So you and your partner have had or are about to have a baby. It is the most exciting time of your life but it comes with a lot of responsibility. One thing that you will need to consider is what bottles to get. Once you start digging a little deeper you will realise that there are a lot of options for bottles and nipples. That is why I put together this guide for the best baby feeding bottle. In this post, you will learn about what bottle to buy and why.
Do you really need bottles? -The Best Baby Feeding Bottle
The answer is yes, you do really need bottles and most families use them. If you do not breastfeed then your baby needs a bottle to feed. Even if your baby is breastfed, you will still need to use a bottle. This way other members of the family excluding the mother can feed the baby.
At what stage of your baby’s development do you need bottles? – The Best Baby Feeding Bottle
From the very early, your baby can feed with a bottle. We have twins and our babies were born 10 weeks prematurely. They were in the NICU for 6 weeks which meant my wife could not be with them the whole time. At night time or when we were not there, my wife would pump milk and we would bring it to the hospital every day. Breast milk is one of the best ways to help a premature baby to develop. Initially, they were fed through a tube but soon learned to feed with a bottle. Premature babies can drink from a bottle before term.
When should you introduce a bottle? – The Best Baby Feeding Bottle
A lot of experts argue that you should wait at least a month before you give your baby a bottle. In my opinion the earlier the better. This way, the mother can get a break and the dad or other family members can help to feed the baby.
What happens if your baby has tummy troubles? – The Best Baby Feeding Bottle
Tummy troubles are very normal for babies, especially in the first 6 months. They can get something that is known as colic. This is when your baby cries uncontrollably, may have wind and often throws up his/her food. There are many baby feeding bottles that come with an anti-colic nipple. These can help to ease your babies potential stomach problems.
How to Find the right flow? – The Best Baby Feeding Bottle
As mentioned above, colic can be an issue with your baby. The different nipples offer different sizes and flow speeds. If your baby has colic then you should buy the anti-colic nipples. The nipples range from slow to fast and you will find the suggested age on the instructions. When our preemies were born they used the smallest nipple with the slowest flow. This helped them to get used to just having a small amount of milk at the start. As your baby grows the size and the flow of the nipples will increase. This coincides with your baby learning how to suck more effectively. You should always make sure that your baby is getting enough milk from the nipple size you give them.
What size bottles should I buy?-The Best Baby Feeding Bottle
Baby Feeding bottles come in many shapes and sizes. For the first year, we used the Phillips Avent baby feeding bottles. We have two sizes; 125ml and 260ml. These sizes are perfect for your babies first year
What material are bottles made out of? – The Best Baby Feeding Bottle
This varies greatly but is very important for the health of your child. Most baby bottles are now BPA free. BPA is a chemical that is used to harden plastic and is found everywhere – food contaminated by BPA packaging, CD’s, and in the sealing of tin cans. It is harmful to humans, especially children. Make sure that when you buy a bottle for your bottle that is a BPA free bottle.
There are usually two options when buying a baby feeding bottle glass or plastic. Glass cleans much easier but is heavier for your baby to hold especially at the beginning when they are so small. Plastic baby feeding bottles are lighter but can stain easier if you give your baby tea.
How easy is it to clean baby bottles? – The Best Baby Feeding Bottle
Very easy, you can clean them by hand, in the dishwasher and with a baby bottle steriliser. We mostly clean them by hand with a brush that is just used for the baby bottles and sterilise them every 48 hours or so.
How much do they cost? – The Best Baby Feeding Bottle
The price of a baby bottle varies greatly and it depends on what you are looking for. You can easily get cheap plastic bottles for little money. You can also splash out on higher quality bottles that will last longer and be better for your baby. Click here to compare Baby Bottle Prices.
What is the best bottle? – The Best Baby Feeding Bottle
After me(my wife) doing a hell of a lot of research we decided to buy the Phillips Avent baby feeding bottles. We have also tried a couple of others but the Phillips Avent is for me the best baby feeding bottle that we have tried. We have the glass and the plastic versions in two Sizes. As we have twins we nearly always use the plastic bottles as they are so much lighter to carry around.