Whether you are expecting a little bundle from heaven arrival or have already become a parent, you are facing the need to choose the best feeding bottle for your youngster. Every newborn baby needs to eat, either be breastfed, or bottle fed. Usually some kind of combination of two is the case; so even breastfed babies need a feeding bottle. The difficulty is to choose among the multitude of bottles with different size, material, and shape. Add the great number of nipples and vents to make the problem even harder to solve. Here are some points to consider when buying a feeding bottle for your baby:
- Are plastic baby bottles eco- healthy. When picking a plastic feeding bottle make sure it carry a “BPA-free” label. This label assures that the plastic doesn’t contain dangerous synthetic estrogen-like chemicals. Some parents want to be on the safe side and choose glass bottles. On the other side glass is better for the environment than plastic when recycled. Some brands offers bottles in glass or plastic. There are useful sleeves, which will hold the glass if it breaks suddenly.
- The next feature to bare in mind is the feeding bottle design. Although there are pluses and shortcomings with every type, classic bottles are the most recommendable and flexible ones. They have straight sides, and can accommodate up to 4 or 5 ounces for newborn and 8 or 9 ounces for older babies. Classic baby feeding bottles can be made of glass or plastic and have a cover that protects the nipple from dirt and leakage. Generally classic bottles are easy to fill, use and clean. They can be used by breastfed babies because most breast pumps are compatible with them.
- Angle- end bottles has an angled shape to encourage semi-upright feeding. The angled shape of the bottle feeds the baby with virtually no bubbles, which helps prevent gas and spit ups with a special leak-proof bottom vent that eliminates bubbles. While their wide neck allows easy refilling angle-neck bottles can be difficult to fill. You must hold them tilted or use special funnel.
- Wide bottles have a wide neck, and they’re broader and shorter than standard ones. They can be used with a variety of nipples, slow, medium and fast. Some brands have them in both plastic and glass, angled or regular sides. Wide bottles are supposed to feel like the real thing for the babies and are usually recommended to the combo mothers who switch between breastfeeding and bottle feeding.
- Natural Flow Bottles provide positive-pressure flow for vacuum-free feeding that is similar to breastfeeding. They are assumed to reduce feeding problems like colic, spit-up, prevent fluid in the ear, burping and gas. Some manufacturers add a vent system that removes air from milk maintains essential vitamins such as C, A and E.
- Nipples are as important for the overall performance of the bottles as any other part. They can be made of silicone or latex. Most brands offer their products in both materials. Latex nipples are softer than latex ones and appear more natural but wear out quickly especially when exposed to heat in a dishwasher. Hence silicone nipples are more durable and better choice. When it comes to bottle nipples, always choose the best size for your baby. Newborn baby should use nipples size small while older babies require larger size nipples.
- Cleaning feeding baby bottles can be a time- consuming occupation. Newborn baby is fed every two- three hours or so and this means that you should wash a dozen of bottles every day. Baby bottle manufactures recommend sterilizing bottles for at least 5 minutes in boiling water before hand- washing or putting them in the dishwasher. Hand washing will help your bottles last longer while dishwasher will save you time. In this situation, extra parts will give your extra work to do, the simpler the better!