– Having a newborn to care for brings about a lot of changes in your life along with a number of decisions that you must make. One of the first things that you will probably consider before you even have your baby is what you will do for feeding and nursing your child. Will you nurse or will you rely solely on bottles and formula? Even if you do decide to nurse your child, you will still want a few bottles on hand for the times when someone else will be feeding your baby. READ MORE ABOUT BOTTLES »
Since baby bottles and nipples are typically sold as sets, you'll probably start off with everything you’ll need to feed your infant. After a while, the nipples might start to look worn out a bit, or you might even lose one or two accidentally. This is where replacement nipples come in handy. You simply purchase the ones that have been designed to go with the bottles that you already have.
Some mother's prefer traditional glass bottles, and this style is still readily available. Of course, they are a bit heavier than plastic bottles, but other than that aspect, they perform just as well. Baby bottles are often sold in single packs and two packs, making it easy for mothers to purchase several different styles. This allows you to experiment with different shapes and sizes, enabling you to see if your baby has a preference for one type over another.
If you select plastic bottles, you might prefer those that are BPA free since the chemical has some parents concerned. While babies often exhibit no preference for a certain shape of bottle, they do seem to gravitate toward different styles of nipples.
You can purchase several kinds of accessories for use with baby bottles. They include bottle brushes, nipple brushes, drying racks, and dish soaps. Several manufacturers make these items.
Bottle brushes and nipple brushes are two essential items that moms will need to keep their baby's bottles and nipples clean. The bottle brush is larger and it is shaped somewhat like a cylinder so that it can clean the interior of the bottles. Nipple brushes are much smaller in diameter, enabling them to fit into the nipples in order to clean out any residue that remains.
Although you can use a gentle dish soap to wash up after feeding the baby, mild foaming soaps have been formulated specifically for keeping the bottles clean. This type of formula uses ingredients that are safe for babies, and it is gentle enough for use on the nipples as well as for the bottles and their caps and rings. You can also use it to clean pacifiers. BACK TO TOP »