Baby bottles are available in different types such as glass, plastic and plastic with disposable plastic liners.
Baby bottles can be used for those babies who cannot drink from a cup for feeding oneself or being fed.
Baby bottles are particularly used to feed an infant with infant formula.
Baby bottles can come in variety of styles, colors, materials and even nipple shapes.
Glass baby bottles are very durable but they are a little heavier to use and they are breakable.
Glass bottles were replaced decades ago by unbreakable plastic. Plastic baby bottles are also very strong and are more lightweight.
Bottles with liners are very convenient since the liners do not need to be sterilized, but these bottles are very expensive to use.
Some plastic baby bottles are shaped at an angle to minimize the amount of air the baby takes in her stomach when feeding. Smaller bottles are suitable for newborn babies who do not consume much milk.
Nipples for Baby Bottles
You can also choose several styles of nipples in either rubber or silicone. Nipples are categorized by flow rates. They are available in slow, medium and fast flow rates. You should use a new nipple for every three months.
Nipple choice depends on many factors such as, the age of your child, special needs, does the baby also breastfeed, and any other factors that are important to you like the type of material. As your baby gets older, buy nipples with larger holes.
Safe Way to Handle Baby Bottles:
Clean the bottles:
Clean the bottles, bottle caps, nipples in the dish washer. Boil all those for 5 minutes.
You should keep all the filled bottles of formula or breast milk in the refrigerator until just before feeding. Refrigerate ready-to-feed or concentrated formula.
Warming up the bottle:
Place the baby bottles in hot water for 5 minutes. After that shake the bottle and check the milk temperature and make sure that it is not too hot before feeding.
Never microwave baby bottles. Microwaves unevenly heat the bottle resulting in hotspots that can scald the babyâ€™s mouth and throat.
Most of the babies are happy with formula that is at room temperature. If your baby prefers warmed-up formula, heat the bottle by running it under hot water. When your baby is about halfway completed drinking the formula in the bottle, take a break and burp her to release any gas that may be build up in her belly.
Steps to be followed while feeding with baby bottles:
- As with breast feeding, you should be in a comfortable fashion, ensuring that your arms are well supported.
- Hold your baby half-sitting with her head in the crook of your elbow and her back along your forearm; this will allow her to swallow safely and easily.
- Test the temperature of the milk before begin bottle feeding.
- Slightly loosen the cap of the bottle so that air can get in.
- Hold the bottle in a position and keep the nipple full of milk so that you can prevent your baby from swallowing air with the milk.