Baby Bottle Basics

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Whether you're planning to bottle feed your baby exclusively, or just want a backup plan for when you need a few hours away from home, choosing the “right” type of baby bottle can be challenging. There is a lot of conflicting information about the types and models that are safe for babies and the ones that are not.

The Truth about Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A has been widely used as an additive to many different types of plastics. Although it has been suspected that this compound was hazardous, it wasn't until 2008 that several governments began seriously looking into the health issues caused by this compound. Studies show that exposure to Bisphenol A can disrupt the body's endocrine system, which can lead to disruptions in the development of brain function, behavior, and the prostate gland – particularly in fetuses, infants, and children.

BPA can be released from the plastic when it is heated, which is why it is a particular concern for baby bottles, as when they are heated it allows the Bisphenol A to leech into the contents of the bottle, which is then ingested by the infant. However, the FDA advises that as long as the bottle is heated for less than 20 minutes at 212° F there shouldn't be significant amounts of Bisphenol A transferred to the liquid. Most manufacturers have already removed Bisphenol A from their plastic bottles, but it's a good idea to look for BPA-free bottles, or use glass instead.

Choosing the Right Baby Bottle

All babies are different, which means they all prefer different styles of baby bottles and nipples. It may take a few tries to find one that your baby likes, so hold off on major purchases of bottles and supplies until you know that you've chosen the model that they prefer. Some babies prefer a nipple that more closely resembles the human breast, while others might like a nipple that is completely different. Be patient, and within a few tries you will probably find the type of bottled that he or she prefers.

If you are choosing a bottle for occasional feedings, it is a good idea to have someone other than the breastfeeding mother bottle feed the baby in the beginning. Most babies may sense that the “real thing” is close by and may refuse to be fed from the bottle.

Baby Bottle Supplies

Here is a list of some suggested bottle feeding supplies. The amount of bottles and nipples you buy depends on whether you will be using the bottle for occasional feedings, or all the time.

  • Baby bottles and nipples: At least enough to get through one night of feeding, so you don't have to wash them when you want to be sleeping.
  • Bottle and nipple brush: To ensure that all parts are clean.
  • Drying rack: If you are hand washing, this provides a clean place for them to dry.
  • Sterilizing rack: Some bottles can be sterilized in the microwave using a special rack; this is a good option if you don't have a lot of time.
  • Bottle warmer: If you expect to be doing a lot of night time bottle feedings, this can save you a lot of time and preparation.

When in doubt, find other moms who are also bottle feeding, and ask them their opinion. They may have some great tips and suggestions for choosing the right bottle, and which accessories are absolutely necessary.

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Baby Bottle Basics

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11 comments

  1. Profile photo of Payal Patel Payal Patel says:

    This is very useful artical.

  2. my opinion is that if you think your baby is ready by that age then go ahead, just take it slowly don’t rush it because baby’s system is still adjusting .. although the recommended age to start solids is 4-6 months, there are many other signs to watch for that can tell if he’s ready:
    Can hold head up
    Sits well in highchair
    Makes chewing motions
    Shows significant weight gain (birth weight has doubled)
    Shows interest in food
    Can close mouth around a spoon
    Can move food from front to back of mouth
    Can move tongue back and forth, but is losing tendency to push food out with tongue
    Seems hungry after 8 to 10 feedings of breast milk or 40 oz. of formula in a day
    Is teething

  3. my baby likes the milkbank bottles . i bought like 6 different types of bottles before she was born and now i find that she takes the milkbank easier than the others .. i have comotomo, mimijumi, similac, milkbank, tommee tippee, and lansinoh bottles

  4. Profile photo of breebree12 breebree12 says:

    this helps a lot, I never knew babys are picky about bottels

  5. i’m not an expert but i think you should wait a little longer, maybe when he’s 4 months . although i’ve heard a lot of stories of mothers in my country that have started their babies on solids from even 2 months! and they’re completely fine

  6. Profile photo of Melody Melody says:

    Some pediatricians recommend waiting until the baby can sit up on his own before introducing "solids." It’s also been said that the longer you can breastfeed exclusively, the better. My pediatrician is having us breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months, but I’m excited to start solids when that time comes! This is a great question for your pediatrician. 🙂

  7. I intend on breastfeeding as long as possible

  8. Profile photo of Janna990 Janna990 says:

    My son is 12 weeks, can i start introducing him into baby foods?

  9. Profile photo of Kristina Kristina says:

    Yes, the Avent bottles are the best for babys and they have so many additional parts that turn the bottles into sippy cups for toddlers! And the parts are very easy to clean!!

  10. Profile photo of wandalys wandalys says:

    I would recommend getting the Avent starter kit. It comes with 3 4oz. bottles, 2 9oz bottles, microwave sanitizer, bottle brush, powder holder, toddler handle, tongs, sippy tip and more. It’s great for colic babies. It’s BPA-FREE and easy to find pieces for at almost any location.

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