BABY: TOILETRIES, BOTTLES AND SUNDRIES
Bottles. 2-6 wide-necked boilproof polycarbonate plastic bottles. Six bottles are more convenient if you are bottle feeding, but you can get by with fewer. If you intend breast feeding, you should have one or two on hand in case you need to complement or give other liquids.
Various teats are available. The rounded teat with a wide flattened nipple is said to approximate the effect of the breast, while the smaller teats with the firm ribbed edge seem to work well for some babies. An anticolic flow valve that is supposed to prevent the milk from flowing back into the bottle and is fitted in between the teat and bottle is becoming popular. Unfortunately, there is no teat that can really approximate the breast which moulds to the shape of the childs mouth and sucking action, so it is probably as well to start off with an ordinary inexpensive teat which most babies will be perfectly happy with, but it is important to have the right size hole.
The hole in the teat should be large enough for the milk to drip out rapidly when the bottle is held upside down, but it should not come out in a steady stream, or drip too slowly. A rate of 1 drop per second is usually right. Too large a hole will make the baby choke and splutter, while too small a hole will tire the child and make her swallow a lot of air. You can enlarge the hole by sticking the eye of a large needle into a cork and holding the point over a flame until it is red hot, then plunging it into the original hole.
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