Feeding Essentials: The Best Baby Feeding Accessories
Any baby feeding accessories should make your and your little one’s life much easier. It makes time to find the right accessories your little one will not want to let go of, but in the end, it is a happy ending both for you and the baby whether you are breastfeeding, spoonfeeding or formula-feeding, etc.
Without further ado, let’s look at the best baby feeding accessories that will be your everyday essentials.
Best Baby Feeding Accessories
We can summarise baby feeding accessories as below:
- Baby bottles:
- Choosing the right bottle is crucial whether you feed your baby formula or expressed milk. Be prepared to test various bottles and teats as it might take some trial and error to find the one that fits your baby the best.
- If you're exclusively bottle-feeding, you should have six bottles or more on hand. Some people still prefer to keep one or two bottles on hand if they are currently breastfeeding or plan to do so. Additionally, if you intend to express breast milk, you will require them.
- Though you can get smaller bottles for newborns that are 160ml (5fl oz) in size, most bottles hold 250ml (9fl oz) of milk.
Consider your options, such as glass or BPA-free plastic. Baby bottles containing BPA (bisphenol A) cannot be sold in the EU as of June 2011. The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) had previously issued a warning that BPA can contaminate milk and, if ingested by humans, can impede normal growth.
- Baby bottle teats: Your baby will enjoy feeding time more if the bottle teat you choose is comfortable for both of you. This is so that your baby can get milk in his or her mouth, which is controlled by the teat.
- Teats can be silicone or latex. There isn't much of a difference between them, but silicone teats are said to be more resilient while latex teats are said to feel more nipply-like.
- The shape of teats varies. They can have a bell-shaped shape or an organic nipple shape.
- It really depends on which your baby prefers when it comes to teat shape and feels because there is no evidence to suggest that one is better than the other.
- Baby bottle sterilizer: You must continue to sterilize bottles and other feeding tools that come into contact with milk until your child is at least a year old. This is because the bacteria that can develop in small babies makes them particularly susceptible.
- Additionally, before sterilizing, you should thoroughly wash baby bottles and teats in a dishwasher or hot, soapy water with a brush.
- It may be the case that your baby does better with one type of bottle over another, so if your sterilizer only accepts the "wrong" kind, you may need to buy a different one. Sterilizers that accept both standard and wide-necked bottles are more versatile.
- Some sterilizers, like those that work with both cold water and microwave, can be used in multiple sterilization processes. When sterilizing away from home, this can be helpful.
- You don't need to wait for the bottles to cool down before using them because sterilizers with built-in drying cycles allow you to do so.
- Baby bottle warmers: To easily ensure that the milk in your baby's bottles is heated to the appropriate temperature, use a bottle warmer. Baby food jars can usually fit in bottle warmers as well.
- Baby cups: It is advised that your baby begin learning how to drink water from a cup once they reach the age of six months. Trainer cups, leak-proof cups, open cups, and other styles are among the many you can try with your child.
- Other baby-feeding accessories: Bibs, baby spoons, bowls, bottle brushes, and so many other accessories to make sure you have got everything to clean and maintain your breastfeeding accessories.
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