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Why did I buy this product?
Whilst I was at work I had a phone call of my mom saying my son had gone to hospital - naturally you'd panic! So I went to the hospital he was at and gave my mother a look which told her she was an idiot for calling an ambulance over colic. So I went back to work the next day and my boss asked what was the matter with him and he said he had bought Dr Browns bottles for his three kids and they never had colic and he never even had to wind them! So obviously, with burping a baby it can be a bit of a pain in the arse so I thought I'd buy it.
I bought two bottles and they looked odd at first. They're merely the same as any other bottle aside from the tube inside. It turns out this tube actually takes the wind out of the liquid which prevents babies from getting trapped wind. So I used the bottle with my son and I didn't need to burp him and he has since been fed with the Dr Brown bottles and not had colic and I've not burped him since I started to use them. So they do really work! The best thing is you don't need to fork out for gripe water either and 5 months after my purchase they're still good to go so they last a good amount of time as well - my boss told me a yearly replace is ideal.
So how is it to clean. I would give this 4/5 as the tube can be really annoying to clean but other than that it's relatively easy and quick to wash. It can even be washed in the dishwasher but I would still want to put the bottle in the sterilizer afterwards.
As I said, I've been using the same two bottles for 5 months and they're still in very good condition. The print on the outter side of the bottle has faded but that doesn't bother me too much if I'm honest and it's not the outter print I'm interested in.
This is amazing value for money. I paid £12 for two bottles which works out as £6 per bottle. Now you don't have to buy gripe water so that's a few pounds a week saved and you don't need to buy another bottle in two months time so the bottle pays for itself really and you can save those pennys that you would have spent on gripe water or a new bottle on clothes or calpol for when the teething starts.
The bottle isn't very big but it's big enough. It holds 8oz which is enough for most babies, especially when they're weaning. My son only has about 3/4oz at the moment because he makes the rest of it up by having food as he has teeth so they're a good size but for babies that aren't being weaned or for when it's the middle of the night then 8oz is the most that you'd ever really need.
I've put this bottle in the microwave plenty of times to knock the chill off the milk at 2 in the morning and both bottles are still in very good condition.
Overall, I would recommend this to all moms, they're easy to use and clean and they will save money in the long run as well as time where you will need it most. I know mom's who spend 5 minutes trying to burp their baby and then spend an hour trying to sooth their baby because of the trapped wind. It's definitely something investing in as it really does help.
Dear Dr Brown,
We've never met, but I am writing to thank you for inventing the natural flow bottles which I have recently purchased to help my newborn baby with some reflux issues he was having when feeding. I believe you have a patented design which reduces air bubbles in the formula, and thus reduces wind, colic, burping, fluid in the ear and teat collapse. I'm not sure I understand the science behind this, but the tube in the middle of the bottle certainly does seem to reduce the amount of air my baby sucks in during feeds.
Before I started lining your pockets, my husband and I had worked our way through almost every brand of bottle imaginable, in an attempt to make feeding times easier. Our lovely son has reflux, which means he can't keep his food down very well, so we had the joys of projectile vomit as well as the poor little chap being in discomfort from wind and colic. My health visitor recommended your bottles you'll be pleased to hear. Are you paying her commission? Anyway, the first time I fed him using your bottle, he was like a different baby. He took his food at a nice pace without arching his back and squirming around, he wasn't guzzling it down as if he'd never been fed before, and amazingly he didn't bring it all straight back up afterwards. Admittedly, he has been given medication for his reflux, but nonetheless, other brands of bottles have still struggled. Yours, however, have revolutionised feeding times. I no longer want to hit my head against the wall, or spend hours trying to get my bundle of joy to finish his bottle. He now finishes it at a good pace, and then falls asleep immediately afterwards. That's right, SLEEP.....I vaguely remember that.
Of course, like most people, you're not perfect. The bottles are very large, meaning they don't fit into the electric steriliser we've been using. However, I won't hold that against you because you never claimed that they would, and clearly it's my own fault for mixing my brands. On the subject of cleaning I really appreciate the tiny bottle brush you've included in the starter set which helps clean the awkward shaped valve which sits inside the bottle. However, the one thing I can't forgive you for is the labelling on the side of the bottles. Why oh why you would label the amounts with raised transparent plastic instead of printing it clearly in a dark font is beyond me. I mean, at three o'clock in the morning when you can barely focus because you're so sleep deprived, and you're tearing your hair out because your screaming baby has decided not to bother with the "feeding cues" but instead has decided to go straight from fast asleep to screaming the house down, who wouldn't want to be squinting at a poorly labelled bottle trying to make sure they have the right amount of water to go with the formula? Think on Dr Brown, think on.
I digress. Although you do need to have a word with yourself about the labelling issue, the bottles themselves are a Godsend, and have made our lives so much easier. They're more expensive than the other bottles we have tried, with a starter pack of four (including small bottle brush) setting us back £23.99 from Boots, but in all honesty I'm willing to spend money on things that make my life easier as a new mum, and have in fact just ordered another four online. Thank you for giving me hope when I was seriously losing the will to live, and I hope we meet again on my motherhood journey.
