Whether you are sharing the night feeds, going back to work or simply prefer bottle feeding your little one - at some point, you may need advice on choosing a bottle.
But when there are so many baby bottles to choose from, how do you find the right one for your baby?
The different types of baby bottles
There are five principal types of baby bottles: regular/normal; for breastfed babies; anti-colics; self-sterilizing; and for breast pumps.
Each of them will have some differences. The regular baby bottles are pretty simple and easy to find whereas the ones for breastfed babies will have a different nipple which is made to mimic a natural one. Anti-colics, on the other hand, will have angled tops and special venting features.
You can find baby bottles from around £5 to £30 depending on the type and also on the technology and on the extra features.
What to know about baby bottle safety
After one year of use, it's important to replace an old baby bottle for a new one.
If you can, it's generally better to wash a baby bottle with your hands with warm water and the right soap than cleaning them on the dishwasher. See here more information on how to sterilize your baby bottle.
You should replace the nipple when the baby is ready for the next size or when they are cracked, discoloured, or thinning. Remember silicone nipples are firmer while latex is softer.
Don’t feed your baby for at least four hours before giving them a bottle so you know they are hungry.
It can take up to 24 hours to convince your baby to accept a bottle, but if he is hungry, he’ll want to eat eventually so don’t give up.
It’s a case of trial and error when it comes to bottles – some babies will prefer a particular shape, whilst others need features that ease wind or colic.