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Holding Own Bottle

“Message in a Bottle: MMMMM!”

  • Position your child at a 90-degree angle.
  • Make sure both you and your child are comfortable and supported.
  • Present a bottle to your child, gently placing the nipple in his mouth.
  • Once your child is drinking for a few seconds, gently guide your child’s hands so that they are around the bottle.
  • Extend the bottle a few inches away from your child’s mouth.  Wait and see if he reaches for it.  If not, bring his hands to the bottle.
  • Let go of the bottle for brief periods of time, then fully, once your child is able to independently hold it.
  • Follow the above steps for all feedings.