The Requirements To Be Your Perfect Bottle
When you are looking for baby bottles there are some things you have to first understand. Even though every bottle seems to be just a medium for milk to flow into your little baby, but a few minor differences will make it either a lot of work for you, or a life saver.
For example, if your baby is a picky eater (which is not an uncommon thing) then get a good bottle even though it could be a bit pricier compared to regular bottles you get around your local area.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not telling you immediately purchase the most expensive bottle/bottle set you can find on the market. Just because a bottle is more expensive, it doesn’t mean it’s better.
The manufacturer might have dumped a lot of money into designing and making it, but it could end up being something impractical and completely useless to stressful parents like you and me. To get the best bottle possible, you should understand the type and the qualities of the baby bottle on sale out there.
There are typically two types of bottles:
- Glass – It doesn’t contain chemicals or contamination like BPA, and BPS. However, it’s a bit more pricey compared to the plastic types. For those who are stressed out and sleepy (most of us), it’s very easy to shatter these. Some companies offer plastic protection sleeves, but they only offer better grip and preventing burns while you pour hot water to mix formula, but they don’t protect the bottles from shattering if they hit the floor.
- Plastic – These are the most common types of bottles. They are made of polypropylene which are simply long chains of hydro carbons. They are light, not capable of being shattered, but some contain BPA (also known as bisphenol A) which causes all kinds of health problems, so make sure you buy the BPA free only. This is why you should never accept second handed plastic bottles from a friend. The reason is because BPA regulation is pretty recent so older bottles have a higher chance of being contaminated.
An acceptable baby bottle should at least have the following qualities:
- vented – a bottle that’s vented will prevent as much as possible a baby from drinking air from her milk. If babies drink the extra air, then it’s very likely for them to develop colics
- easy to clean – bottles that are vented will be much harder to clean. If you are already stressed out by sleep deficiency then get unvented bottles that are simple in design. Simply burp your baby more after she eats.
- simple parts
- similar to breast
- leak proof
- accurate measurements
- travel convenient
- feels like a mother’s nipple so babies who are converting from breast to bottle won’t have any nipple confusion and refuses the bottle
- it shouldn’t flow too fast, because she would be too lazy to suck on a mother’s breast which has a slower flow not to mention choking on it
- appearance – babies might need familiarity when it comes to recognizing nipples, so try to get a bottle nipple to looks similar to an actual breast even though quite often this factor doesn’t play a major role
- costs – as low as possible without compromising the quality of the bottle
My Personal Recommendations
Even though it seems impossible for any baby bottle to satisfy all the requirements I stated above, but such bottles do exist. They are my personal favorites. If you want to know what are the best baby bottles for newborns, then here it is:
This is a very realistic bottle nipple compared to an actual mother’s breast. It’s very soft almost to the point of imitating an actual contact with mother’s skin.
It also has a shorter nipple which doesn’t hold too much milk and limits choking unlike other bottle brands.
It’s easy to wash. They are vented like Dr. Brown’s bottles but they don’t have any complicated tubing. It’s only the bottle and nipple. It’s a very simple design.
To use the vent properly, hold it at an angle in which the vent hole should be close to the tip of the baby’s nose.
Some people complain that their slow flow nipples are too fast and choke their babies. That is due to usage errors. Whenever you heat up the milk, there will a lot of air pressure inside the bottle that can change how to the milk flows out.
In order to change that you have to make sure you release the gas to ensure that the slow flow works.While using something clean and sterile, squeeze the bottle nipple while the it’s facing the ceiling and listen for the extra air to escape. Do this before you put it into your baby’s mouth for optimal results.
You know you did a good job if you can’t hold it upside down without dripping. This means that milk won’t flow out of the bottle unless your baby puts effort into sucking it out. Compared to other bottles, this bottle is practically leak proof when you use it correctly this way.
The designer also paid a lot of attention to details. The design made so that the cap of the bottle tightly fits contact with the bottle nipple. This prevents any milk from leaking out even if your bottle is not completely upright. unlike other bottles out there. This makes it a very good choice for traveling, because your bottle will most likely roll around in your bag. There’s also an indentation on the cap that prevents the bottle from rolling away.
A lot of baby bottles that imitates mother’s breast are usually soft to the point of collapsing if the baby drinks aggressively. Lansinoh does not have that problem.
Even though the bottle nipple is soft, it is made of thicker good grade silicone material so it sturdy enough to retain it’s shape throughout feeding.
The most interesting thing about this bottle is that it’s extremely light. Babies usually don’t have a lot of muscle power to hold up their milk bottle, but this bottle is light to the point where they can hold on to it with one hand. One thing that’s weird about these bottles is that the nipple is inserted from the top rather than the bottom.
My Final Recommendation For You Is:
Just as the name implies, these are disposable “bottles” in the form of bags. They connect to the nipple and your baby can drink directly from it.
They are already sterilized so it’s ready to be used on the go without extra cleaning. The idea behind these disposable liners is that you can push out the air from the bottom of the liner, then flip it upside down for your baby to drink.
They prevent air from mixing with milk so that colics can also be prevented this way. Even though it’s cool and all, but it’s one time use only, but it’s convenient for those who travel and want to keep things simple and avoid washing bottles. Don’t rely on this on a daily basis if you’re not in an emergency because the costs can seriously add up. It costs about $5 for 100 liners.
