A Guide to Bottle-Feeding a Newborn

By Stacey Feintuch
Reviewed by Terri Major-Kincade, M.D.
April 22, 2022

Bottle-feeding is one of those new-parent skills that looks easier than it often is. To start with, you’ll need supplies. You’ll also need to know how to clean them, the best way to feed your baby, how to know they’re getting the right amount, and important safety tips. This guide covers bottle-feeding basics so you’ll be able to feed your newborn with more confidence and less guesswork.

What You’ll Need to Start Bottle-Feeding

There are a few supplies you’ll need to bottle-feed. Stock up on the following:


You’ll need bottles, of course. These can be made from glass, plastic, silicone, and/or disposable polypropylene. Some parents find it helpful to try a few different types and brands to see which one makes bottle-feeding easiest for their baby.

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