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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing The Best Baby Bottles

Ultimate Guide to Choosing The Best Baby Bottles

It’s easy to assume that only moms who formula feed and mix feed need to buy baby bottles. But even those who exclusively breastfeed buy baby bottles for a number of reasons. A lot of mothers need to go back to work and the easiest way to feed a baby with pumped breast milk (aside from cup feeding) is through a bottle.

One thing’s for sure, though, regardless if you’re formula feeding or mix feeding or exclusively breastfeeding: your baby deserves to use the best baby bottles. The only problem is narrowing down your choices because as you know, there are as many baby bottles to choose from as there are baby formula brands.

To help you choose the best baby bottles for your little one, we’ve prepared this handy guide so you can stock up on the ones that will best fit your baby’s needs.

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The Best Baby Food Storage Methods

The Best Baby Food Storage Methods

Keeping your little one safe and healthy is your main priority.

The main concern among parents is how to make sure that you’re giving your baby the best food for optimal nutrition.

If you’re weaning your baby away from organic formula or breast milk and onto the good stuff, you want to make sure you’re still keeping them healthy and happy.

One of the best ways to do this is by making your own baby food.

You’ve gotten all the best ingredients for your baby’s diet together, but now you need to find the safest way to store it.

Baby food storage is tricky because so many storage containers contain harmful chemicals like bisphenol-a (BPA).

So how do you avoid this?

The following tips will give you the best ways to make certain you’re keeping that healthy food safe to feed your baby.

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The 10 Best Organic Baby Formula Feeding Tips

The 10 Best Organic Baby Formula Feeding Tips

We’ve heard the saying “breast is best”, and while there’s plenty of good reasons for that saying, there are times it’s not best for mom.

New mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their babies, but for many reasons, it doesn’t always work out.

Many new moms have problems with lactation and can’t produce enough milk.

Lack of maternity leave can be the reason new mothers in the United States turn to the ease and convenience of formula.

As the only first world country that doesn’t offer paid maternity leave, new mothers in the United States return to the workforce sooner than they would like.

They’re forced to cut their time breastfeeding their babies short and use formula to help when they’re away.

There’s no wrong way to be a mom, and there’s no problem with switching to formula.

When you do decide to make the switch to the best organic baby formula, you, like many other new mothers, need to know the ins and outs of bottle feeding.

It’s a whole different ball game compared to breastfeeding.

These tips and tricks from moms that have been there and done that are going to turn you into a bottle-feeding formula pro!

For Bottles, Watch Out For BPAs

A buzzword that’s been going around for a while is BPA, or Bisphenol A.

It’s a chemical typically used as a lacquer for plastics but has been found to leach into the bloodstream – and stay there for years.

Some studies have found links between BPA and effects in newborns, although more tests are being run every day.

It’s safe to say you don’t want BPAs anywhere near your bundle of joy.

Check your bottles to make sure they’re free of this additive.

Although plastics are convenient on the go and durable, you may consider switching to glass.

Size Matters

While each baby has different preferences, changing bottle size can be a good idea for both mommy and baby.

Narrow mouth bottles are hard to clean but might be easier for you to hold on to during feedings.

Wide mouth bottles are easier to fill with the best organic baby formula of your choice and make it easier for baby to drink.

While you’re at it, don’t waste your money buying four or five-ounce bottles when an eight-ounce bottle will do the trick.

Sure, it ‘might seem a little awkward to bottle feed a newborn from a larger bottle, but they’ll grow into it quickly.

If you’re a new mom, you might not know that nipple size matters too.

Newborns suckle from nipples with smaller holes, and the holes get bigger as your baby grows.

If your baby seems like they’re struggling to get formula out or are pulling hard on the nipple, it might be time to switch to a larger hole.

Work The Angles

Bottle feeding is a wonderful opportunity for bonding between baby and mommy.

Is there anything sweeter than holding your tiny angel and gazing into their eyes?

When you’re breastfeeding, there’s little concern on the angle of your breast, but you have to be a bit more careful with bottle feeding.

Make sure baby is propped up, not flat on their back.

If the bottle is too high, too much fluid will go to baby’s mouth, but if it’s too low, baby might suck down more air than formula and get gas.

