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Before the little man arrived I wasn't sure whether I would be able to breastfeed and even if we could I always knew I wanted to be able to give bottles as and when required. So when a sale came on the newborn Avent bottle starter set the Mr grabbed it straight away.
You can get 2 sizes of bottle; 4oz (125ml) and 9oz (260ml) with the idea being that when they are little you use the smaller bottles as feeds tend to be between 1-3oz migrating up to the larger bottles as they get bigger and their feeds need to be larger.
For those that don't know, as a baby gets bigger it requires a larger amount of formula as formula composition is the same from birth, however a breastfed baby will need a lower volume of breast milk as the breast milk composition changes to meet your child's needs. Either way once you hit 2-3 months you are generally up to the bigger bottle!
Both bottles are straight up and down and have clear markings down the side in ml, UK oz and US oz. ours have now been through the dishwasher numerous times and the markings are still in tact on all our bottles. The shape makes them ok for an adult to hold but its tougher for little hands and there are definitely easier bottles out there.
*USE OF SMALL BOTTLE?!*
A lot of reviews have said they see no point in the smaller bottle. To this day I still use the smaller bottle we received in our set namely for making up formula to go on his breakfast cereal. I find that the smaller bottle is easier for making smaller volumes of formula and I only use 3oz on cereal.
If you wanted to measure out just 1oz of formula (or 30ml) I find this nigh on impossible to do accurately in the larger bottle. Even though my little man is now 9 months old I do find that I still make up these small amounts of formula to "hide" in his food when I think he needs an extra boost of formula.
*PUTTING THE BOTTLES TOGETHER*
The bottles come in 5 parts:
- the actual bottle
- the teat (more on these later)
- an "anti-colic" ring
- the screw top which holds the teat
- the lid
Very simple to put together, you pull the teat through the screw top. You place the anti-colic ring on top of the bottle, you screw the teat on and the push the lid on. Easy peasy. The good thing about this is that as every piece comes apart you can clean each piece separately and thoroughly.
TIP; don't forget to use the anti-colic ring. If you forget to put this on then the bottle leaks everywhere, cue the sour spilt milk smell radiating from all surfaces.
There are a variety of teats you can buy which fit all the bottles. Bonus as it means that as your baby gets bigger you don't need to replace the whole bottle!
Size 1 - new born
Size 2 - 1m
Size 3 - 3m
Size 4 - 6m
Each teat comes with the size number on, useful as they all look the same if you have forgotten to get rid of your old ones. We found that as the little man was predominantly breastfed we used the teats for a lot longer than normal, he didn't move up to size 3 teats until he was 4.5 months old as he was used to working harder for the milk and could still down a bottle in 5 minutes!
We have never suffered from nipple confusion using Avent bottle and teats and I'd hope that continues because if my nipples ever looked like these teats, well, it wouldn't be pretty! The teats are large and elongated. The perfect size for little mouths to latch onto.
*CAN BE USED WITH.*
The whole Avent range; sterilisers, breast pumps (handy as milk is decanted straight into the bottle) bottle warmer s, you name it there is sure to be an Avent version.
I'd recommend these bottles, they work well for us, they are easy to clean, my son took to them well and they are inexpensive in comparison to ther bottles out there.
Avent seems to have been around forever, my mum used to use these bottles for my younger brothers and sisters (now 12-17 years old), and I used them many times while working in the baby room in a nursery. So when a friend offered me her unused avent bottles for my 2nd baby I gladly accepted. She'd mastered breastfeeding so never needed to use these, and I hoped to do the same. My daughter had other ideas and refused breastfeeding, so I got these out and sterilised them. I wish I hadn't!!!
The bottles are a clear plastic, this can come in blue or pink transparent plastic but we had the clear ones. The bottles also come in 4 parts. The bottle, white ring, teat and a lid. The teats are quite square in shape, nothing like a nipple; but I found this to be a good thing as my daughter refused nipple and clearly felt the difference between nipple/avent teat and happily drank from these teats.
The bottles come in 2 sizes: 125ml (around 4oz) and 260ml (9oz) and in various pack sizes.
