Bottle Feeding 101: OXO Tot

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Feeding your child just got easier and a lot more stylish thanks to the new line of products from OXO Tot. For all the foodies out there, you likely already know OXO for their sublimely well-designed kitchen gadgets and gear. Now they are setting a course for the lilliputian land--OXO Tot wants you to make feeding time fun, efficient and healthy. In this four-part series we're going to be sharing tips, videos and interviews to make your experience of feeding your kids the best ever.

We went to one of our favorite experts, Tanya Remer Altmann, MD (aka www.drtanya.com) as some helpful tips. Dr. Altman is the author of Mommy Calls: Dr. Tanya Answers Parents Top Questions about Babies and Toddlers --she's also a working mom so we rely on her no-nonsense advice for our burning parenting questions.

Features for moms to consider:

  1. Most plastics are now BPA free--a good choice so be sure to read the lable.
  2. Glass is a non plastic option, but it can break if dropped. Invest in a bottle sleeve (such as silikids) for safety. 
  3. Look for bottles that are easy to clean and sterilize.
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Tips: Experiment with different nipples for the bottles. Dr. Altman says you don't have to use the nipple that comes with the bottle you choose. "O rings are fairly universal--either narrow or wide--for the two sizes of nipples. Use a slow flow to start, especially if you are nursing and using the bottle to supplement breast milk. As your baby gets older and wants a faster flow and drinks more volume you can slowly increase the flow size."

And for you breastfeeding moms, Dr. Altman recommends that moms who breastfeed introduce a bottle of expressed breast milk well before they return to work, usually around 1 month of age to ensure the baby will take it easily. If you wait to long, your baby may not take to it and then you will get a call from your caregiver that he won't drink.

Whatever you choose, you're going to want to make sure you have at least half a dozen bottles on hand for home, outings and daycare. Caring for all those bottles isn't easy. You need to use a gently cleaner (we like Dapple and Ecostore). Use a bottle brush with soft and firm bristles (like this one from OXO Tot). We recommend handwashing and drying to increase the life of your bottles and to get all the crevices clean.

Momtrends Feeding Your Family in Style Series is Sponsored by OXO Tot. Tired of losing bottle nipples, sippy cup parts, detachable straws and removable valves in the dishwasher? Try the OXO Tot Mini Dishwasher Basket. A compact solution for cleaning a variety of feeding and bottle accessories ($6.99).

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 The Momtrends OXO Tot Feeding series is a sponsored post, but our opinions are completely our own.

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