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Different Types of Feeding Bottles Available in the Market


Today, different types of feeding bottles are available in the market, and the sheer variety can be very confusing. Understanding the differences between them and knowing their pros and cons will help you make an informed decision about the right bottle for your baby.

1. Standard Bottles

Standard feeding bottles come with the basic features. These are what you are most likely to see in stores, available under various brand names. Standard Bottles
Pros
  • They are mostly inexpensive.
  • They are easily available, even at your local chemist's.
  • You can get them in any color or design of your choice.
  • They fit most standard teats, and cleaning accessories are easily available.
Cons
  • The narrow necks make them a little difficult to clean.
  • Extra care is required to fill the bottle through the narrow neck.
  • Babies might swallow excess air while sucking.
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2. Anti-Colic (Natural Flow Bottles)

Anti-colic bottles help reduce the incidence of colic, a painful condition in the abdomen, resulting from indigestion or gas. Anti-colic bottles and teats are specially designed to prevent the intake of air while sucking, and usually feature air vents, tubes or bags. Anti-Colic Natural Flow Bottles
Pros
  • They reduce the chances of the baby swallowing air.
  • They can reduce colic caused by gas.
Cons
  • They are not guaranteed to prevent colic.
  • Their different design makes them difficult to clean.
  • They are more expensive than regular bottles.
  • They are not as easily available as regular bottles.
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3. Self-Sterilizing Bottles

Also called �self-sterilizing bottles', sterilizer bottles can sterilize themselves. Water is poured into the lower portion of the bottle, and the remaining parts are placed on top. It is then heated in the microwave for a prescribed number of minutes. Sterilizer Bottles
Pros
  • They don't need extra equipment for sterilization.
  • They are convenient and time-saving.
  • They are travel-friendly.
Cons
  • They are more expensive than regular bottles.
  • Every microwave is different, so extra care needs to be taken to prevent over-heating of the bottle.
  • They won't work if the power goes off.

4. Disposable Bottles

Disposable bottles come ready-to-use. The bottles and their parts are already sterilized. They can be thrown away after the baby is fed, with no mess to clean up. Disposable Bottles
Pros
  • They are convenient and time-saving.
  • They are perfect for travelling or any situation with a time crunch.
  • They can be used by someone not familiar with handling baby's bottles and things.
Cons
  • They aren't environment-friendly.
  • Their disposal can create problems
  • Their consistent usage can prove to be expensive.

5. Bottles with Disposable Liners

These are small bags placed inside regular bottles and filled with milk, which are then thrown away after use. Bottles with Disposable Liners
Pros
  • They are convenient and time-saving.
  • They are perfect for travelling.
  • They don't occupy much space while packing.
Cons
  • They aren't environment-friendly.
  • Their disposal can create problems.
  • Their consistent usage can prove to be expensive.
  • If used incorrectly, the bottle might still end up having to be cleaned.

6. Angle Neck Bottles

Angle neck bottles are straight bottles which bend at an angle near the neck. They are designed so, to keep the teat full of milk at all times. Angle Neck Bottles
Pros
  • They reduce the chances of the baby swallowing air.
  • They require the baby to be held upright, thereby reducing the chances of ear infections.
  • They can reduce colic caused by gas.
Cons
  • They can be expensive.
  • They are not as easily available as regular bottles.
  • They can be difficult to clean.
  • They are not guaranteed to prevent colic.
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7. Wide Neck Bottles

These bottles have a stouter appearance compared to regular bottles, and are ideal for babies who drink from the breast as well as the bottle. Wide Neck Bottles
Pros
  • They offer less difficulty for breast-fed babies to transition to and from the bottle.
  • They are easy to clean and sterilize.
  • They are fairly inexpensive.
  • Some of them come with anti-colic properties.
Cons
  • They are not as easily available as regular bottles.
  • Matching nipples for them are not easily available.
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8. Breast Mimicking Bottles

Most bottles that mimic breasts have specially designed nipples. These bottles are usually wide-necked and may have a curvier body. The nipples are anatomically designed to resemble the shape and softness of a human breast. Breast Mimicking Bottles
Pros
  • The teat adapts to the roof of the baby's mouth, creating a natural feel.
  • There are fewer chances of nipple confusion for babies who feed from both breast and bottle.
  • Babies feed more readily, even if the mother is not around.
  • They are easy to clean and sterilize since the number of parts is minimal.
Cons
  • These bottles are relatively expensive than the standard ones, owing to their special design.
  • Finding replacement nipples can be difficult.
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9. Vented Bottles

Vented bottles contain vents that keep the air at the back of the bottle while preventing the liquid from seeping out. An anti-vacuum chamber is created at the base of the nipple, which allows a one-way flow of air, thereby preventing the outflow of liquid. Vented Bottles
Pros
  • They prevent liquid from leaking out and choking the baby.
  • They create less mess.
  • They can reduce colic in babies.
Cons
  • They are more expensive than regular bottles.
  • They aren't easily available at all stores.
  • They are not guaranteed to prevent colic.

