How to Care for Your Baby Milk Bottles and Nipples?
So, you’ve finally bought some baby milk bottles and you want to use it immediately for convenience. But, how do some parents who still do not know how to buy one for their babies get some? Well, let’s start with that before I tell you how to care for them.
Choosing the Right Nipples
Every milk bottle can be fitted with any type and size of the nipple. The best thing that you can do would be to let your baby have a test on some of these so that you will know which one they prefer using the most over the others.
Typical materials used in the construction of bottle nipples are latex and silicone. The former is quite softer and are more flexible and is great for most babies.
However, there are some that are sensitive to this material, which is why you have to let your baby try it first before you buy.
Silicone nipples are firmer and can hold their shape much better than their latex counterparts. They also tend to last longer because of that as well.
As for its shape, if you want your baby to feel the same way to that of sucking from the real thing, then you may want to opt for either wide or flat nipples. Still, it would be best to let your baby try it out for themselves first.
Aside from the material and the shape, you also have to concern yourself with the flow rate as well. Some nipples are made with the slowest milk flow- which is typically best for babies 1-3 months old. Then, there is the middle of the pack that is perfect for babies 4-6 months old. And then, there is the 4-hole variant that is perfect for babies that are older than 6 months and would want a better flow rate than others.
Choosing Baby Bottles
There are so many different types of baby bottles out there, but for the purpose of this article, let’s stick with the two common types: plastic and glass. The former is lightweight and are generally inexpensive than their glass counterparts. Just make sure that you buy the BPA-free variant to be on the safe side.
On the other hand, glass baby bottles are sturdier but with that build quality, it is also heavier than a plastic bottle as well. Either of them works fine.
Caring for Your Bottles and Nipples
As a first measure, you want to sterilize your bottles and nipples. You do this by getting a huge pan and put plenty of water so as to cover these things. Boil them for 5 minutes, after which, you wash them with mild soap and warm water. Let them dry with air.
Whenever your baby is finished drinking, always wash the bottles immediately so that the remaining milk won’t solidify, thus making it hard for you to wash up.
If the bottles that you’ve bought are “dishwasher-friendly”, then you can put them in the dishwasher for convenience.