How Many Bottles Do You Need for a Newborn Baby?

February 18, 2022

How many baby bottles do I need?

We recommend anywhere between 8 to 10 bottles and never fewer than 6.

This is one of the first questions that you’ll ask yourself when the time comes to welcome a new addition to the family and especially if it is your first born.

When it comes to baby gear and accessories, the market seems endless and daunting. If it’s your first time as a parent the abundance of choice will feel overwhelming.

If, on the other hand you’re a veteran parent, then purchasing decisions will seem easy and natural. Hence, this guide is oriented towards new parents who need help finding the right baby gear and accessories.

Even though we said that you should aim in the ballpark of 8 to 10 bottles this isn’t absolute.

The truth is that the number of bottles that you need for your baby depends on a lot of different factors:

  • Are you a stay-at-home parent or have a full-time job?
  • Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding?
  • Age of the baby

How many baby bottles should you buy?

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and let’s break down everything.

First of all the most important consideration is whether you’re breastfeeding, bottle feeding or following a combination of the two.

Obviously if you’re breastfeeding your baby then you don’t need to buy 10 bottles outright but even in this case it’s always good to have a few bottles handy and ready just in case you need them. if you fall in this category then 4 to 5 bottles are more than enough.

Conversely, lots of moms decide to save their milk and then bottle-feed their babies which means you’ll go through quite a few bottles everyday.

Switching to bottle-feeding is when things take a turn. Whether you’re using a baby formula or your milk you’ll have to use multiple bottles over the course of a single day as you need to wash them immediately after feeding your baby. and

When so, you’ll need at least 6 bottles. A rule of thumb is one bottle every 2 or 3 hours.

What you’ll soon discover is that washing them one by one can be a hassle; most parents opt for to clean them in batches.

Sandra McNeil, PhD.

Sandra McNeil, PhD.

Sandra has over 13 years of experience as a child psychologist, both as a practitioner and researcher. She has a Bachelor's in child psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and then she did her master's in Psychology in Education (focused on Children & Families) at Columbia University, NY. She has been writing for health and child-related publications for over 5 years now.

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