The bottle is vastly-better than the spoon. It imitates nature better; it allows the food to go more slowly into the stomach; and it gives the infant desirable exercise in taking it. Get a glass bottle, holding about half a pint, with a rubber nipple, but without a tube. Two bottles, or at least two nipples, will be well to have, for alternate use and thorough cleansing of both. For a babe less than a month old, half a bottle at once will do for a meal. In a few months, it will readily take nearly or quite a whole one, several times a day. A child six months old can, and ought to, appropriate three pints of milk or more in twenty-four hours. Remember a child has to grow as well as to live. When too much has been swallowed, it will often (and had better) be thrown up. If it be milk, this is then usually curdled. Untaught persons are frightened at this; but the fact is that milk is always curdled at the beginning of digestion. The natural acid of the stomach acts upon it.

After each time of use, the bottle ought to be scalded (that is, washed out with hot water); in summer time, or where the child is delicate, an added precaution is to add soda to the water with which it is cleansed.