Just speaking for myself, food is great. Also, the things that help me eat my food are great. Personally, I would love to have the finest china, and the fanciest shrimp in town-- but I’m also pretty content knowing I have great non-expensive dishes that I’ve been using for years, and some awesome recipes from years of having to deal with budget buys at the grocery store. The same thing goes for babies-- though they do need a bit more attention to detail when it comes to food.
So the first thing you need to know about bottles is… they grow with the baby. Bottles have three parts: the container, the cap, and the nipple. The nipple is shaped in such a way, and has a tiny little tear in it, that allows a baby to mimic the action of breastfeeding, As the baby gets bigger, he or she will begin to drink more milk, and will also drink it at a faster pace. This means that the nipple will have to be updated, as well as the size of the container. So before you go all gungho and decide to buy 10 of the same bottle-- be aware that you probably won’t even use all 10.
Now there really isn’t anything you can do to change the fact that you will need to update the nipple of the bottle every so often. That’s just something you must budget for.
But you can come prepared with larger bottles from the very beginning. I mean, no one said that you have the fill it up all the way, right? And I know you’re sitting there like… “oh, problem solved” you have to also realize that your child is his or her own person. And he or she may not like that particular brand of bottle.
Don’t load up on tons of large bottles from the very beginning. Start with a small, but manageable number-- like two. So when one is being washed, you can use the other, and so on. This works especially well if you are breastfeeding, and only using bottles occasionally.
And the ultimate, sure fire way to save on bottles is…. Drum roll, please! Breastfeeding. Not only is it the most recommended way to feed your baby, because it helps defend against allergies, infections, and a handful of other conditions, but you also save a ton of money. Not only do you not have to buy bottles, if you solely choose to breastfeed, but you also do not have to think about formula, or higher doctor fees-- you may even qualify for a few tax deductions. It could end up saving you a handful of hundreds a year. But I’m sure any mother would agree that breastfeeding is hard to do continuously-- and in order to give them the break they so rightfully deserve, bottles are a definite necessity.
If you choose to use baby formula, whether it be for comfort, lifestyle, or medical situations, you know that it can cost a pretty penny. Infant formulas have been getting better at matching the likeness of breast milk, and have shown to not have that drastic of a difference in the advantages given by breastfeeding compared to those of bottle feeding. But with all these pros, there has to be a few cons-- like the price. No one should have to pay a boatload just to get the best for their baby-- and here’s how to avoid it:
Like shoes, and diapers, many formula brands have loyalty programs. Sign up for your favorite brand and they might just mail you a surprise. Though this isn’t the most reliable way to save money, because you might not know what you’ll get, or whether or not it would be meaningful in terms of savings.
Go with powder. When you go shopping, you’ll likely see three different type of formula, Ready-To-Feed, concentrated, and powder. Always. Get. Powder. This is just the concept of tradeoffs at work. Yeah, you may need to add an extra step to your routine, but in the end, you saved enough to justify it. And why might you have saved so much-- well because, powder formula is the cheapest for a company to produce. This is also very dependant on the specific conditions your baby may have. RTF formulas have less bubbles, and so may be better for babies that have issues with gas.
Buy in Bulk. This goes with everything. If you know you’re going to need a lot-- buy it early, on sale, and buy a lot of it. Use your best estimation skills to make a good purchase, and if you still end up with too much, there will be a parent somewhere ready to accept donations-- I promise.