1 single 125ml bottle costs... £6
1 single 260ml bottle costs....£6
2 pack of 125ml bottles costs...£8
2 pack of 260ml bottles costs...£12
3 pack of 260ml bottles costs...£14.50
They also come in newborn starter sets and complete feeding sets.
The bottles come with newborn teats (0m+), extra teats can be bough in sizes slow flow (1m+), medium flow (3m+), fast flow (6m+) and variable flow (3m+) these cost £4.69 for a pack of 2.
****(prices taken from boots website on 01.07.2013) ****
I personally find the small bottles a waste of time, My daughter was 7pounds 4 oz at birth and still small to this day and even she managed to drink over 4oz at a few weeks old. I think buying the smaller bottles for such a short amount of time is a waste of money. Especially as according to the boots website a single 125ml bottle costs the same as a single 260ml bottle.
As I was given these bottles I didn't have a choice but luckily they were all the larger 260ml bottles.
At first I thought these were ok, they're a regular bottle with a square teat. This doesn't seem great for a woman wanting to combine breast and bottle feeding, but as my daughter seemed to hate the shape of a nipple she took to these teats really well.
The shape of the bottle makes them easy to clean, there's no odd lumps and bumps to try and clean milk out of. even though we have a dishwasher I insisted on cleaning our bottles in warm soapy water, rinsing and then sterilising....nothing unusual there then????
SO WHY???? after about 2 weeks one bottle started leaking. They had never been in the dishwasher, all bottles were washed the same, yet one white ring would leak every feed time. It didn't matter which bottle or teat was matched with it, it leaked!!! After my daughter getting wet through (even through bibs!!!) we threw that bottle away and happily used them for another week or so....when another bottle started leaking!!!
Around this time I ended up in hospital and daddy had to do all the feeds, these drove him mad. if it wasn't hard enough to go from doing odd little bits to having to do EVERYTHING, he had to contend with un-necessary clothes changes because my daughter was wet all the time. I got out of hospital to find he'd thrown another two bottles away and we were left with 3 bottles.
Luckily around this time our local children's centre came visiting and offered me a tommee tippee bottle...I must have looked so grateful and ended up telling them all about our avent bottles leaking all the time, so they kindly returned later in the day with a box full of free tommee tippee bottles and I happily threw the avent bottles away.
I have no idea why my bottles started leaking, they came out of 2 separate boxes, washed by hand, sterilised in an avent steriliser, bottles of milk made by instruction.....and they all leaked.
I don't plan on any more children, but IF I ever came to have another baby I would definitely without a doubt NOT be using avent bottles again. I also wont be recommending them to anyone. Which is a shame for such a well known, well established brand which work well for so many people, but I have to go on my own experiences.
I'm torn as to what rating to give these.... they are a good shape and easy to clean, and my daughter liked the teats at a time when she refused to drink anything, yet the leaking is a BIG downside, they were meant to help and make feeding easy and instead they did the opposite. I think 2/5 stars is more than generous.
Being pregnant with my second baby earlier this year, obviously I had a lot of thing to buy, one being bottles. With my first daughter I used Tommy Tippee bottles, which I thought were fine. However, this time around my mum turned up with an Avent Sterilizer, so, I decided to try the Avent bottles for a change and see what they were like.
For those of you who don't know, Avent is the leading brand in babies' feeding and health products, and are classed as this due to the fact that they were the first company to produce teats with tasteless and odourless silicone. They are now owned by Philips and have been producing baby products for nearly 30 years, so they are a very reliable and trustworthy brand.
The bottles themselves come in 5 parts, which include the bottle, the teat, teat holder, adapter ring and lid. They are quite square in shape and have the measurements written on each side in blue. There is ml on one side and oz on the other side. The thing with these bottles, which isn't on other bottles I've had is that there is UK Oz and US Oz measurements on these, which is a tiny bit different to each other, which I didn't now!
They come in 2 sizes, the usual small bottles of 125ml or 4oz and the large bottle of 260ml or 9oz. You can buy them in clear, pink or blue.
