There is evidence that for thousands of years babies have been fed with bottle, 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 your baby and choosing the right bottle is important to make this time as stress free as possible for both of you.
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 of chemicals and are environmentally friendly but much heavier.
MAM Anti Colic Bottle Starter Kit
For unsettled babies due to excess air intake whilst feeding, anti-colic bottles are designed to help reduce colic. 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.
MAM Easy Start Self Sterilising Anti Colic Bottle Starter Set Large
Also perfect for new parents, is this complete 23 piece MAM Easy Start Self Sterilising Anti Colic Bottle Large Starter Set. With its smart base ventilation system it reduces colic by 80% and also has a handy self-sterilising function.
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.
How do I sterilise my baby’s bottle?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.
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.
Prince Lionheart reusable bottle warmer - 2 Pack
If you are on the go but feel that your baby prefers warm milk over cold then this Prince Lionheart Reusable Bottle Warmer - 2 pack is the perfect choice. 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.