There is evidence that for thousands of years babies have been fed with bottles, jugs, cups and other devices. However, these early designs were often less than clean with a lack of understanding of hygiene often compromising the safety of the babies.

Feeding your baby is a lovely bonding moment, whether you are nursing or bottle feeding and so choosing the right bottle is important to make this time as stress free as possible for both of you.

What will I need to get started?

As a minimum you will need at least six bottles, six teats, formula milk for formula feeding, sterilising equipment and a bottle and teat brush.

Choosing the right bottle

It’s always best to choose a bottle that feels right for you and your baby with no hard evidence that one type of teat or bottle is better than another.

Baby bottles come in different materials and a variety of sizes depending on the age of your baby with smaller-sized bottles (approx 4oz) aimed at newborns and larger bottles (approx 8 oz) for older babies.

There is a wide choice available from basic bottles, bottles made of glass, Anti-Colic bottles and more.

Plastic bottles are made with a hard plastic called polypropylene which because of health concerns a few years ago, should be free of a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA).  Therefore you should check that all plastic bottles are BPA free before using them. The pros of plastic bottles are that they are cheaper than glass ones and more hardwearing.

For parents concerned about the chemicals used in plastic bottles, glass bottles are free from chemicals, are environmentally friendly but often much heavier to handle.

MAM Anti Colic Bottle Starter Kit

Anti-colic bottles are designed to help reduce the symptoms of colic, which can trigger babies to become unsettled due to swallowing excess air whilst feeding. Here at Daisy Baby Shop, we love this multi-award winning baby feeding accessory, the Mam Self Sterilising Anti Colic bottle starter kit.  The bottles allow babies to drink slowly and calmly as the ventilation holes in the base regulate milk flow and reduce the amount of air swallowed during feeding.

Do I need to sterilise my baby's bottles?

Sterilising all your baby’s feeding equipment kills germs in the milk and on your baby’s bottle and before making a feed, all bottles, teats, retaining rings and caps should be washed in clean hot water and then sterilised.

To sterilise your baby's feeding equipment, you will need an electric steam steriliser, or a microwave steriliser, or you can use sterilising solution. You can also boil the bottles and teats in a covered pan for at least 10 minutes to sterilise them.
Browse our range of sterilisers here.

Are baby bottles supposed to be warm?

It’s absolutely a parents choice whether to warm milk or not as there are no medical reasons as to why formula has to be warm however, milk served warm replicates that of human milk and is often comforting to babies. There are innovative solutions to keeping milk warm on the go such as the Prince Lionheart reusable bottle warmer, a simple and practical solution that won't break the bank. Reusable again and again, your bottle can be heated at the touch of a button.

Are baby bottles microwave safe?

If your baby drinks from a bottle it is necessary to sterilise the bottle to destroy bacteria.

This can be achieved in various ways, through either cold water sterilising solutions, using a steam steriliser, microwaving or boiling them in water.  Every method is good as long as the instructions from the manufacturer of the product for each of the methods are followed carefully.

For new parents, finding the right bottle may seem overwhelming.  However with such a vast choice of baby bottles available you can be sure that you will eventually find what is right for you and you can then enjoy relaxing feed times with your baby.

Sources:

http://www.babybottle-museum.co.uk/

https://www.quora.com/Is-it-safe-to-microwave-BPA-free-baby-bottles


Post By Robert Horne