After you have read all the books about parenting and all that pertains to it you realize that you will still have to learn on the job. Mistakes will be a regular part of the week so just go with the flow and learn. Among the things to learn is what not to do with regard to baby bottles and bottle-feeding.
Feed at every cry
Most of the time a baby cries they are probably hungry and the feeding on demand thing may have your boundaries blurred but if you are feeding the baby again and they are still a little squeamish you should check for something else. It could be the noise, the diaper, bright lights, heat, cold or even sleep. With time you will learn how to differentiate the different cries, well, at least some of them.
Properly cleaning bottles
This is very essential from the word go. Sterilize them when they are still new before you put anything into them. After thatclean the bottle immediately after the baby is done feeding. This will ensure no germs get room to grow. Wash them in hot soapy water without forgetting the nipple. The high temperatures of the dishwasher can easily sterilize the bottle but keep the nipple a little lower so that it doesn’t melt from the heat.
Saving on the formula
Study your baby’s appetite and make sure you mix it in the right proportions as prescribed on the can. Adding more water so as to make more formula will have adverse effects on your baby’s health. Watered-down formula means that your baby will not get the required nutritional content.
If the baby doesn’t finish what is in the bottle and you are certain that they are full pour out the leftover formula. Your baby’s mouth has some bacteria and it could have bee transferred to the milk inside. Who knows what reactions could occur in there and the effect it can have on your baby?
Burping at your convenience or not at all
After holding the baby for more than 15 minutes in the middle of the night for a feed all you want to do is sleep. Don’t forget to burp the baby though because excess gas in the tot’s tummy will definitely rob you of more sleep time. If you don’t get all the air out the baby may end up spitting up some of the formula you just fed them so just be patient and wait it out.
Microwave is faster
When warming the baby’s milk the microwave is not the best option. It may indeed be faster but the temperatures in there could pretty much destroy all the nutrients in the milk. The best way is to place a pot of water on the stove, let it warm and then place your bottle. The milk should not boil. When it is done shake it so as to spread the heat all through the milk. You can then test the temperature and feed the baby.
Water is water
Not when it comes to the baby it’s not. Cleaning the baby’s bottle and mixing the formula should be done with sterilized orboiled water. At least this way you remain certain that it is free of germs. If you don’t have access to sterilized water, you can boil your own tap water and then let it cool to room temperature.
Baby formula is always safe
Babies are sweet and nice but the products made for them are a different story. Baby formula can expire in your house so be sure to check the expiry date on the can. Also check for any dents or bruises on the can so as to avoid buying unsafe formula for your baby.
Sleeping with the bottle
It is not advisable for the baby to sleep with the bottle in their mouth. The milk or juice has sugars that will damage the child’s teeth and cause cavities too soon. An accident like the baby choking on the contents of the bottle could also occur if unsupervised so it is best to avoid it.