Before first use, just like every other time with babies' bottles, you need to wash all pieces individually in warm soapy water, and then sterilize them as per directions of your chosen sterilization choice.
The pieces are very easy and quick to assemble. You basically place the adapter ring on top of the bottle, pull the teat inside the teat holder, then screw it onto the bottle and pop on the lid!
On feeding baby, he seemed to latch onto the teat perfectly fine. The teat is similar to other classic teats, being quite thin and long. The teat I have used so far with this bottle is the newborn teat, which is the one that comes with the bottle. This is a slow flow teat, which means milk won't come out too fast for your baby to handle. This teat was fine for baby as even though the slow flow teat was on it didn't take too much sucking and effort for him to get an adequate mouthful of milk.
If you find your baby gets tired easy from sucking, then you can try the next teat which will let milk out a little bit faster. Avent do a new born slow flow teat, a 1 month plus teat, 3 month plus teat and 6 month plus teat, which all have a different flow as older babies need a faster flow of milk, therefore, instead of buying new bottles, you just buy new teats adequate to baby's preferred flow.
Cleaning is very easy, as mentioned earlier, you have to take the bottles apart first then wash in warm soapy water. There are no hard bits to reach to clean in the bottle, and if you have a bottle brush, then these fit into the bottle perfectly and reach all inside to give it a good scrub. The teats are just as easy to clean, especially if you use the teat end of a bottle brush, again no awkward bits to get inside of. Once rinsed off, the bottles should go into your sterilized depending upon which method you decide to use.
I have 6 bottles and when washed together it takes me around 5 minutes!
Use and cleaning, look and everything is fine for these bottles and I would recommend them, but...
Apparantly, they are clinically proven that at 2 weeks of age babies fed with an AVENT Bottle showed less fussing compared to babies fed with another leading bottle. Also, at 2 weeks of age babies fed with an AVENT Bottle showed less colic compared to babies fed with a conventional bottle.
In my experience, this is not true. My baby is not colicy, but he does suffer with bad wind and finds it hard to let go. He is now 4 weeks old and has fussed during the night since around 10 days old. My daughter was like this, and she was on Tommy Tippee bottles with the airhole in the teat to allow air to escape when sucking, which after around 4 weeks old, seemed to help.
Luckily, Avent have brought out a new range of bottle, which is the Avent Natural range, which are more like the Tommy Tippee bottles with the air holes in the teat, so when they suck and push in the teat, air escapes through the holes. These have 2 holes compares to Tippees one hole. These seem to be better, as I do not see how the classic teat on these bottles are anti-colic. Apparantly, it is down to the adapter on the bottles as it puts space between the teat holder and the bottle allowing air to escape, yet I do not see how this is effective. Obviously it must be for some babies as they would have tested it, but I much prefer the teat air holes in the new range.
Therefore, I have spent a further £30, and it was only £30 because boots had 3 for 2 offers on the new bottles, if not it would have been £50 on new bottles and if this range hadn't just come out, I would have had to buy a new sterilizer too.
I am in 2 minds on recommending these bottles...of course this is my experience, and they must work on some babies with the wind and fussing issue, but didn't on mine. If you do have a colicy baby and consider switching to these from another bottle due to their anti-colic system, then I wouldn't recommend them for this, but as a simple, classic bottle, then yes they are ok. So all in all they are great for their size, cleaning and are affordable, but as for what they claim to do, didn't work for me.
Price varies depending upon where you shop, but the average price is £10 for 2 9oz bottles.
- Why I Bought -
I had always planned to breast feed my son but as I wanted the option to express milk I did also stock up on bottles, milk storage pots, steriliser and bottle brushes. In fact I was so well prepared that from looking at the huge selection of feeding equipment we had you could easily have thought we were intending to bottle feed formula. I was keen to purchase most of the feeding equipment from the Philips Avent brand as I knew it was popular and widely available. With our Avent microwave steriliser we received a free 125ml Avent bottle. I thought it looked good so I purchased a twin pack of the same bottles. As we found these worked well we went on to purchase a triple pack of the 260ml bottles.
