There are many different bottles out there and I've tried my fair share! There is one bottle that both my babies took to and that is popular among parents trying to avoid plastic bottles. See below for why I recommend it, as well as other recommendations for bottle feeding essentials.
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Both of my babies took to this bottle instantly. Here is why I recommend it:
- The nipple and body are made of medical grade silicone (it is becoming more and more clear that we should be limiting our exposure to even BPA free plastics).
- The body is really wide so it comes out perfectly clean in the dishwasher.
- The nipple is really soft, and my babies both took to it right away.
- The outside of the bottle is textured, so it doesn't attract lint and hair like most silicone does.
The only negatives of this bottle are that the measurement etchings are difficult to read (coloring them in with a fine-tipped permanent marker helps), and the collar is plastic (though it shouldn't touch the milk)
The Comotomo Bottles fit perfectly in the Tommee Tippee insulated bottle bag (2 pack). This bag should also work well for other short and wide bottles (like the Tommee Tippee bottles). It is also good for transporting baby food.
The Kiinde Twist Breastmilk Storage and Feeding System may be my favorite baby product. You can pump into and feed directly from the same bags (no transfer mess). See my post on pumping for more details.
I got a sample of the new Baby Brezza bottle. The nipple and collar are integrated into one piece, which is convenient. Mine is plastic, so I only used it when all of my Comotomos were in the dishwasher. They make a glass version too.
If you are looking to avoid plastic entirely, try the Pura Kiki system, which is made entirely of stainless steel and silicone. I loved it as a sippy and straw cup, and there is a traditional silicone nipple. I wrote about the system here.
Washing and Sterilizing Bottles
Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags for sterilizing (I'm so glad that I bought these instead of a massive sterilizer)
With my first child I handwashed all bottles and pump parts for months. With my second, I reserved the top rack of the dishwasher for baby items from the day we got home from the hospital. I initially used Dapple Dishwasher Pods but quickly switched to Planet (both work well and the latter is generally less expensive).
- I have the OXO tot dishwasher basket and it works well enough for me (good for small parts, pacifiers, etc.)
- These mesh bags also work well to contain small parts in the dishwasher
- In 2018, OXO introduced the OXO TOT Space Saving Drying Rack. I've recommended it to so many people and have gotten amazing feedback. It holds bottles and parts, and can be cleaned in the dishwasher (unlike the popular and pretty BOON racks). If you pump and bottle feed, you may need two or you can use a dish mat.
I have this grey dish mat for overflow. It is really inexpensive, folds up when not in use and is machine washable. I have four of it - one for dishes, one on the baby dresser / changing table under the wipes dispenser and tray with all the baby creams just in case something spills, and one under each humidifier to protect my hardwood floors.
Warming the Bottles
I didn’t use a bottle warmer. I just warmed bottles in a wide mug of warm tap water.
If you want one, the Kiinde bottle warmer is supposed to be the best (especially for warming frozen milk).
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