I am so clueless when I first started to look out my baby’s first feeding bottle when I am already 30 weeks. Thus, I tried googled my luck and read all the review online but not much informative review I can find. I got so confused with all the BPA free, PP, PES, anti colic and so on.. Gosh!
Finally, I decided to visit stores by stores, talking to sales person and there is this lady who is is good enough to give me an insight of how to choose a right feeding bottle!
Let me share my lil thought through this little decision tree:
Let talk about bottle neck..
Reason why breast feeding is recommended to use wide bottle neck is because of the unique nipple shape – which it feels like mummy’s breast nipple. Wide neck also is similar to our breast shape and give baby a comfort to avoid nipple confusion. Thus, if you are breast feeding, it is better to use a wide neck bottle.
Photos of wide neck bottles:
However, you must be very cautious on selecting the bottle neck because once your baby get used to the wide bottle neck, it is hard to switch to slim bottle neck especially if your baby have colic problems. This is because most of the best anti-colic bottle comes in slim neck (ie. Dr Brown).
Photos of slim neck bottles:
Colic refers to inconsolable crying and fussiness in newborn infants. Something that is “anti-colic” is something that intends to prevent or not add to colic. Many believe that infants that swallow more air during feeding are prone to colic. There is little evidence linking digestive problems to colic. However, most people and doctors agree that swallowing less air aids in digestion and reduces gas.
Once you have decided what bottle neck that suits your baby, then you should consider what bottle material that you want to purchase.
First rule, make sure whatever bottle that you are choosing is BPA Free!!
Bisphenol A, also known as BPA is a chemical used to make certain types of plastics. It is thought that if consumed BPA can be harmful, especially throughout the early stages of development. It can interfere with healthy growth and body functions… babies are particularly vulnerable to this damage.
Most of the well known brand will have the BPA Free sign on the box itself (ie. Avent & Tommee Tippee). For more information, you can visit this link
Generally, there are 3 main types of bottle materials:
i. PP Material
Polypropylene (PP), also known as polypropene, is a thermoplastic polymer used in a wide variety of applications.
ii. PES Material
Polysulfone describes a family of thermoplastic polymers. These polymers are known for their toughness and stability at high temperatures.
iii. Glass Material
Glass is an amorphous (non-crystalline) solid material. Glasses are typically brittle and optically transparent.
Below is the comparison I have made comparing 3 different brand that I have short listed for myself which are Avent, Tommee Tippee and Dr Brown:
Comparison of materials:
Comparison of pro and cons:
Looking at the comparison result, I have decided to go for PES *Grin*
Now, I have to decide for a bottle brand.. Which is so so difficult for me (a vain mummy – I tend to choose cute and pinky stuff for my baby girl)!!
As I am living in Malaysia, of course I have limited choice because I do not want to risk buying my bottle from oversea (getting some parcel with unsatisfied purchase and go nowhere to complain).
The most easily and well known available brand off the rack are Avent, Tommee Tippee and Dr Brown (yes, i know, so so limited choice). As for most highly recommended feeding bottle in available oversea are Born free, Green to grow, Adiri and of course Tommee Tippee and Dr Brown.
If you want to know more about the oversea brand please visit these link as I shall not discuss something that are out of my radar:
All right, back to my choice of bottle brands.. I shall summarize my comparison below:
I have decided to go for Avent PES bottle.. Got this from my beloved sister as a present *Happy*