Bottles and nipples: Where to Buy

Bottles are used to contain food for babies, including breast milk and formulas. Babies need bottles because they can't safely feed themselves, and their natural reflexes aren't developed enough to eat out of a bowl. There are many different styles and brands of baby bottles on the market, so it's important to make sure you're buying the right one for your little one. When picking out your baby's bottle, consider factors like nipple shape, size, length, and material; as well as how easy the bottle is to clean and prepare.

Getting started with bottle and nipple purchases

There are two ways to think about purchasing bottles. The most common way is to buy them all at once at the beginning of a baby's life. This is often called a newborn set, or starter set. You'll need eight to ten bottles if you're going to bottle-feed your baby. Bottles are also available individually at the grocery store or baby store. They're less expensive this way, but it depends on how you plan to wash and sterilize them.

Starting with 4 or 6 ounce bottles is a good place to start. They're ideal for the tiny quantities of breast milk or formula that infants consume all at once. At around 4 months, switch to 8- or 9-ounce bottles, or whenever your baby's developing appetite makes larger bottles more practicable. (If your infant is still young, you can start with bigger bottles and just fill them halfway.) However, having the smaller sizes can be beneficial.)

Bottles come with matching nipples, which are often slow-flowing for newborns and babies. When your baby's nipples wear out or he or she grows older and requires a quicker flow of breast milk or formula, you'll need to change them.

Tips for buying a baby bottle

When determining how many bottles to buy, keep the following factors in mind;

  • Cleaning and sanitising as you won't need as many bottles if you can clean them right after each feeding.
  • If you're going to prepare bottles ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator, you'll need a few extras.
  • Will your kid be at a daycare or at the home of a babysitter? You'll need to buy extra bottles if you want to give them to a caretaker.
  • Traditional glass and plastic bottles cost different prices per bottle.

Will my baby like its baby bottle?

Some infants can happily accept any bottle. Some people have a strong preference for a certain type of nipple or bottle and will refuse to use any other brand. With particular bottles, some babies experience less colic, gas, and spit-up.

Please remember!
Many bottles are intended to prevent these feeding issues by more efficiently releasing air.

You may discover that your baby has no preference, but you will most likely develop one if, for example, a certain brand of bottles and nipples leaks or has too many little components to clean.

To begin, purchase or register for a limited number of bottles and nipples, such as a few different bottle and nipple combinations or two different brands of infant starting sets.

Check internet reviews and ask friends about brands they prefer - such as Difrax :)

Manufacturers have created several types of bottles and nipples to replicate the experience of breastfeeding to make transitioning a breastfed infant to a bottle easier.

It's possible that you'll have to test a few to discover one that works for your child.