Whether you are bottle-feeding your newborn or switching to bottles for an older baby, you’ll want to get the right kit in place.
These are the must-haves for bottle-feeding. I’ve tried to write a fairly broad list of things you may need, as some of it can come down to personal preference.
If you’re just after the very bare basics, then really all you need is the bottles and a means to clean and sterilise them. If you have a dishwasher, running them on a hot wash can sterilise them, although some bottles will lose their markings as time goes on.
You can go all out and buy gadgets to help save you time.
Here are some must-haves to help you make the best bottle-feeding kit.
The most important thing is the actual formula! What brand you choose is totally up to you. You won’t go far wrong with any of the major labels that you’ve seen on supermarket shelves. For what it’s worth, I used Aptamil.
There is such a huge number of different bottles on the market, it can get extremely overwhelming. Even within each brand, there are different types of bottle that are specifically for things such as colic.
You may find you end up trying out lots of different types before you find one that works well for you and your baby. I used the Medela bottles with very simple teats for both of my kids. I liked these as they didn’t come with loads of different parts, which some of the colic bottles do.
Shop around and see what takes your fancy.
Perfect prep machine
I know many mums who absolutely swear by these Tommee Tipppee Perfect Prep machines! The time it takes to make up a bottle can be one of the most stressful things about bottle-feeding. You have a hungry baby who doesn’t want to wait screaming in your ear, while waiting for a kettle to boil!
If your budget can stretch to it, then I think they are worth having for the time it will save you.
I didn’t have one, and instead had measured out portions of cool, boiled water in my fridge. I would measure out half boiling water and pour that over the formula powder, and then add the cool, boiled water on top to bring the temperature down. This way, the powder was sterilised by the boiling water but the temperature came down a lot quicker.
A bottle brush makes the bottles and parts much easier to wash up by hand! Remember to switch it out for a new one every six weeks.
A dishwasher basket holds all of your bottles together in one handy place and means they won’t drop down to the bottom of the dishwasher.
I used a cold water steriliser but there are lots of great microwave sterilisers on the market. If you are washing your bottles in a dishwasher at 60C every day then you won’t need one of these.
An insulated bottle bag means you can take a ready made feed out with you.
Many changing bags have insulated bottle pockets built in. Always take note of the guidance on formula packets when it comes to how long a bottle is safe to use. Most need to be drunk within two hours of being made up.
I used to take out the sealed pre-made bottles of formula you can buy in supermarkets for when we went on outings. It’s not the cheapest way to do it, but saves a lot of hassle of mixing up bottles when you are out and about.
Whether you breast or bottle-feed your baby, I would love to hear your infant feeding product recommendations. What items have helped you day-to-day?
For more tips on bottle-feeding, check out this post from the NCT.
Alternatively, see this post from my blog about switching from breast to bottle-feeding.
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