Sunday, September 03, 2006

Day 195 - Hold Your Own

Today's first time parenting tip - Encourage your baby to hold his own bottle

Now that your baby is probably grabby and interested in everything he's not supposed to be, feeding him could be more of a challenge. Our son squirms and thrashes all over the place once the edge of hunger is off, and then gets hungry again an hour later.

To help him get his fill at every feeding, and also to help him figure out how to eat on his own, we've started offering the bottle to him to see if he'll take it. He does, and after a few hilarious attempts at sticking it in his eyes and nose, he gets it in and is good to go.

If your baby won't take it, try placing his hands on the bottle and holding them there with your own to teach them what it feels like to hold their own bottle. And if your baby still thrashes like ours does sometimes, I've found putting him on the floor with no distractions or anything nearby does the trick.

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