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==Avent Feeding Bottles==
Before Jack was born I had decided that I didn't want to breast feed. I know a lot of people won't agree with this but it was a personal choice which I came to after quite a bit of thought and was opened minded as to how my mind might change once the little guy was out! However my mind didn't change but my choice of bottled did.
I had originally bought half a dozen on the Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles but after a good few goes with trying I could tell Jack wasn't liking them too much and made himself go out and get these Avent ones. The Tommee Tipppee Closer to nature ones are not as popular at all, but these Avent ones seem to be the best sellers and sold in a lot of different places.
The prices can vary depending on how many and what sized bottle you choose to buy. They are available in two sizes as far am I am aware and that is the 125ml for newborns or the 260ml large standard sized bottle. You can get a small bottle for around £4 and the larger single ones for around £6.50 pence which is on the whole fairly reasonable. Of course buying multi packets will ensure the price goes down slightly.
I purchased a couple of the smaller bottles at first but can honestly say that this was a pointless exercise due to the fact that these only hold a small amount and Jack was soon wanting more milk this this bottle could hold.
I would wholly recommend just buying the larger sized bottles as the smaller ones really seem like a stepping stone which is short lived and not worth the initial outlay. In the end we finally got it right and had around 7 of the larger 260ml Avent bottles and this seemed a good amount to have enabling enough to fit into the Avent steamer at a time and a couple left out for emergency feeds.
The Avent bottle is one of the most popular buys for baby feeding bottles and has won numerous award from Mother and Baby magazine and this is obvious why. The claims that the bottles are clinically proven to reduce colic seem to be right as luckily we found that jack didn't' have too much problem in that department. However we did use anti colic medicine as well to be on the safe side.
The bottles themselves are made of a good quality stuff and are suitable for the dishwasher, microwave and steriliser although the rubber teats should not be put in the microwave. We never had any problems with the bottle itself but after a good bit of use the teat was showing signs of splitting and this is when replacement teats are needed to be purchased.
They are comfortable to hold when feeding your child and Jack eventually found it easy to hold himself (although I much preferred to hold it for him). The teats seemed to be of a good shape and didn't cause Jack any troubles with feeding and he was able to drink like there was a milk shortage! Hungry little baby that he was.
The lids of the bottle fit on very securely ensuring that when the milk needs a good shake before feeding child the milk, it will all stay inside the bottle where is should do, unlike the lids of the Tommee Tippee Closer to nature bottles which fell off all the time and I had to place my finger over the hole to shake the bottle.
There is really nothing negative that I could say about these bottles and I feel that I wish I hadn't been swayed into buying the Tommee Tippee ones because they looked a bit more modern but it goes to show that sometimes newer is NOT better and the old faithful will hold always out.
I will most definitely be buying these bottles again for any other children we may have and they get a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
My knowledge on bottles probably is a bit limited as I have breast my bubbas and have only used this brand of bottles to give them expressed milk. I believe when I was pregnant with my first little angel, I got a pack of two of these bottles as a freebie. When the time came to see if she would take a bottle, these were the ones I used, they were a success and I have remained faithful to the brand ever since.
I can not therefore compare them to different brands of bottles but I can give my opinion on them regarding quality etc. I have since bought a wide variety of different products from the Avent range including, steriliser and breast pump and I can say from my own experience that they seem to be incredibly durable and well made.
I am nousing the bottles I bought for my first bubba for my gorgeous baby number three. While I have bought new teats for each baby, the bottles themselves have prooved to be incredible durable. I have not experienced any cracking and while I do not use them on a daily basis, they have had quite a lot of use.
Avent are definately one of the leading brands for bottles and this kind of baby equipment, most people I know seem to be a fan of either Avent or Tomy Tippee and I stand firmly on the Avent side of the fence. All of my babies accepted the Avent teats without any problems and I had no troubles going back to breastfeeding after giving the odd bottle.
The ownly slight downside is that these bottle do leak a little after a while. I have never experienced major leaks however, it is more of the odd little dribble which never really was an issue.
This 125ml size of bottle, is perfect for the first couple of months when the little one only take a small amount of milk. I believe a pack of three of these bottle costs approx £12 which is quite a lot of money, but when you take into consideration how much they will get used, it is quite reasonable. I believe it is worth paying the extra to ensure a high quality product.
These bottles do not leak if you know the trick of how to put them together!! You have to put the teat in the white outer ring, then put the lid on, then screw the whole thing onto the bottle - holding by the lid, stop turning when the lid begins to twist by itself. These bottles are excellent, my baby has never had a problem with colic but the leaking was getting me down. I emailed avent and they told me how to fix the problem!
I breastfed my son till he was 1yr old. When he was around 4mths I started expressing so that granny could feed him to let mum and dad have some quality time together.
I had some Mothercare bottles which came with the steralising unit that I'd bought but they had a very narrow neck and a really small teat. I tried him with the Avent bottle that came with my breastpump and found it did the trick. The 125ml bottle had a wide neck and along with the newborn teats specially for breastfeeding babies meant that my son had no qualms in accepting a feed from it. They are also easy to clean as they are much wider than most bottles. The teats on these seem hard wearing as well, my son has taken to chewing hell out of them in the past few weeks and there is no sign of wear yet.
After about 2wks of granny using the bottles she said that they weren't enough. Back to Asda's I went. This time I purchased a pack of 3 260ml bottles. These were £8.99. It works out far cheaper to buy the pack of three compared to buying them seperately.
They certainly satisfied my little ones need for milk but one bottle in particular, which I always get mixed up with the rest, leaks. Not just little drips, but a lot. This morning I gave my son his morning bottle of milk, only to look round a minute later to find him sitting on the carpet with a huge pool of milk between his legs! It doesn't matter how many times I take off the lid and screw it back on! I have spoken to a few mums who use these and they've had no problems.
I would reccommend to people, purely and simply because of the wide neck and teat and the fact that you can purchase so many extras for them (but only if you can stand the odd one leaking). Also if you have an Avent breast pump they can screw on quite easily so you can express straight into them and then pass it to Dad. Here are some of the added extras and the cheapest prices that I have found:
Pack of 3 250ml bottles - £7.99
Dome Caps pack of 4 - £2.89
Pack of 6 sealing discs - £2.95
Sterlie teat travel pack of 2 - £3.25
Teats (pck 3), available in a wide range of flows - £2.35.
Soft spouts (pack of 2, i think these are meant for the Avent Magic Cup but these fit the bottles as well) - £3.25
Avent also do a range of other cups for older children, although I've never tried these yet.
Value three pack! This pack of 3 bottles can take some of the effort out of bottlefeeding. Make several up together & store in the fridge.