If you are interested in the topic of choice, as well as the hygiene of bottles and nipples for feeding children, then most likely your baby receives artificial or mixed food.
Or perhaps your interest in baby utensils is related to the fact that the child has already grown up and has begun to receive complementary foods.
Bottles and nipples- these are attributes of artificial feeding, they are not recommended to be used for exclusive breastfeeding, at least in the first months of feeding a baby. Even if you want to drink crumbs, it is better not to use a bottle, but to give the baby a drink from a spoon. The baby does not suck the nipple like the breast, so the use of bottles for HB may cause the baby to refuse from the breast.
If an artificial baby receives mixed food or has already begun to eat food, then, of course, one cannot do without a bottle. For the successful organization of feeding, it is very important to choose suitable baby dishes and properly care for them.
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Choosing a baby bottle
Today there is a hugevariety of bottlesfor feeding, it is not always clear how to choose the right bottle in this variety. To decide, you need to understand how the bottles differ from each other, which bottle will be able to provide convenience and safety when feeding a child.
Bottles are glass and plastic. Glass is good because they can be safely sterilized many times, but, on the other hand, glass bottles break, they are quite heavy. Plastic bottles are light, they do not fight, so it is convenient to take them on trips. Such bottles can be of very different forms (in the form of a ring, with a narrowing in the middle), so they are very convenient during the period when the child learns to drink from the bottle himself. They are recommended to sterilize in a sterilizer or microwave, and not to boil.
Very often when feeding from a bottle, the child swallows too much air along with the food, so he has colic. To avoid this, it is advisable to choosebottles with antikolikovoy protection.
Olga Tretyakova, pediatrician, doctor of medical sciences, professor:«A specially designed ventilation system or valve system does not allow puffs of air to get into the baby’s stomach, providing protection from colic. Air enters the bottle and gradually replaces the diminishing fluid without mixing with it. ”
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So, if you are going to buy a bottle for feeding a baby, think about the needs of the baby and make your choice:
Olga Tretyakova, pediatrician, doctor of medical sciences, professor: “For newborns, bottles of 100-125 ml are suitable, for older children 250-260 ml. It is more convenient to use a bottle on which there is a scale, both in milliliters and in grams. ”
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Nipples are latex and silicone.Recommend to choose silicone nipples, as they are strong, durable enough, easy to care for them.
Based on the size of the hole in the nipple,there are six different types of nipples:
The choice of nipples for this parameter depends on what kind of food it will be used for, and how old the child will be fed.
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Olga Tretyakova, pediatrician, doctor of medical sciences, professor: “It is worth paying attention to the shape of the nipples. Developed several types of nipples in shape: anatomical, which repeats the shape of the baby's sky, contributes to the correct formation of the arch of the sky; a round or simple elongated neck with a roundness at the end, a nipple for bottles with a wide neck, in form they usually resemble the female breast, to some degree imitating some moments of breast sucking. Nipples fitted with anti-vacuum "skirts" that prevent air being drawn in during feeding are preferred. "
Today, experts most often recommend choosing anatomically shaped nipples or nipples for bottles with a wide neck. Of course, choosing the shape of the nipples, you need to focus on the convenience of the child. According to his behavior during feeding, you can assess how comfortable the baby is. If the baby is easy to grab the nipple, if it is convenient to suck,then the shape of the nipple is chosen correctly.
Mom forum Lydia says:“Up to six months, my child did not have any bottles at all. And then, of course, they became necessary. I first bought two bottles that I liked externally, and a few nipples. But it turned out that these nipples were not suitable for prikorma. I then used them for tea and compote. I had to buy extra nipples and larger bottles. It took me several months to understand what my child really needs. ”
Other tips on choosing bottles and nipples:
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Bottle and Nipple Hygiene
It is recommended to rinse the bottles immediately after feeding with cold water, clean them with a baking soda if necessary, and then sterilize.
Sterilization in the old fashioned way
Put a small, clean kitchen towel on the bottom of a large saucepan, put open bottles, nipples and other accessories into the saucepan, cover with water and boil for 10 minutes. Cool the dishes at room temperature without opening the pan lid. Then dry the bottles and nipples on the towel. This method is well suited for disinfecting glass bottles.
Some bottles are designed for microwave sterilization; they usually have a special cap for sterilization. Water is poured into the lid, the nipple is placed, and forceps are attached on top to help remove the nipple and put it on the bottle without touching the nipple with your hands. Usually the bottle is placed in the microwave for a few minutes, this is quite enough.
Sterilization in a special sterilizer
You can also sterilize the nipples and bottles in the sterilizer. In the sterilizer is recommended to disinfect plastic bottles. Typically, the sterilizer allows you to simultaneously disinfect 4-6 bottles, sometimes also provides a place for sterilizing the breast pump.