- The Bottles -
Each classic bottle is made from clear plastic (BPA free) and displays the Avent logo and a measuring chart in mls and fluid ounces. Each bottle can hold either 125ml/just over 4 fl oz or 260ml/just over 9 fl oz. This is all very clearly marked in bright blue so that it is easy to see how much is in the bottle. There is a white plastic ring top which screws easily onto the bottle and doesn't come loose. Through this the teat can be attached. The 125ml bottles each come with a silicone newborn flow teat (stage 1). These are extra soft and have one hole so that a newborn baby gets just the right amount of milk at the right speed. The 260ml bottles each come with a silicone slow flow teat (stage 2). These are also extra soft but have two holes so that a baby age one month or older gets just the right amount of milk at the right speed. At the neck of the bottle there is an anti-colic ring this works with the silicone teat to reduce colic. Finally there is a clear plastic lid which slots onto the bottle top to stop any liquid leaking out. The bottles are quite simple in design but they look nice and practical at the same time.
- Different Sizes and Stages -
The 125ml bottles can be bought singularly, in two packs, three packs, or in sets such as the newborn starter set. The 260ml bottles can be bought in two packs, three packs, four packs or in sets such as the newborn starter set. As I have mentioned the 125ml bottles come with the newborn flow (stage 1) teats and the 260ml bottles come with the slow flow (stage 2) teats. More of these teats can also be purchased separately as well as a few other stages: medium flow with three holes (stage 3) for 3 months plus, fast flow with four holes (stage 4) for six months plus and a variable flow for thicker liquids for 3 months plus. It is also possible to buy a 330ml bottle with a variable flow teat, although I'm not sure I have ever known a baby drink that much!
- Milk O'clock -
I first used the 125ml bottles when my son was only a week old. I wanted to increase my milk supply and try out my breast pump so I had expressed some breast milk. I was able to attach these bottles directly onto my Spectra breast pump which is really handy. I believe you can do this with any of the Avent breast pumps too. My son had had to have a bottle of formula in hospital as his blood sugar levels had been low. I think this helped him take to the Avent bottle very quickly. We made sure there was milk on the teat so that he knew what it was and he started sucking straight away. He seemed to be getting the perfect amount of milk through the newborn teat. It was great that my husband was able to feed the baby. I expressed a bottle for our first lunch out too as I didn't feel relaxed enough to breast feed in public straight away as we were still getting the hang of it. From then on we mostly used the bottles for expressed milk when I was away from the baby. We never experienced any colic, just a small amount of wind. We used these until 125mls wasn't enough and we moved onto the 260ml Avent bottles. Again the bottles fit directly onto the breast pump. The stage two teats seemed perfect for my son at this stage. We mostly used the bottles for expressed milk when I was having a night out away from the baby. When my son was around six months old he was able to hold the bottle himself while drinking. We used these with breast milk until my son was six months old when he started to have formula if I wasn't there to breast feed him. The bottles worked well with both breast milk and formula. When my son was 12 months old he moved onto a beaker. Overall I found the bottles easy to assemble and use. My son took to them easily and we never experienced any negative effects from using them. Also they never leaked which is a big positive.
- Storing Milk -
It is very simple to convert these bottles into milk storage pots simply by removing the teat and adding a sealing disc, sold separately. These can then be stored in the freezer until the milk is needed.
- Cleaning -
These bottles are dishwasher and microwave steriliser safe. It is important to completely take the bottle apart before cleaning it to ensure that all milk residue is thoroughly removed. This is very easy to do and I usually washed them by hand with a bottle brush. I sterilised them before use and they fit perfectly in our Avent steriliser. Our bottles still looked good after between three and nine months of use, however this was occasional use compared to someone who is bottle feeding formula several times a day.
- Price and Availability -
With the two sizes of bottles there are a variety of different size packs so to make it simple I will give the prices for all of these from Amazon as they are fairly competitive. However, they are also available from other shops such as Boots and John Lewis. I think these prices are reasonable, not the cheapest available but then you are paying for quality and a trusted brand.
