Best Slow Flow Bottles for Newborns

Best Slow Flow Bottles for Newborns

Why Does Flow Matter?

For a baby to be able to feed effectively from a bottle, they must be able to use their oral muscles to suck on the nipple, regulate the flow of the milk, and close the airway when swallowing. This process requires perfect coordination on the baby’s part.

Healthy, full-term babies can feed on any newborn bottle nipple. They are comfortably able to alter their sucking pressure to manage the milk flow. Their oral muscle tone is strong enough, enabling them to swallow and close their airways to prevent substances from entering. In contrast, babies that have health conditions that affect muscle coordination and swallowing such as Down syndrome, or have cardiac or respiratory diseases, as well as preterm babies, the process can be a challenge.

You can also read our full guide on the best baby bottles 2020.

When the nipple is introduced in the mouth, the baby can choose to swallow or allow it to collect into a pool until it starts leaking or refuse to suck altogether. The airway must be closed when swallowing every time, to prevent choking.

If the flow rate is high, the baby is forced to swallow faster to prevent the milk from accumulating. In contrast, if the flow rate is slowed, it will take longer to pool, swallowing will also be slowed, and the baby will have more time to breathe as they feed. The infants with respiratory or cardiac problems are challenged by this difference in flow rate; sometimes, sucking from a high flow rate will not let them maintain steady oxygenation when feeding, and this can make them too fatigued to continue feeding. Likewise, babies with low muscle tone like those affected by Down syndrome, a slow flow is perfect because they will have more time to coordinate a safe swallow and keep the airway free of fluid before another bolus of fluid forms.

When the flow is high, the baby with feeding challenges will try to slow the flow by chewing on the nipple or clamping it; this reduces the effectiveness of feeding. Also, the oral muscles are not exercised enough for them to gain the necessary skill that will be used to handle long-term breastfeeding and bottle feeding, as well as oral feeding or speech in the near future.

Nipple flow rate study

This study was done to demonstrate how different nipples cause variations in the average flow rate. You should note, however, that babies use different sucking pressures and rates even when using the same nipple, hence this study is only to compare nipples and without considering the baby’s influence.

The research tested 45 types of nipples commonly used for feeding babies in the hospitals and the community. For each nipple type, 10 nipples were tested for the study. A standardized testing procedure was developed using a breast pump to mimic sucking and measured the quantity of formula expressed in one minute.

The Testing Set Up

Results

Milk flow:

The nipples tested gave a wide range of flow rates from as low as 2ml/min to more than 80ml/min. It was interesting to find out that the flow rate does not always match the claim from the nipple brand. For instance, single-use premature nipples from Enfamil and Similac were faster than either their slow or standard flow nipples. Also, Enfamil slow nipple was even faster than Similac Premature. Avent Natural Newborn was the slowest, while DR. Brown’s Y nipple was the fastest, although it was tested using standard- thickness formula, whereas it is usually used with thickened milk.

Variability

It was observed that there was a lot of variation in the flow between nipples from the same type. Only 10 nipple types from the 45 tested showed minimal variations(less than 10%) between their nipples. For instance, DR. Brown’s brand had the most consistency, with 6 of their nipples having low variations, others were Tommee Tippee, Medela Calma, and etc. 19 of the 45 nipple types tested had a high variation of more than 20% between their nipples.

It is important to consider variations between nipples because we normally attribute the amount of milk the baby feeds to other factors like fatigue, but from the study; how much a baby feeds, is also influenced by the nipple.

This study has demonstrated that if your child is not feeding well, it might be helpful to change to a nipple that has shown less variation or try several nipples from of the same type.

NB: the study factored only negative pressure (mimicking sucking) and not positive pressure, which may be present with a baby.

Other Interesting findings were:

  • Tightening the nipple to tight on the bottle can lead to a buildup of suction pressure causing the nipple to collapse; as a result, the infant would find it hard to suck from the nipple.
  • More fluid in the bottles increases the gravitational pressure on the nipple leading to high flow. Likewise, less fluid means less pressure hence slowed flow.

Why Use A Slow Flow Nipple

If feeding a newborn: A slow flow nipple is the most suitable for a newborn because it allows them to suck slowly without being overwhelmed, and this ensures they take the proper amount of milk with each feeding.

To avoid/manage a health problem: feeding an infant with an improperly sized nipple can cause health problems. For instance, a bigger nipple would cause a high flow forcing the baby to swallow too much too fast. The stomach would then become overloaded and reject the excess milk forcing the baby to have excess spit ups. Also, the baby swallows too much air causing them to have acid reflux. Starting with a slow flow nipple would ensure your little one does not experience these uncomfortable issues.

For older babies: Some larger nipples have special slow flow features to eliminate tummy issues that would result from the baby using an improperly sized nipple.

What To Look For When Purchasing A Slow Flow Bottle In 2020

Reusable/Disposable: Nipples fall in these two categories, and of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to either choice; reusable nipples can save you money in the long run, but you have to keep cleaning and sterilizing which requires commitment and effort. With the disposable nipples, on the other hand, you can just feed your baby whatever time without needing to clean first hand, but then you have to keep stocking more and more, which could be expensive, not to mention piling up trash.

Cost: this is mainly determined by the brand and quality of the nipple. You want to make sure you do not compromise on your baby’s feeding and healthy for a cheaper, low quality nipple. One way of cutting costs without compromising quality would be buying in bulk.

Ease of cleaning: Nipples and baby bottles must be spotlessly cleaned and sterilized. Ensure the bottle you buy allows for drier washing and using boiled water. Also, such measures involve using high temperatures that are unsafe with plastic and silicon that releases BPA and other toxic chemicals.

Here is a list of all our best slow-flow bottles in 2020:

  1. Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature First Feed Bottle
  2. Philips AVENT BPA Free Natural Slow Flow Nipples
  3. Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle
  4. Enfamil Slow Flow Soft Nipples-Latex Free $ BPA Free
  5. Playtex Nipple Variety Kit Slow Flow
  6. Similac Slow Flow Nipple And Ring
  7. Brown’s Original Nipple Level
  8. Nuk Simply Natural Bottles
  9. Medela Breast Milk Bottle Set

Reviews Of The Best Slow Flow Bottles

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature First Feed Bottle

The Tommee Tippee is our favorite bottle so far because it has all the fantastic features you would wish for in a feeding bottle. It is dish washable and microwave usable safe. It also has a good grip and lightweight weight.

The nipple is shaped and made from soft silicon to provide the feel of a real breast. It also includes an anti-colic valve on the inside to provide extra slow flow. The silicon allows it to stretch, bend, and twist during feeding without allowing the baby to swallow too much milk or the air too fast.

The bottle is suitably designed for feeding preterm babies and for moms who want to feed newborns with expressed milk in the process of transitioning to bottle feeding.

Even more wonderful, the bottle comes with a milk storage pot that moms can use to store the milk they express and then feed the baby from a bottle.

This product is free from BPA (Bisphenol A), so you can relax knowing your toddler is not exposed to harmful chemicals.

Features:

  • Breast-like shaped nipple
  • An anti-colic valve on the nipple to reduce excess airflow
  • Closer to nature breast milk storage pot
  • 3- Way easy to hold bottle
  • BPA free

Pros:

  • Guarantees no choking when feeding
  • No more spit ups, gas and tummy problems in colic babies from swallowing excess air
  • Provides clean feeding with no dripping
  • Provides a storage pot for extra milk

Cons

  • The rim inside the bottle catches fluid so you can fully empty without swishing it around
  • The nipple might tear from frequent hard bites

Philips AVENT BPA Free Natural Slow Flow Nipples

Our second best slow flow nipple is the bottle from Philips Avent. This nipple does an excellent job at reducing airflow as well as the amount of milk your baby swallows at a time; as a result, we find it to be a perfect solution for babies who experience acid reflux and gas from swallowing too much air.

The nipple is wide, breast-shaped and made from soft silicon that is odorless and durable. It features twin anti-colic valves that work to push back the air into the bottle rather than the baby’s tummy. The petals on the inside enhance the softness and flexibility of the nipple, as well as preventing the nipple from collapsing during feeding.

This nipple was designed to cater for babies 1 month of age and above. It is dish washable and also compatible with Phillip Avent bottles.

Features:

  • Designed for babies from 1 month of age
  • Made from flavorless, odorless silicon
  • Anti-colic twin valves
  • BPA free

Pros:

  • Provides a perfect latch
  • Provides the perfect milk flow while reducing airflow
  • Easy to clean, steam, and sterilize
  • Nipples are soft and durable

Cons:

  • Not suitable for newborns

Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle

The Comotomo bottle is our third best choice on this list. The bottle is designed to have a breast-like feeling: the nipple is made from soft silicon with a wide mound to help your baby adapt easily, switching from breast and bottle. The bottle features dual anti-colic vents that promote circulation to facilitate consistent milk flow and eliminating unwanted air intake. This feature makes the Comotomo bottle suitable for preventing stomach gas, spit up, and reducing colic.

