I know that Avent is the first stop for many of us mums out there. It is so easily recognisable. It also is promoted very well in all of the pregnancy magazines that a lot of us buy when we are expecting a new arrival. I was another of those mums who bought into Avent before my first child arrived. I knew nothing at the time about colic, breastfeeding, BPA, and I really thought that I was buying *the* most respected brand I could for my baby. I know a lot more now, having sold baby equipment for a few years at work, and from having a colicky restless baby. Avent would now be my last resort, but that is my opinion and I know a lot of people disagree and find it the best.
I think it would be better for me to review the Avent Via feeding system before I go into detail why I personally wouldn't buy it, but I imagine that this review will confuse people. Essentially what I am going to tell you is that the Via Feeding system is very good, but that there is no way I would purchase Avent in a hurry again. A bit of a contradiction, and I apologise.
What you get in the Avent Via system is:
5 x Via Cups (240ml),
1 x Via Lid,
1 x Via Adapter,
1 x Avent Extra Soft Newborn Silicone Teat,
1 x Dome Cap
1 x Screw Ring.
When you buy the Avent Via system, you are buying into a very functional set of equipment. You get the Avent cups. These can be used to hold anything from breast milk to baby food. They can be heated up or frozen safely. If you have an Avent breast pump, you can attach it to the cup and express straight into it. using the screw ring, then you can atach the teat and baby can use it whenever you need him/her to. Later down the line, The little Avent pots are really useful to store baby food in, and particularly useful if you are batch cooking and want to freeze for later. It is so versatile, and because all of the little cups can fit inside each other when they are not being used you will find that it really doesnt take up too much space in your kitchen. A small bugbear is that the lids are a bit fiddly to get on the pots once you have put the food in there, but this is very minor.
Following last years publicity about BPA chemical in baby bottles, Avent now make the Via system BPA-Free, which is good news. This was one of the things that I was really concerned about when the news broke about the chemicals.
All in all, what you have when you buy this system is a very usable, compact yet complete feeding system. It is fab if your baby agrees with Avent, but not so fab for the likes of me, who had a baby who was completely colicky while using Avent. For me personally I will be staying away from Avent for future children, but at the same time I can completely see how the Via feeding system would benefit a lot of mums out there. At £8 it really isnt breaking the bank, and while we personally couldnt use the bottle feeding system, we did make good use out of the feeding pots (which I have since binned as Im not sure they were BPA free!)
Its worth a try if you think your child will be happy on Avent.
The new way to store, transport and feed breastmilk, formula or solids. Includes five Via Cups (240ml), one Via Lid, one Via Adapter, one Avent Extra Soft Newborn Silicone Teat, one Dome Cap and Screw Ring.