Cuddling your baby on your arm is one of the best endearing experiences when you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
Do you need bottles?
Yes, most families make use of bottles
If you happens to feed your baby formula, you will have to use bottles. You will also need to use them if you plan to return to work within your baby’s first year, and you will need a way for others to feed your child with previously expressed breast milk or formula. Even if you are a mom who plans to be home and just breastfeed, you may find that letting other family members give your baby a bottle of breast milk is a win-win situation. They have a special time with your little one and you get a break.
You might want to select a brand starter kit for your gift list, and then add some other bottles you’d like to try as well. So you can experiment when your little one is born to see which is the most suitable.
Most bottles come in two sizes
Smaller bottles (about four ounces) focused on newborns who eat less, and larger bottles (about eight ounces) for older babies who start to eat more. You can buy a few of each or choose to buy the big ones up front, giving them less fluid during your baby’s first few months. For reference, newborns can eat as little as an ounce or two at each meal, while babies around six months of age can eat six to eight ounces.
Bottles usually come with at least four basic parts
The bottle itself, the nipple for the baby to suck on, the neck of the nipple to screw into place, and a teat cap. Most brands of bottles offer several compatible teats that provide different levels of milk flow: the slowest flow for newborns so they don’t drink too much and faster for larger babies who can suck better.
When do you need bottles?
You may start using bottles from day one, but if you are breastfeeding you don’t want to bottle-feed for several weeks until your baby is adept at breastfeeding. If you give your baby a bottle too soon, the big concern is that he will then refuse to breastfeed because the milk comes out of a bottle faster (immediate satisfaction!).
Babies usually bottle-feed until they are at least one year old. That’s the time the American Academy of Pediatrics states it’s okay to give your child cow’s milk. However, many mothers who are breastfeeding continue to do so until the second year. Also, you may want to introduce your child to the training cups, used for the transition from baby bottles to regular cups, between one and two years of age.
Parents prefer bottles of different materials for different reasons
Strong and durable, but also heavy, typically more expensive than other models and can be easily broken.
Extremely strong, but they also make it difficult to measure how much liquid is actually stored inside a bottle.
Do not panic, in order to help you choose the best bottle for breastfeeding babies, here is a comparative list of several bottles for you.
Dodie sensation blue bear baby bottle
If you are searching for a reasonable but good quality baby bottle, we recommend the Dodie Sensation baby bottle. It offers an incredible value for money, it is also acclaimed by many parents. It is a product designed and manufactured in France and despite its very attractive price, it offers all the best latest technologies. Its small capacity of 150 milliliters makes it a perfect bottle for the first milks of small sizes.
Mam easy start baby bottle
The MAM Easy Start baby bottle is perfectly designed and suitable for babies from 0 to 6 months. Its patented anti-colic valve pushes back the air intake and also allows your baby to drink according to his own suction rate. A pacifier recommended for all mothers who want to transition from breast to bottle as naturally as possible. Its ease of cleaning is an important asset. In addition, you can sterilize it in just three minutes in the microwave.
Natural baby bottle 125 ml
This Philips brand Avent bottle is suitable for babies from birth. It adapts to the whole range of breast pumps, baby bottles and cups, and its pacifier allows you to imitate the mother’s breast, for a gentle feeding.
Dodie anti-colic sensation bottle
Dodie baby bottles are made in France. This 270 ml glass model is equipped with a medium flow flat teat for babies from birth. This bottle also ensures a good mixture of milk to avoid lumps and facilitates handling.
Nuk nature sense glass bottle
Nuk brand baby bottles are designed in Germany following a very strict manufacturing process. According to a study, 98% of mothers believe that the micro-piercing of the nipple of this bottle creates a more natural feeding experience and 99% of the mothers questioned would recommend the use of Nuk’s Natural Sense nipple. In addition, this model is made of glass, so it offers better resistance to time and washing.
Philips avent natural glass baby bottle
Thanks to its high resistance to thermal shock, this bottle from the Philips Avent brand can be placed in the refrigerator, can be heated and sterilized without any worries. Thanks to its unique ergonomic shape, this bottle is easy to hold in any direction. It therefore offers maximum comfort, even for your baby’s small hands. Finally, this bottle is made up of only a few parts to make assembly and cleaning simpler and faster.
Tommee tippee baby bottle
This bottle from the Tommee Tippee brand offers a very unique design and shape. Its shape has been studied for ease of handling. In addition, its large silicone teat is ultra-soft and flexible to reproduce the natural feeling of the mother’s breast and avoid colic problems in babies. Be careful because the nipple of this bottle is only compatible with “Plus Closer to Nature” anti-colic nipples and not “Easi-Vent” nipples.