Bottle: When should your baby be able to hold a bottle?

My daughter is almost nine months and she still doesn't hold her bottle. Do you think something is wrong?

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Most babies are able to hold their own bottle by the time they are nine months old. Some babies start as early as six months and others don't do it until they are almost one year old. Does this mean your daughter is behind in her development? Of course not, if she is otherwise developmentally appropriate. I suggest that you speak with her physician to confirm this.

It can be difficult for a parent not to compare their own child to someone else's. Whether it is in day care, a play group, or just talking to friends with similarly-aged children, it is a natural thing to look at the abilities of the children and be concerned if someone else's child is doing something that your child isn't even close to accomplishing. And in fact, it is healthy and helpful to gauge your child versus the other children both to reassure yourself that everything is okay as well as ask questions when you have concerns.

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