Supplies and tips for baby bottle feeding
While mothers are usually encouraged to breast-feed their babies these days, there are still plenty of parents who choose to use a baby bottle, either exclusively or part of the time. Like breast-feeding, baby bottle-feeding can be a bonding experience between parent and child, and formula is fortified to ensure it delivers the same nutrients found in breast milk.
Unfortunately, it's not as simple as grabbing a baby bottle off the shelf and filling it with formula. There are some important considerations you need to make when choosing bottles and accessories, all while keeping an eye toward the day when your baby won't feed from a bottle anymore.
Baby Bottles and Accessories
First, you'll want to be sure to buy BPA-free bottles. BPA, short for bisphenol A, is a chemical found in some plastic additives, and it can have an adverse effect on your baby's proper growth and development.
You'll also need a baby bottle sterilizer to ensure that the bottle is completely clean and free of germs before each use. A lot of parents also find that a baby bottle warmer comes in handy, as many babies prefer to feed on warm formula. When you're on the go, a baby bottle holder will give you a convenient, easily accessible place to store the bottle, and you can buy a diaper bag with a small pouch specially designed for baby bottle storage.
Other Feeding and Drinking Accessories
If you are a mother who prefers to bottle-feed but doesn't want to use formula, you can use breast pumps to extract your body's natural milk and fill your baby's bottle with it. Breast pumps can be manually powered, or you can get models that use electrical or battery power to extract milk.
As your child gets older and moves on to solid foods, you will still want to use specialized products designed to aid drinking. Sippy cups, for example, have nipple-shaped attachments and are spill-proof. They are an excellent transitional aid for parents looking to wean children off bottle-feeding and onto the use of regular cups.