Baby Bottles can be used to extract and store breast milk and also to feed infants with formula milk if breast milk is insufficient. Since there are many brands of baby bottles available in the market, you need to choose carefully as to which brand will most suit your baby. This article discusses important guidelines you must keep in mind before you decide to buy a baby bottles.
If you are thinking of buying baby bottles before your baby arrives, it is a good idea to buy 1-2 each of different brands. Try different baby bottles brands till you know what your infant is really comfortable with. Your infant may take to a particular brand and if you have stocked up bottles of too many other brands, it will be of no use to you. Once you know the brand that your baby is comfortable with, ensure you buy at least 6-7 bottles so that you will have enough bottles to feed your baby when he/she is hungry.
The nipples that come along with the bottles are an important factor and determine at what rate breast or formula milk will come through the bottles. Faster-flow nipples are not suitable for newborn babies as they may not be able to suck too much quantity at one time. Also, fast-flow nipples can cause tummy problems for newborns. You may think of shifting to faster-flow nipples as your baby grows. Some babies may not prefer very slow-flow nipples and you may have to try out different types before you are able to find the one that suits your baby perfectly.
Baby bottles can come in various sizes. While a four ounces bottle may be ideal for a new-born baby, you can consider buying larger bottles of eight or nine ounces. You can fill about 4 ounces in the larger bottles and feed your new-born and then continue to give larger quantities as your baby grows. This way you can optimize your bottle purchase.
Ensure that the bottles have a clear measurement reading on them so that you can know exactly how much quantity you are filling in the large bottle. You can use either glass or plastic bottles. While glass bottles last longer, they pose risk to the mother and baby if they break. If you are using plastic bottles, ensure they are made of BPA-free plastic .