I have always understood that babies shouldn't give themselves their bottle because of the risk of dental cavities and choking etc, so have always held the bottle when giving it to DS.
He is now 9 months old and I've noticed other babies his age holding their own bottles. A few family members have even commented "can't he hold his own bottle yet?". Now I wonder if I have done the right thing?!
He can drink from a sippy cup and has done so since 6 months. He has water after his solids. He is also does really well feeding himself finger foods as we do baby led weaning most of the time.
I am just wondering if I should be encouraging him to hold his own bottle now? He is still having four a day because he is not yet having enough solids to drop any of them. He is quite fussy with bottles and food and I worry that if I wasn't holding the bottle he probably wouldn't drink as much.
It's so confusing...I thought I was doing the right thing holding it for him and giving him a cuddle while he drinks. I was very sad to give up breastfeeding at 4 months so I figured I would make bottle feeding a 'nice' nurturing experience for him but now I feel I shouldn't be doing this and that mothers are almost congratulated because they have babies that feed themselves and they're so clever????