125ml single £5.38
125ml two pack £8.11
125ml three pack £10.99
260 ml single £5.50
260 ml two pack £6.66
260 ml three pack £9.25
260 ml four pack £16.13
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend these bottles as we found them to be easy to use and clean, long lasting, high quality and most importantly my son took to them straight away. I would certainly buy these again in the future.
We have been using the Avent bottles for my little girl for about 6 months, we find them better than other brands we have tries.
We started with the small 4oz bottle, which is a good size when the baby is little and doesnt drink that much, and the are compact so easy to carry 3-4 bottles around in the changing bag if we are going out for the day. Now we have moved onto the larger 9oz bottle as she drinks more at each feed, but less frequent so dont need to take as many bottles out if we are going out for the day.
The teats are long and thin rather than the wider rounder teats on the tommy tippie bottles, which my baby seems to get on better, as she dribbled a lot of the milk with the tommy tippie, wasting milk and making a mess.
The bottle has an "anti collic" ring which is mean to release the air pressure inside the bottle so the baby doesnt drink in air, causing uncomfortable wind. This seems to work as she has never really had a problem with painful wind. However, it is easy to forget to put this ring in when setting up the bottles, and if you forget the bottle leaks terribly around the neck, causing a few instances of scolded hands (of myself) when shaking a recently made up bottle.
I had already decided to bottle feed before I even had my baby and so before my daughter was born I decided to stock up on bottles but with several brands on the market as usual I was unsure which was best. What made my decision was the fact that my sister had used this Philips avent range for all of her children and gave me a couple of unused new bottles from the range.
These Philip Avent bottles are widely available in supermarkets but they are costly and like a lot of things it is probably better to buy in bulk. There are three main sizes of these bottles suiting various developmental stages of your baby. The smallest of these bottles is the 125ml, followed by the 260ml bottle and finally the 330ml bottle. There are 2 options for each size of bottle - the classic and the advanced feeding bottles. The difference is that the latter of these is made from extra strong PES, which is BPA free and supposed to offer extra durability. It also gives the bottle an orange tint. I currently have a mix of both the classic and the advanced and to be truthful I cannot see any difference between the two, although I haven't dropped any of them to test for durability,
Avent also promote their bottles as being anti colic and claim to have been clinically proven to reduce fussing behaviour and colic, helping to give baby (and you!) a good night's sleep. It does this by letting air into the bottle, reducing the amount of air that a baby swallows when they are trying to suck, and also reduces the vacuum build up. This anti colic system is part of the bottle and according to the manufacturer's you should hear a gentle whistling noise when your baby is feeding which reflects the air getting in. To be truthful it all sounds a bit complicated to me, and since my baby daughter is very prone to trapped wind I;m not sure it does as good a job as it maintains in terms of reducing colic, but then again I have no other bottle to compare these to.
One of the best things, in my opinion, about the Philips range of bottles is they are all interchangeable. Teats, rings, lids, bottles and toddles cups etc can all be intermixed with each other, meaning nothing really is ever wasted - they are also interchangeable with avent breast pumps as well. So despite the bottles themselves not being cheap at least you should gt could use of them into the toddler years as well.
All in all, although I have not used any other bottle for my baby I am very happy with these bottles and my little girl drinks her bottle well and so I can only presume she likes them as well. I find them easy to use, easy to clean and easy to sterilise, and so I will happily continue using these.
The Avent range of feeding bottles are a one of the best baby and toddler feeding bottles that we have tried. The design of the bottles is really good as they are wide necked, chunky and easy to clean. They look and feel well made and are very easy to use. They are long lasting and we would recommend them.
The Avent bottles come in either a large 9oz or a smaller and more compact 5oz size. Both sizes work well and the variety of sizes is something that we found we liked, as sometimes you don't need to use a full sized 9oz bottle. Prices for the bottles can be anything from around £5.99 for one bottle up to £24.99 for a multi pack set, which offers best value in the long run.
The larger 9oz sized bottles are suitable for full feeds. They are also suitable to use with older babies who want non milk based drinks. We often used a water based fennel drink or rosehip drink, as a thirst quenching and soothing anti colic drink within the Avent bottles. Our child found the drinks easy to take from these bottles.