It is so easy to clean because it is uniquely designed with a wide opening that allows you to be able to reach with your fingers inside to clean. You can sterilize it, boil, or clean it with a dishwasher. It is also safe to use in the microwave.

As a bonus, your baby has fun with it as they feed because it has a soft, skin-like silicone that your baby will love to play with.

Features

  • Designed for newborns up to 3 months of age
  • Dual anti-colic valve
  • BPA, PVC, and phthalate silicone material
  • Heat resistant

Pros

  • Soft and squishy for the baby
  • Easy to clean
  • The perfect bottle for breast-bottle transitioning

Cons

  • The frosting on the bottles sometimes does not allow you to see the level of the milk
  • A bit expensive in comparison

Enfamil Slow Flow Soft Nipples-Latex Free $ BPA Free

The Enfamil nipples are unlike others we have reviewed in this list so far. A pack of these has 12 disposable nipples made from soft BPA free silicon. They serve the purpose well, and therefore they take the fourth position on our list.

The nipples are hygienically packed with each nipple being individually wrapped to make sure they are safe to use any time your baby needs to feed. They can be used on any standard or classic bottles. You could also disinfect with standard sterilizer before use.

The nipples have one hole on the nipple designed to provide extra slow flow and are also vented to allow air circulation as the baby sucks. As a result, they are suitable for newborns and younger babies who need to suck slower for longer.

Enfamil slow flow nipples are perfect for moms who travel a lot and in a hospital set up for feeding babies while eliminating the risk of contamination.

Features:

  • A pack of 12 nipples
  • Disposable
  • Compatible with standard sized infant bottles

Pros:

  • Provides perfect slow flow
  • You can reuse them after sanitizing
  • Convenient while on the go or hospital setting

Cons

  • They are disposable, so you have to keep purchasing more

Playtex Nipple Variety Kit Slow Flow

If you have been hunting from bottle to bottle trying to look for a suitable nipple for your baby with no luck and you are on a low budget, Playtex kit might be the perfect solution for you. It offers you a kit with a variety of nipples with four distinct shapes and sizes to mix and match with the Playtex bottle until you get the right combination for your little one’s unique preference.

The four nipples have different sizes and textures are designed as follows: breast-like shape designed to mimic the breast shape, natural latch designed most like mom’s, full sized designed for wider mouths, and angled for upright feeding. The good thing is all of them have a wide raised and textured area to provide a latch for easy switching between breast and bottle.

We think this is an excellent package that most babies will find their preference from while saving you the hassle of trial and error and the much-needed money!

The Playtex nipple is our number five best slow flow nipple.

Features:

  • For babies 0-3 months
  • A 4 nipple variety kit
  • BPA free

Pros:

  • It can be a perfect gift for a baby shower
  • Provides the perfect milk flow
  • Makes transition to bottle easier
  • You get a variety to create your custom feeding bottle from

Cons:

  • Doesn’t include caps
  • Packaging can be confusing

Similac Slow Flow Nipple And Ring

The Similac nipples are similar to the Enfamil slow flow nipples we have just reviewed on this list; they come 50 pieces in one pack and are disposable. They also have only one hole on top for a more controlled flow, unlike other slow flow nipples that have multiple holes. The nipples are made from latex free materials.

We find them so convenient, especially for moms who are always on the go because they eliminate the hassle involved in washing and sterilizing. They are also ideal for nurses feeding infants in hospitals where multiple use of the same nipple is prohibited due to the risk of infections. Also, the ring is compatible with most commonly available infant feeding bottles.

Having considered these factors, we give the Similac nipple the sixth position on this list.

Features

  • Disposable
  • 50 nipple pieces with a ring in a pack
  • Has a single hole
  • Made from latex free rubber

Pros

  • Convenient for travel and hospital use
  • Provide perfect flow
  • Fits on most infant feeding bottles

Cons

  • Some moms find the smell of the rubber nipple offensive
  • Can be expensive because you need to keep buying more

Brown’s Original Nipple Level

We love these nipples from DR. Brown because you get two uniquely designed nipples in a pack for you to choose the one that is most suitable for your little one. They are made from durable high quality grade silicon.

Each nipple varies in size and shape to provide different flow rate; preemie Flow nipple being ideal for tiny mouths needing slow flow and Y-cut nipple that allows higher milk flow.

Because of how well the milk flow and air bubbles are controlled with these nipples, we find them ideal for reducing gas, spit ups, acid reflux, and colic.

DR. Brown nipples are the seventh on this list.

Features:

  • 2 replacement silicon nipples in a pack
  • Phthalate, latex, lead, and BPA free
  • For newborns and above
  • Dishwasher safe on top rack only

Pros:

  • Provides perfect flow
  • Helps with gas and colic
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Pricey in comparison

Nuk Simply Natural Bottles

Nuks Simply natural is our eighth most favorite slow flow bottle. It among the best in the market, designed with the closest feel to mom’s breast.

A pack has two nipples that are carefully crafted to provide an extra soft feel and a nipple cavity to allow the baby move the tongue and jaw comfortably, just like if they were breastfeeding. The nipple with 3 holes for milk flow and anti-colic vent system to help reduce the air the baby would suck in.

From the design, the bottles ensure the breastfeeding bond between you and your little one remains strong even through the process of transitioning to bottle feeding. The bottle helps reduce spit ups and colic due to gassiness.

Features:

  • Bottle made from Tritan’s high quality plastic bottles
  • 2 pack
  • Anti-colic air system
  • Safe to micro-steam

Pros:

  • Provide perfect slow flow
  • Easy to clean
  • Baby latches just fine
  • Good for fussy and gassy baby

Cons:

  • Some moms find the caps relatively difficult remove

Medela Breast Milk Bottle Set

The Medela nipples are designed to help with an easier breast-bottle transitioning in mind. They have natural feel and shape that like the breast, with a wide base for latching on.

You will also find them easy to clean by hand or dishwasher and can safely be micro-steamed or boiled since they are BPA free.

The nipples are compatible with Medela breast milk bottles and can only be used with wide base collars. It is our number ninth on this list of best slow flow nipples

Features:

  • For babies 0-4 months
  • Dryer safe, boilable
  • Made from silicon

Pros:

  • Easy to clean
  • Compatible with other bottles
  • Durable
  • Baby loves the natural feel

Cons:

  • Some parents find the milk flow is faster than claimed
  • It allows spillages
  • Some parents experience nipple-bottle compatibility problems.
Similac Advance Vs Pro Advance Vs Other Formulas

Similac Advance Vs Pro Advance Vs Other Formulas

Similac Advance and Pro Advance are infant formulas from the Similac brand manufactured by Abbott Laboratories. The brand has created a wide range of infant formulas to serve the various needs different babies have. Some of the categories that Similac’s formulas cater for include a regular formula for healthy babies, lactose-free formulas for the babies with lactose intolerance, hypoallergenic formula for those with allergies to regular formula ingredients, easy-to-digest formulas and more.

We all know that infants depend on milk to feed as soon as they are born and that mum’s breast milk is the best option for the baby, but sometimes, breastfeeding is not possible, or the milk is not enough to feed only then are infant formulas used.

Abbott Laboratories have devoted themselves to developing specially designed infant formulas mimicking a mother’s breast milk as much as possible both in characteristics and also in benefits

Similac Advance and Similac Pro Advance closely resemble each other in terms of nutritional composition with only very slight differences. They supply all the essential nutrients and bioactive ingredients to a nursing baby just like those the baby would obtain from their mum’s breast milk. Both formulas contain OptiGro, which is a unique blend of all the nutrients and ingredients found in breast milk. Babies fed with these formulas, grow strong and healthy just as they would if they were feeding on breast milk instead.

Similarities

  • HMO (Human Milk Oligosaccharide):

Both formulas contain HMO; Similac Pro Advance includes 2′-FL HMO that is similar to the one found in a mother’s breast while the HMO in Similac Advance is obtained from genetically modified animals and plants to made to resemble one from breast milk.

HMO is a vital and the third most abundant component in breast milk. It functions as a building block for the baby’s immunity. It feeds the good bacteria in the baby’s digestive tract so they can multiply and acts as a barrier for invading pathogens such as bacteria and viruses that would cause infections.

It also influences the cells that coordinate with the immune system to help in reducing inflammation.

  • DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid):

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is essential for the general development of the baby’s brain in their formative years. It also contributes to improved cardiovascular health, better vision, and reduced inflammation.

  • Lutein

It is a carotenoid found naturally in plants that have powerful antioxidant abilities; it protects the DHA from the effects of free radicals that roam in the body. It also contributes to the development of cognitive abilities such as learning, reasoning, and memory.

