C.S. asks from River Falls, WI on January 27, 2010
What Type of Bottles??
I am having baby number 4 in 9 weeks. It has been 4 years since I have had a new born and
am not sure the best & safest bottles to use. I plan on nursing but would like to introduce bottles
of breast milk early on. Please let me know what the newest safest brand and type to use these days.
M.K. answers from Omaha on January 29, 2010
Go for Dr. Brown's glass bottles. They are absolutely the safest....no plastic at all! My son never has gas issues and eats quickly from them. I swear by them!
M.S. answers from Omaha on January 28, 2010
H.J. answers from Minneapolis on January 27, 2010
We have always like the playtex bottles with the inserts, you can get them BPA free now...just make sure the box you are getting says it cause they still sell the old type. I found it the best with our kids when doing both breastfeeding and bottle feeding. But each child is different so I wouldn't buy to many of one type until you know for sure he/she will take that particular bottle.
J.F. answers from Minneapolis on January 27, 2010
As others have noted, BPA free or glass bottles are the best. I'd be surprised if any NEW bottles out there aren't BPA free....but double check anyway.
I am also a fan of Dr. Brown's bottles. They do have extra parts but are easy to wash in the top of the dishwasher in a basket designed for bottle parts (those are cheap at Target/Walmart).
Also, since you are going to use breastmilk in your bottles let me suggest that you use Lasinoh storage bags. They are a little better than the others on the market and won't leak (at least in my experience). When you go to warm the milk, LEAVE THE MILK IN THE BAG and run it under warm tap water. It will heat the milk up in seconds flat (if the water hurts your hands, it's too hot!). Then transfer the milk into the bottle. Not only is it faster, easier, and healthier (you won't cook the milk like you could in a bottle warmer), but you can heat the milk up in public MUCH EASIER than if it were in the bottle. You can also tell if you didn't heat the milk up enough in a Dr. Brown's bottle if the fat in the milk sticks to the "straw" inside the bottle.
Congrats and best wishes!
S.T. answers from Des Moines on January 28, 2010
we used Nuk brand bottles and our daughter loved them.
S.H. answers from Huntsville on January 27, 2010
Definitely Dr. Browns!!! :)
If you rinse them right after use, then the parts aren't so bad to clean, and they come with a special little brush to get the small places.
C.D. answers from Providence on January 27, 2010
Another vote for Dr. Brown - they are awesome.
J.M. answers from Minneapolis on January 28, 2010
if you're concerned about them breaking, i've only broken 1 in 2.5 years, and that was when i dropped it myself on the garage concrete floor. they've fallen and bounced indoors on my wood floors numerous times. the only situation i would avoid bottles for is if you have a lot of stone tile in your house, that could possibly break the bottle. carpet and wood are fine.
but even though there are BPA plastics out there, i'm just waiting for the next big scare about some OTHER substance causing health problems. glass is tried and true safe for baby.
B.S. answers from Detroit on January 27, 2010
I had to try several different bottles after my boys were born, and the one that worked was Playtex disposables. And not the Drop In system, but the old style plastic liner that you pull over the top of the bottle, and squeeze the air out of them (found at walgreens and rite aid). (we had also tried Medela and Avent, but neither of those worked for us).
I have heard nothing but great things about Dr. Brown's though.
R.C. answers from Minneapolis on January 27, 2010
Whatever you buy, make sure it says "BPA Free." There are several brands that make their bottles without BPA now, and I think Babies-r-Us only sells BPA free plastics. I tried Born Free, but they are too much work to put together and take apart. I settled on Evenflo; very inexpensive, easy to use and clean and they are BPA free too. Good luck!