Small, 4 fl oz (120 mL) bottles are a good size for newborns. As your baby starts to take more formula during a feeding, you will likely want to have bigger 8 fl oz (240 mL) bottles on hand.
Bottles are made of glass or plastic.
Nipples have been designed to imitate a mother's nipple. The human nipple is short and flexible, which makes it easy for a baby to grasp and suckle. But some babies have difficulty with some bottle nipples that are too short.
General guidelines for buying bottle nipples:
Nipple shapes include:
You may need to experiment with a few different types of nipples until you find one that seems most natural for your baby.
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Current as ofJune 3, 2013
Current as of: June 3, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
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