  • Vitamin E

It is a common, occurring vitamin but powerful antioxidant that protects body cells from free radicles.

Differences

  • Different labels and Packaging colors

Of course, one difference you will spot at a glance is their package appearance, the labels read differently. Similac Pro Advance is in a tin with a grey cover while Similac Advance is in a tin with a blue cover.

  • Similac Pro Advance is the upgraded version of Similac Advance

The Pro Advance formula is made from non-rbST cow’s milk, while Similac Advance is made from cow’s milk with some genetically modified ingredients.

  • HMO

HMO in Pro Advance formula is made closest to the one in breast milk than that of Similac Advance.

Which milk tastes better?

Ordinarily, a baby that has been breastfeeding could tell the difference and might react to it. However, Similac have done an excellent job to try to close the gap in the characteristics between their formulas and breast milk as possible. With Similac formulas, the baby cannot tell the difference.

Prices

The two formulas are available in powder form in cans and also in bottles ready-to-feed in liquid. They can be purchased from the company’s website once you sign up and from stores like Amazon, Target, and Walmart etc.

Similar Pro AdvanceSimilac Advance
Powdered 36 once can (pack of 3) for a month supply- from $129.71 Powdered 36 once can (pack of 3) for a month supply – from$115.68
Ready to feed bottle 1 quartz bottle (pack of 6) –from $66.23 Ready to feed bottle 8 fl OZ (pack of 24) –from $51.68

A comparison of the two formulas:

Similac Advance Similac Pro-Advance
Some ingredients are GMO engineered Non-GMO ingredients
From treated rbST cow milkNon-rbST treated cow milk
HMO is from genetically modified sourcesHas 2’-FL HMO found in breast milk
Contains OptiGro mixtureContains OptiGro mixture
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What We Think:

Ultimately it is your decision to make and it might also be influenced by how your baby responds to either formula but we feel that the difference between the two formulas is very minor and both cater really well for the baby’s nutrition. The difference between their prices is also minimal so if you are concerned about genetically engineered ingredients being in baby formula, we would advise you to consider Similac Pro Advance.

Reviews

In the following reviews we will be comparing how the two Similac products we have already discussed compare with other infant formulas from Similac and also from Enfamil Company. We will be sharing more about the formula, what is unique about it, and its ingredients and their function in the body.

Similac Pro Advance Vs Pro Total Comfort

Pro Total Comfort is also an infant formula for Similac. Since we have already discussed extensively Similac Pro, we will be covering more about Pro Total Comfort its ingredients and benefits as well as how it compares with Similac Pro Advance next.

Pro Total Comfort

You will probably be surprised to learn that Pro Total Comfort is another infant formula from Similac brands. Abbott Laboratories has been devoting their research to create a broad range of infant formulas because they understand that different babies have different formula needs.

Pro Total Comfort was designed to ensure that your baby does not experience discomfort related to formula digestion. Science has it that some babies experience uncomfortable digestive symptoms after feeding on regular formulas in the market that use lactose and milk proteins from cow’s milk. Some of the symptoms most babies manifest are fussiness, excessive gas, and crying. Similac boasts of noticing the changes in your baby after just a day of using this product.

Similac uses ingredients that make their formula have the same characteristics as that of breast milk with the same benefits to the baby. The ingredients in Pro Total Comfort are designed to be easy for the baby to digest without causing undesirable symptoms.

Pro Total comfort uses lactose-free cow milk as a source. Instead of using lactose as a sweetener or carbohydrate source, it uses corn maltodextrin and sugar. Protein is obtained from whey protein hydrolysate instead of from milk protein. The protein is hydrolyzed to make the molecules small enough for easier digestion. This formula is also enriched with special prebiotics known as 2’FL HMO, just like in Similac Pro Advance. The prebiotic is a building block for a strong immune system.

It is important to mention that when considering which formula is most suitable for your little one don’t just choose a formula because its added ingredients that promise being gentle, especially if your baby is healthy. It is better to be guided on these matters by a pediatrician.

Price: 36 ounce tin (pack of 3) – from $134.06

Find out how the two products compare side by side from the table below:

Similac Pro Advance Pro Total Comfort
Designed for healthy babiesDesigned for delicate tummies
Includes 2’-FLO HMO immune boostersIncludes 2’-FL HMO immune booster
Includes DHA, Lutein and Vit E for brain and eye developmentIncludes DHA, Lutein, and Vit E for brain and eye development
Uses milk proteins from cow milkUses hydrolyzed whey protein
Uses lactose in cow milk for carbohydrateUses corn maltodextrin for carbohydrates
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What we think:

Although both products provide the same essential nutrients and share same 2’-HMO there is obvious difference between the ingredients making Similac Pro Advance and Pro total comfort; the former depends on cow milk ingredients and the latter eliminates staple cow milk ingredients such as lactose and milk proteins. We think your choice here should be driven by your baby’s tolerance of cow milk products. If your baby experiences trouble digesting lactose and milk proteins we recommend Pro Total comfort otherwise if the baby is healthy, Similac Pro advance is great.

Similac Advance Vs Enfamil A+ Vs Enfamil Enspire

Since we have already extensively discussed on the Similac Advance, we will be sharing more on the two Enfamil products. The same company manufactures both products are manufactured by Mead Johnson Nutrition Company. It is most likely you wouldn’t realize that the brand name Enfamil is coined from the words ‘infant meal’. These high-quality products are laden with nutrients and minerals and are designed to offer a complete meal to your little one.

Enfamil A+

Enfamil A+ formula serves infants ranging from 0 to 6 months and is manufactured by Enfamil. It is made from cow milk with ingredients that tailored to be easily digested by an infant. It is critical to emphasize that if possible, a mother’s breast milk is the best option, especially for a newborn. Formulas are only interventions if the breast milk is not available. With that said, Enfamil A+ is a perfect choice, especially if your little one has been showing digestion difficulties such as gassiness and constipation.

It includes all the essential nutrients and immune building ingredients that are also found in breast milk. This formula is minerals and vitamins dense, including DHA and choline, for your infant’s rapidly growing brain. It also includes a dual prebiotic blend that is designed to work longer in the digestive tract to fortify your growing infant immune system.

Price: 496 gm. pack – from $47.97

Enfamil Enspire

Enfamil Enspire is a carefully crafted product. It is made from non-GMO cow milk and soy products.

It uses the lactose in cow’s milk as a sweetener, whey protein-lipid concentrate for a protein source, vegetable fats from coconut, palm and soy oil, and a blend of vitamins and minerals. The formula is rich and will give your baby similar benefits as those experienced from breast milk.

Enfamil Enspire has a unique ingredient that is also found in breast milk, called MFGM (Milk Fat Globule Membrane) and Lactoferrin. Research has it that MFGM and Lactoferrin are vital for cognitive and immune system development as well as cardiovascular health. Additionally, it has DHA, ARA, and inositol for brain and eye, and other organs and muscle developments.

The table below will give you a glance at how the three products compare:

Similac Advance Enfamil A+ Enfamil Enspire
Made from ingredients that are genetically engineered Non-GMO ingredients May include ingredients with traces of GMO
Use lactose from  cow milk Use cow milk with lactose Uses soy and cow milk with lactose
For infants up to 1yr For infants up to 6 months For infants up to 18 months
Includes HMO, DHA, Lutein and vitamin E Includes DHA, ARA, choline, vitamins, and minerals Includes DHA, Lactoferrin, MFGM, prebiotics (PDX and GOS), Vitamins and nucleotides.
Sources proteins from milk protein Sources protein from whey concentrate and casein Sources proteins from whey protein-lipid concentrate.
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What we think:

Enfamil products are pricier but they are also rated as more nutritious. All the products are made from cow milk but Enfamil A+ and Enfamil Enspire are patterned more like breast milk than Similac Advance. If you are looking for an affordable infant formula that meets the nutrition threshold and can be used by up to a year old baby, then go by Similac Advance. But if you care for complete nutrition, Enfamil Products are perfect. Enfamil A+ though is stage one infant formula and is ideal for babies under 6 months while Enspire will serve even older babies.

Similac Advance Vs Similac Sensitive

Both of these products are from Similac brands and serve babies up to one year old. You can refer to our discussion above to learn more about Similac Advance. We will be discussing Similac Sensitive and check out how the two compare.

Similac Sensitive

Similac Sensitive shares most ingredients with Similac advance; the only difference is that Similac Sensitive is designed for infants with a sensitive tummy. It uses cow milk with reduced lactose to minimize tummy sensitivity in babies.

Similac Sensitive is nutritious featuring Similac OptiGro, a blend of ( DHA, Lutein, and Vitamin E) that provides the same nutrients found in breast milk that are critical for supporting the baby’s brain and eyes development. Also, it is enriched with vegetable oils, vitamins, nucleotides, and minerals.

