HOW TO CHOOSE A BABY BOTTLE
When it comes to bottle-feeding your baby, you may be overwhelmed by the baby bottle choice. So many materials, shapes, and sizes. How should you choose?
With so many options, it is difficult to choose a baby bottle. Here are some basic baby bottles to help you narrow down your choices.
Avoid stocking only one type of bottle. You never know if your baby will oppose you! Starting with a few and maybe you can try two different types.
The bottle is made of plastic, silicone, glass, or stainless steel. They vary in price and durability, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that the bottle you choose does not contain BPA.
The shape of the Baby Milk Feeding Bottle is generally standard (high and straight), angled (curved neck), and wide (designed to accommodate wide and short nipples like breasts).
The bottles are small (4 ounces) or large (8 ounces). The small size is convenient for newborns, but babies will grow up soon.
Remember to pay attention to the baby bottle nipple. If they show signs of wear, such as thinning, stickiness, discoloration, cracking, or tearing, they should be replaced.
The first tip for choosing a bottle
Although we do recommend that you stock up on something before your baby is born, a feeding bottle is not one of them. This is because, although some bottles are advertised as magical feeding unicorns, the ultimate deciding factor will be which bottles will get the baby's approval. So, start with several (or even two). This way you won’t be trapped in a huge pile of bottles that might disappoint your little baby.
Now let's take a look at the basic knowledge of bottles.
The bottle can be made of plastic, silicone, glass, or stainless steel.
The advantage of plastic bottles is that they are very light and will not break even if dropped. The disadvantage is that they degrade over time and need to be replaced regularly (signs of degradation include scratches, cracks, leakage, discoloration, and unpleasant odors). If you decide to go the plastic bottle route, make sure they are new. Old plastic bottles may contain BPA (or bisphenol A, a potentially harmful substance that is no longer allowed in baby products).
The silicone bottle is made of food-grade silicone, BPA-free, flexible, and light. If they fall, not only will they not break, they may also rebound!
Glass-glass bottles are naturally BPA-free, durable, but heavy and fragile. Some glass bottles are equipped with silicone sleeves to prevent breakage.
Stainless steel-stainless steel bottle does not contain BPA, is light in weight, and durable. But you will pay for it; they are the most expensive on the shelf. Another thing to remember is that, unlike other bottle materials, you cannot see how much liquid is inside from the outside.
Disposable plastic liners-they are convenient, but expensive, and can only be used once. To use them, you need to fill them up, open a special bottle, and then throw them out at the end of the feeding.
Generally speaking, the bottle has the following shapes:
Standard-tall and straight, easy to fill and clean.
Angled-The neck is bent so that the milk will gather at the bottom, which prevents the baby from swallowing air. The disadvantage is that they can be more troublesome to fill and clean.
Wide-Designed to accommodate wide, short nipples, imitating breasts.
Bottles usually come in small (approximately 4 ounces) and large (approximately 8 ounces) sizes. The small size is convenient on the day the baby is born when the baby drinks about 2-3 ounces of feed. But babies will grow up in small bottles very soon, so if you want, you can skip the big bottles in the first place, which can save money.
Generally speaking, the nipple of a baby bottle is made of latex or silicone. Latex is softer and more elastic but wears out faster, and some babies are allergic to it. Silicone is stronger than latex but more durable. Pay attention to your baby bottle nipples. If they show signs of wear, such as thinning, stickiness, discoloration, cracking, or tearing, they should be replaced. Another sign of a new nipple is that the milk is flowing faster than before.
The shape of most nipples can be divided into the following three types:
Narrower and longer (traditional)
Wide and short (designed to be the same as the breast)
Flat on one side (designed to mimic sucking human breasts and/or more suitable for babies' mouths)
The level of the nipple corresponds to the rate of milk flow. As the baby grows and can handle faster the milk flow, you can pass higher levels.