Every mother wants what’s best for her baby. When it comes to feeding time, there are many things moms have to keep in mind. If you’re a breastfeeding mom who pumps or you have switched to formula, then you’re going to need baby bottles to store and feed your infant. There’s a large selection of baby bottles and nipples to choose from, which may be overwhelming, especially for new moms. So whether you’re using Hipp formula or your own milk, the following information can be used to help you determine which bottles are the best for your baby.
1. Keeping Colic at Bay
One of the worst ordeals for a new parent to go through is for a baby to develop colic. Simply put, colic is a severe, often fluctuating pain that dwells in your baby’s stomach. This leads to intestinal gas or obstruction, which can be painful for your infant, resulting in newborns and infants crying for hours upon hours, even after they’ve eaten, been changed and burped. There’s nothing worse than not being able to offer relief to your suffering baby.
The best way to prevent colic is to opt for bottles that don’t create air bubbles in your baby’s stomach. There are different models of bottles out now that are specifically designed to prevent colic. The ends of the bottle have rubber pieces with holes in them that allow air to escape, rather than enter into your baby. The health of your baby should always be a top concern, so make sure that you’re buying bottles that work for and not against your infant’s well-being.
2. Stay Away from BPA Bottles
It’s scary knowing that the baby industry doesn’t always have your baby’s best interest at heart. This is why moms have to pay special attention to the products they buy their infants. The same goes for baby bottles. Awareness has been risen regarding the dangers of BPA and its effects on children. This is a chemical that is found in many plastics and even in the lining of canned goods.
BPA releases synthetic estrogens, which can negatively affect brain and organ development, and even cause disease later in life. In women, increased estrogen levels can lead to breast cancer. But before you buy a bunch of BPA-free bottles, it’s important to note that many of these products have been found to release just as much estrogen, if not more, than BPA products. Make sure the manufacturer says that its product is free of all synthetic estrogens.
3. Don’t Overlook the Nipple
This is another vital component of the baby bottle and should be carefully considered. Are you planning to use Holle formula or are you looking to use breast milk only? The type of nipple you use will play a role in how easy it is to feed your baby from your breast and from the bottle without confusing him.
You can find different nipple sizes and shapes that resemble the human nipple. The things you want to pay attention to are the material and flow of the nipple. Silicone is the most popularly used material for nipples, but latex options are also available. The issue with latex is that it breaks down quickly, requiring you to replace them frequently.
4. How Easy is it to Clean?
This is a factor that is oftentimes overlooked by new moms. That uniquely shaped bottle may look cool, but cleaning it could be a disaster. And it’s very important to keep your baby bottles cleaned to prevent bacteria from growing and spreading. Then factor in that you’ll be using an upwards of 12 bottles daily, so ease of cleaning is definitely a top priority.
5. Glass versus Plastic
You have the option of choosing between glass and plastic baby bottles. Both have their pros and cons. For instance, glass is considered safer chemically-wise because there is no BPA present. However, they are also easier to break creating an increased risk of injury to your baby if you miss a glass shard on the floor. There are models that use glass that are very tough, so consider those if you’re interested in glass bottles. Plastic, on the other hand, begins to break down after repeated washes in hot water. This can be unhealthy for your baby, as it can start leaching chemicals in the milk or Lebenswert formula you use.
There’s a lot moms and dads have to plan for when having a baby. Make sure to add bottle-buying to your long list of things to research before the baby arrives.