K.P. asks from Hamilton, OH on January 03, 2010
Dr. Brown's Bottles or Playtex Drop-in Bottles?
I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts about which kind of bottle is better....Dr. Brown's or Playtex Drop-ins? I am thinking of nursing the baby, but I still want to have a bottle to use.
M.B. answers from Indianapolis on January 05, 2010
We used Dr. Brown's for quite a bit but really didn't see the benefit of the fancy insert. We ended up buying basic rings to fit the nipples and just used the bottles. We wanted the benefit of the glass bottle. The inserts were tedious to clean as well. The Dr. Brown's nipples were the only ones my son would use though so that was a necessity. Good luck!
T.V. answers from South Bend on January 05, 2010
I nursed also and also used a bottle. I loved Platex but hated the expense of using the liners. I found a bottle called the insulator by Platex! I picked one up at Krogers once and loved it but I couldn't find any more later. I finally found them online through platex and you can order them. They are wonderful and you can easily wash them. I found that they were more like my breasts and the baby went back and forth from breast to bottle easily! Check it out, it was well worth the time it took to find them! Hope this helps!
C.B. answers from Columbus on January 04, 2010
Honestly - my favorite by far have been the cheap Wal-Mart brand.
I used the Playtex Drop-Ins for awhile but got really sick of spending money on the liners. And once a liner fell out... when I was sitting on the couch. Breastmilk all over the place - that was no fun to clean up. I also didn't like the nipples - they were always getting clogged and the flow never seemed adequate for my son, even though we switched to different ones. And I hated the caps for the bottles - could never get them off easily.
I haven't had any of those problems with the Wal-Mart ones - and they were only like $4 for 3 or something way cheap.
I don't personally have any experience with Dr. Brown's though I have heard complaints from friends who use them about how expensive and how heavy they are.
S.C. answers from Fort Wayne on January 04, 2010
I loved the drop ins. Don't get the bag type inserts though. Get the ones that are formed. With my 2nd daughter we use the Soothie bottles. They're the only kind of nipple she will take. BUT...breast is best. If you breast feed, there's no need to worry about having bottles, at least right away. That's one of the purchases you can hold off on.
S.H. answers from Huntsville on January 03, 2010
Definitely Dr. Brown's!!!
We started with the Playtex Drop-ins for my daughter and she was so gassy & uncomfortable. Then we discovered the Dr. Brown bottles and the difference was amazing! They are kinda like hi-tech baby bottles to me! haha They are specially designed to allow the proper air flow.
And if you ever do formula, my sister loved the Dr. Brown formula mixer.
D.H. answers from Cleveland on January 04, 2010
My baby loved Dr. Brown's bottles. I chose not to use Playtex Drop-in bottles because of the waste and expense. I hated the fact that every time my baby had a bottle that yet another piece of environmental contaminating plastic was going into the landfills to help ruin resources for my baby's future. Another bottle that my baby liked was the inexpensive Gerber bottles (found at Target) that are about $1 each and are BPA free. They come in packs of three and in two different sizes. They're easy to clean, have different flow nipples available, and my baby actually liked those bottles than some of the other ones I tried.
B.B. answers from Indianapolis on January 04, 2010
Definitely Dr. Brown's. With our first, we ended up getting playtex bottles as a shower gift and thought, "We'll just use those..." We got home, and she literally would not drink from them. My husband immediately ran out to the store and got Dr. Brown's bottles, and she took straight to it.
We used Dr. Brown's bottles for both of our daughters, and never had issues with colick (sp?) and while we had to use mylicon some times, it wasn't often.
The parts can be run through the dishwasher too. (Be sure to get one of those baskets to put in the top rack of the dishwasher.)
A.C. answers from Cincinnati on January 04, 2010
I used both when my son first began bottle feeding, and I didn't like either. The Dr. Brown's have tiny little parts that take real time and attention to clean, and the drop-ins are expensive and wasteful. I recommend you consider Avent bottles, which helped prevent gas without multiple tiny parts, or the Playtex that are not drop-ins. My son never had problems with gas on either of them. In any case, I would go with the wide-nipple instead of the regular size since you will be nursing as well. My son was much more willing to take the wide nipple; my ped. said it's because the latch more closely resembles the breast. Good luck.
R.S. answers from Indianapolis on January 04, 2010
I used them both and actually prefer Dr. Brown's because they tend to be cheaper than buying the drop ins all the time. Dr. Brown's is now BPA free and that was my concern back when I was bottle feeding so I had switched over to Playtex drop ins for safety reasons. Every baby is different, so they may not take every bottle you try! Good luck!