This is a common question many new parents fret over. How many milk bottles does a newborn need?
Most parents tend to err on the safe side and that means stocking up more bottles than needed. Most advise 6-8 bottles and that’s what we ended up. We got six milk bottles, ranging from 150 ml to 240 ml. When we started, our baby was just taking in 30-50 ml each time but quickly her appetite grew and we were doing 60-80 ml.
Into her second month, she was averaging 120 ml per feed and has no problem drinking that amount five to six times a day.
What to Take Note when Buying Milk Bottles?
- There are plastic and glass bottles. The difference lies in durability. You can use glass bottles for a longer time and only need to replace the teats (nipples) as your baby grows. For plastic bottles, it is advisable to use them for no longer than 6 months. Beyond that, you should replace them.
- Regardless of plastic or glass bottles, teats have to be changed as your baby grows and requires a faster flow rate of milk. Teats are usually designed for 0m+, 3m+, 6m+ and so on. This means on average, you have to change them quarterly.
- It is advisable to decide on one brand of milk bottles instead of using several different brands. This is because teats are not interchangeable. In fact, teats from Philips will not fit bottles from Tommee Tippee. You can avoid this hassle later if you decide on just one brand first and subsequently it is easier to replace teats across your bottles instead of hunting for several brands.
- Some bottles have wider necks, and this makes it easier to wash. Such brands include Philips and Tommee Tippee.
Care & Maintenance
Used milk bottles should be rinsed with water mixed with some cleansing agent suitable for baby use. We are using the Pigeon Baby Liquid Cleanser. After that, they can be placed in the electric sterilizer. Most sterilizers have an auto-off feature, so it turns off the power once the sterilization is complete which usually takes 3-5 mins. The sterilized bottles can be kept in the sterilizer and taken out only when you need to use them. In this way, the sterilizer acts as a storage for your bottles as well. We definitely recommend the use of a sterilizer and will provide another article review.
For the cleaning brushes, usually, they come sold as a pair – the bigger one for the bottle and the smaller one for the teat. The type of brush (shown above) is the best for cleaning as it is flexible and can go into any bottle without difficulty. There is another type of brush that comes with a piece of sponge at the end. It works but the sponge comes off after some days of use. Thus, I don’t recommend.
What are we using?
Our bottles came from both Mothercare and Philips. They work well and it is hard to say which performs better. We doubt there is a significant difference. We bought the Philips bottles because our baby just passed the 3-month mark and we had to replace the old teats which are getting yellowish (due to the frequent washing and sterilisation). Teats tend to turn yellowish with use. It is a natural thing, so don’t be alarmed when you see it happening. It doesn’t mean you have to throw them away immediately but it is a sign that replacement should be carried out soon.
What we learnt and Our Recommendation
Milk bottles form part of the essential items for your newborn. We have tested brands from Mothercare, Pigeon and Philips. Essentially, they work the same and we can’t really conclude which is the overall winner. I think it really depends on your preference and budget. Mothercare is an in-house brand and when I bought them, they cost less than brands such as Tommee Tippee, Philips or Pigeon. However, if you want to synchronise all the items for baby feeding, I would go with Philips as they are reputable and they have a full range of products from bottles & teats, breast pumps, electric warmer to sterilizer. They may be a bit more expensive but given their ease of use and product integration, you have peace of mind that they will work well with one another. I will share more on this in my review for bottle sterilizers.
My final tip. Do not go for milk bottles that are 2 oz. They are lovely and cute but your baby will grow out of that range very quickly. Soon, you can only admire those bottles as they are kept in your cabinet, or pass it on to your friends who just welcomed their newborn.
The Philips Starter Set is a great starter kit. We recommend it if you haven’t purchased anything yet. Wish we had done that ourselves…instead of having a rojak of bottles.
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