Avent Bottle Instructions

By Karen Dietzius
Avent bottles are a natural choice.

Avent bottles are made of a BPA-free design that allows air to enter via an anti-colic valve system, rather than using air from the baby's stomach. The bottles have a wide shape, and there are five different nipples to choose from. The bottles are marked so you can conveniently measure each feeding. A spillproof dome cap is included with each bottle for easy transporting.

Choosing a Nipple

With five different nipples to choose from, you can meet your baby's needs at all stages. Nipples are available from newborn to over six months. A variable flow nipple for thicker liquids is available; the flow of this nipple can be changed according to the thickness of the feeding by turning the nipple to one of three settings. Other available nipples contain one to four holes, depending on the age of your baby.

Preparing the Bottle

Rinse the bottle before use. While the nipple is still wet, pull the nipple up through the ring making sure it is sealed tightly. Fill the bottle with formula or breast milk. Always remove any residue around the rim of the bottle base before adding the nipple and avoid screwing it on too tightly, as this can actually cause leaking. After feeding your baby, you can place the dome over the bottle for easy storage of leftovers in the refrigerator. Throw away bottles when they start showing signs of damage or wear. For best results, replace nipples after three months of use.

Cleaning and Storage

Always sterilize the bottle before using it for the first time. You can either boil it for five minutes or use an Avent sterilizer. There are only three parts to the bottle, which makes for easy cleaning. Take the bottle apart and wash it after each use with warm, soapy water, and rinse thoroughly. Avent bottles are also dishwasher-safe, simply place them on the top rack. Store nipples in a dry covered container.

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About the Author

Based in Baltimore, Md., Karen Dietzius has been a professional writer and editor since 2005. She has been published on various websites and edited scripts for "A Work In Progress," an inspirational radio drama.