Make sure the nipple is always full of formula to prevent air bubbles from becoming a problem.

Baby needs every drop of the best organic baby formula you’re feeding them.

Getting Gassy

Every new parent learns quickly that gas can cause tummy troubles for our little ones.

You can minimize that in a few ways.

When you mix the best organic baby formula with water, stir, never shake. Shaking produces the bubbles that cause so many troubles.

Loosening the ring on the bottle cap will also help minimize gas.

Make sure you take burp breaks or maybe do some bicycle legs during feeding.

Becoming Baby’s Bartender

Just like a pro bartender can craft the perfect cocktail, you need to learn how to whip up the perfect bottle.

There are a few tips and tricks that make the experience easy.

Always add water before you add formula since it’ll be hard to measure the correct amount you need if the formula is sitting in there.

Also, keep a close eye on measurements since the formula will displace the water.

For example, if your baby routinely drinks five ounces of formula, add four ounces of water and then the formula.

It should even out to the amount you need; plus you can always add more water.

You’ve chosen the best organic baby formula and don’t want to spill even a little of it.

That can be an issue if you’re just using the scoops that come in the tins.

Purchasing a formula dispenser can make life so much easier.

Formula dispensers measure out perfect portions and get every bit into the bottles with ease.

And as we mentioned before, always stir the formula and don’t shake it which creates bubbles.

If You Can’t Breastfeed, Mimic The Experience

While your baby is suckling on a bottle or your breast, there are a lot of neurons firing inside their adorable noggin.

Believe it or not, while they’re peacefully feeding, they’re learning and growing.

Gazing into their eyes is a great way to stimulate brain growth, but here’s a trick you might not have considered.

When breastfeeding, moms will naturally switch sides.

Try this trick when bottle feeding to nurture brain development and their eye contact skills.

You’ve chosen the best organic baby formula to give them the very best in life and help them grow the right way.

This technique takes it a step farther.

Never Microwave A Bottle

Microwaves are convenient – for adults. Baby’s bottle should never, ever be microwaved.

If you do that, you run the risk of burning their delicate mouth.

After microwaving, the bottle itself might feel cool but there are “hot spots” in the formula itself.

The best way to heat a bottle is to place it in a bowl of warm water and wait for it to heat up.

Test the formula on your most delicate skin, the inside of your wrist, to be certain the formula is the right temperature.

Most babies prefer lukewarm or room temperature formula.

Water Matters

Tap water is fine for the most part, but if you have any concerns about what you add to the best organic baby formula you’re using, you’ve got options.

There’s specific nursery water you can purchase, or purified water from your local grocery store.

If having a bunch of gallons of water around sounds inconvenient, get a filter.

You can have a filter pitcher ready to go in your fridge or get a filter for your faucet.

Deal With Detractors

There’s a strong pro-breastfeeding community, and that’s great.

But it becomes a problem when they start to judge you for bottle feeding.

Every mother’s experience is different, and you have every right to choose to feed your baby the best organic baby formula.

It’s sad that this has to be a tip on the list but expect a bit of judgment from those who are a bit overzealous about breastfeeding.

Start a conversation about your choices; talk about each other’s experiences and you might both learn something new.

As long as your baby is happy and healthy, you’re on the right track.

Go With The Best Organic Baby Formula

This one is the major key to the whole bottle feeding thing.

New moms in the US might be shocked to find out just what exactly is in American-made formulas.

Refined sweeteners, synthetic preservatives, filler chemicals – yuck!

By contrast, organic European formulas, like Hipp formula or Holle, are held to much higher standards.

If you’re expecting organic European formulas to be hard to get and prohibitively expensive in the states, it’s time to visit Formuland.

Shipping out of California, they’ve got all the major brands and will help you pick out the one that’s best for your baby.

When you’ve decided to go with formula, also go with Formuland, your one-stop shop for the best organic baby formula.

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Feeding a Newborn: Top Bottle Feeding Tips to Know

Feeding a Newborn

Feeding your little one is a time to bond– not stress over the nutrition and how well they’re taking the bottle.

If you’re curious about bottle feeding or trying to up the ante with your feeding skills, we understand!

Formuland wants to help parents everywhere keep their children healthy and happy through nutrition.

