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- 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. We had had success with the 125ml Avent bottles so it was a natural choice go move onto the 260ml bottles as my son grew. I picked up a three pack of these in TKMaxx. This was ideal as we had three of the 125ml bottles and found this was a good number.
- The Bottles -
Each 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 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 triple pack bottles each come with a silicone slow flow teat (stage 2). These are extra soft and 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.
- Milk O'clock -
As with the 125ml bottles these can fit directly onto my spectra breast pump, as well as any of the Avent pumps. This is very handy and makes expressing as hassle free as possible. As we had already used the 125ml bottles there was no problem with getting my son to take to these. He seemed to be getting the perfect amount of milk through the slow flow teat. There is also the option to buy further stages of teats separately. My husband really enjoyed being able to feed our baby, it was a bonding experience for him and also meant I could go out without baby! 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 never experienced any colic, just a small amount of wind. 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 about nine months of use, however this was occasional use compared to someone who is bottle feeding formula several times a day.
- Price and Availability -
This pack of three 260ml bottles costs £13.50 in Boots or £9.25 on Amazon. I think I paid just under £10.00 in TKMaxx. I think these prices are reasonable, not the cheapest available but then you are paying for quality and a trusted brand.
- 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.
==Avent 3 Bottle Pack==
Now baby number two is on the way it means we have een getting out all the items that we kept from when Jack was a baby and we really did keep everything. I think the idea was to have another child a lot sooner than the 5 year age gap that there is and so a lot of things like bottle and even the teats got saved. Needless to say we are having to throw out all of the teats but luckily all the bottles will be able to be used again.
We really did have a lot of bottles too as I was sure I was going to breastfeed with Jack and therefore bought the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Bottles to accompany the breast feeding. However with such a bad birth and me being so ill afterwards breast feeding wasn't an option and Jack didn't seem to take very well to the Closer To Nature bottles and so in an attempt to get him to drink his milk better we changed his bottles to these Avent ones which he found much better.
It was a little cheaper to buy the Avent bottles in the pack of three and therefore we have around 9 bottles. At the time I remember them being around £12 although having had a look on the Boots website they seem to now retail in there for £13.50 and this is where I would go if I needed to buy some more now. However this certainly isn't the cheapest place to get them as Amazon are selling a pack of three for a penny under £10 with free delivery which is a good amount of savings.
The bottles hold 260 ml which is around 9 oz of fluid (which I used to work in and find much easier than ml) and I seem to remember how quickly Jack went from having small feeds to guzzling up 7 or 8 oz and I am so glad I didn't buy the smaller bottles were are available as these really would have been a waste of money.
I find these bottles a lot easier to clean compared to the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature bottles although they don't feel as comfortable to hold. Having got a Avent steriliser these bottles fit well into that unlike the Closer To Nature bottles that I couldn't fit as many in at a time as the Avent.
The bottles do come with teats and depending on the age of the baby you will need to check the flow rate to make sure that the milk is not going to come out of the teat either to fast or too slow. The teats for newborn babies have less holes in ensuring a slower rate of feed and as the baby grows the teats will have more holes in as necessary.
Just checking prices on the Boots website it seems that a single 260 ml Avent bottle is going for £6.90 p so it does work out a lot cheaper to buy the bottles in the packs of three like this. Of course this time with baby number two I plan to breast feed again and I will probably try the Closer to Nature bottles from Tommee Tippee as we have those as well and see how it goes. I don't know but we may well be using these Avent ones just as we did with Jack and it wouldn't be such a bad thing.
On the whole buying this three pack of Avent bottles is much better than buying a single one cost wise. The bottles are easy to clean and I have no real problems with using them. Jack who wasn't breast fed seemed to take much better to these than the Closer to Nature ones but again I would think that is probably just babies preference.
All in all I think I can't really find any fault with the bottles and for that reason a top score is more than deserved and I would certainly recommend them to anyone.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Having had four children and loads of nieces and nephews- the youngest being a tiny baby- I know a bit about baby bottles. Avent has a fantasic range of feeding equipment for babies, of which I have bought and used. My sister in-law first used them 20 odd years ago and uses them again now for her baby- I know quite an age gap.
