The 15 Secrets you will never know about Baby Bottles
A baby bottle is a special type of a bottle that is used to feed infants. It is fitted with a teat, commonly referred to as a nipple through which the child sucks the contents, be it milk, water, formula or juices. They are used for children between the ages of 0-15 months.
Baby bottles come in various sizes, ranging from 150-280ml. They are manufactured from a range of materials, which can be plastic, glass, stainless steel or hybrids. The choice of the type and size of the baby bottle to use largely depends on the age of the child. Let us look at 15 secrets that you may never know about baby bottles.
- Plastic feeding bottles may contain a substance known as bisphenol that may leak and be ingested by the baby as they suck the nipple. Many countries including the USA, Brazil, Ecuador, and Argentina have banned the production of a plastic baby bottle with this chemical. This chemical can affect the growth and development of your child. To be safe go for bottles made of glass, stainless steel or plastics that are free from bisphenol.
- Leaching of bisphenol mainly occurs at high temperatures. Most professionals agree that you don’t need to boil your plastic bottle. You need to ensure that they are thoroughly cleaned before use and that you observe basic hygiene.
- Baby bottles can lead to bottle addiction. As you feed your child using the bottle the gain some form of attachment to them and in the long run they may find it difficult to give them up. Milk flow from these bottles is comforting to the child and the bottle becomes part of their lives.
- Feeding your child using bottles can interrupt their sleep. Many mothers have developed the habit of using the feeding bottle s to lure their children to sleep. With time your child may find it difficult to sleep on their own.
- They can lead to obesity. Compared to a child who is breastfed, those fed using bottles tend to feed more, because of the flow rate of the nipples and the comfort associated with the baby bottles.
- Stainless steel bottles tend to adapt to temperatures better. Compared to their plastic counterparts they can keep the contents colder or warmer. They are lighter than glass and easy to clean.
- Milk contains proteins and fats which attached to the plastic bottles due to the chemistry involved. If they are not cleaned thoroughly residues form and may lead to cloudiness, a sour taste and a foul smell that will lead to rejection of the contents of your child.
- If your child is resisting feeding by a bottle, if you apply some milk on the nipple they will taste it and this will stimulate them to start sucking the nipple.
- Never let your child sleep on the feeding bottle in their mouth. Extended use of feeding bottles is detrimental to their teeth. Exposure to sugars for long hours creates the best environment for cavity-causing bacteria and may result in tooth decay. This is why pediatricians advice that you should start weaning your child as they attain the first year and completely stop bottle feeding by 15 months of age.
- Allowing your baby to start playing with the bottle nipple will encourage them to start sucking. This will work well for you if they are resisting bottle feeding.
- The size of the nipple hole is critical when you are purchasing a feeding bottle for your baby. The flow rate of the contents is related to the size of the nipple hole. Experiment with a number of them to find the best for your baby.
- Feeding your baby using a bottle can affect their growth pattern. This mainly applies to the older babies. The older babies tend to suck more milk and this may lead to them rejecting solid food which should form the better part of their meal. This may lead to lack of vital nutrients that are supplied through solid foods at this stage of life.
- Using bottle feeding requires a lot of maintenance, from sterilization, air drying, and observation of strict hygiene standards.
- Holding your child in different positions is critical in bottle feeding, and can help your child be more comfortable as they feed.
- If your child is resisting bottle feeding presenting the contents at different temperatures can be helpful. Experiment to know the temperature your child prefers. Try cold or warm milk, or even fresh as opposed to frozen milk.
Due to the nature of our lifestyle bottle feeding g is an option for many mothers. Armed with the right information including what most people don’t advice is a better way of ensuring that you use the baby bottle efficiently and avoid the ill effects associated with baby bottles.
The choice of the bottle and associated components is mainly dependent on the age of your child. The material used in manufacturing the bottle will be an important consideration as you make your purchase.