The smaller Avent bottles are great for short feeds and can be used with expressed milk as you don't often end up with enough in one sitting to fill a full 9oz sized bottle. The smaller 5oz bottle may also be used for the soothing rosehip or fennel water based drinks which we found our child enjoyed.
We found that when cleaning the bottles out, the simple shape and width of the bottles meant that we never ended up with areas we couldn't reach. We really liked this as it made for quicker, easier and better cleaning. We could always get a bottle brush into all the corners and crevices of the bottles to clean them.
Part of what we liked most about the Avent bottles and teats was that they did help with cutting down on wind problems associated with our child drinking too much fluid too quickly. We found they helped ensure our baby didn't consume too much milk/ fennel/ rosehip too quickly. We have used other bottles for both milk feeds and water based drinks but they have not been anywhere near as good as the Avent bottles.
The bottle teats that come with the Avent bottles are long lasting and easy to clean. They are are a good shape for baby to feed from and have an airflex valve built in, which mean they work towards your baby having less wind related problems. The Avent teats come in a range of teat hole sizes, which you can alter to suit your babys needs.
Whilst we did find that the Avent bottles worked very well and seemed to be able to reduce windy incidents, they couldn't and didn't stop that completely. We found the shape of the teat was something our child latched on to easily. I would say that the Avent teats are something that make the bottles suitable to use with a baby you also breast feed and sometimes top up with formula feeds due to the familer shape .
To rate these Avent 9oz and 5oz bottles, I have to give them a full 5 stars. We thought that they offered good value, were very durable and also easy to use. The only real negative point we found was that the inner surface of the Avent bottles can get scratched from regular brush cleaning, although this is only really an issue over many months.
This can them give a slightly misted appearance, which is not all that attractive when they become severely scratched. We found that the bottles remained in good condition other than that, so were happy with the longevity of the bottles. Avent feeding bottles really are something I would recommend as a good quality and well thought out product.
I can highly recommend these Avent bottles. I do believe that with all of Avent's collic reducing methods that they do help to reduce the amount of a baby's wind.
Something to look out for is, inside the white bottle rim is a screw cap system with gaps so that the air bubbles have a chance to escape. Unfortunately because of the gaps in the screw cap, it is possible to screw the lid bottle rim (with teat attached) incorrectly and then when you go to shake and mix the powder and water you can become covered in it as the liquid escapes through the gap.
I have several versions of this Avent bottle including the gold versions which are made of a gold tinted plastic which annoyingly has American measures on the side next to the British measures so you can end up becoming a little confused as to which measurement is the correct on to fill to.
I also have the latest version with a removeable ring like collar which is further meant to reduce collic. These versions with the collar are also made of a more flexable plastic, designed (I believe) to be less likely to crack if they are filled with boiling water. I have put boiling water into all of my different sorts of Avent bottles but I have never had one crack so far and I prefer the older type plastic as I prefer the feel and the weight over the lighter newer ones.
I also haven't noticed a difference between this type with the collar and those without, when it comes to reducing baby's wind.
Regardless of which type you end up with, these are a great baby basic if you're not breastfeeding.
Avent all the way!
I started my baby on breast milk, but due to having a casaerean I struggled, and soon went onto bottle feeding by week 4.
At first i used Tommie Tippie bottle's they were ok to start with but Olivia suffered from extremely bad colic and the Tommie Tippie bottle's didn't seem to help. After a few cycles in the steriliser, the measurment markings had warn away.
My partner then came home one day when our daughter was about 6 weeks with a pack of two Avent bottles.
*They were extra durable 250mls (9oz) Bottles, and had a special system to assist babies natural feeding, and reduce colic for more comfort.
*Highly durable and easy to clean.
From my experience the pack containing two of the bottle's is around £11.00RRP, and my local boots store currently have them on offer to this date, at the exceptionally good price of £7.00.
I am aware that you can also get the identical bottle in a 125ml (4oz) two bottle pack and they are £7.00 when their not on offer.
If you have a Boots Advantage card you can also collect points for you purchase which soon tot up as you get 4 for every pound.. and for every 100 points you collect you can spend a pound.
