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How To Give a Baby a Bottle

Watch more How to Feed Your Baby videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Holding his body and angling the bottle just so will make for a happy meal. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Put on bib Put on the bib or tuck a burp cloth under your baby's chin. Step 2: Position baby Sit in the chair with the baby sideways on your lap. Prop him against the crook of your arm so that his upper body is at a 45-degree angle to his legs. Wrap your arm around his body so that he's snuggled close and feels secure. Tip If you're right-handed, you'll probably be most comfortable with your baby propped against your left arm, and vice-versa. Step 3: Try other positions If for some reason your baby doesn't like being held this way, try holding him facing forward on your lap, leaning back against you. You can also prop your feet on a stool so that your knees are bent and sit your baby facing you. Step 4: Check head & neck Whatever the position, make sure the baby's head and neck are straight in relation to the rest of his body. If either is tilted back or turned sideways, it'll be hard for him to swallow. Step 5: Bring bottle to lips Bring the bottle to his lips. If he's an infant, you may have to stroke his lips with your finger or the bottle's nipple to get his attention. Step 6: Hold bottle at angle As he sucks, hold the bottle at an angle so that the nipple is always filled completely with fluid. Otherwise your baby will suck in air along with his meal. Tip Make feeding time an opportunity to bond with your baby. Look into his eyes as he eats (if they're open!) and talk to him. Step 7: Watch as he eats Watch as he eats. If he sputters, he may be getting too much milk at once, which means you should switch to a nipple with a slower flow; on the other hand, if he seems to be working too hard, try a nipple with a faster flow. The type of nipple you need will change over time as he gets bigger and stronger. Step 8: Burp baby After every ounce or two the baby drinks, take a break and burp him. Tip If your arm is getting tired, switch sides after burping him. Step 9: Don't force to finish Don't force the baby to finish the bottle. If he falls asleep while drinking or pushes the nipple out of his mouth, he's done. Put him down in his crib if he's asleep; if he's still awake, burp him one last time and have a cuddle for 'dessert.' Did You Know? In the Middle Ages, babies were fed from a cow's horn with a scrap of soft leather tied on as a nipple.
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