When it comes to breastfeeding, you don’t have the stress of choosing the best equipment, as you’re stuck with the set you’ve got. When it comes to bottle feeding, you’ve got an endless list of qualities you need in the equipment. We’ve made it easier to choose for both you and your baby.
What Qualities Should I Look For in the Perfect Bottle?
You can sit looking at endless bottles but unless you know the qualities to look for, you’re probably wasting your time and money. The choice depends on what's best for mother and baby. When choosing what equipment to get, you should think of three key things;
🍼Size of Bottle:
They come in all shapes and sizes, which can often make it much more difficult when knowing which ones to choose. You can find just as many tall, thin ones as you can small, fat ones. It all depends on the features you wish for them to have along with it.
🔺Different Types of Teats:
Not only can you choose the shape and size of the teat you use, you can also choose the flow of milk they have and also the material which they are made of. You can choose latex teats which are much softer than the silicone ones but will need replacing more often.
By choosing the correct bottle, you can reduce the amount of gas/wind your little one experiences after winding. This can be done by making sure your bottles have an anti-colic feature which will reduce the amount of air your baby takes in during the feed.
Which Bottles Should I Buy?
We have a number of bottles below which could be an option for you and your baby. You will have to look around and make a decision based upon the pro’s and con’s of each product. Let’s have a look at our guide to the best baby bottles.
Positives of Standard Bottles:
🛍️You can pick these types of bottles up anywhere and are usually very inexpensive compared to the others.
🎨These come in so many different designs for boys, girls and unisex. There will be a pattern for each person, no matter what your sense of style.
Negatives of Standard Bottles:
🧼They're slightly difficult to clean because they're usually quite narrow compared to the others.
💨These can lead to your little one taking in a lot of air when feeding meaning they're likely to be a gassy baby.
Positives of Vented Bottles:
💭They can reduce colic in babies as they are letting less air through the bottle when feeding.
🧽They don't leak as much as the other bottles which means less mess when feeding your little one.
Negatives of Vented Bottles:
🛍️These particular bottles aren't available in all stores.
💰These bottles can often be expensive and so can the cleaning accessories.
Positives of Disposable Bottles:
🕒These bottles are often cheap and saves so much time when wanting to feed your little one.
👨These bottles are good for when a person who is a newbie with all things babies, such as aunties and uncles is having to feed your baby. No experience necessary.
Negatives of Disposable Bottles:
♻️These bottles can cause many disposal problems as they are not environmentally friendly.
💸If the use of these bottles continue for a longer period of tie, it can become expensive so they're not cost effective in the long run.
Positives of Wide Neck Bottles:
🍼Your baby can transition easier between breast and bottle.
🧼They are easy to clean as they have a larger opening.
Negatives of Wide Neck Bottles:
🛍️These bottles are not that easy to get your hands on compared to the others.
🥤Getting teats to fit these bottles can be quite a difficult task.
Positives of Self-Sterilising Bottles:
🧼They are the easiest bottle to clean, as well as the cheapest, as no other cleaning accessories are needed.
✈️They are the best bottles to go travelling with as you don't need to carry a lot of equipment to clean them or make the bottles.
Negatives of Self-Sterilising Bottles:
💸These bottles are expensive compared to most other bottles, or can be if you're wanting added features.
🔥They are not the safest bottles to clean, with this being done in the microwave.
Positives of Breast-Like Bottles:
🍼This can help reduce the chances of nipple confusion.
🍃These teats has a natural feel and adapts to the roof of the baby's b=mouth during feeding.
Negatives of Breast-Like Bottles:
💸These are usually very expensive and can be difficult to find in many shops.
🛍️These are often hard to find in stores, often will have to be purchased online.
Positives of Breast-Like Bottles:
💭Your baby will take less air in which means they will be less gassy and this will make feeding times easier and take less time.
🗣️Your baby is less likely to suffer with colic, hence the name "anti-colic".
Negatives of Breast-Like Bottles:
💸These bottles can be very expensive, especially when bought with the cleaning accessories and everything that you can add on as an extra.
🧼These bottles are difficult to clean because of their unique shape, unless you fork out the money for the expensive cleaning set you can add on.
Should I Heat Up My Baby’s Bottle Before Feeding?
This is all down to the preference of your little bundle of joy, and how fussy they are when feeding. You can choose to warm the bottle up before feeding your little one but don't panic if you're out and don't have the access to do so. You don't have to buy an expensive bottle warmer, all you need is a jug of hot water and your little one will be happy. Some babies will be fussy when feeding, but if you try them with a warm bottle, this can calm them right down and make feeding times that bit easier.
Should I Buy A Steriliser?
Keeping the equipment you use to feed your baby, or anything that will be going near your baby's mouth, clean is very important. You are advised to have a bottle steriliser for your baby's bottles, possibly being a main reason for people choosing to breastfeed, all about saving money. People can often think they can just hand wash the bottles, and while this does clean them, it does not kill the bacteria.
These sterilisers are the most common and can be expensive but will give you the outcome you want, clean, bacteria-free bottles for your little one. It is important to remember that your steriliser doesn't actually CLEAN your bottles, it kills bacteria so you must clean the bottles in warm, soapy water beforehand. Everything your baby touches or puts near their mouth needs to be germ free. This Tommee Tippee steriliser is perfect for having squeaky clean bottles for your little one.
These are quick and easy for when all of your bottles have piled up and you need quick sterilisation. This can be done within around 4 minutes and will stay sterile for up to 24 hours if the lid remains closed. This is a very compact method of sterilising your baby's bottles.
Boil in the pan:
Another way to sterilise baby items is to use a good old boiling water. Grab a pan, fill it with water and boil the items until sterile. This is the ONLY option if you're speaking to your grandma, they're very set in their ways of how things were done in their day. You'll probably hear the sentence "We didn't have these fancy machines in our day, we just had our bare hands and a pan. You turned out alright didn't you?"