Avent were first introduced in 1984 as the first of their kind. They are made from material free from BPA (polypropylene) which had some health scares a few years ago.
These baby bottles are excellent. They are short and wide and made in clear plastic. With the advent logo written on the front in different colours they look stylish and classy- you can also get them in pink or blue transparent bottle. The measuring lines are clear and don't fade. They come in two sizes 4oz and 9oz. The teats are wide shaped and have advanced 'Anatomically anti colic system with innovative twin valve' these also come in different flow sizes. This shape helps babies go from breast to bottle. The wide neck and ease of taking apart the screw off/on ring and easy removal of the teat makes them easy to clean. The wide neck also makes it easier to add powdered formula.
I found the teats hard wearing and the shape enables proper cleaning. The old fashioned brown rubber teats had a rubbery smell to them, another advantage with Avent which use clear silicon teats.
Prices at around £10- £13 for a pack of 3 9oz durable classic bottles and around £18 for their 9oz natural bottles can seem expensive, but that's about average for this style of bottle and they do last ages. You can also buy a starter pack for £26 with two small and two large bottles, a bottle brush and a dummy.
The only disadvantage I can really think of is that they're quite wide bodied which means less room to sterilise and store them, I had to buy their particular steriliser.
When Jayden was in hospital they supplied the milk we decided to feed him on and also the bottles and teats, however the day before he came home they suggested we bought in his own bottle that he would be using at home to see how he got on with it and to give him a bit of practise using it as it was different to the teats they gave him in hospital. We decided to give him Phillips Avent Classic bottles, I had heard good things about this brand ad after receiving a free Avent bottle I decided to stick to this brand and purchased several more so we had enough, I managed to get 2 free Avent bottles so purchased a box of 3 of the same bottles.
The 3 Avent Classic bottles I purchased came in a large white cardboard box, the Avent logo is written at the top of the box with a picture of 3 Avent bottles down one side, the other side of the front of the box contains various different bits of information about the bottles. The back and sides of the box also contain more product information, the box is mainly covered with writing other than a couple of pictures of the bottles, however all of the information is clearly set out and easy to ready, all of the information is written in blue writing with some words written in bold. The packaging itself is quite plain and basic however it does contain all of the information that you need to know about the products.
The Avent bottles look like a traditional baby's bottle, the main container part of the bottle is made from a clear plastic and it has the Avent logo across the middle and the name Phillips at the bottom in blue. There are a further 3 parts to the bottle the Philips Avent teat which allows your baby to easily latch on, the adapter ring which sits just inside the neck of the bottle, this combined with the teat allows air to flow into the bottle and not your baby's tummy this is designed to help with better digestion and prevent colic, and then there is the larger plastic ring which the teat sits inside, this simply screws onto the top of the bottle to stop the milk leaking out. As I have said the Avent bottles have an anti colic action with an easy latch on teat, the teat also has a unique skirt which flexes and allows a natural feeding rhythm, this means that the milk will only flow at the pace chosen by your baby making feeding more comfortable. The Classic Avent bottles are also designed to make them easy to clean and fill, the bottle has a wide neck which means it is easy to get inside and clean, the shape of the bottle is slightly curved which makes them easy to hold and grip. These bottle have the measurements written on the side of them in bright blue making them easy to read as you fill the bottle, the bottles come in various sizes, we have two of these, one of the bottles holds 125ml of milk and the other holds 260ml milk so they are suitable for most babies in that respect. The Avent bottles we have are 1m+ which means they have a slow flow of milk with two small holes in the teat, however these bottles do come with different teats including
* 0m+ - 1 hold and are suitable for newborns
* 1m+ - 2 holes and have a slow flow
* 3m+ - 3 holes and have a medium flow
* 6m+ - 4 holes and have a fast flow
* 3m+ thicker liquids - these have 1 slot rather than holes and have a variable flow
The different style teats means that there is something suitable for babies of all ages and abilities, the different types of teats available are listed on the side of the box for you to refer to.
