Here are the 3 different types of bottles, the first one over here is made of plastic and you re-use it over and over again. The next one here is the least eco-friendly, it is a plastic bottle which you put a disposable insert in. So it makes it very easy to use, because you just take this out and throw it away when you are finished – however you have to purchase these, so it’s costly – and also not good for the planet.
The last one I have over here is a glass bottle, which is the most eco-friendly and actually the most cost effective as well. If you are going to choose a plastic bottle for your newborn baby, try to look for packaging that says that the bottle is BPA, Phthalates and PVC free. That is your best option if you are going to use a plastic bottle. My recommendation is to use glass bottles. There are no concerns with glass, there are no chemicals in them or on them and it is your best and safest option.
When you first purchase your baby’s bottle, you want to take it home, open it up and wash it with soap and water, put it in some boiling water for about five minutes. After that, you can clean it with soap and water. Some of them can actually go into the dishwasher. You do not need to boil them again after that. If you see a crack in the baby’s bottle, whether it is in plastic or glass, you need to get rid of it right away.
Nipples & Pacifiers
Just as there are a variety of different types of bottles, there is also a variety of types of nipples and pacifiers. Essentially there are 2 different types – they are either made from latex – or they are made from silicone.
Generally speaking, the clear ones are made of silicone – and the yellow nipples are made of latex. It is an easy way to distinguish between the 2 when you are shopping in the aisles. It will say it on the label, just so you know – that is the difference. Silicone is generally BPA free. Although you always want to check the products label. Latex is naturally PBC and BPA free – which is great – however many people tend to be allergic or can develop an allergy to latex. So you want to be aware of that with your baby. I prefer silicone over latex because over time, you can develop a sensitivity to latex – which can lead to an allergy.
Nipple flow rate
When selecting the nipple to use for your bottle, you must look closely at the packaging. They may look similar, but on closer examination – you are going to find that there is a “Flow Rate” labeled on the different types of nipples. The “Flow Rate” is important. They are either going to be Slow – Medium – or Fast. And depending on the age of your baby, you are going to select what is appropriate. So you need to read the labels carefully to make sure that you get the nipple that is appropriate for your newborn baby. For a newborn, you want to have a newborn nipple.
That nipple is going to let the milk come out slower, so the baby does not choke or gag. If you find that your baby is choking on the nipple when you are feeding her or him, check, you may have a nipple that is too fast. You may have accidentally purchased a 3 month-old nipple or a one month old nipple. As your baby ages, you do want to remember to change that nipple. You do not want your older child or older infant, who now is able to suck more vigorously, to have trouble. You want him or her to feed more appropriately – which is why the manufacturers make the different flow rates. So again, read the product, read the label, and make sure that you are selecting the right nipple for your baby.