How to choose a bottle for your little boss?
Some bottles are designed to work similar with the breastfeeding experience and others are better for formula-fed babies.
These are the various types of baby bottles and how they are different from one and another.
Simple and traditionally designed bottles work well for most babies.
Bent at the neck to prevent air from filling the nipple, which may make for easier feedings and a less gassy baby.
Short and squat, these bottles have a wide opening up top. This type of bottle will have wider nipple, too, echoing the breastfeeding experience. Suitable for babies who will be going from breastfeed to bottle frequently.
What are the baby bottle materials?
Each type of bottles has its pros and cons besides that each bottles are different depend on your baby, your family’s lifestyle and how to plan to use them.
Lightweight and inexpensive. Plastic is the standard when it comes to baby bottles, especially since the FDA no longer permits the use of bisphenol A (BPA). Mommies need to replace these bottles every few months (suggested 6 month).
This type of bottle are heat- and shock-resistant, and often come with silicone sleeves for an extra layer of protection. These don’t need to be replaced unless the bottle is chip or break.
The silky and smooth type of bottleis a great, flexible material for both bottles and nipples.
The different types of baby bottle nipples
Baby bottles usually include nipples, but nipples can be purchased separately and it come in different shapes and types, which is especially helpful for babies with special feeding needs.
Bell-shaped, usually latex nipples that come with most baby bottles.
Designed to protect baby’s palate, these nipples have a bulbous top and flatter base. Most of the brands are producing this type of nipple.
Shaped more like the breast, these have a bigger base bulb and a flatter top.
Designed to prevent colic and gassiness.
These are designed to be able to provide different stage flows in the same nipple. Adjust the positioning of the nipple to control the flow.
What will be the different for baby bottle nipple sizes and stages?
Nipples for baby bottles come in stages that are defined by their flow. The flow will represent how how fast or slow the milk comes out, which is controlled by the size of the hole in the nipple.
Nipples will usually be marked with the stage or level right on the box, along with baby’s recommended size and age range for each stage.
- Stage 1 nipples:
Newborns usually start with Stage 1 slow flow nipples, meant to slowly distribute milk as the baby’s mouth compresses.
Stage 2 nipples:
Our little boss usually move on to Stage 2 (or higher) as they can handle a quicker and larger flow of milk.
Stage 3 nipples:
Some babies do just fine with Stage 2 nipples until they grow bigger around 6 months.If the little boss seems to be pulling hard on Stage 2 nipples, it's time to move on to the next stage.
Some of us may have difficulty during the transition from breastfeeding to bottle feed. It will be a long trying and errror process but if you are lucky, little boss will be happy to use the first baby bottle you had bought.
Check out our list of different baby bottle which may suits your little boss.