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Bottle propping. Do you do it? *Kay* 1 child; Louisville, KY, United States 198 posts
5th Feb '13

Did you prop your child's bottle? I didn't, never needed to as my daughter was ebf up until about 3 months when I introduced bottles because my SO wanted to feed her. When she was hungry I would BF or somebody would give her a bottle of expressed milk.



Anyway. A friend of mine had her 2 week old newb's bottle propped up one day. I was just like :shock: I mean... a baby so little could choke so easily. Kinda scary to me personally but I didn't say anything because every one parents differently and I'm fine with that.



So did you prop? What age? Why? Were you always within eye site of baby to make sure they didn't choke?



No judging, I'm genuinely curious.

user banned 1 child; Boston, Massachusetts 30985 posts
5th Feb '13

i propped my kids bottles from day one. not all the time, but occasionally.

Mummy-2-2-Monsters 2 kids; Seven Hills, Australia 9040 posts
status 5th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting *Kay*:</b>" Did you prop your child's bottle? I didn't, never needed to as my daughter was ebf up until about 3 months ... [snip!] ... What age? Why? Were you always within eye site of baby to make sure they didn't choke? No judging, I'm genuinely curious."</blockquote>




No never. A baby doesn't take that long to eat so why not hold them?

Skitti 17 kids; Grand Haven Charter Township, Michigan 1508 posts
5th Feb '13

I've only done it recently, starting at 9 months when my son goes to sleep, but he's always in my sight in not an arms reach away.

Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 16812 posts
status 5th Feb '13

Never.



It was my excuse to not do nothing for 10-15 minutes while he was eating. :D



Plus, I like that bonding time. I wish he would let me hold him that long and be content without him being super tired or sick now!

user banned 2 kids; Bellingham, Washington 1616 posts
5th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting shes*almost*one!:</b>" i propped my kids bottles from day one. not all the time, but occasionally. "</blockquote>




Same. I just made sure I was close by in case he did start choking or spit up

!!Katie!! 1 child; Tennessee 2794 posts
5th Feb '13

Wow, 2 weeks? I think that's a bit early, I'd be nervous about choking.



I will do it on occasion, if I'm running around crazy busy or something. He's 5 months old though, and holds the bottle on his own - just doesn't know how to tip it yet. But no, never that early....and not on a normal basis no matter what age.



Just my opinion though.

I'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49254 posts
5th Feb '13

We would at night as he fell asleep in his swing once he started getting them once a night when I got pregnant. Now he just takes a bottle of warm milk to bed with him and after its gone he gets his water cup.

W.W. 3 kids; Arkansas 7753 posts
5th Feb '13

I do, I have three girls and sometimes I have to stop feeding her by hand, sit her in her bouncy seat and prop the bottle to take care of whatever is going on. I don't just leave her though, if I need to leave the room I carry her and try to multitask the best I can.

Sarah ♥ K&K 2 kids; 2 angel babies; South Land, CA, United States 117372 posts
5th Feb '13

No, I didnt. DS1 was always a quick eater and by 7 months he wanted to hold his own bottle anyway



DS2 when we switched to bottles he is an even quicker eater. If I need to do something while he wants to eat he holds his bottle now anyway at 8 months.

Jane.Doe. Fukushima, Japan 2805 posts
5th Feb '13

I would do it occasionally if I got a cramp or back ache if she was eating in her swing or bouncer, but not until she was a month or so away from holding it herself.

~Raylan's Mama~ 1 child; Tennessee 2116 posts
5th Feb '13

Not when he was first born but after a month only if I was at a store and he was in the cart while I was pushing. (obviously I could keep an eye on him) Then as he got older I would in the car, he would just turn his head when he was done with it.

The ℰffin' D! 2 kids; New York 26316 posts
5th Feb '13

I did it once, but my daughter used to be a very s-l-o-w eater.
She was a few months old.

*Kay* 1 child; Louisville, KY, United States 198 posts
5th Feb '13

I see. I don't really see anything wrong with it. As long as every bottle they get isn't just propped up and they are being watched. It would scare me to prop a newborn's bottle though personally. But to each their own. I can definitely understand having more than one kiddo and having to prop it to tend to your other kids.



Do ya'll think propping the baby's bottle can have negative effects if done too early or too often? I would think it would effect the child bonding with it's caregiver to always have it's bottle propped. (Not saying any of you ladies are neglecting your babies. Just wondering)

user banned Nassau, BA, Bahamas 5125 posts
5th Feb '13

I certainly did on occasion once they were older than 6 months. I was a single mom with no family support for a long time, I had to! Otherwise I would have lived in a dumpster lol.