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[fb_button][wdgpo_plusone]Usually, one of the main items in most of the Baby Registry Checklists are bottles. However, you may not need to have bottles at the beginning. If you ask me formula feeding is way too complicated than breastfeeding. Because you need to choose right bottle, right formula, and when you find it you need the warm water every time and you need to sterile bottles and nipples every time… Lots of hassle.  If you have the option of breast feeding, go for it – there are many advantages of it. (Unfortunately) because of some reasons / conditions some mommies can’t feed their baby with breast milk; and as a result they need to use formula. In such cases, it’s good to have the option.

You’ll use a bottle the most in your baby’s first year. After that, you may decide to transition to a sippy cup. In fact, that’s an ideal time to wean your baby from a bottle or at least start attempting to do so. At that point, cow’s milk will probably be a diet staple, possibly in combination with breast milk.

You will need some basic stuff when you will start the bottle feeding :

  • Bottles
  • Bottle accessories
  • Sterilizer
  • Warmer

Let me start with the bottles :

In the beginning don’t stick with one brand and buy many of the similar bottles. There are many brands out there (AVENT, Dr. Brown’s, Eventflo, Playtex, Breastflow etc.), with many different options (Glass, Plastic, Anti-colic, Wide mouth, Angled, Non-Drip, BPA Free, PVC Free, Latex Free etc.). Better to buy a couple of different brands to test. You never know what your baby will like / want (for example; if your baby will be colic you will need to use some other special brand/type to reduce the gas etc.).

In my opinion; you can buy 2 or 3 bottles in different brand (that means different nipple types) at the beginning. To select the first 2-3 options, you can go online and find the brands selling the most. To save money while you’re experimenting, start with a lower-priced bottle made without BPA, such as Evenflo, and see if your baby likes it. If so, you’ve got a winner. Some babies accept any bottle. Other babies prefer one type of nipple over another. If feeding doesn’t go smoothly, just try another type of bottle or nipple made without BPA. I will try to list some most-sellers below. When you figure out which one fits the best to your little one, you can buy or order online more. In this way, you won’t need to throw away many ‘unused’ bottles.

Brands :

Philips Avent

What it is: Easy to clean and BPA-free, the new Avent bottles are a big improvement on earlier models that had parents complaining about leaking and BPA. Parents now rave about how easy the bottles are to assemble and how well the adapter ring guards against leaks. The ring also cuts down on gassiness and symptoms of colic by keeping air bubbles in the bottle and out of your baby’s stomach.

What to watch out for: The bottles will leak if an adapter ring isn’t inserted to act as a seal before the top is screwed on.

Best sellers with best reviews:

Playtex VentAire

What it is: Many bottles claim to cut down on colic, gas, and spit-up, but moms say this model from Playtex actually does as promised. They also like the curved shape, which makes it easier to feed your baby.

What to watch out for: Washing all the pieces can be a pain.

Best sellers with best reviews:

Dr. Brown’s

What it is: While pretty much every baby bottle on the market claims to relieve colic, Dr. Brown’s are often recommended by parents who’ve been there. Designed by a doctor in 1996 and patented in 1997, Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow is the only baby bottle to feature an internal vent system. Dr. Brown’s bottles come in glass or plastic and have been BPA-free since before anyone even worried about BPA. With a vent system that keeps air from getting into the milk, these bottles are great for reducing colic, gas, burping, and spit-up.

What to watch out for: Because the little tube in Dr. Brown’s venting system requires a separate pipe cleaner, washing can be a hassle.

Best sellers with best reviews:

Born Free

What it is: Like Dr. Brown’s, Born Free bottles have always been BPA-free, are available in both glass and recyclable plastic varieties, and come with an anti-colic venting system. Bonus: They have fewer pieces to clean and assemble than Dr. Brown’s. Parents say these bottles reduced their babies’ spit-up, gas, discomfort, and other symptoms of colic. The bottles’ leak-proof design is also a hit.

What to watch out for: Born Free bottles are more expensive, but fans say they’re worth it.

