13 Bottle Feeding Essentials
If you've decided to bottle feed your child, make sure you've got these essentials
Bottles come in a variety of sizes and shapes, including those with vents, disposable liners, and grips your baby can hold on his or her own. Your baby will ultimately decide which bottles you use by determining which nipple he or she prefers.
You may need to experiment to find a nipple shape and brand that agrees best with your baby. There are a wealth of styles, materials, and flow speeds to choose from.
If you’re not using
breast milk in your baby’s bottle, formula is a must-have. When faced with the multitude of formulas at the store, it’s hard to know which is best for your little one. Formulas come in three forms—ready-made, concentrated, and powdered—and a variety of compositions.
Bottle and Nipple Brush
Even if you are using a steamer or dishwasher to sanitize your baby’s feeding supplies, you’ll still need a brush to help get into those tight places.
Photo Credit: Double Dishwasher Baskets by Sassy
To prevent losing your bottle supplies in the washer, you’ll need a basket to safely hold nipples, rings, and bottle caps.
They’re great for keeping Baby warm and catching spit up, but they can also be used as a lap cloth or to clean up messes. Receiving blankets are a great addition to your baby’s list of supplies.
Protect your clothes and wipe spit up from Baby’s chin with burp cloths. You may also want to use small, easy-on bibs if your infant is an especially messy feeder.
Photo Credit: The First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer
Need a time saver? This is a great buy. A note about bottle warmers, though: While some moms love them for warming up frozen breast milk, others call bottle warmers the most useless item in the nursery. You be the judge!
Photo Credit: Skip Hop Splash Bottle Drying Rack in Poppy
Here’s a good way to spread out your baby’s bottles for fast and easy drying.
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Photo Credit: Luv n' Care Microwave Sterilizer
Electric bottle sterilizers are perfect for fast, easy, and safe bottle cleaning. (Don’t want yet another gadget around? Use these tips to sterilize bottles using your dishwasher or a pan of boiling water.)
Photo Credit: Storkcraft Hoop Glider and Ottoman in Natural/ Blue
Glider Rocking Chair
The ultimate indulgence! A
glider is so much more than just a rocker—its gentle motion will soothe both you and Baby.
Photo Credit: Avent Powdered Formula Dispenser
This fast way to measure and administer formula for bottle-making can be especially handy in the middle of the night.
Photo Credit: JL Childress All Bottle Cooler in Pink
Think of it as a cooler for Baby! This handy product carries everything you need and keeps it cool and safe.
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