So we’ve put together this guide to feeding a newborn and the bottle feeding tips that could change the game with it comes to bottle time.

Keep reading to find out our top tips for bottle feeding a newborn

Feeding a newborn: what you’ll want to know about bottle feeding

Becoming a parent doesn’t come with a manual that’s 100% guaranteed to work.

We wish this was true but thankfully there are tons of tips to help you figure things out as you go! To help you on the feeding front, keep reading to see our top bottle feeding tips.

Find the right formula

One of the most important things you’ll have to figure out when feeding a newborn is which formula is going to be best for them.

Every baby has preferences in taste and has a unique digestive system that may work better with some formulas and not others.

This means you may have to do some trial and error testing before you find the right one.

Formuland is all about providing the best organic formulas for parents to feed a newborn.

Stay away from popular store-bought formulas and make sure you are selecting the highest quality formula without any additives.

We’ve even written about ingredients you’ll absolutely want to stay away from when looking for that perfect formula.

Make sure the milk and nipple have been warmed

Feeding a newborn is a time of comfort and making sure your baby is having a good experience with their feedings.

This means you’ll want to make sure the milk and the bottle’s nipple have been warmed.

You can heat up your baby’s milk by placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water that isn’t boiling so that it can be warmed slightly for your baby.

If your baby is finicky, it could be that they dislike the “surprise” of cold milk, so testing out with warmed formula could settle them into feeding.

Is your bottle BPA free?

All parents want to make sure their baby has the best and that they aren’t consuming anything dangerous.

On top of finding the perfect formula, you’ll also want to look if your bottles and nipples are BPA-free.

We recommend glass bottles to avoid any issues with BPA so that you can put this issue out of your mind.

BPA is a concern because it is often a part of plastics in our bottles and some metal products. As food and water are in contact with it, BPA can seep into it so that you can consume it.

This becomes problematic because it mimics certain hormones that can harm our bodies and disrupt our natural hormone patterns over time.

Though some people say the small levels that come from bottles aren’t harmful, it’s better to avoid anything with BPA.

Check to see if the nipple hole is the right size

It’s not something you think about right off the bat when you think about bottle feeding a newborn, but making sure that the nipple hole is the right size is important.

This means that newborns are given nipples that have a smaller hole and then the size is increased as the baby grows.

The reason for this is that newborns do not yet have their swallowing reflexes down pat. When the nipple hole is too big, they could get overwhelmed with milk as they are feeding and could choke.

Similarly, if you notice your baby is pulling too hard or not getting enough during a feeding, try increasing the size of the nipple to see if that solves the problem.

Feed your baby on a schedule

Part of helping your baby develop a routine is keeping them on a feeding schedule as they grow.

Newborns can be fed as needed in order during the first few weeks to see how often your baby is hungry. From there, you will be able to notice patterns and start a schedule for them!

Many experts recommend feeding babies once every 3-4 hours to allow them to digest their previous bottle and prevent overeating.

Keep everything clean

Making sure that everything is sterile during a bottle-feed is important.

While bottles are tucked away, they can accumulate germs and other harmful bacteria that your baby should not be ingesting.

To sterilize your baby’s bottles, you have a few options.

Many parents prefer to purchase electric steamers that ensure everything is sterilized. However, you can also boil bottles to keep everything clean without needing to buy anything extra.

It’s especially important to make sure that your bottles do not have BPA during these times since the heat can cause more BPA to be released.

Take breaks

Part of feeding your baby is allowing them to take breaks every once in a while.

Unlike breastfeeding, bottles do let in more air while your baby is feeding. Air can them accumulate and fill their little tummy, making them uncomfortable.

That’s why mid-feed burping can be a great idea to make sure feeding goes as smoothly as possible.

This means that you will have time to burp them and keep them comfortable while they feed. You’ll also get a bit of additional bonding time while taking a break, which is always a great thing.

Learn more with Formuland

We love helping parents keep their babies healthy with the best products and advice.

Our shop is stocked with the best organic baby products coming from Europe to offer parents around the world the opportunity to feed their baby great formula.

Make sure to contact us if you have any questions and take a look at the rest of our blogs if you want to keep getting the best information for your baby!