History of Baby Bottles
The history of baby bottles: since the beginning of humankind, women have breastfed their babies. But if a mother died, and a wet nurse was not available, then it was necessary to feed the baby by other means. [Photo from CeramicFeeders.com]
Back then, the "baby bottles" were not really bottles - they were more like jugs or urns and they are called "feeding vessels".
The oldest surviving feeding vessel is from 2000 BC. Though, it is likely that feeding vessels were used when mankind began using tools during the Stone Age (prior to written history).
Feeding vessels were difficult to wash and probably contributed to many infant deaths. Even after glass vessels were mass manufactured, they were still impossible to keep clean. Two major events in history changed all this:
After that, there were many types of nursing bottles: some made of glass and other out of plastic. By the 1920's, the nursing bottles began to look like the formula bottles you see in today's stores.