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Baby Bottle Gear

There are lots of accessories to choose from, including brushes, carrying cases, sterilizers, and dishwasher bottle baskets.

Pediatricians and parents generally agree that the following items are helpful to have:

  • 1 baby bottle brush
  • 1 nipple brush
  • 6-12 bibs
  • 1 breast pump with storage bottles (if breastfeeding)
  • 12 burp cloths, receiving blankets, or clean cloth diapers


Are Plastic Baby Bottles Safe?

Yes. In the past, some people worried about the safety of baby bottles made with bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to make hardened plastic. The FDA banned the use of BPA in 2012 from baby bottles and sippy cups.

6 Dos & Don’ts

1. Don’t sterilize glass baby bottles and nipples before every use. Sterilizing bottles was only necessary in the past, when local water supplies were not as reliably clean as they are now. 

You may want to sterilize new glass baby bottles and new nipples by putting them in boiling water for 5 minutes Afterward, you can wash bottles in the dishwasher, which cleans better than hand-washing them, or wash by hand with hot, soapy water and rinse well.

2. Do replace baby bottles and nipples if you find a certain set just doesn’t agree with your baby’s needs.

3. Do replace a glass baby bottle if it’s cracked or chipped.

4. Do replace a plastic baby bottle if it’s cracked, leaks, is discolored, or smells bad.

5. Do replace a nipple if it’s discolored or isn't in good shape (a damaged nipple can be a choking hazard), or if baby formula comes out too fast. 

To test the flow, turn the bottle upside down. Only a few drops should come out. If more do, the hole is too big, and your baby may get more infant formula than he can handle. Nipple packages should state the flow rate on them.

6. Don’t buy a baby bottle warmer unless you really want one. Standing a baby bottle in a glass of hot water for a few minutes is easier and less expensive. Also, don't heat your baby’s bottle in the microwave. That can create hot spots in the liquid, because microwaves don't heat evenly.


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