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Baby bottles

          Baby bottles is a huge part of baby routine, that is why it is very important to choose the right one and know how to use it properly. Perhaps this list will help you to find any interesting and needed information.

          What kind of I should buy?

Which is better: glass or plastic baby bottles? Your baby might give clues to which he likes the best. Some things to consider: Plastic bottles are lighter than glass and are shatterproof, which is an enormous benefit. But some parents may want to avoid a chemical called bisphenol A that is used in some plastic bottles. If so, you should look for the plastic bottles that just say "BPA-free."

          Bottle nipples

Most nipples are made of silicone or latex and come in any shape you want. They sometimes have different flow rates, which correspond to the size of the nipple's hole. You might want to consider trying several types of nipples to see what your baby likes the best. Be sure to check nipples regularly for signs of wear or cracking and replace those, which are worn or discolored because they may pose a choking risk.

          Sterilize before first use

Before using baby bottles or nipples for the first time, be sure to sterilize them in a pot of boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Later, you can wash bottles and nipples with detergent and hot water after each time you use them to feed your baby.

          Stick to Breast Milk

Give your newborn only pumped breast milk or formula in the bottle but no water or juice. Be certain that you mixed formula exactly as noted on the formula label. Adding too much water thins the formula, skimping on nutrition. Too little water may be harsh for your baby's stomach and kidneys.

          Choosing the right formula

Most parents start with formula made from cow's milk. Soy formulas and hypoallergenic formulas are also available, but if your baby is younger than 1 year, make sure you use an iron-fortified formula. You can buy it in powdered, concentrated or even ready-to-use forms.

          Warming

It is totally fine to give your baby a cool or room temperature bottle. If he prefers warm formula, place the filled bottle in warm water or run hot tap water over the bottle for one to two minutes. Do not put the bottle in the microwave, it might create hot spots that could burn your newborn's mouth. Shake the formula and put a drop on the top of your hand to test the temperature.

          Holding baby

Put a tier on your baby and have a cloth ready to clean any spit-up milk. Then cradle your baby with his head a bit higher than the rest of his body. Hold the bottle and do not prop it up by itself. This can help prevent choking, extra gas, tooth decay, and provide bonding time. It will also help you to judge better when he is finished.

          When he is done?

Your baby will let you know when he is finished. He might stop sucking, turn away from the bottle or if he is old enough, he will push the bottle away. You will probably want to give him a chance to change his mind and that is okay, but do not force him to finish what is in the bottle.

          Burping

If your baby needs a burp during or after feeding, hold him on your lap or rest him on your shoulder. Gently pat or rub baby's back. You may also lay baby tummy-down on your lap, supporting his head while you pat his back. Baby might spit up some milk, so have a cloth on your shoulder or lap. If he does not burp after a few minutes but seems comfortable, there is no need to worry. Not every single baby burps after feeding.

          We hope this list helped you to know some interesting things about baby bottles and the feeding which will help you in the near future. Best of luck!

                            

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