How to buy baby bottles
A baby bottle buying guide
When you're shopping for your baby, you must consider many things before any purchase you make. This is true for every aspect of your baby's life, especially when it comes to feeding your little one. When you're deciding how to buy baby bottles, think about the age of the baby, any health conditions the baby has, types of nipples available and types of bottles and accessories available.
>> Consider the baby's age
The first thing to consider when looking at which baby bottles to buy is how old the child is. If your child is between birth and three months, you want nipples that have a very slow drip. From three months to six months, you want a medium-flow nipple. When the child reaches six months, it's time to switch to a fast-flow nipple. As the child reaches one year, start transitioning to sippy cups, so at that point, look for a bottle with a straw or a nipple that is shaped more like a sippy cup nipple.
The size of the bottle is also related to the baby's age. Bottles come in five and nine ounces. Children under the age of six months need a bottle that holds four ounces of milk or formula. Babies this age drink only two to four ounces at a time. Once the child reaches six months of age, he or she increases to about six to eight ounces of formula or milk at a time. You can find various baby bottle sizes in most of the different types and brands.
>> Consider health needs
All children are not the same, and when you are figuring out which baby bottles to buy, consider the child's health concerns. The main health concerns that dictate types of baby bottles are colicky children and those who must drink thickened formula. You can tell which baby bottles to buy for these children by reading the information on the bottle and looking at the nipple type.
A child who needs thickened formula will use a fast-flow nipple. Even if the baby is young, you want a nipple that has holes big enough to allow the thickened formula through. if your child is fussy and is colicky, you'll want a bottle and nipple that reduce the amount of air the child takes in. Bottles similar to the VentAir baby bottles are good choices because they're angled, preventing excess air from entering the nipple and the baby's mouth.
>> Types of baby bottles
When you're considering how to buy baby bottles, do a baby bottle comparison. The different types of bottles stem from differences in material used and styles available. Look at a baby bottle comparison guide when figuring out which are the best baby bottles to buy for your child.
The materials used in bottles are glass, metal and plastic. Many people avoid plastic bottles because of BPA; however, BPA is banned in the use of baby bottles. The benefits of buying types of baby bottles made with glass or metal is the fact that they won't deteriorate. Glass bottles, although more expensive, are heat resistant. With stainless steel bottles, you don't have to worry about toxins leaching into the milk or formula.
As you determine which baby bottles to buy, consider the types of bottle shapes that are available. The chart below lists different types of baby bottles and the benefits of each design.
How to buy baby bottles by type
|Standard bottle ||Standard bottles have straight edges and come in many baby bottle sizes. You can find this type of bottle in colored or clear plastic. They're often the most inexpensive bottles. |
|Angle neck ||Angle-neck bottles have a bend at the neck, making them easier to hold in a position to prevent the baby from swallowing air. The biggest downside to these bottles is attempting to fill them. |
|Wide neck ||Wide-neck bottles are often shorter and wider than standard bottles. They can be found in plastic or glass. They're ideal for babies who both nurse and drink from a bottle. The nipples can be found in multiple flow types, including a Y cut for thickened formula. |
|Disposable liners ||Some bottles have a pocket for a disposable bag to fit inside. A ring goes over the bag to keep it in place, and then it can be filled. You need a new bag every time you fill the bottle; however, you have to clean only the nipple. Because the bags collapse, air does not build up. |
|Natural flow ||With natural-flow bottles, a multi-part system prevents air bubbles from forming. These are ideal for infants who have colic or are fussy due to gas. |
|Breast mimicking ||Bottles that mimic the breast, similar to the Avent Natural bottles, are types of bottles that are great for moms who nurse but have to use a bottle sometimes. These have nipples that feel and work the same way that nursing does. These nursing bottles have minimal parts, which makes cleaning easy. |
|Glass/stainless steel ||Glass and stainless steel are used for environmental reasons. They are easy to clean and don't deteriorate. They are ideal for children who have compromised immune systems because they can be completely sanitized. |
|Vented ||Vented bottles have an air vent at the bottom of the bottle instead of at the top. The vent at the bottom prevents air from flowing into the nipple and being consumed. If your child has colic or gas problems, consider a vented bottle. |
When considering how to buy baby bottles, don't forget to look at accessories. Baby bottle drying racks make cleaning and sanitizing the bottles easier. These racks can handle several baby bottle sizes, and some even have a specific place for nipples.
When you shop for baby bottles, make sure you look at all related baby products. Many babies drink from their bottle while in strollers. Look for baby gear and a baby gear bundle that makes traveling with a bottle-feeding baby easier, including a cooler, cup holder and products that make it easier to transport the formula.