How many baby bottles will my baby need? This is one of the most common questions we are asked. Let us break this down a bit.
If you are strictly bottle feeding you will want around 10-12 baby bottles. Depending on how often you are willing to clean your baby bottles.
If you are primarily breastfeeding and pumping into bottles on occasion or supplementing with formula you will most likely want around 4-5 baby bottles.
Most newborns will require a bottle every 2-3 hours. As your babies stomach starts to grow, and your baby is gaining weight you will be feeding your baby less often with larger amounts of breast milk or formula.
Should I buy small 4-5oz baby bottles or the larger 8-9oz baby bottles?
The small baby bottles (4-5oz.) are really nice to have at first while your baby is a newborn. One of the main reasons is that they are lighter in weight, making them easier for you to hold during feedings. Also smaller baby bottles can be used later for water or juice.
The larger size baby bottles (8-9oz) can be used from birth on, but are typically used by most parents when your baby starts drinking more than 4 fluid ounces per feeding. It really depends on your baby when you will start needing more than 4oz per feeding, but you will most likely not begin feeding more then 4 fl. Oz. for the first month or maybe even two.
As always consult with your doctor about your babies individual feeding needs.