When it comes to picking the best bottle for your baby, you may have to try a couple of different types of bottle until you find something that really works for you and your little one.
Which type of teat is best?
Bottle teats come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can choose from traditional which has a bell or dome shape, wide neck which features a platform for your baby’s lips, orthodontic which is shaped for your baby’s palette, or vented which can reduce air intake.
Teats also control the flow of milk or formula. Generally, a slow flow is good for newborns, and a faster flow will suit as they get older – but every baby is different. You may need to try a couple of differently-shaped teats until you find one your baby likes – or you might be lucky and get it right the first time!
How to choose your bottles
Bottles are as varied as teats. They come in a range of materials, such as plastic, glass, stainless steel or silicone. Each offers its own unique benefits. For example, silicone is squeezable, which is good for babies that tend to nod off during mealtime, or stainless steel, which is light and easy to clean.
You can also get bottles with special features, like anti-colic bottles which reduce air bubbles, angled bottles to make mealtimes more comfortable, or bottles with disposable parts which are good for travelling.
How many bottles do I need?
Get around 3-4 bottles to start, then if the bottles and teats work for you and your baby, increase as required.
Some babies can take up to 10-12 bottles a day. In terms of size, you might want to start with smaller 125ml bottles and work your way up to 260ml.
Do I need to sterilise the bottles?
Yes, sterilisation is one of the most important parts of bottle feeding. It’s essential for your baby’s health to keep bottles squeaky clean and free of germs.
Choose from steam sterilisers – which are electric or go in the microwave – or cold water sterilisers, which are easy to use on the go. Your steriliser will clean all of your bottle feeding equipment, including teats, bottles and lids. Other cleaning essentials to consider are bottle brushes, cleaning wipes, surface spray and hand gel.
What else do I need to know about bottle feeding?
If you’re likely to be bottle feeding on the go, a bottle holder with a carry handle is ideal for keeping your baby’s bottle safe in the changing bag. And don’t forget a bib to catch any dribbles!
A bottle warmer, like the AVENT Bottle Warmer is a good investment to make sure you’re feeding your baby at the optimum temperature too.
Watch for cues from your baby to see if they like the bottle you’ve chosen or if you need to change to something different. The important thing to remember about bottle feeding is your baby will decide what they like best.