Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bottle Advice Needed

I should be a bottle expert, considering I tried almost every bottle on the market when Addie was a baby. I exclusively breastfed her for the first 3 months and then when I went back to work, it was time for her to take a bottle. She actually did quite well at first. She seemed to like the Playtex bottles the best.


I actually liked the Playtex system because the drop-ins were very convenient. I also liked that they didn't have an insane amount of parts to clean like the Dr. Browns I tried. The only problem was that the drop-ins sometimes busted while I was trying to squeeze the air out and you couldn't warm them in a bottle warmer. But despite those two little problems, Addie was content with the Playtex bottles for the two months I actually worked. Then when I quit to be a SAHM, she decided she didn't want bottles anymore. She just wanted the boob. I couldn't get this baby to take a bottle to save my life. And I didn't give up easily. I tried almost EVERY bottle out there and she just wasn't into any of them. The only bottle she kinda took from me was the Adiri Bottle.


You can probably see why...it looks like a big old boob. And even though I loved the design and the fact that they were BPA free (which many bottles weren't at the time), I didn't like how you couldn't warm the milk in the bottle. You had to warm it in a separate container and then put it into the bottle. It was sort of inconvenient when you were in a pinch. That is the one reason I am reluctant to go back to these bottles with baby #2.

So...even though I should be a bottle expert from all the experimenting I did...I am a bit lost as to which bottle I should purchase for the new baby. Almost all brands have now switched to BPA free so that isn't much of an issue now. What I am looking for is convenience. I do plan to breastfeed again, but I have learned my lesson. This baby WILL take a bottle so that I can leave the house every once and a while and so Daddy can participate :-) Does anyone have a bottle they love? Does anyone have a bottle I should scratch off my list? I need some help mommies...or nannies or daddies :-)

9 comments:

  1. Jen, I used the playtex dropins too. But to warm them, I put the drop in with the cold or frozen breastmilk in a bottle. Then submerged the entire bottle in a big glass of hot tap water. It warmed up in no time and I didn't have to worry about a bottle warmer. I never had to squeeze the air out, so I'm not sure about that. But these worked great with Emma going back and forth with nursing. Until she decided that nursing was not as easy as the bottle. :)

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  2. With Elizabeth we HAD to use Dr.Browns, colic and reflux. I saved them thinking I would absolutely have to use them again. They sit in the cabinet collecting dust now. I use the playtex bags. I used the collapsable drop in's the one's you don't have to purge the air as well. I have a few of the Born Free bottles, LOVE THEM! But if there is no reason to have the special bottles what about just regular EvenFlo or Nuby? One of the reason's I am not using my browns is because they all have the small nipples which will just cause nipple confusion so that's why I use Playtex and Born Free. Good Luck!

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  3. I have a couple comments...bear with me! These are the exact bottles I have used both times. I learned that you are not supposed to squeeze or push the air out of the drop ins. It will deflate naturally and the milk will be out before the air. Now after baby bottle drama...Mason takes the adiri. They are a little odd to get used to, but definitely more body shaped. Who has nipples as long as other bottles!!! They have warmer caps that go over the bottom of the bottles that cover the vent, I got mine at Amazon actually through Nina's aStore. But I used the Gerber breastmilk bags and always heat up the milk there before dumping in (with both bottles) because it would warm under the tap so much quicker by swishing back and forth. I thought it took forever in a bottle! I think the Gerber bags fit as liners in most bottles but didn't use them that way. Hope this helps and doesn't make it more confusing!

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  4. Sorry, I am no help here... Isaac was a Dr. Browns bottle baby from six weeks on... But once he hit six months, we used any bottle. We used EVERY BOTTLE that was given to us.. nuk, Avent, he wasn't picky! Love the Dr. Browns bottles....even though they have a MILLION parts to clean... ok love you long time good luck!

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  5. When I was a "Nanny" for little Miss Audrey Jane last year, her parents used Born Free bottles. The little plastic ones, not the glass ones. She was happy as a clam! However, Mama never gave her bottles. Only myself, Daddy and whoever else happened to watch her. Personally, I've never understood drop ins (but, I'm not a Mama!) I just think it's silly to waste two bags. You will store milk in one bag, right? And then the drop in is disposable? Or, do they make them that are reusable? Maybe I'm thinking of OLD drop ins that were one time use. Once again, not a Mama. However, the cons that I see for the Born Free are that there are a few parts (not a big deal, if you put together right after you wash so they're ready) and they're expensive. If you're going to primarily breast feed, you probably only need a couple of bottles, right? Hmmm... Audrey only used two bottles. However, we just rinsed them with their Instant Hot and called it good. Maybe we're bad people that didn't sterilize them properly. Speaking of the Instant Hot (loved that faucet!) that is how I warmed the breast milk bags as well. I just kept a bowl in the sink ready to roll. It seriously would take thirty seconds to heat up with me squishing the milk all around. Oh man, I wasted so much breast milk! I'm such a klutz and would be holding a feisty AJ in one arm and trying to pour boob milk in the other... Whew. Tough Job. :0)

    I don't think I helped, at all. Thanks for letting me give my opinion anyway! :0)

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  6. With Claire I breastfed for the first 6 months and i used the Medela bottles for my expressed milk that came with my pump and she liked them. Now that she's on formula we use the - GERBER® FIRST ESSENTIALS™ CLEAR VIEW™ Bottles (BPA FREE). They work great and they're cheap. They told us in our Infant Care Class that you might want to start off trying the cheaper bottles first and if the baby doesn't like that bottle go for the more expensive ones and work your way up but if they do ok with the cheaper ones you're good. This advice worked for us.

    Good luck!

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  7. Jen- I used the Born Free bottles with Zach and they were wonderful. I'd give them a try, but I bought the plastic ones, the idea of glass by an infants mouth just makes me nervous!

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  8. Wow...thanks for all the help ladies! I guess sometimes it does come down to what your baby prefers, but I have never given Born Free or the Gerber bottles a try so maybe I will add those to my list this time. The idea of warming the milk in bags under water first is GREAT! Then I don't even have to break out the warmer. I do still have two unused Adiri bottles that I never returned so perhaps I should start with those and see how he likes them. Kelly - you actually made me laugh out loud. You are so right! Who as nipples like that? haha! I might also look into the warmer cap too. That is pretty clever.

    Thanks again ladies! This was SO helpful. I'm glad I asked :-)

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  9. Benjamin looves The First Years Breastflow. It also looks like a boobie and the nipple is sooo soft. I still have boxes and boxes of other bottles we didn't try because this one worked so well. I'll go weeks without giving him one and he'll take it anyway. Good luck!

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