Similac Sensitive uses both cow milk and soy milk. If your baby is allergic to cow milk or soya is best to consider choosing hypoallergenic infant formulas that are much safer. It is also not a suitable option if your little one suffers from galactosemia. That said Similac Sensitive is an excellent formula if your baby’s discomfort is from lactose intolerance alone.

Price:

1.41lb – from $35.11

Ready to feed bottles 32 OZ – from $16.48

Below is a comparison of Similac Advance and Similac Sensitive

Similac Advance Similac Sensitive
Made from cow milk Made from soya & cow milk with reduced lactose
Suitable for babies with no intolerances Ideal for babies that are lactose intolerant.
Enriched with HMO,DHA, lutein and Vit E Enriched with prebiotics, DHA, lutein, Vit E

What we think:

Both products provide same nutrition needs the only difference being that lactose is significantly reduced in Similac Sensitive so as not to cause tummy troubles for babies that are lactose intolerant. So if your baby falls in that category, we feel Similac Sensitive is a safer option than Similac Advance.

Similac Advance Vs Similac Alimentum

Both formulas are from Similac brands. We will be covering more about Alimentum, its ingredients and benefits, and how the two formulas compare. You can refer to the discussion we have had about Similac Advance.

Similac Alimentum

Alimentum is a nutritious and complete hypoallergenic infant formula. Hypoallergenic means that your baby can use it even if they are allergic to cow’s milk. If your baby is allergic to cow milk or soya, they will develop distressful symptoms rapidly upon feedings, such as developing hives and rashes, itching, or swelling. It is even possible to develop more severe and life-threatening symptoms such as wheezing and difficult breathing, loss of consciousness, and even death. The good news is that these symptoms are easy to notice, and therefore you can discontinue feeding and seek immediate medical intervention.

Similac Alimentum easy-to-digest formula is designed for infants with food allergies and colic due to protein sensitivity. The proteins are pre-digested through the process of hydrolyzes to make them hypoallergenic for the baby to digest.

The formula is lactose -free and is enriched with DHA, ARA, minerals, and vitamins found in breast milk that plays a vital role in supporting brain and eye development. This formula, however, does not have prebiotics, which is crucial for supporting a healthy gut.

It uses hydrolyzed protein, which means the proteins are already broken down and will be easier for the baby to digest.

Price: 12.1 OZ. (pack of 6) – from 165.24

The table below is a comparison of Similac Advance and Similac Alimentum.

Similac Advance Similac Alimentum
Suitable for healthy babies Suitable for babies with food allergies and colic due to protein sensitivity
Enriched with DHA, lutein, and Vit E and minerals Enriched with DHA ,ARA, vitamins and minerals  
Contains some genetically engineered ingredients Non-GMO ingredients
Uses cow milk proteins Uses hydrolyzed milk proteins

What we think:

You want to be careful what infant formula you choose for your baby, and this is especially critical if your baby has food allergies. Similac Alimentum is perfect if for babies dealing with food allergies or colic. Otherwise, if your baby is healthy with no issues with digestion, then Similac Advance is great too.

Similac Advance vs Neosure

Both are from Similac brands of infant formulas. NeoSure caters specifically for preterm babies. We will be discussing more about it next. You can refer to our discussion above to learn about Similac Advance.

NeoSure:

Sometimes your baby arrives earlier than expected and you are at a loss how best to feed the baby. Breastfeeding is, of course, the best option, but if that is not very practical at the moment, you can consider using infant formula provided you consult with your pediatrician first.

NeoSure is designed to provide the extra nutrition to give the boost your baby needs so they can catch-up growing. It is enriched with more calories, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals than formulas designed for fully developed babies such as Similac Advance.

It is made from non-GMO cow milk ingredients that are engineered after breast milk. It is also enriched with Similac OptiGrow (DHA, ALA, lutein nucleotides, vitamins, and minerals) that are fundamental for brain and eye development. Additionally, NeoSure has a powerful immune booster in the form of 2’-FLHMO, also found in breast milk.

Price: 13.1 ounces (Pack of 6) – from $110.52

Below is a comparison between the two products:

Similac Advance NeoSure
Suitable for healthy full-term babies Perfect for preterm infants
Contains HMO immune builders Contains 2’-fl HMO like the one found in breast milk
Contains Similac OptiGro blend Contains Similac OptiGro blend 
Genetically engineered ingredients are used Non-GMO ingredients
  It Contain more fat, calories, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

What we think:

Both products offer the same nutritional benefits but only choose NeoSure if your baby is born preterm; otherwise, your baby will gain excess weight from the extra calories in NeoSure. That said, we still emphasize that you consult with your pediatrician for guidance.

Similac Pro Advance vs Enfamil

The two products are designed for healthy babies. Both are made from cow’s milk and provide complete nutrition specially patterned to mimic breast milk. You can refer to the discussion we already had about Pro Advance to learn more about it. For now, we will share more about Enfamil.

Enfamil infant:

This is the basic infant formula for Enfamil from Mead Johnson Nutrition and serves fullterm babies up to a year old. It is a complete nutritional baby formula designed after mature breast milk for promoting brain and immune development and overall growth of your little one.

It is enriched with DHA and choline also found in breast milk for cognitive development, a dual prebiotic blend (galactooligosaccharides and polydextrose) for promoting strong gut health and essential vitamins, and minerals.

Check out from the table below how the two products compare:

Similac Pro Advance Enfamil
Uses Non-GMO ingredients Uses Non-GMO ingredients
Contains 2’FL HMO for immunity support Contains dual prebiotic blend for immunity support.
Contains DHA, Choline for cognitive  abilities development Contains DHA and Choline for cognitive abilities development

What we think:

 Similac Pro Advance is the upgraded version of the basic Similac Infant formula, while Enfamil is the basic in the Enfamil Infant formulas. They both share similar nutritional content, and the only difference is that both products contain different amounts of vitamins and minerals, the difference might not be that significant. For example, Similac Pro Advance has more Vit D, niacin, biotin and riboflavin. In contrast, Enfamil has higher amounts of folic acid, choline, inositol, and vitamins B12, C, E, and K. Since, the two products have insignificant differences we suggest you choose the one you would prefer and observe how it works for your baby then switch if need be.

Similac Pro Advance vs Pro Total Comfort

Choosing the right formula for your little one can be quite confusing since there are many formulas from the same companies with similar features, and for most parents, they start with a regular formula and observe if it is suitable for their babies depending on how they react. Because babies tummies are not fully developed yet, some babies are not able to digest lactose and milk proteins from cow’s milk; as a result, they experience tummy discomforts such as gassiness causes them to cry or fussy. Infant formula companies recognize this need among others we have already discussed, and develop a suitable formula that addresses those particular needs. Pro Total Comfort was designed for the babies who are lactose intolerant, and also those who are not able to milk proteins while Similac Pro advance is for healthy babies with no digestion problems.

They also use different ingredients; Pro Advance uses lactose as the carbohydrate source, while Pro Total comfort uses corn maltodextrin and sugar. Protein in Pro Advance is from milk proteins while in Pro Total comfort, it is obtained from whey protein hydrolysate, which is a protein that has been broken down to smaller molecules that are easier for the baby to digest.

Both products contain DHA, Lutein, and Vitamin E for your baby’s brain and eye development as well as the powerful 2’FL HMO immunity block builder similar to the ones found in breast milk.

Below is a comparison between the two products:

Similac Pro Advance Pro Total Comfort
Designed for healthy babiesDesigned for delicate tummies
Includes 2’-FLO HMO immune boostersIncludes 2’-FL HMO immune booster
Includes DHA, Lutein and Vit E for brain and eye developmentIncludes DHA, Lutein, and Vit E for brain and eye development
Uses milk proteins from cow milkUses hydrolyzed whey protein
Uses lactose in cow milk for carbohydrateUses corn maltodextrin for carbohydrates
Check PriceCheck Price

What we think:

Both formulas are great at providing the essential nutrients your baby needs. First try using Similac Pro Total, if your baby reacts, then switch to Pro Total comfort. Otherwise, if your baby is healthy both formulas are good choices and you can use any, but it is always important to be guided by your pediatrician.

Best Baby Bottles 2020

Best Baby Bottles 2020

When I was trying to find a baby bottle to add to my Amazon registry, I wasn’t really interested in finding that ‘highly recommended baby bottle‘.

A few of my friends from a ‘breastfeeding club‘ had told me about how different babies prefer different types of bottles based on several factors such as sizes, texture, among others. I was sold. I opted to wait until I had my baby so I can try out a few different ones before settling on one that my baby would have liked most.

I was wrong. But that was in 2017.

Fast forward to 2020 and I am now an expert in baby feeding. After extensive research and comparison of all tested bottles, we came up with the list along with a guide on how to pick the best.

