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my 6 month year old infant is already holding her bottle...is that safe and okay for her to do?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on situation: If baby is sitting while holding her bottle it's probably fine. If laying down its a problem. This position for feeding is more likely to lead to ear infections and dental decay. It's a nice trick but its a bit early to let baby self feed.
Answered on Jun 2, 2014
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
It's a 5-6 month milestone. The best way to remember that nourishment & nurturing go hand-in-hand is, "Don't do anything with a bottle that you wouldn't do with your breast." When a baby won't stay in your lap while taking a bottle, it's time to give her an open-mouthed cup while seated & ditch the bottles. If you hold a cup for her to drink from between 8-11 mos., she'll hold it by 12 mos.
Jun 2, 2014

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