Selecting a milk bottle for your baby

 
Contributed by : Palak Vyas   
Selecting a milk bottle for your baby

Selection of milk bottle can be based on many parameters like nipple shape, nipple flow, bottle material and bottle shape.

Keep the following points in mind while buying a milk bottle for your child:


  • Bottle material: The glass bottles are heavy, BPA (a chemical used in plastics) free, can last longer and can be easily cleaned. But they need to be handled with care while. They are more expensive than plastic ones.


The silicone bottles are light and unbreakable, BPA free. Often they are soft but more expensive than the plastic and glass ones.

The plastic bottles are light, unbreakable and inexpensive. Generally, parents don’t prefer using plastic though they are very convenient to use.

The stainless steel bottles are light, unbreakable, BPA free, last longer, not very expensive too.

Parents can use any of the above material depending upon their preference and convenience.


  • Bottle shape: Most bottles are slightly curved or angled for easy grip. Height and width should be chosen based on baby’s convenience to hold.


  • Disposable bottles are also available in the market if you want to use during travelling, when washing and cleaning are not possible.


  • Venting system: There are bottles available in the market which claim to be anti-colic. It has a straw-like component so that the baby doesn’t ingest gas bubbles.


  • Number of bottles: Depending upon how you use it, minimum 2 to 4, to a maximum of 8 to 10 bottles can be required.


  • Nipples: There are two varieties- silicone and latex available in the nipple material. Flat-topped and wide nipples are better.


  • Nipple size and flow: For preemies and newborn, the smallest size is preferable while for a grown-up baby, there are nipple sizes and flow which are larger and faster respectively.



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