Best sellers with best reviews:

MAM Baby Bottles

What it is: Babies used to breastfeeding alone have been known to transition to the MAM bottles, made of the softest silicone, more easily than other brands. Parents and babies give the BPA-free MAM bottle’s nipple a major thumbs-up. The MAM bottles are vented to prevent air bubbles, reducing colic, gas, and fussiness. When assembled correctly, MAM also gets high marks for being leak-free.

What to watch out for: Like Dr. Brown’s, these bottles break down into five not-so-easy pieces and require a pipe cleaner for a thorough scrubbing. They’ll also leak if not put together just right.

Best sellers with best reviews:

Playtex Drop-Ins

What it is: These BPA-free bottles come with a disposable plastic liner you fill up with milk or formula and simply drop into the bottle, then toss after the feeding. Cleaning’s a breeze, since the inside of the bottle stays dry and the only thing that really needs to be scrubbed is the nipple. The walls of the liner collapse to mimic the natural process of breastfeeding and keep air from reaching your baby’s stomach.

What to watch out for: Convenience comes at a price: You have to keep buying more drop-ins, which can get costly – and creates waste.

Best sellers with best reviews:

Types :

Standard Bottles

There are two basic sizes of this classic shape with straight or slightly curved sides: 4 or 5 ounces for infants and 8 or 9 ounces for older babies, in glass or plastic, including non-polycarbonate plastic. Some brands are available in 7-ounce (Dr. Brown’s) or 11-ounce (MAM and Avent) sizes as well. The Gerber First Essential bottle by Nuk ($1.39), shown here, for example, is available in blue-tinted BPA-free plastic, in a 5-ounce size. Evenflo makes a clear plastic bottle in 4- and 8-ounce sizes. A three-pack of 8-ounce bottles, with different colored protective nipple covers is $3.50.

Pros:These bottles are easy to fill and hold, can be used repeatedly, and allow you to accurately gauge formula amounts. They can also be simple to clean. Most breast pumps and baby-bottle warmers are designed to be used with standard bottles, although you can easily transfer pumped breast milk from a standard bottle to a disposable.
Cons:Some bottles have a valve on the bottom and vents in the nipple that manufacturers claim minimize air intake during feeding. For example, the Evenflo bottles come with “sensitive response nipples with micro air vents.” We found no independent evidence that such designs actually minimize gas in a baby’s tummy.

Angle-neck bottles

These bottles are bent at the neck, making them easier for you to hold in a comfortable position. The Playtex VentAire Natural Shape, shown here, for example, is an angled 6-ounce bottle with a bottom vent ($13 for a three-pack.) Evenflo makes another kind of angled bottle with a vent, the TruVent ($9 for a three-pack).

Pros:Their shape causes formula or breast milk to collect at the bottle’s nipple end, so your baby is less likely to swallow air, according to manufacturers. The shape may work well for feeding your baby while she lies semi-upright, a position that may help prevent fluid from collecting in her ear canals, which can lead to ear infections. The VentAire type has a vent at the removable bottom of the bottle that is designed to keep air out of the liquid so your baby will drink virtually bubble-free.

Cons:Angle-neck bottles can be awkward to fill. You must hold them sideways or use a special funnel to pour in liquid.

Wide Bottles

Some baby bottles have a wide neck, and they’re slightly shorter and broader than standard bottles. Brands that offer them (in plastic or in both plastic and glass) are Dr. Brown’s, Born Free and Avent. A 9-ounce, glass Born Free wide-neck bottle shown here (about $11), for example, can be used with a variety of nipples.

Pros:Manufacturers claim that wide-neck bottles and wide nipples feel more breastlike to babies and are a good choice for “combo moms,” those who switch back and forth from breast-feeding to bottle-feeding. Wide bottles are available in 4-, 5-, 8-, and 9-ounce sizes and come in glass and in plastic made without BPA, in angled or straight sides, and with or without bottom venting. Wide nipples are available in slow, medium, fast flow, and Y-cut (a nipple with a cross-cut opening.)

