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How to Pick the Right Baby Bottle?

Find a good bottle for your baby today. Whether you need a baby bottle for a newborn, or you’re starting your baby on complementary foods and tea, you need to think about shapes, materials, volume, type of teat and how easy to clean the bottle is. We’ll tell you how to pick the best baby bottle that perfectly suits your child.

Pick the right bottle depending on what your baby currently needs. It is generally recommended to get several baby bottles at once, along with teats that have various flow rates, because every baby is different and might have different preferences.

Types of Bottle Teats

Baby bottle teats or nipples are made of silicone or latex rubber and they’re always included when you’re purchasing a baby bottle. You can also buy spare teats according to the type of bottle you’re using, the specific model and its manufacturer. Baby bottle teats have varying flow rates – in general, the younger your baby, the lower flow rate they need. However, the thickness of the liquid also plays a role:

  • Low flow rate for tea and juices.
  • Medium flow rate for milk.
  • High flow rate for purees.

Types of Baby Bottles

There are many different shapes and types of baby bottles – but here’s a list of some basic models that will help you find the best one for your baby.

  • A classic baby bottle is safe and suitable both for home and for travelling. Its traditional shape makes it compatible with commonly available baby bottle accessories.
  • Baby bottles with a wide neck make it easier for you to prepare the beverage or food for your baby and get the dosage right.
  • An anti-colic bottle is great for infants with sensitive tummies. It features a special mechanism which prevents excess air from coming into the bottle and keeps the baby from swallowing too much air during feeding – a common cause of tummy aches and colic.
  • A bottle for breastfed babies is specially designed for occasional use without disturbing the breastfeeding process. It has a particularly shaped teat and a membrane with a valve to perfectly mimic breastfeeding by allowing the baby to use the same technique of suckling.
  • A training cup with handles looks similar to a nipple and helps the baby switch from breastfeeding to complementary foods. It’s easy to hold thanks to practical handles.

Our tip: If you’re using a breast pump, make sure that your baby bottle is compatible with this device so that pouring the milk from one container into the other is as easy as possible.

Volume of a Baby Bottle

Pick your baby’s first bottle according to their age – you can later buy a larger baby bottle once your child is able to drink more liquid.

  • 60ml for 0 months of age
  • 125ml for 0 months and older
  • 260ml for 1 month and older
  • 330ml for 6 months and older

Material of a Baby Bottle

Baby bottles and training cups are made of several types of material and each one comes with its pluses and minuses. It’s up to you which version you’ll find the best.

  • Glass is perfectly sanitary, doesn’t absorb any odours and it’s very easy to clean, which means that it will last long. A glass baby bottle is a bit heavier than those made of other materials and it is not resistant to impact – however you can eliminate this problem by purchasing a special silicone sleeve.
  • Plastic is a very light material that won’t shatter easily. Unfortunately it tends to absorb odours and colours, which is why you need to replace your plastic baby bottle relatively often.
  • Silicone is a quality synthetic material with many of the same properties as plastic. It is however a bit softer, which means it can be squeezed to make it easier for your baby to drink.
  • Stainless steel is highly resistant to damage. A stainless baby bottle is sanitary and lasts very long.

Cleaning a Baby Bottle

One of the criteria you need to take into consideration when buying a baby bottle is its shape. If the neck is too narrow or the bottle has a very curved shape, it might be harder to clean and sanitise. Go for a baby bottle with smooth walls to make your life a bit easier. And don’t forget to thoroughly clean and sanitise the baby bottle on a regular basis, because your child’s immune system is not yet fully developed.

  • Wash the bottle with hot water and a brush after every use.
  • Make sure to also thoroughly wash the gasket and the teat.
  • Then boil the bottle for 3 to 5 minutes or use a special electric baby bottle steriliser.
  • Use one clean dish towel to place the bottles and teats on and another one to cover them.

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