Did you know that babies are picky? It’s true. When it comes to what bottle to use when feeding your baby, there are so many different kinds to chose from, and for good reason. It is extremely common for babies to reject some bottle types, so it’s always best to have a small sample around before deciding on one specific bottle type. Ultimately, what type of bottle you chose is going to be up to your baby.
Plastic bottles are some of the most common that you’ll find in stores. These types of bottles are great because they’re lightweight and don’t break (easily!). Even the most careful parents will drop a bottle at SOME point throughout their journey. The plastic ones will not break on impact (now I can’t say that they won’t come apart if your dog gets ahold of it). Over time though, plastic bottles have a habit of deteriorating. Signs that your bottle is running out of life are:
Stainless Steel Bottles are also BPA free and lightweight. However, these can get super expensive. These are probably the most efficient for long-term usage but keep in mind that you can tell how much is inside so keeping track of what baby is eating could prove difficult.
Silicone bottles are BPA-free and made from food grade materials which makes them a great choice for families. Not only are these BPA free, but these bottles are also lightweight and extremely shatterproof which make them a great possibility for those late-night feedings.
Much like the various bottle types, nipples can come in different shapes as well. The long and narrow nipples are typically found with the standard shaped bottles while the wide and short nipples accommodate those wider-mouth bottles.
Nipples are typically made of latex or silicone. It’s important to watch your baby to see if they have a reaction to the latex nipples as some can have allergies. Silicone is a little stronger than the latex and can last a tad longer. It’s important to replace bottle nipple immediately if they are showing any signs of wear (thinning, sticky, discolored, cracked).
Most bottles have different flow nipples. This refers to the speed at which formula or breastmilk comes out of the bottle. In general, if you’re breastfeeding, it’s best to keep baby at a 0 or 1 so that they don’t start to favor the bottle over the breast. A mom who is exclusively bottle feeding may need to increase the nipple flow size as time goes on. It’s always best to start with a 0 or 1 and make sure that you’re pacefeeding so that baby doesn’t choke. Increase as needed or if you’re seeing that baby is getting upset at the bottle.
*** It is important to note that bottle propping should not occur as this is a hazard to baby.