All the Things that Parents Need to Know About Baby Bottles and Nipples
Parents are inclined to get what’s best for their babies. This means that the choice of baby milk bottle will be chosen by them through a process of elimination. But ultimately, it will be your baby that will decide which one they will prefer.
When you browse through the stores, you will find plenty of different types of baby bottles- along with different shapes, materials, and sizes.
The most common type of baby bottle is the standard variant which is a straight bottle with no bends or curvatures. This is the preferred option for most babies simply because it is easy to hold.
There are also baby bottles that are slightly bent that also come with liners, which are typically designed to eliminate or reduce the amount of air that is ingested by the baby. This is great for babies who are gassier than others.
There are also those with disposable liners which prove to be the easiest to clean overall, but because they are disposable, you have to buy them regularly, thus incurring additional costs.
The most common type of baby bottle that you can find in the market is one that is made of plastic. They are typically lightweight, thus allowing your baby to hold it with relative ease. Make sure that you get one that is BPA-free.
Another common type of baby bottle is one that is made of glass. They are more durable, but because of the material that is used, it is also heftier as well. Most of them come with silicone material that protects the glass from shattering- in the event that it falls off a distance.
Smaller bottles can hold as much as 4 ounces of milk and are great for babies that are below 5 months old. However, once your infant grows bigger, you should opt for the bigger 8-ounce bottles.
Just like the bottle itself, nipples come in all shapes and sizes. There are two common materials used in the production of bottle nipples and those are Latex and Silicone. Latex nipples are more flexible, which makes them a prime candidate for babies that want a softer touch. However, because of this trait, they tend to bust out easily.
Silicone nipples are much firmer, meaning, it can hold its shape much better than their latex variants. However, some babies do not like this simply because it is harder to nibble on.
Nipples also come in a variety of different sizes as well which will dictate the amount of milk that flows through them. The size-one nipples are the smallest one and it also administers the smallest amount of milk as well. This is best for newborns up to 6 months of age.
Size two to four nipples are much larger, allowing the bottle to administer more milk at any time. Basically, the older your baby, the bigger the size of the nipple should be.
Before giving the bottles to your baby, ensure that both the bottle and the nipple gets sterilized in boiling water. Make sure to wash them afterward with mild soap and warm water and allow it to air dry before you make their milk.