No matter if you choose to bottle feed your baby from the moment they’re born or a few months down the track, there is a lot you need to consider. Something like the teat size of your Australian baby bottle or the size of the bottle itself can make all the difference to how your baby feels during feeding time. In many cases, the right bottle can even prevent gas in the stomach, which is a leading cause of colic in babies.
Whether you’re a new mum or not, we know how important it is that you find the right information. So, here at MAMBaby, we’ve put together this guide to help mums make the right choices.
Baby bottles in Australia: How to choose the right one
There are so many baby bottles on the shelves, including our very own Anti-Colic Baby Bottle. Each baby will respond to each bottle differently. So, there is hardly ever a one-size-fits-all solution for mums. Trial and error is usually the most beneficial method in finding a bottle your baby likes. But, there are some general rules you can follow to ensure you find the perfect one as quickly as possible.
Consider the size of the baby bottle
Naturally, if you are starting bottle feeding from birth, you will need a much smaller bottle than if you were feeding a two-year-old. Smaller bottles are perfect for newborns, as they will only drink around 45 millilitres per feed. Choosing a 120 ml bottle over a 200ml bottle allows you to measure all formula or milk correctly to ensure they are satiated after each meal.
For older babies and young toddlers, you will need a bottle of around 260 ml. You may even consider a bottle with handles if your toddler is independent, as this can refine their motor skills as they eat.
Choosing a baby bottle in Australia. Does teat size matter?
The answer is yes. Teat size can determine if your baby will like a bottle or not. This is usually more noticeable in babies that have been breastfed before, as they have grown familiar with the feeling of their mother’s breast. Wide teats are preferred for these babies as the cap resembles the breast more.
Though, it’s not to say that slim-neck teats are bad. Some babies will prefer these caps. This may be due to the structure of their mouth or just the way the teat feels. So, it’s great to try and purchase a bottle that comes with both caps, so you can see which one they latch best to.
MAMBaby is here to help
We understand the struggles of being a new mum all too well. That’s why we’re always here to help. Whether you have a question or want to know more about our range; feel free to visit our website. If you haven’t yet tried the MAMBaby range for yourself, you can find our products online and in-store at Chemist Warehouse or on BabyNest.com.au.