Becoming a parent is a joyful, yet often very nerve wracking and intimidating experience. One of the things that worries new parents the most is making sure that their baby is fed the right things and that they themselves going about feeding baby the right way.
For those parents who opt to feed their baby formula, or breast feeding moms who must return to work (or simply want to let Dad get a little more involved) choosing the right baby bottle is important. Gerber bottles have been trusted by parents for decades now and the company is still making some the highest quality yet still very affordable baby bottles on the market.
The History of Gerber Bottles
Although the company was founded in 1927 it was not until the mid 1960s that the company branched out from the baby food business they dominated and introduce Gerber baby bottles. Since then Gerber bottles have become almost as popular as their food products, perhaps because they have the advantage of already being a highly respected baby products company with a reputation for their quality.
Introducing a Gerber Bottle
Whether it is your first try at using a Gerber bottle to feed baby or you are trying to interest a sibling in helping out with their new brother or sisters here are some basic tips for introducing baby to its bottle successfully:
- Make sure you are sitting comfortably with baby across your lap. For extra comfort for you both tuck a pillow under your elbow or rest your elbow on the arm of the chair.
- Start with just 2 or 3 ounces of formula or breast milk in your Gerber bottle. Tilt the bottle so the nipple fills completely with liquid, allowing Baby to get nourishment, not just air.
- If Baby does not seem too interested, try touching the tip of the nipple to his or her cheek which will often encourage them to turn intuitively towards you with mouth open, ready to feed.
- While continuing to feed your infant keep holding the bottle for them. Never to prop the bottle up with objects because it may interfere with your baby’s swallowing.
- Don’t forget to take burp breaks. After Baby has eaten about 2 ounces of formula or milk pause to help them get rid of all that nasty air.
- Even if the tiniest of babies can heavy on your arm after a while when you are bottle feeding. Switching sides once you arm is tired is fine, Baby will get right back to eating again.
- Your baby will give you plenty of cues when he or she has had enough and is feeling full. Many babies turn their heads to push the bottle away, a pretty clear yet silent signal that they have had enough for now.
The BPA Issue
Recent reports suggest that the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in the plastics used to make many types of baby bottles could cause behavioral changes in babies or contribute to early onset of puberty in girls. Although there needs to be far more research undertaken to determine the validity of those claims many parents would rather by safe than sorry and opting to purchase the best baby bottles that are BPA free.
Gerber bottles feature several lines that are guaranteed BPA free and yet unlike many of the other BPA free offerings are still inexpensive. The Gerber Clear View Nurser line is a BPA free Gerber bottle that still costs less than $4 for 3 reusable bottles in most baby supply stores.