When will your baby be able to hold their own bottle? How long does it take for them to learn how to hold the bottle properly? What are some things that can happen if they don’t learn how to hold the bottle properly?
The answer is not very soon, but it takes time. If you have any doubts or concerns about whether your child is ready for hands free feeding, please consult with a qualified professional.
What is Hands Free Feeding?
Hands free feeding (also known as bottle feeding) is the practice of letting a caregiver feed your infant using only one hand while nursing. This means no squeezing, shaking, or other forceful actions. You may think that you need to use both hands to nurse, but this isn’t necessary! Some infants are able to nurse without using either hand at all.
How Long Does It Take For My Baby To Learn How To Hold A Bottle Properly?
It depends on the individual. Some babies can learn how to hold a bottle within minutes, others take longer. Most babies begin learning how to hold a bottle around 3 months old. Some children seem to be able to learn how to hold a bottle sooner than others, so it’s always good to check with your pediatrician or family doctor about your child’s progress. If your baby is having any issues with breathing, convulsions, or coughing while bottle feeding, please contact a professional immediately.
What Are The Benefits Of Hands Free Feeding?
Hands free feeding can help you and your child in countless ways! Most importantly, it helps with the development of fine motor skills. It also helps your infant gain a sense of accomplishment and achievement as they learn how to feed themselves without any help from you or anyone else. Sometimes, it can even help soothe your baby. But most importantly, it allows a caregiver to feed your infant without directly touching them. This reduces the risk of spreading illnesses and infections. If you are sick or have an infection, this can prevent your baby from getting sick as well!
What Are The Drawbacks To Hands Free Feeding?
There aren’t many drawbacks to hands free feeding. However, if your baby is struggling with eating or gets very frustrated while attempting to hold a bottle, you might want to re-consider hands free feeding as a whole. To be on the safe side, it’s best to talk to your pediatrician before attempting hands free feeding.
Where Can I Get A Hands Free Bottle?
There are several different stores that sell hands free bottles including but not limited to Toys “R” Us, Target, and BuyBuy Baby. You can also buy them online at sites like Amazon and eBay. If you have a little extra money, you can buy a kit to make your own hands free bottle. The downside is that you have to assemble the bottle yourself.
So now that you know what hands free feeding is and how it can help you and your infant, it’s time to put that knowledge into action! If you ever have any concerns about your child’s development, just ask your pediatrician or family doctor. They can give you the best advice on how to raise your baby. Good luck!
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