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From the very first, my granddaughter has been independent. When she was about 2 months old, she started trying to hold her bottle herself, but it was too big for her hands to grip. I made a very simple "cage" so that she could hold it herself by cutting a single joint  out of an OBall from Rhino Toys (http://www.kidsii.com/t-brandsrhinotoys.aspx). These balls come in a couple of sizes, I used the "Regular" size, which is, I think about 4.5" diameter.  We were using Avent 4-ounce bottles, so I don't know whether this will fit other bottles, but I'm guessing that it might since the clearances are pretty flexible, and bottles seem to be more or less the same diameter, at least around the neck, which is where this settles. (A bottle with more capacity will probably be too tall to fit inside the ball, however.)
What a great solution.
<p>A great &quot;solution&quot; for what exactly?</p>
Thanks! It was an instant success, and she used it until her hands were big enough that she didn't need it anymore.
<p>I feel sad when I see bottle fed infants feeding themselves. Yes, all bottle fed babies will reach for and try to hold the bottle. It doesn't mean they are necessarily &quot;independent&quot;. It means they are normal. However, it has been just a blip in human history that babies are not held for nursing's. They are meant to be held to nurse... for years. Even though they can sit and eat solids. I believe that all babies, even bottle fed babies deserve the snugly, intimate experience of being held when nursing - even with a bottle.</p>

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