Some babies have the fine-motor abilities needed to hold a bottle– and get it to its target– as early as 6 months. For others, it will be closer to 10 months. The only way to inform if your baby can hold his own bottle is to hand him one and see what occurs. If he has the motor skills to put the bottle in his mouth and to take it out when he’s full, you can use him one every so often.
However no matter how old your baby is, do not be lured to prop a bottle in his mouth as a method to accelerate the feeding procedure. A propped bottle could require your child to overeat or perhaps cause him to choke.
If your baby has actually mastered holding and grabbing things around her such as toys (or chunks of hair!) she may be prepared to hold the bottle.
Keep in mind that the smaller the item that your baby has the ability to get, the advanced her motor abilities are, so if she’s able to pick up small pieces of food, she’s probably all set to hold her own bottle.
And if your baby falls asleep with the bottle in his mouth, the formula or breast milk can pool around his teeth and lead to dental caries. So, to prevent dental caries, do not prop the bottle or hand your baby a bottle and put him to bed.
Propped bottles can likewise increase your baby’s risk of ear infections, inning accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics. If your baby’s lying down during feedings, the liquid can flow from his mouth into his ears’ eustachian tubes, where it can stick around and cause an infection.
Another essential factor not to prop a bottle or always let him hold it himself: It can deprive your baby of crucial snuggle time. Holding and snuggling your baby during feedings gives him a sense of safety and security and assists promote bonding.