Bottle Feeding – Bottle Accessories

[fb_button][wdgpo_plusone]At the beginning, most likely you will not know if you will breastfeed your baby, or not. You may want to do, however because of some reasons you may not be able to breastfeed. For being on the safe side, better to have bottles and bottle accessories in your baby registry.

Feeding and baby bottle accessories include more than bottles, bottle brushes and nipples. bottle carriersBottle Feeding - Bottle Accessories and bottle warmersBottle Feeding - Bottle Accessories help ensure that you will always be prepared to feed your baby whether you at home or at a playdate. Breastfeeding accessories like nursing pillow help mom and baby stay comfortable during feedings. As your infant grows, s/he will graduate to solid foods, and high chairs, food grinders and feeding utensils will become handy.

When it comes to baby bottles, they differ greatly in regards to nipple design and bottle size and shape. Babies are often particular when it comes to feeding, and some prefer nipples that more closely mimic their mother breast. Colicky babies may be soothed by a bottle that reduces air intake while feeding. I have tried to cover this area, in my previous post : Bottle Feeding – Bottles

As one of the important accessories, drying racksBottle Feeding - Bottle Accessories have space for straws, bottles, valves and brushes, so your feeding accessories dry quickly and remain free of germs. As your baby learns to use a cup, you can replace a bottle with a spill-proof sippy cup. Toddler cups with handles help children practice their independence and feed themselves. Portable bowls with lids and disposable utensils let you bring snacks along wherever you go.

Baby high chairsBottle Feeding - Bottle Accessories come in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes (which will be covered later on in this site). If you have a smaller kitchen, you may prefer to add a booster seatBottle Feeding - Bottle Accessories to an existing chair. Those with more room can pull a high chair up to the table. Many of the booster seats and high chairs fold flat for easy storage and have easily washable seat covers. Some recline to accommodate newborns, infants and toddlers.

Here are the main items in this section :

Bottle Brush

It’s very hard to clean bottles with regular sponge – especially if you forgot to wash last nights bottles! When you wash the bottle with a brush, you will be sure that they are fresh and clean for the next feeding. Some brushes has little attach brush with that even you can reach every little space. With the brush you can reach every part of the bottle. Just keep your mind some drying racks come with the brush.

Before buying a brush you may want to check that if it is BPA Free and dishwasher safe.

Here I am listing 3 different Bottle Brushes that has the best rating on Amazon Customer Reviews.


Bottle nipple

The baby bottles have different kinds of nipples. In the beginning you will need slow flow nipples. Because your baby’s muscles are not strong enough to drink medium or fast flow nipples.

Selecting a bottle nippleBottle Feeding - Bottle Accessories is not an easy task. This is usually a case of trial and error. Bottle-feeding takes practice and many babies need time to get used to latching on and controlling the flow of milk through the nipple. Don’t worry about your baby going hungry while you experiment — a ravenous baby will likely drink from any nipple that’s offered (it just may not be the most comfortable feeding of his life).

Bottle nipples are first categorized by your baby’s age (generally preemie, newborn, 3-6 months, 6+ months, depending on the brand). Nipples meant for older babies allow a faster flow because they eat more at every feeding. If you see a lot of milk or formula spilling out the sides of your baby’s mouth during feedings or he’s gagging and spitting up, he might need a smaller, slower, firmer preemie nipple at first. As your baby gets older and better at controlling the flow of milk, you can change to larger, heavier-flow nipples to make feeding easier and faster.

Other things to consider are nipple shape and texture — some are angled, some are flatter, and all have different venting systems (which is fancy-speak for how many holes the nipple has to let air pass through). You may have to try different nipples until your baby has a developed a good latch. A good latch will keep as little air as possible from getting into his stomach, which could make him extra gassy.

Remember that there’s more to feeding that just the type of bottle and nipple you use. The setting and mood make a difference as well — so if your baby suddenly becomes a difficult feeder (many infants go through these phases) don’t automatically blame your equipment. For example, as a baby’s eyesight develops and he can see things farther away, he may get distracted and lose focus during feedings — and moving your rocking chair away from the window or to a more serene location may help him concentrate better on the task at hand.

Since there are many many different brands and types of Bottle Nipples, I’m not going to give you any link for a specific product. Instead, from this link you can go to that section directly and pick the right one for your little one : Bottle NipplesBottle Feeding - Bottle Accessories

Formula Mixing Pitcher (or Formula Mixer)

I never used any of these. But what I read is, it makes easy to mix baby formula. What I was doing when I was giving formula for my first one is, shaking the bottle (with formula and water in it). So if you ask me, it’s not really necessary.


Drying Rack

Drying racks are basically where your bottle and nipples will dry. They have space for straws, bottles, valves and brushes, so your feeding accessories dry quickly and remain free of germs. It’s not something that you have to have but it’s nice to have all bottles and accessories in one place and clean. If you will buy one; it is better to check it’s height (some has  adjustable height – so bigger bottles can fit), BPA Free or not, and dishwasher safe or not.