Product Type: Avent kids equipment
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Avent Breastmilk/Baby Food Containers - Handy pots for storing milk
Avent Breastmilk / Baby Food Containers
Member Name: maxwell_star
Avent Breastmilk / Baby Food Containers
Advantages: no leaking, easy to assemble, easy to clean, attaches to pump, BPA free, price for me
Disadvantages: Can make your own with bottles and sealing discs
- 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. Most of our feeding equipment was from the Philips Avent brand but the milk storage pots they make seemed really flimsy to me so I decided to look around for an alternative. Then I found a set of four Avent pots in TKMaxx. These were different to the ones I had seen before; they were in fact exactly the same container as the bottles from the range except instead of a teat they had a sealing disc. This seemed like a much better option so I purchased the set and then bought an extra pack of six sealing discs so that all our bottles could be transformed into storage pots.
- The Storage Container -
The container is the same as the Avent bottle and the ones I bought came in a pack of four. It is transparent plastic (BPA free ) and can store 125mls of milk. It has the measurements for this up the side of the container. It also displays the Avent brand. You then have the same white plastic ring top that comes with the bottles. This screws onto the bottles very easily but is secure once on. With the bottles you get a small anti-colic ring that sits on the neck of the bottle but you don't get this with the storage containers and if you try to use one from a bottle you will find that the lid of the bottle won't screw on properly. Instead of a teat there is a sealing disc which fits into the bottle top tightly and doesn't leak. Despite there being no anti-colic ring you could still use these containers as bottles simply by replacing the sealing disc with a teat. Obviously this is not a good idea if your baby suffers with colic.
- In Use -
I used these storage containers quite often in the six months that I was expressing milk for my baby. The containers attached directly onto my Spectra breast pump which made expressing and storing milk as hassle free as possible as I didn't have to worry about pouring the milk into another container and risk spilling it. You can then add the teat in place of the sealing disc to feed your baby. The measurements on the container meant I knew exactly how much milk I was storing in each pot. The sealing disc and lid create a very good seal and I never had any leaking. They didn't come to any harm in the fridge or freezer. Just remember not to fill the container past the 125ml marker as liquid expands when frozen and if it is over filled the container could split. I found it was useful that I could write on the sealing disc as it meant I could label the milk with the date it was expressed. This ensured I never game my son milk that was past its best. The discs are very easy to put into the bottle top and to remove again. As I had the four storage containers plus six extra bottles and sealing discs I was able to store quite large quantities of milk ready for when I was having a night out away from my baby. These pots could also be used to store baby food when weaning, although I never used them for this purpose as I bought food storage pots.
- Cleaning -
These containers are dishwasher and microwave steriliser safe. I usually cleaned them by hand with a bottle brush and sterilised them prior to use. They fit nicely into my Avent steriliser.
- Price and Availability -
I don't think these are widely available any more as most places seem to stock the smaller pots with the blue lids or the sealing discs alone which can be used to convert any avent bottle into a storage container. For me it was more cost effective to buy this set as it was only £5 in TKMaxx and therefore much cheaper than buying bottles and discs. However, there are a few places that still stock them such as a website called Pampered Baby that is selling the four packs for £10.99.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend these storage containers as they store milk effectively, are leak free, are easy to assemble and take apart, are easy to clean, and they are BPA free. It is a shame they are no longer widely available.
Summary: Handy Avent pots for storing milk
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