Whether you’re nursing or using a bottle, feeding your baby is one of the best bonding moments in parenthood.
But choosing a bottle is complicated. There are a ton of different options. Which bottles are best? Do you want glass, plastic or silicone? What size bottles should you add to your registry, and how many do you actually need?
The list of questions seems endless, but we’ve got the answers. We’re breaking down all things bottles and sharing the best, most popular picks from parents and experts.
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Most families do use bottles. If you feed your baby formula, you’ll need to use bottles. You’ll also need to use them if you plan to return to work within your baby’s first year or will be away from your little one for an extended period of time for another reason and need a way for others to feed your child.
Even if you plan to be home and exclusively breastfeed, you might find that letting other family members feed your baby a bottle of pumped milk is a win-win—they get some time with your little one and you get a breather.
You’ll need around six to 12 bottles on hand if you’re exclusively bottle feeding. This will allow for having a bottle ready to go whenever you need one (pro tip: hungry babies don’t like to be kept waiting) while you’re washing the others.
If you’ll be using bottles occasionally, three to four is a good number to have on hand.
Bottles are typically made out of one of three materials: glass, plastic or silicone.
Most bottle brands also offer several nipple sizes, each of which provides a different rate of milk flow.
Most bottles come in two sizes:
As a benchmark, newborns may eat as little as an ounce or two every meal, while babies around six months old may eat six to eight ounces at a feeding. Some parents choose to buy a few each of smaller and larger bottles, while others buy larger bottles from the start and only fill them up about halfway during baby’s first few months.
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