The guide is critical as several factors may positively or negatively impact your baby’s nursing or feeding experience. Before delving deep into considerations you should make, let’s start with the basics:

Do You Need Baby Bottles?

Whether you exclusively breastfeed or rely on formula to feed your baby, baby bottles are a must-have baby gear. You can use it to store breast milk or any formula you’ve prepared for your baby. It is very suitable for any working mum that has to go back to work and have to leave behind food for the baby to eat.

How Many Bottles Do I Need?

I personally used 4 bottles when I was exclusively bottle feeding my son. I’ve read other materials online that suggest that you should plan to have up to 8 bottles if you plan to exclusively bottle-feed your infant.

The consideration is that you may be using/storing food on a few while you wash and sterilize others. In other words, you may not really need all 8 at once. Again, your budget may allow you to buy as many as you want for the convenience you’d like to have.

When Do You Need Bottles?

If you plan to exclusively use formula, you can start using baby bottles from ay one after you’re released from the hospital with your newborn. If you plan to breastfeed, you may want to train your baby to get used to your nursing fast before introducing the bottle.

That said, my assignment to find the best baby bottle in 2019 took longer and a few months later (now 2020), I am excited to share the list. We’ve reached out to a few experts and have leverage primary and secondary testing results to settle on the best baby bottles in 2020.

Thousands of primary users, mostly parents that have used the bottles on the list gave their opinions.

Without further delay, here are the features that weighed heavily in our rankings:

Features We Considered to Rank the Baby Bottles in Our List.

To narrow down your search, I’ve put together things you need to generally consider as you purchase your baby’s next bottle for feeding.

The Nipple.

It is highly important to select the right nipple depending on the age of the baby. Here are some age-based recommendations on the nature of the nipple you can get:

  1. For newborns: newborns should be fed using slow flow nipple bottles to prevent choking.
  2. For babies aged 3 to 12 months, medium flow nipples are highly recommended.
  3. Fast flow nipples are then recommended for toddlers aged between 12-18 months.

The Bottle Size

The mother should select small and slim bottles, which make it easy to use, for both the mother and the baby. Slimmer bottles that are small are easier for your baby to handle. If your baby is currently struggling to hold the bottle because of its large size, consider getting a smaller one.

You should note that while smaller-capacity bottles are great and easy for newborns to handle, you’d need to purchase a bigger bottle as your baby grows.

The balance is therefore to find a large capacity bottle that will save you the hassle of looking for another bottle as your baby grows and a bottle that’s not too large for your little one to handle.

Material used to make the bottle

Glass bottles were a trend several decades ago but they were bulky and broke very easily. Then plastic-made bottles were introduced and it made it easier to carry the bottles without running the risk of breaking them.

So are all baby bottles safe?

I am a big fan of sticking to organic products but unfortunately, we have to rely on plastics for baby bottles. What’s prudent is to look for bottles that are Bisphenol A (BPA) free. BPA has been linked to cancer. BPA was also described to have a chemical that can act like the hormone estrogen in the body. So BPA bottles are a NO, NO!

Other than BPA, make sure the bottle you’re purchasing in 2020 does not contain the following chemicals:

  1. BPS
  2. PVC
  3. Lead
  4. Phthalate: It is usually added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity

You can always find the details of the bottle on the bottle label. If you are in the US, you’ll probably not see any baby bottle that is made using BPA in the market as it was banned by the FDA in 2012, following a request by American Chemistry Council.

To be on the safe side, if you see any bottle with #7 or PC, it is likely that the materials used to make it contain BPA. Avoid it at all costs.

#1, #2 or #4 marks on any bottle indicate that they’re made of polyethylene and #5 mark indicates that it is made of polypropylene. Both polyethylene and polypropylene are BPA-free

Designs

Your baby may react and even spit out or vomit any acidic food and some bottles have been made to enhance feeding, regardless of the health condition.

It is important to select bottles that prevent babies from refluxes, colic and gas build-up, and ear infections. The designs include anti-reflux bottles, anti-colic and angled bottles that allow the mother to feed the baby in an upright position to prevent ear infections. Here is a summary of what the terms above mean:

  1. Reflux Bottles: If you want to prevent your baby from spitting up, a slow feeding bottle is the most ideal. If you go with an anti-reflux bottle, you can rely on it to prevent overflowing of the bottle and incidences of air entering your baby’s mouth.
  2. Colic Bottles: Colic bottles are made with vents that make sure no gas is making its way to the nipple. This ensures your baby does not swallow gas.

List of 10 Best Baby Bottles in 2020

  1. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta Bottle
  2. Philips Avent Anti Colic Bottles Clear
  3. Comotomo Baby Bottle
  4. Medella Breastmilk Bottle Set
  5. Dr Brown’s Original Bottle
  6. Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle With NaturalWave Nipple
  7. Playtex Baby Ventaire Anti Colic Baby Bottle
  8. Evenflow Feeding Classic Twist Tinted Bottles
  9. NUK Simply Natural Bottle
  10. MAM Anti Colic Bottle for Boys

1. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta Bottle

Tommee Tippee is our #1 pick as the overall best baby bottle you can get in the market today. After a thorough comparison with other equally good bottles in this list, we were impressed the most with Tommee Tippee because of its award-winning breast-like nipple design.

With the most breast-like nipple ever made, this bottle flexes like mom and feels like mom because babies prefer it that way

Tomme Tippee Website

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta bottle is a beautiful colored bottle that is created to mimic a woman’s breast. It emerged top in this list and is currently the 21st best-selling baby bottle in Amazon (on Jan 2020).

Tommee Tippee brand is owned by Mayborn Group, a company registered in England & Wales with HQ in Newcastle. Here is a link to the marketing page of this bottle on their US site.

If you are breastfeeding mum that would like a bottle to feed as well, this is your default go-to bottle. You can choose from six colors and enjoy its award-winning nipple range to improve the feeding experience.

According to a survey, Tommee Tippee reported that 92% of 1200 parents who used the nipple had their babies like it by the third attempt which is impressive. The acceptance rate for other brands is as low as 60%.

breast-like tommee tippee bottle

The bottle has a natural stretch and provides comfort to the baby while drinking from it. The designers made the bottle to be held in different positions for the baby to hold it comfortably.

Features:

  • It is a bottle with the most breast-like design
  • It comes as a collection of six-brightly colored bottles.
  • Comfortable hold design for the baby.
  • BPA-free
  • Anti-colic valves that allow less air intake and prevent choking
  • Free of phthalate

The table below summarizes the features further:

Name Tommee Tippee Bottle, #1 in 10BabyGear 2020 List.
Rating on Amazon on Jan 20204.6/5 by 2,190+ customers
Best-selling rank on Amazon in Baby Bottles Category #21 in Baby Bottles
Why Parents Like it Most High acceptance rate (92%), award-winning breast-like design, safe (BPA-fee), variable sizes, colors, comfortable nipple, among others
Price It usually retails around $40 but you can get it for less than $30 with its current sale in Jan 2020. Check availability, sale, and pricing on Amazon today here.

Both Comotomo and Tommee Tippee are designed to closely mimic breastfeeding to reduce bottle rejection and nipple confusion issues. Comotomo is, however, cheaper than Tommee Tippee and is currently the best-selling baby bottle on Amazon. According to Helium10, Comotomo ships over 30,000 units per month on Amazon

Comotomo Sales - 30 days

On the other hand, Tommee Tippee sold 3,492 units in the same period: Dec 27th, 2019 to Jan 27th, 2020. Tommee Tippee is 21st best-selling baby bottle brand, 20 positions behind Comotomo.

Tommee Tippee Sales - 30 days

Pros of Tommee Tippee

  1. It comes in different sizes.
  2. BPA free.
  3. Comfortable nipple design.
  4. Different colors are available.
  5. It has a great nipple design.

Cons of Tommee Tippee

  1. Numbers can rub off.
  2. The nipples might collapse at some point.

2. Philips Avent Anti Colic Bottles Clear

The Philips Avent Anti Colic Bottles Clear is designed to reduce discomfort for the baby by reducing air intake. The nipples come with a ribbed texture which acts as an anti-collapse feature. Also, the wide neck makes it easy to clean and there is also low spillage.

Features:

  • BPA-free
  • An anti-colic valve which helps to reduce gas and fussiness.
  • Wide neck
  • A slow flow nipple makes which prevents the baby from choking.

Pros

  1. BPA-free
  2. Less spillage
  3. Easy to hold
  4. Has an anti-colic design
  5. Clear markings on the bottle for correct measurements

Cons

  1. Expensive to purchase.

3. Comotomo Baby Bottle

The Comotomo Baby Bottle is designed to mimic breastfeeding by helping babies to transition easily from nursing to bottle feeding.

