When Do Babies Hold Their Own Bottle? (Plus Tips To Help Them Do It)
When will you finally be able to go hands-free?
Getting baby to take to a bottle can be a challenge!
The easiest way to do so is to get bottles that closely mimic the feel of mommy’s breast.
There are several bottles on the market that aim to do so, and here are my 3 favorites that I’d recommend.
These bottles are specifically designed to mimic breastfeeding and are quite nice. By squeezing the bottle gently, you can mimic a real life let-down, which makes them excellent for weaning baby from breast to bottle.
Both the bottle and nipple are made from 100% food-grade silicone; this makes them really easy for baby to hold. The structure is nice; it’s thicker on the top to give it structure, more grippy on the sides to make it easier to hold, and thinner on the bottom to make it easier to squeeze.
It’s obvious a lot of thought was put into the design of these bottles. They’re very durable and should be almost impossible to break and should last for a long time.
They’re also pretty cute! It’s nice to have bottles like these instead of the bland but functional design of most bottles. It just makes us happy.
Since the lid and bottle are both made of silicone, we were wondering if it would leak. Thankfully, the lid snaps on very snugly and it shouldn’t leak at all. Also, the bottles use an anti-colic venting system inside.
Basically, this means that there is a setup of vents inside that reduce air in the milk while baby drinks. The nipples are truly low-flow, and the simple design makes it a breeze to wash. We found that if your hands are small enough, you can clean the inside with a sponge, so there is no need for a bottle cleaner.
They’re also safe to clean in the dishwasher if you have one, too. Since the outside is silicone, it does tend to pick up on lint and hair, but it’s not a big deal.
The volume markings are engraved into the silicone meaning they won’t wear off, but on the other hand, we did find that it made the markings slightly harder to read.
Despite the price tag, these are excellent bottles for breastfed babies. We’d highly recommend them!
These are excellent bottles for breastfed babies that not only have a great reputation but are also recommended by lactation experts. They’re designed to mimic breastfeeding and do the job well.
These are plastic bottles, and as required by law, they’re certified BPA and phthalate-free. They’re very lightweight and surprisingly sturdy, too.
The design is simple but sturdy; they are made of only 3 parts: the bottle, the nipple and the nipple ring. We found that it makes it very simple and easy to clean. These are also vented anti-colic bottles, which is (in our opinion) a necessity.
Unlike some other bottles with vent systems, the Tommee Tippee bottles use a simple but effective method: a small hole in the side of the nipple base. Don’t worry, we found that it didn’t leak at all.
These bottles were also easy to clean thanks to the wide-mouthed opening and the lack of sharp angles on the inside. We found them very easy to clean with a standard bottle cleaner brush.
The bottles have a wide nipple base and a flexible nipple, making it easy for baby to latch on and use. They also come with soft nipples that are meant to mimic the feel of mommy, and they seem to do a good job making it easy for most babies to make the switch without any fuss.
These aren’t fancy bottles; they’re rather plain and nothing special to look at, but that’s not overly important. What is important is that they’re highly functional and work very well!
These are great little bottles that work well; highly recommended.
A different type of bottle, these use drop-in liners that make it really convenient to use, especially if you pump your breast milk.
They’re designed, as the name suggests, to drop right into the bottle and are quick and easy to use. These bottles are often recommended by pediatricians, so you know they’re quality.
Since the liners are disposable, the bottle is really easy to clean. You just remove the liner, throw it in the trash, and put a new one in. Simple!
The bottle itself doesn’t need to be cleaned by hand if you have a dishwasher; you can simply throw them in. Done! If you don’t mind the waste, these are some really convenient bottles.
The liners are designed to reduce colic along with the angled design of the bottles themselves. You can literally see the liners collapse as baby feeds, which eliminates air and gas, which is the main cause of colic.
The bottles have an option angled positioning to encourage upright feeding. You don’t have to use this position, but it’s pretty useful.
The liners are easy to find in any store. You don’t necessarily have to use the Playtex brand; any other brand that uses disposable liners will work, too.
The only real downside to the disposable system is that it creates waste, which you may want to avoid. It’s certainly not environmentally-friendly.
We found that the bottles didn’t leak at all, but some parents noted that they did have problems with it. We believe that the problem is improper tightening of the lid. You shouldn’t have any problems with leaks.
If you don’t mind the waste, these are some great, convenient and easy to clean bottles for breastfed babies!
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