Anyways back to the bottles.
Avent is a well known make which is why i find their products reliable.
I would recommend them for any parents who have decided to bottle feed, and i think they are also good for woman who are expressing breast milk.
My daughter has been sleeping full nights since using them as she is no longer wriggled with wind due to the anti colic system, and it is more pleasurable feeding her.
10/10 from me.
I had some of these bottles in the small and the large size, I also had some of the Tomme Tippee bottles which came free with my steriliser. After trying both styles, each very different, I found that my daughter couldn't get away with the latter and we had to stick with the Avent ones.
When she was really tiny and her feeds were in smaller quantities the little bottles were great, although I found that we quickly moved onto the larger size.
The bottles are fantastic and are now being made by Phillips, which in my opinion gives the brand a bit more clout as I respect Phillips for their quality.
In essence I found the bottles really easy to use, they only have four parts to them, including the lids. The teat pushes easily out of the white ring and there aren't too many nooks and crannies making them very easy to clean. I also found that even though I used a different brand of steriliser the bottles and their parts fitted in just fine and there was no problem at all.
Now onto the teats. They come in a range of flow rates and I got the lightest flow with my bottles and had to buy new every time my daughter became better at drinking the milk. The teats were quite expensive, even though you got two in a pack. Also the manufacturer and other guidelines state that you should buy new teats every month as they wear away and become brittle. I found this happened with my teats, but certainly not after just a month. So I waited and vigilantly checked the teats every time I washed them, then just bought new when I thought we needed them.
The bottles are clearly marked with fl.oz and ml although I found it easier to measure in ounces, as it is one scoop of formula to one ounce of water. They look very good quality and the plastic is very thick. The only issue I had was the bottom of the bottle inside became worn from the metal part of the bottle brush, but we did use the bottles solidly for a year before this happened.
The other great thing about these bottles is you can add an extra part to it. My Mum bought us and Avent magicup to try and in the instructions it said you could put the handle onto the Avent bottle. This was great as it halped my daughter get to "grips" with holding the cup before she had to drink out of it aswell!
A fantastic bottle and I wold reccommend them to any new mum.
I breast fed both my sons for their first years. When my eldest son was 11 months old and I wanted to switch to bottle feed I was really confused. I was told by many mothers the risk of developing colic conditions with bottle feeds. It was then that my husband bought Avent feeding bottles from Mothercare. The thing which attracted us both was the unique shape of the bottle and the assurance that our baby is getting the next best thing to the breast and that it reduces the risk of colic. I started using it and thus became the biggest fan of Avent bottles. Both my sons have been using Avent to date and I have never ever had any problems with that. Now I cannot even imagine any other brand for my kids.
AVENT FEEDING BOTTLES
We all believe that breast milk is the best nutrition for our baby and that as long as he or she is breast feeding our baby is in healthy and safe hands. But it is not always possible to breast feed, sometimes either the mothers are not too well or too busy to follow this God gifted procedure. What ever the reason we Mums always want the very best for our babies and I believe that every mother has a right to make her own personal decision as to how to feed her baby.
This is where Avent come in. AVENT radically redesigned the baby bottle to closely resemble the natural feeding process and give mothers the freedom to combine breast and bottle-feeding with ease. They can be used conveniently to give expressed breast milk as well as formula. Avent teat is designed in such a way so as to reduce any risk of air swallowing because it allows your baby to suckle continuously, hence copying the function of breast. Air swallowing leads to painful colic.
SHAPE AND SIZE
When my younger one was born my friend brought a set of feeding bottles as a gift , they were nice feeding bottles of regular shape and size of some other good brand and I must say that I did used them once in a while. But to tell you the truth I have always preferred Avent bottles over those specifically because Avent bottles are easy to clean and to fill in as well because of its very wide neck.
Being little short and stout these bottles sometimes do not fit easily in nappy bag pockets and sterilizers.
The bottle is clearly marked with accurate measurements.
Separate sealing discs do not come with Avent bottles because you do not need them. To guarantee leek proof mixing the dome cap seals the teats securely.
