Buying a Baby Bottle
Baby Bottles 101: How to buy the right baby bottle
Types of Baby Bottles
Straight-Neck / Standard Bottles
Disposable Liner Bottles
Natural Flow Bottles
Types of Bottle Nipples
Naturally Shaped Nipples
Bottle & Nipple Tips:
- Eliminate germs through hot water sterilization, a steaming system, or microwave sterilization before and after feeding
- Throw out cracked, chipped and broken bottles
- Replace discoloured, cracked, thin or swollen nipples
- Use the appropriate nipple type based on your baby’s comfort, experience and development
- Throw away disposable liners after every use
- Using nipples and collars from the same manufacturer helps ensure a tight fit and avoids messy leaks
Baby Bottle Features
A baby bottle can be made from glass, polypropylene plastic, synthetic resins, and other BPA-free materials. Bottles come in straight and angled shapes and feature tall or wide bases.
Designed to mimic the mother’s breast for easy feeding, the nipple helps transition baby from breast to bottle. Nipples are made of silicone or latex and come in three different flow-rate designs to accommodate your baby’s development and comfort. A slow-flow nipple is good when your baby is first being introduced to bottle-feeding. A medium-flow nipple works well once your baby becomes comfortable with slow feeding. A fast-flow nipple is appropriate when your baby gets confident with feeding, usually after a few months.
Wide Neck/Broad Base +
Wide neck bottles feature a broader nipple base than standard bottles. Choosing between a broad vs. standard nipple base is really a matter of preference — especially for baby during the transition from breast to bottle. These bottles also feature a wide neck to make them easy to hold during feeding. The broad base also allows for easier cleaning and reduces the chances of spill when adding formula powder or pumped milk to the bottle.
The bottle lid or cover caps onto the nipple to prevent leakage or spill in transit. These seals keep the nipple clean until feeding time, helping to prolong to life of the nipple and avoid early discolouration.
Cap Ring +
The cap ring is designed to connect the nipple to the bottle. It is available in a variety of sizes to accommodate bottle shape and nipple base.
Disk Seals +
Certain brands and types of baby bottles feature separate disk seals under the cap ring. These seals help to prevent fluid spill and are convenient when transporting a baby bottle containing pre-made feed.
Disposable Liner +
Used with reusable plastic bottles, disposable liners reduce air intake during feeding to prevent gas and discomfort. Convenient for on-the-go needs, these liners are pre-sterilized and should be thrown out after use.
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How to prepare a bottle for a feed
Caring for your baby bottle
- Uncap bottle and separate parts immediately after feeding
- Rinse with hot water to remove residue
- Wash with baby bottle specific soap and brush for first stage cleaning
- Sterilize bottles with the sterilizing system
- Store clean bottles in the sterilizing system
- Dry bottles thoroughly to prevent contaminant build up