Different Types of Nipples/Teats Available in the Market

You will find numerous varieties of nipples/teats available in the market. Choose the type that suits your baby's requirements and preferences. You might have to undergo a period of trial and error, trying out various nipples and finding the one your baby prefers.
Traditional Nipples

Traditional Nipples


These are the most basic version of nipples and are quite cost-effective. These are bell-shaped, with the nipple tip and base quite narrow. They fit well with the standard types of bottles. The flow of milk is quite slow with these nipples, making them an ideal choice for feeding very small babies. These nipples are available in both latex and silicone materials. If your baby is not very fussy after feeding and has had no problem in transitioning from breast to bottle, then use these traditional nipples. View Products

Naturally Shaped Nipples


These nipples mimic a mother's nipple, and therefore are useful when you are trying to shift your baby from breastfeeding to bottle feeding. The baby is bound to have a smooth transition since the difference between both is not that obvious. The base of a mother's teat is much broader than an average feeding bottle. These naturally shaped nipples are therefore designed in the same manner. The nipple or teat is softer and more flexible and has a broad base, just like a mother's breast. View Products
Naturally Shaped Nipples
Anti-vacuum or Vented Nipples

Anti-vacuum or Vented Nipples


Some babies gulp a lot of air along with milk due to poor sucking mechanism. This can cause problems like colic, gas, and constant irritability in babies, right after feeding. Anti-vacuum or vented nipples are designed to prevent these digestive problems in babies. A vent or a small opening is designed on the side of the nipple to prevent vacuum or bubble build-up in the feeding bottle. Thus, when a baby suckles at a vented nipple, the air enters the bottle, thereby avoiding vacuum build-up.

Orthodontic Nipples


If the right kind of nipple is not used for bottle feeding babies in their initial months, it can cause a lasting damage to their teeth and gums. Orthodontic nipples promote healthy teeth formation. The orthodontic nipples are designed to prevent your baby's tender gums and teeth from getting damaged. If your baby has delicate gums or is just entering the teething phase, then using orthodontic nipples can be the best alternative. Orthodontic nipples are flat on one side and bulged on the other, and fit perfectly into the baby's gums and palate. So when the baby sucks at it, the nipple stretches, just like a mother's nipple. These nipples also protect the delicate gums of younger babies and are more comfortable to use at the time of teething. View Products
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Multi-flow Nipples

Multi-flow Nipples (Variable Flow Nipples)


If you are using the feeding bottle to feed milk, juices, and formula to your baby, then having the same nipple for all types of liquid will make your baby struggle while feeding. While milk can flow better from small-sized holes, formula is better consumed from medium-sized holes. Juices with fibre are best fed through large holes. So instead of stocking nipples with different hole sizes (which can be very confusing), it's better to used multi-flow nipples. These have adjustable slots built into the nipple that facilitate multi-flow. View Products

Silicone Nipples


Silicone nipples are the most commonly preferred nipples, thanks to their tensile strength, longevity, and inertness. Babies tend to chew the nipples at the time of feeding, especially when they are teething. This can cause unwanted leaks and dents in the nipple. Silicone nipples, being stronger and resilient, are not easily damaged by this chewing and can thus last longer. Being a synthetic compound, silicone also doesn't absorb any colour or odour of the various liquids that are fed through it. Silicone nipples are also heat-resistant and can be easily washed in the dishwasher or sterilized without worrying about it degrading. View Products
Silicone Nipples
Latex Nipples

Latex Nipples


While silicone nipples are more popular, latex nipples are still the first choice of many new parents. Latex nipples are golden yellow in colour and are softer than silicone nipples. They are very similar to a mother's nipple, and babies prefer them to the silicone ones. However, some babies are known to develop latex allergies. Also, since these nipples are much less resilient to a baby's chewing and heat, they might have to be replaced every 4-6 weeks. View Products

Nipples for Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate Babies


Babies with clefts have openings between their mouth and nasal cavity, so it would be difficult for them to suckle. Special-shaped nipples with controlled flow are available in the market and can be used for babies with a cleft lip/palate.
Nipples for Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate Babies
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