Breastfed babies don't only take their milk from the breast. While lactation consultants suggest waiting at least three weeks before introducing a bottle, breastfeeding mamas often abide by their own schedules. Finding a bottle that truly mimics the motion, flow, and feeling of the breast is often the hardest part of making the switch. We've put countless bottles to the test, and narrowed our list down to seven. Check out our picks for the most breast-like bottles on the market, and let us know which one you (or your children) prefer.
Think the baby bottle doesn't really change much from year to year? Think again! While last year's crop of new bottles showed off the collision of technology and design, this year's appears to be heading back to basics. We've spied a number of bottles designed to mimic breastfeeding, making the transition from breast to bottle as seamless as possible. Take a look at seven bottles that are starting to hit store shelves now!
One universal truth all new parents quickly learn: babies require a lot of stuff. And while you'll probably use almost everything you put on your registry — and buy even more once your bundle arrives — your little one outgrows once-vital bottles, onesies, baby food, and that infant car seat incredibly quickly. So what to do with all that leftover (and sometimes super expensive) stuff? Simply follow our handy guide to determine whether to toss, keep, or donate!
We've all been there, futilely trying to prop a blanket or lovie under baby's bottle so mom can have both hands for just two minutes. Dad Joe Murillo felt your pain, and after years of working with his hands as a jeweler, he felt like he could come up with a better solution. The result: the Li'l Helper Baby Bottle Holder ($13). Inspiration hit Joe at the supermarket, where he saw plastic clothes hangers and remembered how his daughter instinctively gripped his finger. He crafted a prototype, which his baby used and loved, and soon, friends started asking for their own. Thus, a business was born.
The Li'l Helper's ergonomic design matches your baby’s natural nursing posture, making it easy for them to support their own bottles, giving you back both of your hands. The BPA-free construction, available in pink and blue, holds most bottles. So could you use a Li'l Helper? Weigh in below.
Humans have to give up their formula habit when they reach a certain stage of development, but it's perfectly acceptable for animals to hit the bottle at all ages or hours of the day. If you are in need of a midday smile, drink up these touching pictures of cuties quenching their thirst. Sometimes you gotta let loose and party like an animal.
My daughter recently had her one-year checkup, and only one part left me slightly terrified. Not the fact that she is now weighing in at more than 26 pounds (no wonder my arms are looking pretty good these days). Nope, the scariest part was when my pediatrician informed me it was time to get rid of her bottles. I nodded my head and smiled, but my internal dialogue sounded something like this: "Sure, doc, and then I'll happily resign myself to a life with a child who never naps and screams herself to sleep at night."
While giving up the bottle is an important developmental step with long-lasting health implications, would my daughter really be willing to give it up? I'm happy to report, with a little research and some dedication, we're (almost) bottle-free only two weeks later. If you're in my boat, keep reading for some simple, but effective tips to get your baby off the bottle quickly and pretty painlessly.
The average baby bottle is about to get a modern makeover! Most moms don't equate technology and baby bottles, but as with most baby products, the two worlds are colliding. From new bottles designed for breastfed babies to bottles that avoid plastic and glass altogether, take a look at seven bottles that will be hitting store shelves this year!
Bottoms up! Doctors have long advised parents to make the switch from bottle to sippy cup around a tot's first birthday, but now they have a research behind them.
In a new study in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that kids who continue to use a bottle as their primary source of liquids at two years, and those who are put to bed with one, are 33 percent more likely to be obese at five-and-a-half years old. According to the researchers, lil ones come to rely on the bottles for comfort or convenience, rather necessity, "Prolonged bottle use may lead to the child consuming excess calories, particularly when parents are using the bottle to comfort the child rather than to address the child’s hunger or nutritional needs."
Making the switch to a sippy cup can be an arduous task that some parents put off out of fear of their children giving up milk altogether. When did you make the switch?
Pepsi isn't just making a killing off of the past — it's also banking on the technology of the future with a new plastic bottle made completely out of plant material.
The company claims it has "cracked the code" on a first-of-its-kind bottle made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks, and other materials, and it purportedly looks, feels, and protects the drink in exactly the same way as traditional plastic packaging. It beats out the carbon footprint of competitor Coca-Cola's PlantBottle, which is only 30 percent plant-based.
Pepsi is even thinking further ahead: in the future, it plans to use orange peels, potato scraps, and other leftovers from its food enterprises in its new plastic bottles.
Every year there's an avalanche of new baby products that promise to be the best on the market. Sometimes they are, but often times they don't live up to the hype. Among all of the products we test, there are those worthy of winning the LilSugar Editors' Picks of the Year. Here are the 2010 winners!