Finding the Right Bottles for Your Baby

baby with a bottleWhether you formula feed from the start or are planning to pump your breast milk to bottle feed, you're probably going to need some quality bottles for your baby. There are a plethora of different bottles out there, and it can be a little frustrating trying to find the one that works the best for you and your little one. Here are some pros and cons of different types of bottles so that you can make an informed decision.

One of the first things you'll consider is size. Four- to six-ounce bottles are perfect for newborns, who only eat two to four ounces per feeding. You'll want a little extra room at the top of the bottle if you're shaking up formula. Eight- or nine-ounce bottles are great for when your baby starts taking in larger meals. And the smaller bottles still come in handy for between-meal snacks.

Amongst the vast variety of bottles, you can pretty much break down bottles into three groups: glass, plastic, and disposable. Glass bottles are getting harder to find, as plastic is lighter and possibly more durable. However, if you are interested in glass bottles because you are concerned with toxins or other reasons, you may want to check out the glass bottles made by the well respected brand, EvenFlo.

If you're going for plastic, your number one concern should be to make sure the bottle you choose is BPA-free. What is BPA? It stands for Bisphenol A, and it is a harmful toxin found in some plastics. Check the packaging of potential bottles to make sure they are BPA-free.

Disposable bottles are bottles that require a liner. Many people prefer this method for two reasons: one, it's fairly easy to clean. You just chuck the liner after you're done, and then give the nipple a good scrub and a onceover on the bottle part. Two, you can push the air out of the liner so that the baby isn't sucking in excess air. Excess air equals gassy, fussy babies. Of course, you need to ensure your supply of liners is always stocked; most of those bottles do not have bottoms, so if you run out, you could be in trouble. When babies are hungry, they are hungry NOW.

Other plastic bottles also have features that are thought to reduce the amount of air being sucked in. For example, Playtex VentAire bottles have a curved neck, which keeps the nipple full of fluid at all times. VentAires also have an air-flow system that creates less air in the bottle. Other brands that offer air-flow solutions are Avent, Dr. Brown, and MilkBank baby bottles.

Here are a few other features that can make life a little easier: bottles that come apart easily for quick cleaning, wide nipples that simulate the breast, and bottles that come with attachments so you can hook them up directly to your breast pump.

However, even after all the research and decision making, the best way to tell if a bottle is right for you and your baby is to try it out. Every baby is different and prefers different things. So, buy what you think you will prefer, but be flexible and open-minded if it doesn't work out for your little one. Once you find the perfect fit, feeding time will be a smooth, sweet, worry-free time between you and your baby.



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Finding the Right Bottles for Your Baby

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  1. katthy says:

    my baby is 5 moths now he like breafeedind and bottles ,he like dr.browns i not like other becuse is good select

  2. Ailin says:

    My baby is 3 months now and I would like to know which bottles are the best?

  3. Canups says:

    I breastfeed as well as using bottles, My husband is fond of the AVENT, as am I because they are most shaped like my breasts as well as keeping out air,

  4. Amy says:

    my son likes the dr. brown bottles

  5. i have bought lansinoh, tommee tippee, milkbank, similac, comotomo, mimijumi, and avent bottles … so far my baby’s taken rather well with similac with no problem,, let’s see how it goes with the rest of them

  6. Melody says:

    I’m having a hard time getting my little one to take the bottle when we go out–she prefers to feed at the source. I guess that’s alright, but I probably should try a few of the tips I read here, too.
    We’ll see!

  7. dyna5150 says:

    i love love love the nuk bottles! the nipple shape helps train a baby to latch if hes having problems breastfeeding and it keeps them interested in breastfeeding

  8. There are so many choices out there…

  9. Amber Risley says:

    When my son was smaller we used 4oz glass bottles by Gerber, I absolutely loved them! I didn’t have to worry about the chemicals sometimes found in plastic breaking down when I boiled them or stuck them in the dishwasher. However, after about 6 months we switched to plastic Playtex vent flow because he was eating more and could also hold his own bottle…we didn’t want a shattered bottle if he through them down. I always recommend glass bottles for the first few months, I am such a huge fan!

  10. vicki says:

    I am not sure what type of bottles I will be using yet, there are so many to choose from. My plan is to try breast feeding then I will go from there.

  11. Angela says:

    I’ve tried several bottles, and my baby hates them all. I will try the tommee tippee ones too!

  12. Kevryn says:

    Tommee Tippee bottles are amazing if you are planning on breastfeeding but still need to use bottles sometimes. My son has had no problems latching after using a bottle. Nipple mimics natural feel, flex and movement of breastfeeding which allows for easy transition between breast and bottle. They have a Anti-colic, anti-gas, advanced easi-vent valve. They are BPA & Phthalate free

  13. nydia rivera says:

    I bought a playtex bottle just to see if he’s use it, he’s ebf, and he plays with it.

  14. Mom2two12 says:

    I’m just using the bottles that connect to my breast pump. Its medela brand.

  15. marichinno says:

    We have used Platex airflow bottles with my older kids but this time with the third we are going to try Dr Brown.

  16. Deee says:

    The BPA issues has been one thing I have sure been looking for.

  17. Evangelita says:

    Im using a lot of plastic bottles but never actually payed attention to the BPA thing. Definately going to from now on!

  18. i absolutely love the tommee tippee anti-colic bottles!

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