Planning to use milk bottles to feed your baby? A lot of us can feel overwhelmed while transitioning from breastfeeding our babies to bottle-feeding them. Nevertheless, it is an inevitable step you’ll have to take someday.
With a huge variety of milk bottles available in the market, it can get a little tricky to choose the right one. At times, you might need to experiment with a few varieties before you finally land on the perfect type of bottle that works for you and your baby.
There are a couple of basics every new parent should know, so hop on to know some expert tips to help you select your perfect feeding bottle for babies.
Choose the Right Material
There is a wide range of materials available in the market. These include glass, plastics, and stainless steel.
However, plastic bottles are the most preferred option among parents as they’re safe, lightweight, and economical. Remember to invest in a good grade plastic bottle that is free from harmful toxins such as BPA, BPS, sulfur, and nitrosamine as these harmful toxins can fuse with the milk formula or pumped breast-milk in the bottle and contaminate it.
Even though glass bottles are toxin-free and economical, they’re quite heavy and easily breakable making it unsafe for young kids to use them. Stainless steel is also a good option but they’re quite expensive and unlike regular bottles, one cannot see the amount of milk left over in it from outside.
Size of the Bottle
A newborn usually has a small appetite. But as your baby grows, their appetite tends to increase. Therefore, during the initial stages of transition from breast-feeding to bottle-feeding, you can opt for a small bottle preferably of 125 ml, and gradually shift to a larger bottle of 330 ml as your baby’s appetite increases.
You can even buy a spout cup for your toddler. Check out these amazing grippy spout cups that have specially designed grip points on the surface to give your baby that extra firm grip over milk bottles.
Selecting the Ideal Teat for your Baby
The ideal type of teat can vary from baby to baby. For a baby who has recently transitioned to bottle-feeding, it is advisable to use a teat with a slow flow so that the baby doesn’t choke on excess milk. However, as babies grow older you can opt for a medium or fast-flowing teat depending on your baby’s appetite and sucking rate.
If your baby is colicky, it is advisable to buy anti-colic teat or anti-colic feeding bottles as they prevent air bubbles in the milk and encourage an exceptional latch-on providing utmost comfort while feeding.
With these tips, you’re sure to go maestro on your bottle shopping experience. Also, don’t forget to check out our incredible collection of feeding bottles at Kicks & Crawl.