They are available in 3 sizes. i-e; 125ml, 260 ml and 330 ml. And all sizes are available in twin and triple packs.
These bottles are easily available at Asda and Tesco.
They do not come cheap but they are worth it.
A single 260ml bottle is worth £2.78.
A twin pack of 125ml Avent bottle is around £4 and a triple pack of 260ml bottle is around £7.80 at Asda.
All AVENT products are designed to work with each other and it is the only brand to offer a complete range of interchangeable products. These bottles are made in England.
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(It was an easy one! Grin! Its all true, even the wisteria! Under 200 words, subject - bottle, words to be used - kettle, wisteria, misogamist). Conor was born in the June of 1995, a bakingly hot summer. The wisteria growing up the wall outside the ward window was doing so well its perfume overpowered that horrible hospital smell. Mmm. But Conor was a very hungry baby, I was mix-feeding, and that hot, hot weather meant that good hygiene was even more important than ever. I think a misogamist designed the traditional tall, thin baby's bottle. They're almost impossible to clean well, even with those specially designed brushes, I rejected them out of hand. Instead, I bought wide-necked Avent bottles. They make mixing formula milk - counted in scoopsful - with freshly-boiled water from the kettle much easier, and they're a breeze to clean, and clean properly, leaving no traces of milk to be seen. A complete range of flow-size teats are available and they're all in nice, clear silicone - none of that ugly, brown rubber rubbish. My only mistake was to have previously bought a steam steriliser designed for those misogamist skinny bottles. Bah. I got around that with a large Tupperware box and a bottle of Milton though, so no real damage done. Avent bottles are highly recommended by me.
Avent seem to have cornered the market in bottles, sterilizers, soothers for babies. As a new mum you can go a bit mad and buy out the whole range before you have tried and tested it with you baby. A word of warning: My breastfed baby was introduced to bottles at 3 weeks of age, and the Avent system was a complete disaster. She would "chew" on the Avent teats but not be able to get any milk from them. Consequently she swallowed air and was colicy. After trying other brands and consulting friends and books (the excellent "What to expect whin you're breastfeeding", Claire Byam-Smith), this is a frequent phenomenon. I have hafd much more succes with the Playtex system which uses disposable bags but the teat is much more acceptable to my baby.
I started using Avent bottles with my son, George, he was breastfed but I used the Avent breast pump (which you can attached directly to the feeding bottle) to express off some milk. I started him getting used to a bottle early (2 weeks old) he took to the bottle straight away. These bottles are apparently like sucking from the breast for a baby and George certainly had no problems. You can buy all sorts of accessories to use with the bottles, i.e. different flow rates of teat, from slow flow suitable for breastfed babies (as breastfed babies can get addicted to bottles and go off the breast as the bottle is easier to get the milk from!) training spouts and also the new magic cup which the lid will fit directly onto the bottle (like the anyway up cup, with no spills, except you can actually get the liquid out without sucking excessively!). You can also buy handles to encourage your baby to drink from it themselves. The accessories are widely available from many chemists and are fairly cheap from about £2 and the bottles cost about £3 each. George is now 2 years old and still using the bottles so they seem to last a long time! I also have a daughter now, Angel - 3 months, who is also drinking expressed milk from the bottles. They also say that they reduce colic in babies and both of mine haven't suffered from this. I have also used the Maws bottles with George and he would quite often refuse these as he didn't seem to like the teats, which are softer and have a cross in the top of them for the milk to flow from (variflow teats) I also find that with the Maws the teats wore out a lot quicker. I have never had any leakage from these bottles and find them extremely easy to clean as they have nice wide necks so you can really give them a good clean! I also express my milk directly into the bottles and freeze them, needing only to insert a teat and warm them when needed. They come in two sizes,
4oz and 9oz but to be honest with you, the 4oz bottles are a waste, as the baby will soon grow out of them - it is better to use the 9oz bottles with only 4oz of milk in for the short time that they only feed in small amounts. I also find them easy to read as the measurements are large and clear on the sides.
Quick and easy! This popular bottle has a wide neck for easy pouring and a clearly marked scale. Easy to prepare and easy to clean.