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When I was young my mother gave me bottles that had the milk in a bag within which helped to avoid air intake whilst feeding. I did a lot of babysitting to earn pocket money and from my experience they were the best types of bottles around. These days they seem impossible to find. I did see some on an American website but the prices were enormous and that was before adding postage so I thought not. I was still keeping an eye out when I came across the Babisil stand at the 2008 Baby Show in London. They caught my attention as the display showed a bottle with an inner bit. Intrigued I walked over to investigate further.
The person at the stand was going on about some chemical I had never heard of. Bisphenol A (BPA) which is an industrial chemical used to make a hard, clear plastic known as polycarbonate. Used in many consumer products, including reusable water bottles and baby bottles. Although this all seemed very important to the person working the stand and a few mums who'd gathered I was only interested in the bottle itself.
The inner bit of the bottle comes out for cleaning and as baby drinks from the bottle it collapses in to eliminate air build-up and reduce the chances of baby suffering from colic. Although there is no commonly accepted explanation for colic it is widely believed to be caused by a build-up of trapped gas.
I tried a couple of bottles when my son first arrived and he was having non of it. I was exclusively breastfeeding but would have been nice to have a break every now and again. Every bottle I tried bragged they had the most breast-like teats and that baby would easily transition from breast to bottle. Well I have proved them wrong a number of times!
There was an offer on if you made a purchase at the Baby Show and I thought it was a really good deal if it went well and baby excepted them and if not it wasn't a huge loss. In this deal I got the microwave steriliser, two 180ml/6oz (small) bottles, 3 inner chambers, 2 small teats (0-3 months) and 2 medium teats (4 months +). The teats are labelled for certain ages due to the way they release small or larger amounts of milk at a time. The teats are Y-cut to prevent leakage.
They were so busy trying to sell me on the lack of weird and wonderful chemicals that they never once told me if the teat was 'breast-like' or any of that, but I did read in the leaflet that it is designed close to nature. The next day I got all the gear out and sterilised it all. The Babisil steriliser was the first in line to receive the compliments I have for this company. It's small and so simple to use. Bung stuff into it and when you're done it is easy to put away without taking over my little kitchen. Inside the steriliser are two trays so you can separate bottles and teats so that they aren't all pilled in there and can get a really good clean.
I remember with old bottles that is was a bit hard to clean every bit (especially under the rim) but the inner for this bottle was so simple and easy to clean. I turned it inside out which made things effortless.
To my amazement my little man accepted these bottles straight away with no problem. It was such a relief. I am just today looking at ordering the medium bottles which can hold 250ml/8oz. I have recommended this company highly on a number of occasions and will continue to do so. Going back to what I said earlier regarding the fact that the teats are Y-cut to prevent leakage; I have dropped bottles and baby has chucked them and only the odd drop escapes. Less to clean up is always better!
Another little extra that will come in handy when my little one moves on to milk powders is the bit placed between the teat and the inner. It is a disc shaped peice (I think it's called the swirler) which has slots in it and it's purposes is to stop any powder which hasn't mixed properly from flowing into the teat.
Babisil Silbottle facts:
*The Silbottle provides a Bisphenol-A FREE (BPA), Oestrogen FREE and Phthalate FREE feeding zone, thus preventing babies from consuming potentially hazardous chemicals and giving parents peace of mind
*Simple to clean, dishwasher and steriliser friendly
*Replaceable and re-usable inner chambers, available separately
*Inners have a recommended life of 6 months if used every day
*Spare Inner Chambers can be pre-sterilised and inserted as and when required
*Conforms to EN14350 safety standards
Microwave Steriliser £14
180ml/6oz bottles £7.50
180ml/6oz inner chamber £3.99
250ml/8oz bottles £7.99
250ml/8oz inner chamber £4.50
On the website you can purchase bundles so make sure you check out the deals available. As well as looking at the 250ml/8oz bottles I am now also looking at their weaning products. They have a bowl holder with a suction cup on the bottom to hold it to the table or highchair and also one of those bibs with the aim of catching food that misses the mouth.
Mu Munch bib £4.49
Mu Munch anchor £2.99
Mu Munch bendy spoon £2.99
I think in regards to the spoon I will stick to my regular ones which are £3 and come in a pack of 6. The Mu Munch bendy spoon apparently promotes self feeding and is good for left and right handed people but they haven't sold me on that one.
(c) oioiyou 2009
The Babisil Silbottle contains a flexible silicone inner chamber that is soft and safe.