If you have decided to bottle feed your baby, are expressing your milk, or you are wanting to supplement breastfeeding with a bottle, it is important that you choose a bottle that is right for your baby. Although with such a vast array of baby bottles available knowing which one to choose can be difficult.
To help you establish a good bottle feeding routine or to help ease the transition from breast to bottle you may find the following tips on how to choose the right baby bottle useful.
Buy a bottle with anti-air bubble features
If your baby swallows bubbles of air it can lead to wind, a crying baby and fretful parents. Minimise the chances of your baby swallowing air bubbles by purchasing a bottle which has anti-air bubble features such as vents, an angled top or drop-in inserts.
Dr Brown’s range of bottles is designed for minimising wind and colic and come with various anti-air bubble features.
Experiment with different bottles
Of course you won’t know which bottle is best for your baby unless you have experimented with a few. Whilst there is no need to go overboard and buy every bottle available, select three or four of the most recommended bottles and try each one.
Dedicate a sufficient amount of time to see how your baby responds to each bottle. Make a note if your baby slept better with a certain bottle, went longer between feeds or seems to have less wind.
Nipple shaped teats
If your baby has grown used to breastfeeding or you are mix feeding with the bottle and the breast choosing a bottle that has a wide-based ‘nipple-like’ teat will help your baby make the transition from breast to bottle.
Consider the flow of the teat
The flow of which the milk comes out of a bottle varies quite significantly and basically depends on the size of the holes on the teat. A general rule of thumb is that newborns will need a slower flowing teat, which comprises of just one small hole as bigger holes can result in them gulping too fast and having excessive wind. As your baby grows she will be able to handle a faster flowing teat.