- In This Feature
- Befuddled by Bottles?
- Do Baby Bottles Need to Be Sterilized Each Time Before Use?
- What's the Deal with Nipples that Come in Different Stages?
- There Are So Many Styles of Bottles. How Do I Choose?
- Is Warming Formula or Breast Milk Really Necessary?
- How Long Does Formula Keep?
- Can I Re-Heat Formula?
- Is It OK to Nurse, Then Offer Formula?
What's the Deal with Nipples that Come in Different Stages?
The idea here is that the flow rate is slower in the earlier-stage nipples, making it easier for a new baby to drink. But not all nipples are rated by stage, and it's not something you need to worry about. "Use a nipple your baby is comfortable with," recommends Dr. Sears. "In general, use a nipple that allows a gentle drip when turned upside down—about one drip per second."
If you're breastfeeding your baby in addition to giving a bottle, use breastfeeding nipples. They're shaped more like natural nipples, so your baby can keep a consistent mouth shape, Dr. Sears explains.