There is a confusing array of baby bottles on the market, how do you know which one would be the best ??? When trying to decide the last thing you want as a parent of twins or triplet is to buy the wrong one, its a lot of money getting sufficient bottles for two or three babies, that’s a huge outlay to make a mistake!
Take a look at the characteristics of baby bottles then all the different types of bottle you can find. You can then go through to reviews for each type. Happy hunting !
What is the Best Baby Bottle?
I have put together features to consider when you buy your baby bottles, to help you find the best baby bottle! Its a bit daunting as a first parent to plough through the minefield of baby bottles, especially when you have triplets or twins and know you are going to have to buy quite a few ! Have a read through the features below, hopefully they will be informative and give you a good insight into what you want ! I have then added a comprehensive list of different bottles,on the market, their shapes and sizes. To read in-depth about each bottle follow scroll down to t
Generally manufacturers supply two sizes of bottles – 4 oz and 8 oz ( 120mls and 230mls) However, like Dr Brown, there are few that produce an extra small bottle – 2oz size. What you require entirely depends on how much your baby feeds. The smaller sizes will be useful in the first few weeks, when your babies are tiny and have a tiny stomach. They will take between 2-4 oz at every feed for the first few weeks so the smaller bottles will be better, less heavy. But as they grow and require more volumes of milk so larger bottles will be needed. The small bottles still come in handy though when your babies are just thirsty and need a drink of water.
Measurement marks on the side of the baby bottles makes feeding time easy. When making up the formula it is extremely important that there is the correct water to powder ratio otherwise baby will become dehydrated if not enough water or lose weight if not enough formula powder. It is also convenient to see how much your baby has taken in the feed so you can monitor this. The measurements will be in metric mls and imperial ounces. The formula tub will tell you exactly how to make it up, how many scoops of powder to how much water. Its easy to do, generally 1 scoop of formula powder to 1 oz of water. You will need to check this carefully when you decide on which formula milk to use.
NUMBER OF PARTS
Most straight forward bottles will have four parts – the bottle, collar, nipple, lid. All easy and simple to put together and this is great if this sort of bottle suites your babies, but should they need one that is anti colic for example, then there may be extra parts such as tubing to reach the bottom of the bottle or flanges to act as vents for air. All will be cleanable, and all will be sterilisable too, but perhaps more fiddly to put together.
DO THE BOTTLES FIT WITH YOUR BREAST PUMP ?
It may be that you are breastfeeding your twins or triplets but not at every feed and so express breast milk for your Mom to help or your partner at feeding time, so a breast pump would be ideal and to avoid all the mess of having to decant milk from one bottle to another, far better to express straight into the bottle that you can feed your babies from. There are various breast pumps on the market and you can review them here: Breast Pumps But I don’t think you should stress over this one too much, its more important to have a bottle system that your babies are happy with and if that doesnt correspond to the breast pump then don’t stress about this one.
This is probably one of the most important parts of the bottle. The baby sucks on the nipple and milk passes through it and into baby’s mouth. They can be made of two materials – silicone ( the clear ones) and latex( the brown ones)
Latex is softer than silicone and more flexible, probably the closest to the feel of a nipple for baby. They will wear sooner than their silicone counterparts, and will get tiny tears and cracks so when washing make sure you inspect them carefully and replace when showing signs of wear. It ls also a possibility that your baby could be allergic to latex, so watch for this and replace with silicone if they are.
Silicone is firmer than latex and may take baby time to get used to this nipple but an allergy to silicone is incredibly rare which makes them more popular. They wear more slowly and wash well.
You will find that the nipples/teats may be different sizes depending on the flow they produce, they will also be marked as to what flow of milk they produce. It does depend on the make of teat you use, it may be that the teats are the same size so make sure you check what the flow is. Some will be slow flow, medium flow, fast flow. For a newborn, a slow flow teat would work best, because their tiny mouths then wont be flooded with milk and cause them to choke. As they get older you can move from the slow to medium, around 6 months and fast flow, from 9 months.
There are two general shapes of teat, the standard nipple shape and the orthodontic nipple which is worth considering as there is some thought that an orthodontic nipple will promote gum and jaw health. However they are not as easily available and are more expensive.Worth a thought but I brought my triplets up on the standard teat shape and their teeth, gums and jaw health is just fine !
This is really not too much of a concern, as all bottles, and all their parts are easily cleanable in warm soapy water using various bottle brushes and everything will go into the steriliser. Be aware that as time goes on, the plastic bottles and teats will scratch which can harbour germs. Some can be washed on the top shelf of the dishwasher, have a look at the packaging that your bottles come in to see if yours can do this. But bear in mind that this will shorten their life and if you use the bottom shelf, it will be too hot for the bottles and this will shorten their lifespan further. The bottles will still require sterilising after washing in the dishwasher.
This is an issue that causes a great nuisance. You’re up at 3 am feeding triplet 2 and the bottle has leaked all over the babygro so now you’re going to have to change him and whilst you do ,he’s spits up and messes the clean one you just put on him ! Leakage should not be an issue if the bottles are put together properly so if you have trouble with leakage, take the bottle apart and reassemble. Have a look at my reviews, I have commented about each bottle and if leakage is an issue with them, I have mentioned it.
In the beginning my triplets were feeding every 2-3 hours. I decided that the last thing I wanted to do was to be washing up bottles, trying to sterilise before they needed their next feed. So I got 24 4oz bottles to start with, with 24 nipples/teats. I had two steam sterilisers and they would be put on as soon as the first six were used, which was after feed 2. I would always make sure I had a steriliser full of clean bottles all the time, so I never had to worry about not having a bottle! They are expensive when buying for twins or triplets, but unfortunately there isn’t much of way round it.
Take a look at the Types of Bottles Page to decide which are best for you. Follow the links to find where the best price is for purchase.