Price & Availability
As I have mentioned I purchased a pack of 3 of the Avent bottles and this cost me £9.00, although I did get these a little bit cheaper as I had a money off voucher for them. Personally I feel that these were good value for money as the bottle are of an excellent quality. I purchased the pack of bottles from my local Tesco, however they are also available from a variety of places such as other supermarkets, shops such as Boots and Superdrug as well as online so they are widely available.
Generally I was pleased with the Avent Classic bottles, they were well made and appeared to be hardwearing, I also liked the fact that they are reasonably priced. Although I was pleased with the quality of the Avent bottles unfortunately I have had to stop using them and purchase a different variety of bottle (will review later) When Jayden takes his bottle he gulps it down so fast that he gulps down air at the same time which for a windy baby who doesn't wind very well anyway is not good. We gave him a few days with the Avent bottles and after speaking to the midwife who also saw him drink from the bottles we were advised to try a different brand specifically designed to help reduce the amount of air swallowed. Although the Avent bottles do have the anti colic adapter ring to prevent air going into your baby's tummy Jayden was still having problems.
Overall I would say that I recommend the Avent Classic bottles as generally there is nothing wrong with them, they are a good quality bottle which is designed to make feeding a comfortable experience, however it was just unfortunate that Jayden didn't get on with them. I would recommend the bottles to anyone with a baby as the are definitely worth a try it just depends on whether your baby gets on with them or not.
We bought avent bottles before having my daughter. The main reason for buying them was because we bought the manual breast pump and these attach to that. We also bought the steriliser.
At first, these were great. I had issues attaching the bottle and the ring without leaks - I just couldn't do it, but I think this was my own problem as my husband had no problem! There are two types that we tried - one with an inbuilt anti-colic valve and one with a ring that goes on before the main ring and teat. I found these easier to put together despite there being more parts. There was no leaking :-) These bottles are a nice compact shape and fit neatly in the changing bag.
We had no problems feeding our daughter to begin with. I imagine that if your baby is formula fed only, then these wouldn't be a problem, but for us, once we cracked breastfeeding she just wasn't interested. It didn't matter if it was formula or expressed milk, she didn't want it and would scream and scream and refuse it. We dreaded feeding her. I didn't want to breastfeed in public - but in the end I had to (and it's not that bad to be honest) As I was going back to work I was panicking a bit and she could probably tell. My husband was the only person who could do it, and even then she wouldn't take as much as she should.
Then she started nursery and they couldn't feed her. We went in and showed them our technique - standing, baby facing away from you, rocking her up and down and squirting the milk into her mouth while she screams until she gives in..... and they managed to feed her for the two days. Then the following week she was ill, but this seemed to make her worse at feeding. She just wouldn't. She would only breastfeed, so we had to change brand - which has been very successful for us so far!
I think had we formula fed/ expressed milk only these bottles would have been great. I like how compact they are, and after we discovered the type with the separate ring I was quite happy about using them. I still use them with the (excellent) breast pump to express milk into and store in the fridge at work, but transfer the milk into Tommee Tippee bottles to drink or storage bags for the freezer. They are very easy to clean too.
I wouldn't recommend them for combination feeding.
These were the only bottles i used when my little boy was born. and i was so impressed with them, there lovely looking bottles with easy grip that makes them so comfy to use. there so easy to use and have all the measurements clearly on the side of the bottles, they also come in all different sizes. the teats that come with the bottle were not very good for my son as the hole in the teat was to slow which gave him wind so i had to go and buy number 2 teats which worked perfectly. there very sturdy and har wearing bottles the writing also stays on when washed in boiling water. there also very easy to clean as there not to thin. there also spill proof so wont leak when your out and about. my sone now feeds himself with his bottle and these are so easy for him to hold overall i love these bottle and would recommend them to anyone.
Silicone slow flow teats that reduce the risk of colic