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#1 of 10 Old 07-17-2013, 05:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My son will be 10 months old next week and he still won't hold his bottle or cup... he will if he's laying down but not for very long. He also will not even attempt to feed himself... is this normal? Does anybody have any experience with this that you can share or advice for what I should do? Thanks in advance smile.gif
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I've seen that sort of motor control considered "normal" at 8-12 months, so I don't think I'd be worried yet. Maybe he's just not motivated by what the cups and bottles provide him. Is he reaching for and holding on to other, more interesting things? Same for the food, he may just not be interested in it yet. Also, I'm assuming you mean small cut-up pieces of finger food and not using utensils. 10mo is definitely still young for spoon skills :), even if other kids are trying it, it doesn't mean he's behind. 


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My daughter who is now 15 months old was the same at 10 months. I honestly didn't give it a second thought and when I read your post thought to myself "ok what's the problem?" I think it's totally normal and I would let your DS develop at his own pace. Just out of curiosity did someone tell you this wasn't normal? Why do you feel it's an issue?

 

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@cynthia yeah I meant he won't pick up food and eat it. He loves to eat if me or his brother are eating he wants some!! He just won't try to feed it to himself, he loves his bottles too as soon as he sees it he starts whining for it and I will lay him down and hand it to him I have to put it in his mouth cause he can't seem to do that himself yet same with food he will pick it up but I have to put his hand up to his mouth otherwise he will just drop it and play with it.
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@marnica I have a 21 month old son as well and he was holding his own bottle and self feeding by the time he was 6 months old and when he was 8 months I started giving him a sippy cup and he held that too without a problem and most kids I've seen by his age or younger could do all these things that why I wasn't sure if it was normal...
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@marnica I have a 21 month old son as well and he was holding his own bottle and self feeding by the time he was 6 months old and when he was 8 months I started giving him a sippy cup and he held that too without a problem and most kids I've seen by his age or younger could do all these things that why I wasn't sure if it was normal...

Gottcha. My son did certain things much earlier than DD. I've learned to appreciate that kids develop and do things at different rates and that's ok. Im sure your guy if fine!


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Thank you!
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Mine didn't like using a cup until he was 2, and wasn't huge on feeding himself either until about that age.  Before that, he was totally uninterested in either.  Now he is Mr. Independent.  Go figure.

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My 21 month old had his bottle till 13 months then his doctor told me to take it away because it was affecting his teeth, I took him to the dentist a few months later (when he was 16 months) he ended up having to get put to sleep and got 5 fillings done because of cavities. So I plan on taking the bottle away from my 10 month old right at 12 months old since he will be getting off formula then anyways... so I'm hopeful he will be holding his cup by then.
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my 21 month old stopped feeding himself right before he turned a year and didnt start feeding himself again till about a month or 2 ago so im learning how unpredictable toddlers can be lol
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