Baby bottles. Plastic or glass bottles, or disposable bottle bags? The choice is yours. Some parents keep a variety of baby-bottle sizes and styles on hand for different purposes. For example, disposable bottle bags are handy when you're on the go and when washing facilities are limited. For convenience, bottles with disposable liners let you toss away the used liner when the feeding is done. Small-size bottles are perfect for holding 2- or 3-ounce feedings during the first weeks after delivery. Be cautious of bottles with cute shapes; they're often hard to clean.
Baby-bottle nipples come in a variety of shapes and sizes, too. Choose nipples that correspond to your baby's mouth size and developmental needs. A baby's comfort and ease of sucking are the criteria to use when choosing a nipple.
There are four basic baby-bottle nipple types: a regular nipple with slow, medium, or fast flow (the number and size of the holes will determine flow); a nipple for very small or premature babies; an orthodontic nipple, which imitates the shape of a human nipple during breast-feeding; and a cleft-palate nipple. A cleft-palate nipple is meant for babies who have a lip or palate problem that keeps them from sucking properly.
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