Parenting is not an exact science. There is a lot of decision-making and it can be an overwhelming experience. This is especially true if you are a first-time mom. One area where many new moms and moms-to-be are struggling to get it right is when to replace nipples and bottles.
Day and night, you’ve been researching the best type of nipples and bottles for your baby. When to switch from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding? Which type of bottle is right for your child? Are the expensive stainless steel ones worth it? Does glass last longer than plastic? How can I make sure I clean my bottles thoroughly enough to be safe for my baby?
Here’s the thing;
Replace nipples and bottles when they are damaged, mouldy, cracked, or when there are problems with the flow of liquid. This will reduce the risk of contamination of the baby's feeding as he/she may be more likely to suckle only on one side.
Signs that a nipple should be thrown out
When bottles are in hot, wet places, it can be hard to tell if the nipple should be thrown out. There are definite signs that you should replace your bottle nipples, though.
Check bottle nipples for symptoms of wear and tear on a regular basis (at least every two to three months):
- Breast milk or formula is dispensed in a steady stream. The liquid should flow steadily from the nipple; if it rushes out, the opening is too large, and the nipple has to be changed.
- Discolouration as this might indicate that the nipple is beginning to deteriorate.
- Thinness as this is an indication that the nipple is deteriorating. Pull hard on the bulb to see how strong a nipple is. The nipple should return to its natural shape after some time. If it doesn't, toss the nipple out.
- Stickiness or puffiness in the nipple might indicate that it is deteriorating.
Cracks, rips, or fractures in the nipple might result in parts breaking off and posing a choking hazard.
Signs that a bottle should be thrown away
Bottles are one of the most critical items in a baby's life. They are especially important when your child is new, since they keep your little one fed and full during an age where they can't be off their bottle without getting upset. If you notice any signs that your baby's bottle is getting used up, you should definitely get a new one set up. Your youngster might cut, squeeze, or hurt himself if there are cracks, chips, or fractures, especially if you're using glass bottles.
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