Features:

  • Wide neck
  • Dual anti-colic design that reduces air intake.
  • Maximum temperature set at 180 degree Celcius for the nipple and bottle and 120 degree Celcius for the outer ring and cap.
  • Nipple made of hygienic silicone material.

Pros

  1. Designed to mimic breastfeeding and nipple confusion.
  2. Safe to be used in a microwave, sterilizers, and dishwashers.
  3. Good for breastfed babies.
  4. Safe from toxic material.
  5. Has an anti-drip design.

Cons

  1. Only available in two colors.
  2. Take long to warm milk in bottle warmers

4. Medella Breastmilk Bottle Set

The Madella breastmilk bottle is considered one of the best bottles for breastfeeding mothers. Physicians have recommended this bottle as the best breast milk storage product in the United States.

Features:

  • Clear markings that allow for accurate readings.
  • Lead-free material used.
  • Screw on the lid that allows for a leak-free bottle.
  • Wide base collars
  • Travel caps.

Pros

  1. Leak-proof material used.
  2. BPA-free
  3. Lead-free
  4. Recommended by physicians.
  5. Available in different sizes.
  6. Safe for microwave and dishwasher use.

Cons

  1. May cause choking in small babies due to nipple flow.

5. Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle

Dr Brown’s Original Bottle comes with a set of four anti-colic bottles. The bottle is suitable for babies of all ages due to the variety of nipple and bottle sizes that come with it. The bottles are designed for all types of babies, including; bottle-fed and breastfed babies.

Features:

  • Fully vented bottle design which comes with a vacuum free that mimics breastfeeding.
  • BPA free material used.
  • Comes with a 4-pack 8 ounce bottle.
  • Slow-flow bottle design that prevents choking.

Pros

  1. BPA free.
  2. Dishwasher safe.
  3. Prevents reflexes.
  4. Reduces colic.
  5. Tight travel cap makes travelling around easy without leakage.

Cons

  1. The venting system design makes it difficult to clean.

6. Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle With NaturalWave Nipple

The Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle is the best bottle for any mom who would not want nipple confusion while breastfeeding. This bottle is suitable for infants and babies of all ages. The bottle is recommended for mothers with babies that suffer from reflux and colic issues. The bottle comes as a set of three Lansinoh feeding bottles, three Lansinoh bottle caps and three Lansinoh silicone nipples.

Features:

  • Made of BPA-free material.
  • Has an anti-colic design.
  • Ergonomically designed to allow for proper oral development of the baby.
  • Natural wave nipple that reduces nipple confusion.

Pros

  1. Dishwasher and microwave-safe.
  2. BPA free material used.
  3. Great for babies with reflux and colic symptoms
  4. Prevents gas build-up.
  5. Natural wave nipple that prevents nipple confusion.

Cons

  1. It allows too much milk to flow through the nipples.

7. Playtex Baby Ventaire Anti Colic Baby Bottle

Playtex Baby Ventaire Anti Colic Baby Bottle
Playtex Baby Anti Colic

The Playtex Baby Ventaire Anti Colic Baby Bottle comes with a unique design that allows for upright feeding. The bottle is designed for breastfed babies, and also those suffering from reflux and colic issues. Also the bottle helps babies with ear infections since it allows for upright feeding. The Playtex pack has five feeding bottles, five Playtex textured nipples and five Playtex bottle caps.

Features:

  • Anti-colic design.
  • The angled design allows for upright feeding.
  • BPA free material used.
  • Microchannel vents which prevent air intake as the baby feeds.

Pros

  1. BPA free
  2. Recommended by pediatricians to help prevent ear infections.
  3. Designed uniquely to reduce colic.
  4. Easy to clean
  5. The medium flow of milk.

Cons

  1. Cases of leakage if on tightly closed.
  2. Clogging may occur due to the slow flow nipples.

8. Evenflow Feeding Classic Twist Tinted Bottles

The Evenflow Feeding Classic Twist Tinted Bottles come with a very simple shape and design. The bottles are designed for growing babies. Also, those babies that tend to drink too fast are highly recommended to use these bottles. The pack includes 12 Evenflo feeding bottles, 12 Evenflo slow flow nipples, and 12 Evenflo bottle caps. The bottles also come in blue, green and teal colors.

Features:

  • Made of BPA free Polypropylene.
  • Slow flow nipple design that prevents choking and spitting.
  • It has micro air vents that prevent nipples from collapsing.
  • Has an easy to hold design.

Pros

  1. Suitable for babies of all ages
  2. Comfortable to use.
  3. Prevents nipple collapse.
  4. Affordable.
  5. BPA free Polypropylene material used.
  6. Has air vents that prevent gas build-up.
  7. Easy-to-hold design.

Cons

  1. Cases of leakages reported.

9. NUK Simply Natural Bottle

The NUK Simply Natural Bottle is designed for breastfed babies. The multiple holes on the nipple provide a natural feed feeling for the baby. According to a July 2015 home use test conducted, the bottle was recommended by more than 90% of moms.

Features:

  • Multiple nipple holes ranging from 3-9 holes depending on the flow rate.
  • BPA free material used.
  • Anti-colic air system that reduces gas buildup and spit-up.
  • Soft silicone nipple that mimics a mother’s breast.
  • The design is stain & odor resistant.

Pros NUK Simply Pros

  1. Soft silicone nipples designed to provide an easy latch.
  2. Dishwasher and microwave-safe.
  3. Anti-stain and odor design.
  4. Easy to clean.
  5. Highly recommended.

Cons

  1. Expensive.
  2. Often leaks on the cap.

10. MAM Anti Colic Bottle for Boys

The MAM Anti Colic bottle for Boys is designed for boys. They are specifically designed for bottle-fed and breast-fed babies. Babies suffering from colic and reflux symptoms will benefit a lot from these bottles.

Features:

  • Anti-colic vent base design.
  • It comes with soft silicone nipple.
  • Hs a medium flow capability.
  • BPS free.

Pros

  1. BPA free.
  2. The anti-colic feature prevents choking and spitting,
  3. Lead-Free.
  4. Fast sterilization features.
  5. Spill free.

Cons

  1. Gender-specific design.

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Baby Feeding Schedule

After you get your baby home from the delivery room at the hospital, you need to figure out the most ideal feeding chart. This article has details of the food you need to feed your infant from month 0 to month 12.

Below is a helpful feeding schedule from month 0 to month 12:

Baby Feeding schedule in the first 12 months.

Source: Breastfeeding by CDC, formula feeding schedule by John Hopkins Medicine and Solid food by Mayo Clinic

Below is a list with the best food types you can give your little one:

  1. Breast milk
  2. Formula
  3. Infant cereal

Breast Milk through Breastfeeding

The best baby nutrition for a newborn is breast milk and you won’t need to purchase this. Breast milk is great nutrition especially true of the colostrum in it. A mother’s breast produces this for the first week after childbirth and is essential for the growth of the brain, immune system and more.

Although formulas of today are very close to breast milk nothing is better for your baby than breastfeeding.

From month 0 to month 4, you should rely on breastfeeding your baby. An infant and any baby need 400 IU of vitamin D every day to avoid deficiency of this vitamin which may cause complications. Supplements, formula and cow’s milk can offer this

One thing to keep in mind is that the colostrum only lasts for a week or so. If you decide for any reason not to breastfeed, try to nurse your baby for at least the first week.

I know that this is the hardest time to nurse because it can be painful, and it is hard to learn if you never nursed before. Still, it is well worth it for you and for your baby. First of all, you give your baby the best nutrition possible. Second, you pass on immunities through your milk, which no formula can do. Third, it is a great way to bond with your baby. Fourth, it helps you to recover from pregnancy, shrink your uterus quickly back to normal size, and lose those extra pounds you put on. Basically, nursing is highly recommended! However, nursing is also challenging. You need time, patience, perseverance and help and support. If you really want to nurse, make sure to learn about it before your baby is born. Make sure to get the support of those around you, if you can. And, get an expert friend or a lactation nurse to help you. And don’t give up. Almost every mother can nurse, it just takes time and practice and perseverance. Don’t let anyone convince you to give up without a really good reason. Now, I understand that not everyone’s schedule and lifestyle allows them to nurse. But if it is possible, do it. It is best for both you and your baby.

Formula and Guide for Formula Feeding

If you can’t nurse for whatever reason, a good formula becomes vital for baby nutrition. It is developed to be easiest on the baby’s tummy for digestion purposes.

It has been carefully designed to provide the essential vitamins and minerals a baby needs to grow properly and remain very healthy.

Parents that don’t nurse should feed a baby formula up until at least the first 4 months of age.

If you are wondering whether your baby is getting enough food, you can check how many diapers your baby is able to wet. In the first few days, you should expect about 5 wet diapers per day and if you are using formula, here is a good guide:

Age Amount of formula per feeding Feeding sessions per 24 hour period
1 month2 to 4 ounces6 to 8 times
2 months5 to 6 ounces5 to 6 times
3 to 5 months6 to 7 ounces5 to 6 times

Infant Cereal – Next Step In Baby Nutrition

When a baby reaches around three months old he may be ready to start baby cereal like rice. Rice is the easiest on the baby’s tummy and the safest for allergies.

