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Choosing the perfect Australian baby bottle for bottle feeding
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 .
What is colic in babies, and how can you treat it?
Colic in babies is defined by excessive crying and fussing, usually in the first few months of their life. What separates colic from other crying is that babies experiencing colic will seemingly be crying for no medical reason at all. On top of excess crying, babies experiencing colic may also squirm uncontrollably, draw up their legs or hold their breath in a way that their face turns red. When they are in this state, it can be very hard to comfort them. So, it’s always best to try and prevent colic altogether. To do so, you first need to understand the symptoms and how they interplay into causing colic. What causes colic in babies? The cause of colic is not 100% proven . Though studies have shown that there are numerous contributing factors to colic in babies. The reason it is so hard to determine the root cause is that colic is different in all babies, so no two infants experience it the same. What is known is that colic arises due to issues in the digestive system. Potential causes of colic in babies include: A digestive system that isn’t fully developed An imbalance of gut bacteria Food allergies Overfeeding and underfeeding Infrequent burping Despite these causes, researchers have not been able to determine risk factors that make babies more susceptible to colic. For example, males are more prone to colour blindness. This same trend is not prevalent across colic, which is what makes it so hard to prevent. Most parents need to wait until their baby first experiences colic before they can take action to stop it from happening again. This can be quite stressful and taxing on family life. Can you prevent colic in babies? Though there is no solid proof of colic risk factors, there are several preventative measures you can take to avoid colic altogether. Avoid stress during pregnancy - Stress during pregnancy can prevent your baby from developing properly. This may include the development of their digestive systems. Choose a bottle that reduces colic - At MAMBaby , we supply Australian anti-colic baby bottles. These aim to reduce gas intake into your baby’s stomach, which is understood to be a leading cause of colic. You can view our range here. Hold your baby in an upright position when feeding them to avoid them inhaling too much gas. Complete allergy tests as early as possible to determine what may be causing colic. You should conduct this under the supervision of a doctor. We’re here to help As mentioned, at MAMBaby, we supply a range of Australian anti-colic bottles to help avoid colic in babies. If you want to know more, feel free to reach out to us at any time.