Identifying a right type of bottle for your lo should be a well researched task. With God’s grace, and right type of bottle and a good tummy time has helped me to enjoy motherhood with no colicky night duty. Below are few bottle basics for infants, a must read for new mother who opts for bottle-feeding. This can also be considered as checklist of bottles which is suggested by doctors and is mommy approved.
They come in different size and levels for flow. Some infants suck properly the bottles which has wider diameter than the smaller one. I suggest you to read the manufacturer’s instruction/guidelines to choose the correct nipple as per your baby’s need. I started with small one of Pigeon glass bottle. As all nipples are silicone /latex (kind of plastic base), do not forget to replace them once you notice discolouration, cracks or thinning of the nipples. Also, change the nipple when you notice your lo is ready for the next level of flow and size. If you are looking for long lasting nipples then go for silicone as its firm than latex. Latex is much softer than silicone but does not last for long.
There is a wide range of shapes available in bottles like straight neck bottles (tall and wide shape), angle neck bottles (elbow shaped). I’ve experienced that bottles with a wider mouth are much simpler to clean than others and are more stable. It’s also easy to pour liquid in and out of the wide neck bottles.
There is so much said and written about colic and how to prevent colic in lo. But no one actually knows the real cause for colic in baby, but yes bottles with angled tops (elbow shape) and special venting features can somewhat help to avoid colic in your baby. The bottle with features like anti-colic and special venting actually helps in reducing gas and spit-up.
Majorly there are three types of material in which bottles are available; 1)BPA-free Plastic 2) Glass and 3)Stainless Steel.
I personally recommend glass bottles at least in early months. Glass bottles are the best for storing breast-milk and also the formula milk would not curdle so quickly in them as compared to milk stored in BPA -Free Plastic bottles. I used Chicco glass bottles and also Camera glass bottles(a japanese company). As Erishka grew it was difficult for me to feed her with glass bottles, also I happen to break 2-3 of them and then I opted for Steel bottles by Kid Kanteen and Pura. If you’re looking for an unbreakable or eco-friendly bottle, then Steel is the best. The best part of Glass and steel bottle is that it could be cleaned easily with no plastic or foul milk odour.
Then comes my least favourite BPA-Free plastic bottles. These are available from many well known brands. I used ‘Dr. Brown’ for my lo, it has a special two-piece straw-like vent system in the center of the bottle. Dr. Brown’s says it’s designed to eliminate the vacuum that can form when a baby sucks, so there are no air bubbles, reducing the possibility of colic and gas. I have also used Pigeon and Philips Avent BPA-Free bottles for Erishka. Though using a plastic for babies is big ‘NO’ from my side but it has helped my frequent travelling hassle-free and smooth. So avoid plastic bottle as much as you can and if at all you use it then please change it every 3 months (if only your lo is completely on bottle feed) and 6 months (If only your lo is taking both breast-milk and bottle-feed both). The glass and steel bottles need not to be changed. But if glass bottle is cracked or steel bottle is rusted change it immediately.
There are pros and cons to every nipple and baby bottle. So be prepared to try out bottles and nipples to figure out the right combination for your lo which your baby likes and is easy for you to use. If feeding doesn’t go smoothly, just try another type of bottle or nipple made with BPA free material. To save money while you’re experimenting, start with a lower-priced bottle made without BPA, such as or BornFree or Evenflo, and see how it works out with your lo.
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