Other good firsts in solid baby nutrition are orange and yellow vegetables, like sweet potato and soft fruits like banana and avocado. You might even try baby’s first bananas in a jar.

Baby food is set up through the stages of the baby and labeled accordingly by age. A baby can begin eating small amounts at three to four months and continue to gradually increase the intake of different foods. A baby can taste the different flavors at three and four months.

Baby Nutrition – Our Experience
You don’t need to rush to give your baby solids, though. She may not be interested. When your baby starts eyeing your food and trying to grab it, you know she is ready. But it may still take a few tries for her to get used to the texture or the taste of food. So try something, if it works great. If not, wait a few days or weeks and try again. With my son, we tried everything, but he just wouldn’t eat. Finally, we tried the chicken soup. He loved it! And then we started giving him mashed vegetables mixed in the soup, and from there he slowly started eating everything. Sometimes, it just takes finding the right food for your baby.

Healthy Food Is Important

Baby nutrition is very important for growth. Some parents give their baby a bottle because feeding baby food is time consuming, messy, and frustrating. If you have a baby then you need to take the time to give him proper nutrition.

On the one hand, you don’t need to rush and give food. If your baby is happy nursing or with a bottle, and seems satisfied, and is gaining weight properly, everything is fine. Many babies are fine like this for as much as a year!

This is especially true with nursing babies. If your baby isn’t ready to eat, she will naturally push food out of her mouth. This is an important instinct to prevent choking.

However, once baby needs food, a bottle just won’t do anymore.

Don’t replace a bottle of formula for a jar of baby food. Baby food will help your baby grow and get bigger. The baby will be malnourished if you do not feed him properly. Baby food does not have to be expensive. You can also make it at home. Just mash up some food, or stick it in the food processor.

My son never really ate baby food. He just never went for it. I don’t know if it was bland, or what, but it just didn’t work. He went straight from nursing to eating real people food. Of course, we only gave him soft and easily digestible food. But it was food from our plates!This is a great example of how babies have their own personality from very young. My son has always tried to be very grown up, copying us whenever he can. The truth is, as soon as he was born he had a very adult look.Once we took him somewhere when he was just a few weeks old, and he was looking at some little girl. He has very dark penetrating eyes, and sometimes looks like he is really staring you down. The girl got a little scared and worriedly told her mother, “Mommy, he’s looking at me.” It was funny coming from such a little baby.

Baby nutrition should be healthy foods. If you don’t have time to make it yourself you can stick with the jarred baby food that you buy in a store. There are also cereals with fruit in them for easy breakfasts.

There are full meals a baby can eat right out of the jar if you are not sure what the baby should eat. And, be sure to talk to your pediatrician if you aren’t sure.

They also make biting crackers which may help stimulate tooth growth.

Safe Foods

Baby nutrition is also more sensitive than adult diets. It is recommended to be extra careful to avoid toxins or junk like preservatives, or hydrogenated fats and refined sugars.

This is also important when the baby just starts to eat because her stomach is not strong yet. You want to avoid indigestion. This also helps to prevent allergies.

A baby needs to eat as you do and more so because she is growing rapidly. Feeding your baby properly when she is hungry, and only the purest foods, will ensure that your child grows and develops into a healthy baby.

How to Store Breast Milk

As a Mum, especially when it is your first baby, you might find yourself stranded on how to store breast milk safely. Either when you are at home, travelling or even at work. You might ask yourself questions like;

  • Which are the best containers to use when storing breast milk?
  • How much breast milk should I store in each container?
  • For how long should I store breast milk after pumping?
  • Which are the right temperatures to store breast milk?

This article will answer all the questions you may have regarding storing pumped milk. You can also read our list of best electric breast pumps of 2020

How are you supposed to store breast milk safely/correctly?

A breast pump can promote flexibility and ensure that you have enough stash for your baby. How you store your expressed milk highly influences its nutritional value. Safe storage of breast milk requires the use of appropriate cooling systems, storage containers, and thaw techniques.

Below is a video that gives some guidelines on how to store breast milk;

Follow the guidelines given above about breast milk storage.

From the video above, some of the guidelines are;

  • According to APP, you should store your fresh breast milk in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and discard it after that.
  • To be on the safe side, store breast milk at room temperature for 4 hours.
  • Use ice pack to store the breast milk when travelling.
  • When freezing the breast milk, use bags and store 4 – 6 ounces in each bag.
  • The best time to freeze milk is immediately after pumping it.
  • Frozen milk is good for up to a month when stored in a freezer.
  • Thawed frozen breast milk must be used within 24 hours and if later than that, throw it away.
  • NEVER defrost breast milk in hot water or in the microwave.
  • To freeze breast milk, you can use glass bottles or plastic bottles.
  • Indicate on each bag the date you freeze the breast milk with a marker and organize them.

What kind of containers should I use to store breast milk?

There are suitable containers that are best for storing breast milk. Here are some tips that are helpful when it comes to safe storage of breast milk:

  1. Strictly avoid glass bottles since they are susceptible to breakage
  2. Use sterilized plastic bags or bottles
  3. You can also label the containers and take out the older bags first
  4. Do not fill the container to the brim as frozen milk expands
  5. Sterilize the containers after washing them with soap and warm water to prevent bacteria infestation.

The video below is a review of the breast milk storage bags;

According to the video above, some of the recommended bags where you can store breast milk in include;

  1. Honey Suckle breast milk bag
  2. Lansinoh bags
  3. Spectra bags
  4. Purity bags
  5. Bonafide baby

How to store breast milk at room temperature (20°C – 25°C)

The storage system for breast milk depends on our urgency to use it. If you intend to feed your little one in less than 4 hours after pumping then room temperature is the go-to for you.

It is the best way to maintain the milk’s quality since freezing reduces leukocytes which contain infection-fighting properties.

How to store breast milk in the Freezer (-18°C)

Store your milk in the coldest parts of the freezer, preferably close to the ice cube compartment and away from meat.

If the milk has thawed, do not refreeze it. This may interfere with the milk’s components and give your loved one a stomach upset.

How to store breast milk in the Refrigerator (4°C)

The milk will remain fresh for about 8 days. Milk thawed in the refrigerator after freezing can be stored for no more than 24 hours.

How to store breast milk in the Deep freezer -18°  C

Milk can be stored for a year.      

How much breast milk should I store in each container?

You may be aware of the right temperatures to store breast milk and even the best containers to use, but then a crucial question emerges, how much breast milk should you store in each container?

It is advisable to store one serving per container. This will retain the milk’s composition and prevent wastage since your baby is more likely to finish all the thawed milk.

What quantity to store breast milk

Below are the serving suggestions;

AGEQUANTITY TO STORE
Infants below a month old 60 ml – 90 ml per serving
Babies between 1-6 months 90 ml -150 ml per serving

Mothers are also encouraged to have smaller servings like 40 ml for specific needs.

How long can I store breast milk?

How long can you store breast milk? According to NHS:

According to the National Health Service, the period you store your breast milk depends on where you are storing the bags;

DevicePeriod
Refrigerator Up to five days at 4 degrees or lower
Ice compartment of a fridge For two weeks
Freezer For up to six months

How long to store breast milk at room temperature?

Breast milk which has been freshly expressed can be kept at room temperature for up to 6 hours. Nonetheless, proper storage within 4 hours is optimal. If the room is normally or especially warm, the limit is also 4 hours.

How long to store breast milk in refrigerator/freezer?

Breast milk which has been freshly expressed can be kept at the back of the refrigerator for up to 5 days in clean and favorable conditions. Nevertheless, use or freezer storage within 3 days is optimal.

Breast milk which has been freshly expressed can be kept at the back of a deep freezer for up to twelve months. However, making use of the frozen milk within 6 months is optimal.

How to store breast milk according to Medela

How to store breast milk according to Spectra

How to store breast milk in different items:

Storing it in:How to store it there, how long, suitable for:
Storage Bags such as Lansinoh bags -Each bag holds up to 6 ounces
-Can lay flat in your refrigerator or freezer.
-They clearly indicate the amount of breast milk
Diaper bagThe fresh milk will last up to 10 hours if kept at 66 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bottles with nipples DO NOT store the breast milk in bottles with nipples
Bottle Clean bottles with screw caps that are intended for storing breast milk.
Freezer/flat freezerLay the milk bag flat in the freezer for a day or so
Without freezer/refrigerator Store the breast milk temporarily in an insulated cooler
Dry ice/Ice pack You should wrap the dry ice/Ice pack in a newspaper and place it into the cooler with your breast milk. DO NOT put the dry ice only at the bottom part of the cooler.
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Without storage bagsYou can keep it at room temperature but not for more than 25 degrees for a maximum of 6 hours
GlassPackaging of milk varies so a thicker glass bottle might keep the milk colder.
Cool box / cooler bag:  Milk should be stored for no more than 24 hours in c cooling box. Ensure all parts of the storage container are in contact with the ice pack and minimize opening the cool box.
This cooling method is suitable for traveling and daycare.