Cons:You might pay more for a wide plastic bottle compared with a standard plastic bottle, both made without BPA. And even with a wider feel, there’s no guarantee that your baby will take to this style of bottle and nipple. But it’s worth a try, especially for “combo moms.”

Bottles with disposable liners

With these bottles, a disposable plastic pouch, or liner, fits inside a rigid outer holder, called a nurser. The top edge of the liner fits over the nurser’s rim. You pour in formula or breast milk and hold the liner in place by fastening the lid (a nipple and bottle ring). The liner collapses as your baby drinks, reducing the tendency for air bubbles to form. Some brands that make nurser systems claim their liners are BPA-free. The Playtex Nurser shown here, for example (about $4 for an 8-ouncer), uses drop-in liners that are BPA-free, according to the manufacturer, and come in different sizes. A box of 50 disposable Playtex liners for 8- to 10-ounce bottles, for example, costs about $5; you can also buy them in a 4-ounce size. An 8-ounce nurser (available in different colors) is $4.

Pros:Collapsible liners are designed to prevent air from collecting as your baby sucks. Cleanup is easy: You just remove the liner, wash the nipple, and you’re done.

Cons:You’ll need to buy liners continually, which adds to the cost.

Natural-flow bottles

Natural-flow bottles, such as those made by Dr. Brown’s, have a two-piece straw-like vent system in the center of the bottle. Dr. Brown’s says it’s designed to eliminate the vacuum that can form when a baby sucks, so there are no air bubbles, reducing the possibility of colic and gas. It makes polycarbonate, polyethylene, and glass baby bottles with this feature.

Pros:The design may just work.

Cons:Compared with other bubble-reducing bottles, such as angle-neck models, these have an extra piece or two to wash, and the straws can be hard to clean. You’ll need a tiny brush, which comes with the bottles. Replacement brushes are available where baby bottles are sold. Dr. Brown’s bottles, shown here, for example, are available in BPA-free plastic and glass. A two-pack of 7-ounce Dr. Brown’s Standard Feeding System Glass bottles (for infant to toddlers) is $25 and fits different types of nipples. A three-pack of 8-ounce Dr. Brown’s polyproylene bottles is about $15.

Premium bottles

These eye-catching bottles, such as the Adiri NxGen Nurser shown here (about $11) are often characterized by their unique design. Adiri has a “breast-shaped” design and, according to the manufacturer, is made of a BPA-free polycarbonate.

Pros:The nipple and bottle come as a unit, so there are fewer pieces to clean and keep track of.

Cons:The 5.5- and 9.5-ounce bottle/nipples come in four color-coded flow rates: white (stage 1, birth to 3 months, newborn flow); blue (stage 2, 3 to 6 months, slow flow); pink (stage 3, 6-9 months, medium flow), and white (stage 4, 9 or more months, fast flow). You change bottles to change the flow. At $11 per bottle, stocking up will cost you a bundle, although you might be able to find them for less if you shop around.

Glass bottles

Manufacturers are offering lots of choices in glass bottles these days. Some people prefer glass, especially if they are concerned about BPA or because they think glass is easier on the environment than plastic when recycled. As we’ve noted elsewhere, Dr. Brown’s offers bottles in glass or plastic. Evenflo also offers several styles of glass bottles, including the Evenflo Classic Glass Bottle, shown here. A three-pack in an 8-ounce size is $9.

Smaller companies also offer glass bottles. For example, 5 Phases offers an 8-ounce glass bottle that comes in a clear plastic sleeve. The sleeve, which is BPA-free, according to the manufacturer, helps contain the glass if it shatters. And at $20 a bottle you don’t want them to break!

Stainless steel bottles

Some manufacturers have introduced stainless-steel baby bottles. The Kid Kanteen Baby Bottle shown here, for example, is made by Klean Kanteen, which is known for its line of water bottles. The Kid Kanteen (5- and 9-ounce bottles) comes in an hourglass shape. It can be pricey, costing about $20. Kleen Kanteen offers nipples in three different flow rates. They cost $7 for two.

