Over the past 7 (and a bit) years as a mum, I have tried a fair few bottles with my babies, who were all breastfed to start with.
With Crevette (now 7), having the odd bottle of expressed breastmilk with his dad was fine from about 6 weeks of age, as long as I was nowhere to be seen. He was quite happy with the standard Avent and Tommee Tippee bottles my sister-in-law had passed on.
Beanie (now 5) took her first bottle of expressed breastmilk when she was 2 weeks old and she was really happy to go from breast to bottle, no matter what shape or size the bottle was. The only trouble was she had colic and bottles made it worse.
Jumpy (now 3) was a complete ‘bottle-refuser’ if there is such a thing. I would bring a bottle near her and she would wince, scream, spit… I tried every single bottle I could lay my hands on. We later found out that she was allergic to milk protein, and although she was happy to drink milk from the breast, she would not go near a bottle. When she was prescribed hypoallergenic formula, she would only have it in a Tommee Tippee beaker. I think she associated bottles with bad tummy aches and generally feeling unwell.
With Wriggly (20 months), time flew by so quickly (youngest of four!) she was a few months old when I even considered a bottle, and by that time, she knew what she liked, and let me tell you: it was not a bottle (link to previous Munchkin post)! I had to try a myriad of bottles before she settled on her Munchkin Latch.
I think the main thing that made the difference for her was the teat. Its size, flexibility and natural movement made it a lot more like the breast and that is definitely what made her adopt her when she had rejected rounder teats or slimmer ones.
I had a bit of fun yesterday digging out all the bottles I still had around and comparing them, chatting about what is good and not so good about each of them. If I might say so, it is worth watching, even if it is only to count how many times I said the word “cute” or to see me pretend drinking out of a bottle (oh dear, I do repeat myself a lot!).
So how do you choose the perfect bottle for your baby? At the end of the day, your baby will be the one making the decision, but there are a few factors to consider when choosing a bottle:
- Is it practical, easy to fill, wash?
- Does it sit right in your hand when you hold it?
- How good is it when you are out and about?
- Do you like its design?
- What sort of teat does it take? Are you after a round shape? A flat top? One that mimics the breast?
What do you think makes a good bottle?
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