Need a Better Bottle...

Updated on January 20, 2008
D.T. asks from Killeen, TX
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I have using the Playtex Ventaire Bottle Stage 1 and they seem to get "clogged" very easily. My 2 months takes FOREVER to drink a bottle. I tried switching to Stage 2, but she is drowning in formula...literally! I've also tried the Soothie brand of bottles, Stage 1 and these also leak everywhere. Does anyone have any suggestions for a better bottle, or ideas to make feeding easier and not so messy! ALSO, when do you start ceral feedings, I forgot from my first daughter!

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So What Happened?

I bought a 3 pack of Dr. Brown's yesterday...MMMMM???? Maybe it's me...they leaked, not as bad as the other though but still. I spoke with my peditrician and she said the baby should not take an hour to eat and try Dr. Brown's and Avent! So, I'm going to give Dr. Brown one more week and we will see!!!!
Thanks for the advise
As far as cereal...I will try it at 6 months or when my doctor says ok!
Have a great one

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C.W.

answers from Dallas on

Can't help you with bottle ideas, but as far as solids, the APP says 6 months now, so I would wait.

I wait until my kids are over 7 months personally, the last baby was 10 months before he had anything but milk. Catherine is 3 months old and she won't be getting any sloids until she is sitting on her own with no help, able to pick up things with her pinch and grasp, like finger and thumb, not fist and has lost her tongue thrust reflex, the ones babies have so that they don't choke. That reflex is there because they shouldn't eat food only milk until well after 4 months, closer to 6 months.Also babies don't have digestive inzymes until around 6 months either, so we wait.

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A.E.

answers from Houston on

Hi, Try Dr Browns, they are the best and the only bottles we use, I never had a problem with gas or anything, I know you will love them. good luck

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S.S.

answers from Dallas on

I haven't used a bottle that young, but when my little ones are weened we use the Playtex drop in's and Avent. They are both really easy to clean!

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T.W.

answers from Dallas on

I use the vent air as well and had the same problem I found the Dr brown nipples work well and they fit the bottle level one dr brown

J.M.

answers from Dallas on

Dr. Browns Bottles are the best!

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J.H.

answers from Dallas on

I'm a big fan of the Avent bottles, Dr. Brown's have more pieces to clean and are more $. My pedi said to wait for cereal until 6 months, but a lot of people start at 4 months. Good luck!

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K.W.

answers from Dallas on

Try the Adiri breastbottle. It has a vent at the bottom of the bottle that allows air to escape and it is easy for moms and babies both. They really shouldn't have anything but formula or breastmilk until 5-6months old per the Academy of Pediatrics. They need time for thier intestines to mature first.
K. @ The Nestingplace

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B.L.

answers from Beaumont on

In my opinion, Dr. Brown's are by far the best out there! I used almost every type, including Playtex and Avent, and Dr. Brown's bottles worked best for us. Give them a try...they even have wide-neck ones if your daughter prefers that shape.

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J.S.

answers from San Angelo on

I love the Dr. Brown bottles, and the Playtex drop ins... Try them.. We haven't had many problems with Colic with these two kinds of bottles either...

About solids my Pedi had us start "experimenting" at 4 months..

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C.H.

answers from Austin on

Dr. Brown. Dr. Brown, Dr. Brown, Dr. Brown. I switched over from Avent and LOVE them. I have a cabinet full and a happy baby!

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L.S.

answers from Odessa on

I like the playtex bottles that come with the little baggies. I forget what they are called, but they are an old product. The nipples are wonderful, and the babies rarely get gas. My oldest daughter started on cereal when she was about 6 or 8 months old. She was never a very big eater. My youngest, on the other hand, started way earlier. When I start having to make them bottles constantly, and they are drinking all of their formula and still crying, then that's when I start them on small amounts of cereal. If you are on WIC, then they will tell you when they think it is appropriate to start cereal, but only you can really tell when your baby is still hungry and needs more food.

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K.W.

answers from Dallas on

We used Avent and Dr. Browns bottles. Your pedi will tell you when to start cereal, but it is usually around 4-6 months depending on what stage of growth your baby is at.

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L.G.

answers from Dallas on

I LOVED Dr. Browns bottles. I can't remember them ever leaking. My son didn't do well with Playtex either. I was told to start cereal around 4 months.

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L.T.

answers from Dallas on

I used Dr. Brown bottles and was very happy with them. Pain to clean though. I started cereal at 2 months but I think most things say to wait until at least 3 months.

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C.D.

answers from Dallas on

Dr. Browns...I too went through bottles and they all leaked!

I started my son on cereal at 4 months...not ever in his bottle...it was in a bowl mixed with formula or water.

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K.S.

answers from Dallas on

I used Dr. Brown's bottles! They are great.

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M.B.

answers from Houston on

I started out using Playtex disposables, I still love them, but now that my son is older, I prefer Avent. They are easy to clean and do not leak as long as you make sure the lid is screwed on tight. The nipple has a built-in valve that doesn't cause a vacuum like typical bottles. They are the best in my opinion.

