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June 17th, 2013, 10:34 PM
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So, I think I've decided to formula feed... And, I was just wondering how many bottles (and what size(s)) to buy to start out with??? We do not have a dishwasher and I really don't want to be washing bottles every hour, lol. I don't mind some washing but nothing extreme. Thanks!
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June 18th, 2013, 01:18 AM
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I formula fed DS and we also didn't have a dishwasher so I totally can understand

I think, if I remember correctly bc it was 4 years ago lol, I made sure to have about a day and a half worth of bottles. So if they eat about 12 times a day (roughly, I think Chase ate about every 2 hours when he was really little) I probably had around 15-18 bottles. That gave me the ability to slack off a little bit between washing them (I'd always rinse them really well in between though, made washing a lot easier!)


And of course I could e totally wrong about the numbers! 4 years between kids is making me feel like a FTM and I'm surprised about how little I remember about having a newborn lol

*actually now that I think about it, it was def less than 12 a day because he slept for longer stretches at night from very early on!
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June 18th, 2013, 04:56 AM
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I usually buy 10 bottles. 5 of the 4oz and 5 of the 8oz.
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June 18th, 2013, 05:53 AM
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I usually buy between 8 - 10. I usually wash mine every night. I usually buy the small bottles then later on get bigger ones
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June 18th, 2013, 05:56 AM
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Don't buy more bottles than you want to wash at a single time. We bought 3 bottles for pumped milk. Get the small ones to start.
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June 18th, 2013, 07:07 AM
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We bought a kit and I think that was enough for us. I think we tried to have 4 on the go at any one time. the big ones we could use when he was a little baby too. Probably about 6 I think we got away with. We used both the dishwasher and the sink to clean our bottles. We always tried to have 2 bottles filled up with water and ready to go at the overnight feedings.
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June 18th, 2013, 07:21 AM
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I'd only buy two or three and make sure baby likes them. Then I'd get enough for a day. At the beginning I had probably about 10. Wen they were older I went down to less.
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June 18th, 2013, 07:22 AM
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See! Clearly I don't remember what it's like to have a newborn lmao!

I'm sure I had less bottles if everyone else did- I don't recall ever thinking I had too many lol
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June 18th, 2013, 07:49 AM
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I would only buy 2 or maybe 3 and make sure baby likes them and tolerates them, and then get more as you need them. Or maybe get 2 or 3 of a few different brands and go from there

I also really liked the Playtex Nursers when we were exclusively bottlefeeding, they really cut down on washing!!
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June 18th, 2013, 08:10 AM
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Definitely agree on the different bottles. We had certain bottles with our first and had to go out the day after we got home from the hospital to find ones that she could tolerate. When she was older she could tolerate any bottle so they weren't a waste.
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June 18th, 2013, 08:24 AM
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I did BF and FF with DD1 and had about 8 bottles in total (3 small and 5 big). Make sure that you don't buy too many of the one type in case it isn't compatible with your baby. We started off using Avent and the flow was horrible for my DD and they leaked like crazy. We switched to Dr Browns and will once again use those with Caelyn.
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June 18th, 2013, 09:03 AM
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Thanks, girls! I definitely would have bought all of the same kind!

I was going to go with Avent although someone that came into my work highly recommended Dr. Brown.

Also, I thought I read somewhere that 4oz was a "waste" because babies aren't on them for long?? I'm definitely going to buy some anyways!

Oh, and does anyone have recommendations on any bottle drying racks they really liked??
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June 18th, 2013, 09:08 AM
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Oh, and, are you supposed to boil water and steralize the bottles every night or cna you just use hot water and soap?
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June 18th, 2013, 09:10 AM
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we tried the avent with our first, that's the one we had A LOT of but she couldn't tolerate them until she was much bigger. The flow was so fast and they did leak. We used Dr. Browns and Playtex Ventaire. The Dr. Browns were kind of a pain though with all the extra parts.
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June 18th, 2013, 09:16 AM
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I'd have about 4-6 small sized to start.

We just used hot water and soap for regular washing.

I loved the Dr. Browns bottles
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June 18th, 2013, 06:19 PM
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I also suggest only getting a few at a time until you figure out with ones you and baby like best. We ended up using 4 different kinds, finally settling on the 4th ones. I also recomend buying them used and just sterlize them SO much cheaper. I liked the platex dropins the best b/c you could have 4 of the bottles and then lots of the nipples which we inexpensive and the liners were easy just to throw out after each use.
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