How to store breast milk in different locations

Location How to store it there
HomeYou can store it at room temperature (16-25 degrees) for about 5 hours.
In a refrigerator at 4 degrees for 3 days
In a freezer at -18 degrees for up to 6 months
At workUse ice packs or dry ice
In a refrigerator at 4 degrees for 3 days
In a freezer at -18 degrees for up to 6 months
When traveling/going outUse ice packs or dry ice and wrap the dry ice/Ice pack in the newspaper and place it into the cooler with your breast milk.
DaycareYou can store it at room temperature (16-25 degrees) for about 5 hours.
CounterYou can store it at room temperature (16-25 degrees) for about 5 hours.
Camping Use ice packs or dry ice and wrap the dry ice/Ice pack in the newspaper and place it into the cooler with your breast milk.

How to store breast milk for premature babies or newborns

How to store breast milk in Different Seasons

SeasonHow to store
SummerYou may use ice packs or deep freezer to ensure that no heat reaches the breast milk.
WinterYou may store the breast milk at the right room temperature, refrigerator or freezer.
during HurricaneIn a refrigerator or deep freezer
During the dayAt room temperature, in a refrigerator and deep freezer

How to warm breast milk

After freezing the breast milk, you may need to warm your milk. First, place the breast milk bottle or bag into a cup, jug or bowl of lukewarm water for several minutes to bring it to body temperature (37 °C or 99 °F). Alternatively, you may use a bottle warmer. Make sure that the temperature does not go above 40 °C (104 °F), and do not use a microwave because it can overheat your milk.

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Spectra S1 Vs S2 Breast Pumps

Spectra S1 Vs S2 Breast Pumps

In December 2013, Spectra Baby USA released the first version of the Spectra S1 breast pump, one of the first, truly reliable rechargeable breast pumps. No other popular brand had released a rechargeable-battery breast pump and this is one of the biggest differences among S1, S2, 9Plus, and Medela.

In this article, we explore the key differences between the S1 and S2 brands of Spectra electric breast pumps. Both S1 and S2 and double pumps, meaning that they can pump both breasts at the same time. Another significant similarity is that both S1 and S2 have a massage mode to help with initiating expression and an expression mode to maintain pumping once the breasts are letting milk.

In our 2020 list of electric breast pumps, both Spectra S1 and Spectra S2 made it to the list. In this article, we answer the question of which of the two breast pumps is better and we analyze finer details to answer this question.

Spectra Baby USA, the company behind the Spectra brands of breast pumps was founded by Heidi Humphries.

Spectra Baby USA: The Company

Spectra Baby USA has released several lines of baby products in addition to breast pumps. The Spectra company was founded in 2012 and is based in Davie, Florida with less than 50 employees some of whom are licensed by the International Board of Lactation Consultants. Spectra brand is known for leading natural nursing care technologies.

Spectra S1 (link to Amazon)

On October 16th 2019, Spectra S1 is the 3rd best-selling breast pump on Amazon and over 1450 parents have rated it 4.4/5. On the other hand, Spectra S2 is the 35th best-selling electric breast pump on Amazon and over 2,000 parents have rated it 4.3/5 (as of October 16th 2019).

Spectra S2 (link to Amazon)

On a physical level, Spectra S1 and Spectra S2 look the same. They both have the bottle holder at the back, same buttons, same plug-ins, same handles, and some lights.

Market reception of Spectra S1 and S2

Spectra brands of breast pumps received a great reception in the market, at least in the US. Between December 15, 2019, and Jan 15 2020, Spectra S1 shipped 1778 units on Amazon making it the third-best electric breast pump after Bellababy and Lansinoh electric breast pumps.

The snapshot below shows the sales of Spectra S1 between Dec 15th 2019 and Jan 15, 2020.

The chart below shows Spectra S1 ships an average of over 70 units per day.

Spectra S2 shipped 1,324 units between Dec 15th, 2019 to Jan 15th, 2020 as shown in the snapshot below. Essentially, Spectra ships more units of Spectra S1 than Spectra S2.

The chart below shows the sales trends of Spectra S2 over the last 30 days.

Similarities: Spectra S1 and Spectra S2

  • They both have an auto-timer
  • They are both lightweight and portable: under 4 lbs
  • Both have a backlight that allows you to see the settings in the dark
  • Their sanctions have adjustable controls
  • Tracker to see the number of hours you’ve pumped
  • 2-year warranty
  • Single or Double Pump capability
  • Massage level of 1 to 15
  • 5 cycle levels 38, 42, 46, 50, and 54.
  • Flange size of 20, 24, 28 and 32
  • They both have a closed system unlike Medala that has an open system
  • The vacuum levels of both S1 and S2 Plus are similar, 0 to 300 mmHg
  • They come with black or gold tote bag (carry-on bags).

Differences between Spectra S1 and S2

I really like the S1 and personally, recommend the S1 brand as the rechargeable battery power source makes it easy to use it when traveling. Other than S1 having a rechargeable battery, S1 is also different from S2 as it is blue and S2 is blue.

Other than Spectra S1 has a rechargeable battery that Spectra S2 does not have, the other major difference is the cost of the S1 and S2. Spectra S1 cost more than Spectra S2, mostly because of the extra rechargeable battery.

The table below has a more exhaustive comparison on Spectra S1 vs Spectra S2.

Spectra S1Spectra S2
It has a rechargeable battery that lasts for 3 hours and can also be powered by 12 Volt AC Power Adapter It does not have a rechargeable battery as it is powered by 12 Volt AC Power Adapter
Bigger than S2 and weighs 3lbs (1.1kg), 0.5 higher than S2 because it has an inbuilt batteryS2 is smaller than S1 and weighs 2.5lbs (900 grams)
Rating on Amazon on 16/10/2019: 4.4/5 by over 1,450 parents Rating on Amazon on 16/10/2019: 4.3/5 by over 2000 parents
Released to the market in December 2013 Released to the market in 2015
Blue in colorPink in color
Ideal if you’ll be pumping in one location Ideal if you’ll be pumping in several locations for working mums or when traveling.
Slightly more expensive as it costs about $199 but you can check its prices today hereSlightly cheaper as it cost $160 but you can check its prices today here

Below is a comparison from Spectra’s website. It compares Spectra S1 vs S2 vs 9Plus

Spectra S1 vs S2Plus Vs 9Plus

Video Comparison of Spectra S1 Vs S2

Pros of Spectra Brands

  • Comfort
  • Low noise
  • Customer service is great
  • BPA free parts
  • Hospital-grade suction strength
  • Can be used as a single or double pumps

Cons of Spectra Brands

  • Both Spectra brands come with flanges but most available units may not be the right size for you. Some new moms have to go through several units of the Spectra units before finding the right flanges for them.
  • S2 does not have a rechargeable battery
  • Both flange options may seem rough
  • While there is backflow protection, some moisture leaks
  • When the double pump is used, the suction strength goes down.

You can read the manual of Spectra S2 here.

Spectra Vs Medela 

SpectraMedela
Closed systemclosed system
Has carry bagNo carry bag
S1 has battery and S2 uses ACUses AC power, the battery is an add-on
Has nightlightNo nightlight
0 to 300mmHg vacuum level235 to 275mmHG vacuum level
Check S1 price and S2 PriceCheck Price

How to use Spectra S1

What is included when I purchase Spectra S1 or S2?

Below is included in the packaging:
Two (2) 24mm Spectra Breast Flanges.
Two (2) 28mm Spectra Breast Flanges.
Two (2) Spectra Tubing.
Two (2) Spectra Duckbill Valves.
Two (2) Spectra Backflow Protectors.  Includes silicone membrane, uppercase, and lowercase for each Backflow Protector.
Two (2) Spectra Wide Neck Storage Bottles. Includes nipple, cap, disc, and lid for each Bottle.
One (1) Spectra 12-Volt AC Power Adapter. Includes detachable power cord prongs.

How long does it take to charge Spectra S1?

It takes 4 hours for Spectra S1 to fully charge

Does insurance cover a Spectra breast pump?

As of Jan 2020, most insurance agencies in the US cover electric breast pumps but there are variations in coverage. You should contact your insurance agent to learn whether your insurer covers it.

Are the Spectra S1 and S2 hospital-grade pumps?

Yes. Spectra S1 and Spectra S2 are hospital-grade pumps.

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  3. Baby Bottles ideal for breastfeeding
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