What About The Other Bottle Brands?
You might be wondering why I didn’t mention the other more famous bottle brands like D. Brown or Como Tomo. The reason I didn’t recommend them is simply because they have a lot of their own issues. If you are adventurous, have the extra cash then give them a try. Or else, I highly recommend you save your money and just go for the ones I recommended.
- Dr. Brown – These bottles used to come in glass, but now they are lighter BPA free versions. They are about $5 for a bottle. Dr. Brown is the one that invented these bottles so that babies can avoid eating the extra air from their milk. When babies consume the air along their milk, it’s possible for them to vomit their milk or develop colic, which is a very uncomfortable abdominal pain that makes babies cry very hard. These bottles work by having a straw in the middle which evens out the negative pressure that draws air into the bottle. The idea behind this is to imitate an actual breast, because breasts itself doesn’t trap air after a baby sucks the milk out. These bottles are awesome for parents who wants to take a break from breast feeding, and feed their little ones with bottled breastmilk. However, they have a lot of parts and can be a hassle to clean. The bottle itself doesn’t leak unless you shake it too much or remove the straw. If you really don’t want the straw then you can get the “no straw” version, also known as the “option” version. They aren’t quite as good and there’s no colic prevention so it’s up to you if you want to use it or not.
- Munchkin latch has very little parts to it so it’s pretty straightforward when it comes to cleaning. When your little one is ready to use sippy cups, he can also reuse the same bottles from before and just simply change out the nipple. A manual breast pump is also included.
- Como tomo – Very soft and gentle. It has a strange extra length nipple which could be a problem for some babies who aren’t used to it. The nipple itself also seems to be pretty hard for the baby to grip on to because it actually slips a bit. The bottle mouth is pretty big which is good for those who mix formulas, and want to prevent spills. It’s pretty
- MAM – It has many parts to it making it extremely difficult to wash which involves different typs of rings and caps which is pretty annoying.
- Breastflow – This bottle has a very thin outer nipple and a hard inner nipple. The idea behind this is that the flow of milk is slowed down from the gap between two nipples. However, quite often, milk “sits” on the outer nipple after it flows out of the inner nipple. At this point, milk flows just as fast as any other nipples, probably even faster. The double sounds interesting but practically, it’s not that good.
- Adiri – This nipple is very soft. It wouldn’t seem like a problem for your little one to latch on to it. Maintenance and cleaning could be an issue though.
- Lansinoh – This bottle is extremely soft and thick. It doesn’t have a lot of complicated parts so it’s very easy to maintain and clean like Dr. Brown. Even though that’s the case, it’s also vented at the nipple.
- Tommee Tippee- Parents find these bottles flowing too fast for their babies. Another problem with these bottles is that the bottle mouth is very big so you can only their nipples their bottles and not be able to inter exchange with other companies. However, it’s also a good thing because a bigger nipple more closely copies a mother’s breast, and this might make it good for eliminating breast bottle confusions. The wide mouth also makes it easier to scoop formula which can be a mess because formula spoons are usually huge.
- The Latch – It’s a very interesting nipple that collapses and stretches like a paper fan (if you ever made one when you were little you will know what I am talking about). The idea behind this nipple is that milk only comes out when your baby sucks on it which heavily imitates the breast. Obviously, the problem with this nipple is that it’s too easy to collapse. Ideally, it should flow like a breast, but sometimes it can still choke a baby because the flow is a bit fast.
- Mixie – These bottles lean more towards formula users because it has a inner chamber that you can store dry formula powder with. The idea behind it is that when it is time to feed your baby, you just need to press a button, then shake the bottle, then the milk will be ready to drink. Even though that’s the case, the problem with these bottles is that the inner chamber starts losing “grip” after long time use, and it comes off leaking formula powder without warning.
- Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding – these “bottles” are actually similar to the playtex drop ins, but they didn’t mention anything about being pre sterilized, and they are not one time use only. The idea is similar behind the collapsing pouch which is to prevent air from mixing in with the milk. These are more meant for those who wants to feed their babies breast milk with a bottle. The pouch itself comes with a pump in which you can pump your breast milk into, store it for later and warm it up for your baby to drink. The idea is to allow you to feed directly from the pouch so that you don’t lose some breast milk from transferring from pouch to bottle.
- Life factory glass bottle – These are glass bottles that comes with a protective sleeve. However, it’s still not really shatterproof even though that’s the idea of the protective sleeves.
- Adiri NxGen – These seem to be very interesting designed, but they have hard nipples, and are super expensive. I highly don’t recommend.
When Should Your Baby Start Drinking From Bottles?
Sometimes you should start during the first day when your baby is born. Typically you have no choice because your baby is too much of a sleepy head to latch on to a nipple of the mother’s breast. However, try as often as you can to let your baby latch onto your breast in the beginning. The reason is because breast milk requires effort to consume, and bottle milk simply drinks itself by flowing out with gravity. If your baby gets “addicted” to drinking bottle milk in the beginning then breastfeeding will be pretty hopeless. This is why you should wait for a couple of weeks for your baby to latch on to actual breast nipples before introducing bottles.
When Should Your Baby Move On To “Regular Milk”?
You should wait until your baby is at least 12 months old (theoretically). If your little one constipates a lot, then this is still not the ideal age for her, because cow’s milk alone easily causes constipation.