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My son is 8 months old and doesn't even attempt to hold his bottle

or a sippy cup. He also doesn't really put anything in his mouth on his own. He can but he doesn't. He has 2 teeth and even when he is teething, he doesn't do this. I am trying to teach him to feed himself finger foods (like puffs) but he just picks them up and looks at them and plays with them. Is this normal? I feel like he should be doing these things by now. Other than this he is crawling, pulling himself up to a standing position, saying mama, dada and baba. Should I be concerned?

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Asked by NoJo at 9:51 AM on Jul. 1, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Babies usually only learn one skill at a time...he may be working on crawling and standing right now. He will make all of the mile stones his own time. I never checked those charts on babies can drive ya crazy. If he is delayed the pediatrician will definitely let ya know.

    Answer by MommasCooCoo at 10:12 AM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • Mine didn't hold a bottle themselves until they were closer to 10 months in age or so. Don't worry about it :)

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 10:32 AM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • my didn't even at a year old because they knew i would soo i stoped holding to for them at after a year because i knew she could and she did after the first time i wouldn't

    Answer by Patience1 at 11:36 AM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • Maybe you should be breastfeeding instead.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:01 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • They make bottles that are "O" shaped, so that babies can grip them more easily. My son wouldn't really hold a regular bottle, but when I bought the oval shaped ones, he learned how to hold it a lot faster! He didn't hold the bottle UP on his own until he was almost 10 months.

    Answer by crazysocks830 at 6:15 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • Well I nursed for awhile my little girl didn't hold her on bottle. But I kept showing her how to hold her on bottle and teaching her. But overall she put EVERYTHING in her mouth. From toilet paper to whatever food she saw. But I kept teaching her so it will come.

    Answer by mommyB830 at 9:17 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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