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A.J.

answers from Dallas on

My favorite are the Dr. brown bottles. I use the stage 2 now but you can buy the bottle with a stage one nipple on them and get the stage 2 niipple pack that is sold seperately in packs of 3 or 4 i think and switch when the stage one is too slow.

Good luck, A. J

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T.B.

answers from Houston on

My boys are 6 an 8 but when they were babies we used the Avent bottles. I never had any problems with them. Good luck!!

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G.F.

answers from Dallas on

We used advent bottles for our twins (they have several nipple sizes). Both of mine liked these and we never had problems. Good luck.

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S.D.

answers from Houston on

Try Avent or Dr. Brown's. Mine has colic and the Avent bottles help reduce it.

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A.S.

answers from Dallas on

Looks like Dr browns was pretty popular...but I use the breastflow bottles by first years. my dd has lots of eating issues and these are the only ones that she doesn't have major leakage problems with.

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J.M.

answers from San Antonio on

I always used Dr. Brown's bottles, they were great and never got clogged while using formula. HOpe this helps, I and several other close friends loved these bottles!

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K.F.

answers from Waco on

hi dierdra,
My sister-in-law uses the dr.browns bottles and they seem to work great! Good luck!
K.

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T.C.

answers from Dallas on

Why should your stage 1 be "clogged" if there is only formula in the bottle? I've always liked the Playtex brand because the nipple doesn't collapse like other bottles. Try Evenflo (inexpensive) or the Dr. Brown bottles.

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B.

answers from Houston on

I actually liked the newer ones that Gerber has come out with. They are really wide and almost triangular shaped so they are easier to hold. I tried Avent and they leaked and are extremely overpriced. We also had playtex with the drop ins that we loved but wanted something easier as my girls got older. You should definately look into the newer ones from Gerber.

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E.M.

answers from Dallas on

Hi D.!
I went trough every brand of bottle with my son (now 4) so when my daughter came along, I used ONLY Advent. They were the best! You have to make sure that the lid is screwed on right or it will leak, but other than that they were the best. Hope that helps!

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M.W.

answers from Dallas on

My eldest would only only only drink from a Dr. Brown's bottle. We tried giving her others to no avail. They're a pain to clean because they have so many parts but she was never a fussy, gassy baby and the bottle claims to help with that so I guess they worked! I don't remember them leaking too much, but I know they would if I twisted the lid on super super tightly.

We started cereal at four months with her but now it's 6 months.

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S.T.

answers from San Antonio on

The new AAP guidelines reccommend waiting until baby is 6 months to introduce solids.

As for bottles, she may just like to drink slowly. I have only had experience with avent bottles and gerber bottles. Both seemed to work fine. We only used bottle when I was at work, so I am not the best person to ask in regards to bottles.

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E.M.

answers from Dallas on

I strongly recommend Dr. Browns as well. My son never had problems with milk leaking down his chin. He was never gassy either. It is a little more cleaning than most, but I think it was well worth it.
I started my son on cereal at 4 months.
Good Luck.

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A.V.

answers from Beaumont on

I use those for my four month old and he was taking about 30 minutes to eat 5 ounces, so we decided to switch to the stage one nipple and he didn't have any problems with them. I switched him when he about 2 months old. He know eats in about 15-20 minutes.

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K.D.

answers from Austin on

i use dr. browns bottles and they are amazing!

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D.H.

answers from Dallas on

Avent are awesome...normal cereal is 4-6 months depending on the child.

Have fun!

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C.P.

answers from Dallas on

OK, I am probably REEEALLY old school here, but I recall having a problem with finding nipples that were "just right" They were either way to slow, or way too fast, just like you said. My daughter would end up with more formula on her than in her! I sterilized a large sewing needle and carefully enlarged the hole in the low-flow nipple, just a skosh. Carefully means not tearing, just enlarging the hole a bit. Then, I would sterilize the nipple again in boiling water. Worked great, still it was time to move up to the next flow rate.

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M.W.

answers from San Antonio on

My daughter is three. The only bottle she would drink from was the advent bottle (i tried all the others, she wouldn't take them and dr. Browns leaked real bad). It was wonderful, especially if your breast feeding and have to give the baby a bottle while your at work and when your weaning. I really can't help with the solids my dd couldn't start on solids until she was 8 months old. She was a premie and was developing about 2 months behind.

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K.N.

answers from Dallas on

I had the same problem with those bottles. At 3 months it took my son an hour to finish his bottle from the stage 1! I switched to the Avent and that worked really well for him. You might give it a try.

K.

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C.H.

answers from Houston on

I used the playtex drop-ins with the soft nipples. They are wide and don't collapse and they allow the formaula through easily, even when there's cereal in it. They also made it easier for my babies to switch from the breast because they felt like it. I still use them and have not had any problems and they reduced air better than the vent-airs did for me. good lock!

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