Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, a baby milk bottle is an indispensable feeding accessory. There are so many different brands of baby milk bottle available in the market and each brand also has a few varieties of baby milk bottle.
New parents may find themselves confused as to how to select the right bottle. Here are a few points that might help you in selecting one.
Most important factor - Materials
One of the most important consideration of choosing a baby milk bottle is the material used to make the baby milk bottle. This is because materials used to make baby milk bottle can seep into baby’s formula milk and enter baby’s body. For some plastics, it will break down at high temperature and seep into baby’s food.
First, choose one that is BPA (Bisphenol A) free, PVC free and phthalate free. BPA is a chemical that has many negative effects on the health of the baby and should be avoided. It can seep into the food and impact the health of the growing baby.
Try to avoid bottles that contain BPS (Bisphenol S) as this chemical can also seep into the baby’s food and has a negative impact on health.
Because of BPA’s harmful effect, many manufacturers have switched to Polypropylene or Polypropene (PP) and Polyethersulfone (PES) in the production of baby milk bottles.
One disadvantage of Polypropylene or Polypropene (PP) milk bottles is that they will lose their transparency over time, lessening their active useful life. When put into boiling water or sterilize cycles, PP bottles have a limited shelf-life and need to be replaced more often.
Polyethersulfone (PES) plastic is able to withstand higher temperature and it will retain their tensile strength and form with continuous use at temperatures as high as 180 degree Celsius. PES is ideal for the construction of baby bottles because it can be safely and easily sterilized.
Glass is another material for construction of baby milk bottle. If you use glass bottle, you probably do not need to worry about chemical leach. However, for glass bottle, it will break if once it drops down.
It is recommended to use glass bottle for newborns.
Design to reduce colic, spit up and burping
After the material of the bottle, if price is not your concern, then design to reduce colic should be the second important factor in selection.
During feeding session, colic, spit up and burping may occur which can cause discomfort to your baby. If this happens at night, it will wake up a sleepy baby.
Colic, spit up and burping not only cause discomfort in your baby, but also waste formula milk.
Different manufacturers have different patented technologies in venting system to reduce colic, spit up and burping. You just need to make sure this feature is mentioned in the baby milk bottle you purchase.
FuelBaby bottles have an anti-colic design that helps reduce the amount of air your child swallows as he or she drinks. In turn, this minimizes uncomfortable pressure and gas in your baby’s tummy, allowing him or her to consume meals more comfortably.
(FuelBaby bottle is exclusively available on Relaxed Parent and has a promotion on buying of two or more bottles from the site)
Nipple materials and shape
Materials used to make nipple are either latex or silicone varieties. Latex nipples are softer and more flexible, but they don't last as long and some babies are allergic to them.
Nipples that made of silicone are firmer and are able to hold their shape longer.
If you are breastfeeding, shape of nipples should be an important consideration for buying a baby milk bottle. You should pick nipples that resemble shape of mom’s breast in order to avoid nipple confusion in baby.
Nipple size and flow
Nipples can have one hole, two holes or four holes. This is to cater to different needs of babies at different ages. Make sure you buy one that fits into your baby’s developmental stage.
Formula Dispenser and other add ons
Apart from the material, design and pricing, you would also like to take into consideration the comfort level that the product can bring to you. Some bottles come with a formula dispensing container attached to them. This adds to the ease of using the bottle on the go or preparing for mid-night feed.
Some manufacturers, may also pack a cleaning brush into the pack. These add ons will cost you slightly more but could prove value for money while you discover the benefits they bring.
Hope above can help you select a suitable baby milk bottle.