold them, which means that they can keep things that are placed in their palm.
You can show your baby how to hold their bottle and encourage them to hold their bottle during feedings. Keep supervising them, and do not leave your baby alone with their bottle. It could become a choking hazard.
Allow your baby to grow without stressing them.
Your baby might seem to be able to do things before their milestones. For example, they seem to be able to sit from day one. But this isn’t right sitting.
Leaving them in this position will put stress on their body and negatively affect their growth and development.
Your baby’s muscles are only strong enough to help them sit up unaided after your baby is six months.
Before this time, your baby’s body is still too ‘soft’ and should not be forced or rushed into accomplishing what it is not strong enough to perform. This will hurt your baby.
Don’t rush your baby to hold the bottle.
Allow your baby to grow at their own time. You can encourage them but do not rush their growth.
Allow them to lead you. This means that you become the observer, watch your baby’s cues, and respond to them.
If your baby smiles, smile back, if they laugh, laugh with them. When they reach out to grasp your finger, give it to them.
You can introduce them to activities like holding their bottle when they demonstrate the ability to clutch objects.
You can show them how to hold their bottle, but do not leave them unattended. It is important to always supervise your baby.
Use milestones to guide you.
It is essential to understand what and when your baby should meet their milestones so that you can help your baby prepare to meet their milestones.
There are different milestones that your baby should be meeting at certain stages; it is essential to understand what they are so that you know what to expect and help your baby reach their milestones.
They also help you catch any delays with your baby early, so that your Doctor can make recommendations and help your baby grow up healthy.
The milestones are guides and describe what most babies do at that stage. There is a huge window, and it is ok if your baby doesn’t start performing the described action exactly at that stage in their growth, they may start earlier or a little later. It is important to allow your baby to develop at their own pace.
Meeting the milestone to hold objects:
Hopefully, your hair or earrings won’t be the first victims of your baby’s chubby grip. Your baby should be able to hold and shake their toy at four months.
At this time their physical development is beginning to show signs of control because your baby will be able to hold their head unaided, they push their feet down as if to stand when they are on a stable surface, they can also bring their hands to their mouth.
When your baby is lying on their stomach, they will be able to lift themselves on their elbows. This controlled movement demonstrates your baby’s ability to control their actions and hold their bottle.
Not only can they hold their bottle, but they can also bring it to their mouth with your help because they have spatial awareness.
Most babies can hold on to their bottles and feed themselves by the time they are nine months.
If your baby is having trouble holding on to objects and controlling their movements by the time they are nine months old, contact your Doctor so ensure your baby is growing healthy.
At nine months, your baby should be able to stand unaided or holding on to objects when they stand up on their own.
Your baby should also be able to come into sitting on their own and sit without support. They should even be crawling at this point.
It is important to compare your baby’s progress to their expected milestones. This helps you act early and catch any signs of developmental delays to have a better chance of improving your baby to grow healthy.