 

Shopping tips

If you’re having a baby shower, register for a few starter bottle kits from different brands. They come with several of various sizes and nipples. If your baby keeps spitting out or battling with a bottle, or is especially fussy after eating, offer a slower or faster nipple. If that doesn’t work, try a premium bottle, such as Born Free or Adiri.

If your baby shows signs of intolerance, such as gas, a rash, persistent vomiting, diarrhea, talk with your pediatrician. You’ll probably need to switch formulas, not bottles or nipples, if your baby is formula-fed. If you’re predominantly or exclusively bottle-feeding, six 4-to-5-ounce bottles will be a good start. If you’re supplementing breast milk with an occasional bottle, you may need only one or two bottles. Once you settle on a nipple, buy about half a dozen.

Most nipples are made of latex or silicone; stick with silicone. Buy silicone nipples only if they’re clear or brightly colored, not brownish. Silicone is less problematic than latex, because some babies develop a sensitivity or allergy to latex. Clear, odorless, taste-free, and heat resistant, silicone is also less porous than latex, so a silicone nipple may be better at resisting bacteria, which can settle into any textured material. Neither silicone nor latex is made with BPA.

Note : BPA is banned from bottles

In July 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups nationwide. The FDA ban came about nine months after the chemical industry petitioned the FDA to ban such uses on grounds of “abandonment,” meaning that no one was using it for that purpose anymore.

BPA was used in baby bottles made of polycarbonate, a hard, translucent plastic that can be clear or colored. To be sure you are not using bottles that contain BPA, don’t use bottles that are marked with the number 7, a group that includes polycarbonate.

Safety Tips

DO:

  • Wash your hands before preparing your baby’s bottle or before breastfeeding.
  • If you are breastfeeding and want to begin using a bottle, have someone else introduce your baby to the bottle. Your baby may associate you with breastfeeding and resist if you try to give her the bottle yourself. Jatinder Bhatia, a neonatologist and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition, recommends starting that process about four weeks before you want the baby to rely on a bottle. So, for example, if you know you are going back to work and putting your baby into a daycare, start introducing a bottle about a month before.
  • Get tough with glass. Thoroughly clean glass bottles by washing them in the top rack of a dishwasher, or wash them in hot tap water with dishwashing detergent and rinse them in hot tap water. You can also use a sterilizer or boil glass bottles in water for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Thoroughly clean plastic and polycarbonate bottles by hand with hot soapy water, not in a dishwasher. Bottles may be labeled “dishwasher safe,” but polycarbonate ones can leach BPA after been exposed to high heat.
  • Also avoid putting any plastic product into a dishwasher, a bottle sterilizer, or microwave.
  • Wean your baby from a bottle by 12 months, if possible. By that time, he will be ready to drink from a sippy cup (just make sure it’s not made with polycarbonate). Prolonged bottle use (after 14 months) can cause your baby to consume too much milk and not enough food, cause cavities, and delay the development of feeding skills.
  • If you use formula, protect your baby’s teeth by wiping them with a washcloth or gauze pad after every feeding so that a layer of dental plaque doesn’t form.

DON’T:

  • Heat formula or breast milk in a microwave.
  • Give your baby a bottle of milk or formula to suck on during the night or at naptime. The habit can cause baby-bottle tooth decay, which is painful and difficult to treat and can cause problems for permanent teeth. Give your baby a bottle only at feeding times and don’t allow her to associate bottles with being in bed.
  • Prop your baby with a bottle (and let go). This feed-yourself practice can lead to choking, ear infections, and tooth decay as well as less cuddling and human contact, which all babies crave.
  • Give your baby a bottle to carry around and “nurse,” especially a glass bottle, even with a silicone sleeve. It’s dangerous (babies have been known to throw their bottles) and can lead to tooth decay, drinking too much, and sharing bottles with little friends, increasing the risk of colds and other infections. And the contents of the bottle can spoil, which can cause a foodborne illness, such as a stomach bug, which is no fun for your baby or for you.

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