TYPES OF BOTTLES
STANDARD BABY BOTTLES
These are usually narrow, cylindrical bottles either plain, or decorated with various appealing designs. They will fit a range of standard teats and have lids that press on the teat to seal. They are made of plastic, which these days is BPA and phthalate free so no chemicals leaching into the milk. They are generally generic brands that you can find at the supermarket or department stores.
Pros: Widely available, likely to fit accessories such as bottle warmers and sterilisers, least expensive type of bottle.Wont break when dropped.
Cons: Not as easy to clean as wider necked counterparts. Plastic eventually starts looking worn, the plastic becomes dull. Not so easy to clean over time.
WIDE NECK BABY BOTTLES
These are generally shorter and wider than standard bottles, but hold the same volume of milk. Usually take silicone rather than latex teats ( reduce potential allergy issues). They have the same self-sealing lid as the standard bottles. Bottles such as Avent and Bare come into this category.
Pros Easy fill and clean. Many come with added features such as anti colic bottles.
Cons Their shape can make them less versatile, it may be that you need a specific bottle steriliser to fit them.
Anti colic bottles are designed to reduce the amount of air your baby swallows whilst feeding, this is thought to be a possible cause of colic (uncontrollable crying in a healthy baby, as a result of trapped wind).To reduce the amount of air swallowed, these bottles usually have valves, tubes or collapsible bags for the milk that stop air bubbling through the milk which in practice reduces the air that can be swallowed by your baby. Anti colic bottles are worth a try if your babies cry for no reason a lot.
There are also drops that you can give your baby before feeding that can help with colic, one of my baby daughters had colic so I used both anti colic bottles and the drops with all three, they were a lot more settled! Click the link to Anti Colic Bottles Review.
Pros Reduce the amount of air swallowed when feeding
Cons May not work for all babies, more expensive than other bottles
BREAST FEEDING BOTTLES!
Some bottles are ergonomically designed to be easier for little hands to hold such as mimjumi or comotomo. They are also some of the best bottles to use in conjunction with breast feeding. Take a look at the best Breast Feeding Bottle Reviews.
Pros Easy-grip bottles encourage older babies to drink unaided.
Cons Can be more difficult to clean, may not fit in your steriliser.
Pros Visual aid to ensuring you don’t give your baby too-hot milk.
Cons More expensive than standard bottles, and using the inside of your wrist to test the milk works just as well.
MICROWAVE STERILISING BOTTLES
Using a microwave, these bottles don’t require any extra equipment for sterilising. You pour water into the base of the bottle, arrange the bottle components on top and microwave for three minutes. Avent are a very good product in this category and I had one of these.
Pros No need for other sterilising equipment, useful for travel as is neat and compact.
Cons Not as big as the usual sterilisers so cannot sterilise many all in one go, but sure is handy when on holiday.
BABY BOTTLE SETS AND SYSTEMS
Some manufacturers produce bottle sets with attachments such as handles to put onto bottles and trainer spouts and soft sippy spouts, for when your baby reaches the appropriate stage. Baby Bottle Systems do save money when buying for twins and triplets
Pros Good value for money and prolongs the life of your feeding system by adapting to their development.
Cons More expensive at the outset.
Disposable baby bottles/liners and teats can prove extremely useful when travelling and the facility for sterilising is impossible. As a regular use, probably would end up being too expensive. As an alternative a bottle liner can be used, these are sterile and slide inside the bottle, this is then filled with milk and the milk doesnt come in contact with the bottle at all. Still an expensive option and the nipple/teat would need to be sterilised.
Cons Expensive on a daily basis, generates waste.
These glass bottles are much more widely available now, and were brought back due to the concern about chemicals in the plastic bottles and the environmental disadvantages of using plastics but now plastics are BPA and polycarbonate free. Generally they are supplied with easy grip covers for the bottles.
Pros Don’t stain and environmentally friendly if the glass is recycled. They are easy to clean, no nicks or scratches that could harbour milk that leads to germs.
Cons Breakable and become more opaque over time. Easy grip covers are still not completely eco friendly. Bottles are heavier and more expensive at the outlay.
Self Heat Baby Bottles can create their own heat to warm the milk up in approximately 3 minutes. Very handy if youre out and about or travelling! Gone are the days of bottle warmers with car lighter plugs to warm the bottles !
Pros Very handy and definitely quick to get that hungry baby fed!
Cons Expensive outlay for twins or triplets.
These are a new thing to me as this wasn’t possible when my triplets were babies. The bottle holds the formula powder in separate compartment to the water, so all ready when required. A button is pressed that pops the top on the powder compartment and the top acts as an agitator within the milk to assist in even blending.Each brand of formula mixing bottles have different ways of achieving this process.
I would not recommend this bottle for any mom with premature babies, or for babies under 1 year as you have to remember that the formula powder is NOT sterile, and by mixing with water that is not at least at 60°C.
Pros Everything all in one place, no measuring out of powder, and completely fresh when required
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