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When I was pregnant with Rylie we did some research on bottles, found some (that will remain unnamed) that were top rated by Baby Bargains, and bought a bunch…of the same one. I always heard people say not to buy a bunch of bottles because you don’t know if your baby will like them. I never took that advice because I didn’t buy it. I mean, come on, how would a baby be able to “like” something? They don’t know any different. Don’t you just shove it in their mouth and they drink from it? Oh how much you learn with that first baby.
Rylie ended up on hypoallergenic formula from about 3 months old until she went to milk at a year old, because milk-based formula made her spit up and gave her gas so bad all she did was fuss. Yes, we just blamed the formula and moved on. I didn’t even think it could have been the bottles. If I would have known about Dr. Brown’s bottles then, and not been so closed-minded to the whole “your baby might not like that bottle” thing, we may have been able to save a ton of money, and save her a ton of misery. But no, I used the same bottles for her first year of life. And now I feel bad. But I can’t dwell on that. She thrived. Even if it did cost us $9 a day to feed her.
When I was pregnant with Bryce I got out Rylie’s old bottles, bought new nipples, and ran everything through the dishwasher. (BTW…you don’t need anything more than a dishwasher to “sterilize” your new bottles or nipples.) He was a puker from day one. Just like his sister. He was always gassy and uncomfortable too. There was no way I was putting up with that for as long as I did with Rylie. The first thing we did was switch him to lactose free formula. That seemed to help, but it didn’t make him 100% better. After doing some research we decided to try Dr. Brown’s bottles.
Wow. Just like that he was a different baby. He rarely spit up anymore and he wasn’t constantly arching his back in agony from the gas. I had found an awesome bottle and I was hooked! Well, almost. He seemed to make a horrible mess when he ate. The formula would run out of his mouth and we would go through multiple bibs and burp cloths in a single feeding just trying to keep his shirt from getting soaked. It turned out that he didn’t agree with the nipples on the wide-neck bottles we bought. They were just too big for him. So I went back to the store and got some of the standard bottles. Life was great! Bryce could actually get all of the formula in his mouth and he didn’t suffer from gas or reflux after he ate.
So there you have it. I LOVE Dr. Brown’s bottles. I highly recommend them to expectant parents, and those who might be having similar problems with gas like we had with our kids. Here’s the run down on the features of the bottle:
The standard bottles come in 2oz, 4oz and 8oz sizes, and the wide-neck bottles in 4oz and 8oz sizes. Dr. Brown’s also makes glass bottles.
I have to admit that I was hesitant on trying these at first. I always heard people say that they were so hard to clean because of all of the different parts. That is so NOT the case! You can get these great dishwasher baskets.
You just slide the different pieces into the proper slots and throw them in the dishwasher. I guess hand-washing them might take a little longer, but even if it does, it is worth it. There is a stackable drying rack that comes in very handy for me since I have yet to find a dishwasher that actually dries the dishes.
I think the only other accessory you really need would be the bottle brush.
Even though I use the dishwasher, I still like to give the inside of the bottles a quick scrub just in case there is anything stuck in them. (I’m just neurotic like that.)
The standard 8oz bottles retail for $14.99 at BRU, and $13.79 at Target for a 3 pack. You might be able to find them a little less online. And if you are a crazy coupon lady at BRU like I am, you will get them cheaper too. I think the price is very reasonable, and is comparable to most of the other name brand bottles.
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Disclaimer: This opinion is my own. I wrote this review without the request of the company. They have not contacted me in any way nor did they supply me with any products.