What will we need to get started?
With so many various types of feeding equipment available, it can be difficult to know what to choose. There is no evidence that one type of bottle or teat is better than any other, so just go with what feels right for us and our baby.
We will need:
- At least six bottles
- At least six teats
- Formula milk, if we are formula feeding
- Sterilizing equipment
- Bottle and teat brush
What types of bottles are available?
These come in a variety of sizes.
- Can easily be used with conventional warmers, sterilizers, and carriers
- Inexpensive and widely available
- Generally, come with teats and lids
- Our baby may swallow air as he feeds
Anti colic baby bottles in Singapore and teats are designed to reduce the amount of air our baby takes in while feeding, which is thought to be a possible cause of colic. If our baby is unsettled after feeds and suffers from the wind, it may be worth investing in one of these systems. We may choose a bottle that has an air vent or features a collapsible bag for the milk.
- May help reduce the amount of air our baby swallows
- May help to reduce colic in our baby
- More expensive than ordinary bottles
- Does not reduce colic in all babies
- Can be fiddly to clean
This type of bottle can be sterilized in the microwave, so there is no need for extra equipment.
- Convenient, as they are so easy to sterilize
- More expensive than basic bottles
- May become extremely hot, so need careful handling
These ready-sterilized bottles come complete with a teat and a lid. All we have to do is add formula milk or expressed breast milk and throw away the whole bottle after use.
- Convenient when traveling or out and about
- Not environmentally friendly
- Expensive if used regularly
Glass feeding bottles
Glass bottles are made of heat-resistant, toughened glass. They are often used by parents who are concerned about the chemicals used in the manufacture of plastic baby bottles.
- Environmentally friendly and free of chemicals
- May last longer than plastic bottles
- Heavier than plastic bottles and may shatter if dropped
- Expensive when compared with basic plastic bottles
- Not widely available
What types of sterilizers are available?
We have a choice of four ways to sterilize our baby’s feeding equipment and kill the germs that cause tummy upsets: boiling, steam sterilizing, cold-water sterilizing and microwave sterilizing.
Whichever method we choose, before sterilizing, and as soon as possible after a feed, wash all bottles and teats in warm, soapy water. Use a clean bottle brush to give them a good scrub.
Immersing everything in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes will do the trick. Bottles will stay sterile in a covered saucepan for about three hours.
Cold water sterilizing
This involves soaking everything in a special, non-toxic sterilizing solution. We will need a large, deep container so that bottles can be fully submerged.
Electric steam sterilizers hold up to six bottles at a time and sterilize in less than 10 minutes. To read more about infant products in Singapore click here.