5 Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Baby Bottle
5 Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Baby Bottle
April 13, 2021

5 Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Baby Bottle

 5 Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Baby Bottle.
 5 Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Baby Bottle

Figuring out the best bottle for your baby isn’t always something you can do with a list of specs online—it’s a process of trial and error. Sometimes you get it right on the first go. But other times? That error part can get pricey. We’ve partnered up with Tommee Tippee to share some of the more common mistakes people make when choosing baby bottles and how to avoid them.

1. Making it more complicated than it needs to be. One of the unintended side effects of the internet is that people don’t always talk about when things go well. Which means it’s easy as an expecting parent to assume that you’re going to face a lot of challenges when it comes to feeding. The real deal? You might or you might not. If you’re worried about colic and want to avoid purchasing multiple sets of bottles, then an anti-colic bottle system might be the right choice for you out of the gate.

But if you normally go for low-maintenance gear in your everyday life, you may want to start out with a simpler system. Bottles like these, for example, come together in three parts and are dishwasher and sanitizer-safe. So if you’re the kind of person who rebuffs dry clean-only attire or hand wash-only dishes, maybe wait to see if your baby takes a more basic bottle first before signing up for extra bottle parts to clean.

2. Forgetting about pump/bottle compatibility. If you decide to breastfeed or exclusively pump and you find a breast pump you love, check to see if it’s compatible with your preferred bottles (or vice versa). Bottle/pump compatibility means you can pump directly into the bottles you’ll feed your baby from instead of having to pour the milk out every time and then clean the empty containers. When you’re pumping several times a day, every step saved helps.

Or if you’re stashing for the future, look into whether you can pump directly into your milk storage bags (or find bags that come with an optional adapter like Tommee Tippee’s). That extra convenience can help you avoid the dreaded pour-and-spill that so many new parents are familiar with.

3. Buying a huge set before the baby arrives. It’s a good idea to have a few bottles on hand before your baby shows up (and possibly a few different kinds so that you can test them out). But you may want to save the complete set until you know which bottle your baby prefers. A starter kit like this one can be a good introduction, before you commit your cabinet storage to something like this.

4. Only looking at the bottle. When comparing bottles, you may find yourself debating different container types: do you want silicone, glass or plastic? But the thing your baby is most likely to respond to is actually the nipple. If you plan to switch between breastfeeding and bottle feeding, keep an eye out for bottles that have a wider breast-like nipple to help with that transition—like the ones on these Closer to Nature bottles, which coincidentally also come with a very stylish container to boot.

5. Using a too-fast nipple. If your baby seems like they are drinking too fast or swallowing a lot of air, the issue might not be the bottle—it could be the nipple flow. Most newborns take better to a slow flow nipple that doesn’t release liquid too quickly. So check your bottles to see what kind you have. All Tommee Tippee nipples have a handy number on the top to indicate the flow. The smaller the number, the slower the flow. Regular slow flow bottles (which are designed for most newborns) have the number one marked on the top. But if you need something even slower than that? Look for the extra-slow flow nipple marked with the number zero.

It’s okay if your baby’s feeding journey isn’t a totally smooth one. There’s always a bit of a learning curve (you’re figuring it out together!) The good news? Bottles are way more baby-friendly these days. In fact, when Tommee Tippee did a study of 1,200 babies, over 90% accepted the Closer to Nature bottle within the first three tries.

Want to know more about how your baby’s bottle works and what to look for? We’ve got a baby bottle anatomy 101 (including the names for all those parts) right here.

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