Bottles- how many do you need?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

It’s been many years since I’ve done bottles but have as many as you’ll need for daycare plus 1 or 2 extra. Gererally babies eat every 2-4 hours so you divide the number of times baby will be fed into amount of time at daycare. You need more of the larger bottles. They move up in what they eat pretty quickly. Just fill the 8oz bottle with how much you need – not to 8 oz. 

Some babies prefer different bottles so I wouldn’t stock up ahead, too much. My babies ended up loving the cheaper Gerber ones better than the Playtex drop ins. I had a friend who tried 4 different bottles before finding one they liked. 

Post # 4
1289 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@guitargirl:  I have one child. Babies can be very particular about their bottles ESP when switching from breast to bottle. I would either buy a couple of different brands (which may piss your friend off) or just a couple of Dr. Brown’s. 

I know some babies who only drink out of the cheapies and others who only drink out of Tommy Tippee and them some who don’t care as long as they down 12oz in 30 minutes. LOL! 

I found that 8 bottles in our stash more MORE than enough, BUT we used the Playtex drop-ins and she didn’t go to daycare. Newbies eat more frequently so you would probably want more 4oz’ers. As a PP stated it might make more sense to go straight to the 8oz, but we had problems with reflux and extra air in the bottles. So we went to drop-ins. 

Hope that helps! 

Post # 5
2311 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would definitely get her a few different ones.  My little guy went through several different types before we finally settled.  As for the number, we have as many bottles as we do feedings. He eats 5 times a day, so we have 5 bottles.  I was told to go immediately to the bigger ones just b/c they’ll eventually end up there.  But he was so teeny in the beginning, they looked huge next to him.  So, I got a few 4 oz ones just b/c.

I will say that I’ve had several mommy friends say to get about double the amount of bottles (so, for us, that would be 10) so that htey don’t have to be washed every day.  DH and I HATE washing bottles but we don’t run our dishwasher enough to wash them that way daily.

Post # 6
4402 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

When I went back to work (I am also breastfeeding) I got 8 4-ounce bottles with the “newborn” nipple. This has worked very well. My baby usually drinks 4 bottles of 3-4 ounces each while I’m gone during the day, but I always leave 5 bottles ready, just in case. When she gets bigger, I will get larger bottles, but for now (she’s 5 months) they’re still just right.

Post # 7
2783 posts
Sugar bee

@guitargirl:  we tried SEVERAL different bottles including dr browns and the only ones my daughter would take (she was breastfeeding) were platter drop ins And she would only use the brown nipples with it. That said I literally had two bottles and a box of drop ins on hand

Post # 8
6631 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree getting her a few different kinds. I tired a few different ones for my little guy. He took the best to the Dr. Brown ones.  We at first had the 4oz ones/ had 4 of them. Then went to 8 oz ones once he started to drink more formula.  We have 4 of those. 

As for the nipples, it goes by stages, slow to fast flow. Slow is for when they are infant, than medium for little bigger than fast flow for bigger older infants. It says on the packaging what age is for the nipples.

Post # 9
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If she is going to exclusively bottlefeed when she goes back to work, I suggest at least six 4oz bottles and six 8oz bottles for when the baby outgrows the 4oz ones.  Otherwise, she will be washing those bottles multiple times a day instead of just once a day.

Post # 10
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I also went through a few different nipples – I was working to get my bottle fed baby onto the breast after a hospital stay. I love the lansinoh momma nipples… Needed 3-5, bed pending on how many times you are breastfeeding vs bottle. 

Post # 11
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve heard from friends experiences that breast fed babies normally drink 3-4oz from a bottle. We are expecting our first in May, and so far I have 2 that I got as free samples… and I’ve registered for a set of 3 tommee tippee bottles.  (these are top rated for breast fed babies who get bottles on occasion) But I also will be staying home with baby, so it would only be for DH to feed baby occasionally, or for a Grandparent to feed baby while babysitting. So for us, I feel like 3 that I will likely use should be enough.

Post # 12
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If baby is only getting breastmilk, she may not need the larger bottles. My son is 9 months, and still takes max 4 oz a feeding and we only use the newborn nipples (I read if he gets used a faster flow, he might get lazy about having to work harder to get milk when nursing). I am gone from my son from 8:15 to 5:30 each day and only ever needed 4 bottles. I use the Avent glass bottles because he tried those first and liked them, and they don’t have as many parts to wash as the Dr. Browns.

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