Yours ever so gratefully,
When my first daughter was born and breast feeding didn't work out suddenly we had to buy bottles to feed her with as we had none. With so many on the market all claiming to do different things I didn't even know where to start so I asked a family member who swore by dr brown bottles. Having nothing else to go on these were what we went for.
The bottles are fairly easy to get hold of both online and on the high street. We paid around £18 for a pack of 2 8oz bottles and a 6oz bottle which is pretty pricey in my opinion.
The most noticeable feature is the vent that runs straight through the centre of the bottle. Its attached by a rubber valve part that fits into the top of the bottle before you screw on the teat. The vent is designed to push all the air to the top of the bottle when thebaby is drinking to prevent them taking in air with the milk. By doing this it reduces colic symptoms. We did notice our daughter was more settled when she was using these but its by no means a magic cure for colic.
The bottles are wide neck bottles so the teat is quite wide. Personally I found the teat too soft so it made it difficult to get the bottle into baby's mouth and made them liable to collapse in on themselves. That said my daughter seemed to like the shape.
quite simply these bottles are a nightmare to wash. Its not only the 6 parts but also the vent a valve are so fiddly to clean even with the fine brush you get with bottles. Over time I found that you get a nasty build up of old milk no matter how much you soak, scrub and sterilise. To me this is the mega floor with the bottle.
Like I said for me the mega issue I had was washing but its not the only issue we had.
Because of the vent you can't put boiling water in the bottles then put the lid straight on as it cause the bottle to leak. Nor can you shake the bottle to mix in the formula as again it causes the bottle to leak everywhere.
Overall it does help to calm colic but with the floors for me it was more faff than it was worth.
~~~ The Back Story~~
Our daughter is now three years old, toilet trained and finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis. I am now in a better position to reflect on which baby-related products I recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without.
We bought these bottles on the recommendation of a friend when our daughter was approximately eight weeks' old. My friend had informed me that she'd tried just about every bottle available and that ultimately this was the only one that worked for her son's colic.
Prior to purchasing these bottles our daughter didn't really seem to be very colicky so we believed that she probably didn't need the Dr Brown's style of bottle. However as we'd had a rocky newborn period we thought we'd stave off any potential issues if possible. We used them for two years, the first six months for expressed breast milk only.
~~~ This Product ~~~
These bottles have an internal vent system that is said to reduce colic, possetting and gas. The vent system is supposed to imitate breastfeeding in that it creates positive pressure with no vacuum feeding. The entire vent system comprises a vent insert, a vent reservoir, a collar, a bottle and a nipple. Each bottle also comes with a travel disc and a bottle cap. They come in three sizes: 60ml, 120ml and 240ml. We used the two larger sizes.
The bottles are opaque and made from BPA-free polypropylene. There are three different nipple flow rates: Level 1, 2 and 3 nipples. All parts are dishwasher safe and there is also a vent cleaning brush available.
~~~ My Experience ~~~
I found it easy enough to put together each complete bottle, despite the multiple pieces. When constructed properly, the bottle never leaked and we had no issues. However occasionally I was so tired that I simply put the nipple in the collar and then on the bottle, forgetting about the venting system. While the bottle would work if this happened, it also leaked a small amount and didn't have the usual vent parts in place. We also found that none of our babysitters or child minders were familiar with the product, so we always had to give extra instruction on the use.
We started with the slowest flow nipple (level 1) and used this for many months before discovering that there were different flow rates for different ages.
The difference between these bottles and the other bottles we used was our daughter's possetting almost vanished. She also didn't actually need to be burped or patted after each feed. Hence we are very pleased that we discovered and used this bottle system.
There are two downsides to using Dr Brown's bottles: cleaning and the price. As there are so many parts, some of which have multiple holes, at times it seemed an onerous task to clean each piece thoroughly. Secondly, these bottles are more expensive than others on the market. That said, they do work and are certainly fit for purpose.
Highly recommended for expressed breast milk or artificial feeding.
A comprehensive starter kit (includes three bottles and other items) is available from Amazon.co.uk for £15.00 (as at June 2013).
I thought I would write a review about these bottle seeing as I have reviewed the teat already and someone commented regarding the bottle which I hadn't mentioned seeing as it was a teat review.
We bought these bottles when someone recommended them to us when our baby had colic. They are designed to help stop colic and we think they really helped.
* What are they?
This is a bottle to feed a baby with and it's designed with a special mechanism inside it which will help to reduce colic symptoms by filtering air away from the teat so your baby won't take it in like they would a normal bottle.
You can buy different teats that go with it in various stages depending upon what stage your baby is at. You can also buy these bottles in two sizes. The size we had holds about 8oz and the other looks about half the size.
This bottle comes with a few bits that you stick together before using each time. The small tubing inside connects onto a part in the neck of the bottle and this is what helps to reduce the air that your baby takes in when feeding. It has measurements up the side of the bottle so you can see how much you are putting in and how much your baby has drank. My only problem with the bottle is that it is difficult to clean because of the tiny parts but the brush that comes with it makes it a bit easier. We used this because our baby had colic. We found when we used these bottles it did seem to help our baby a bit and so didn't change them and stuck to this brand. After a few months we replaced the teats as they began to discolour. You can buy other bits of the bottles too if you need to. It comes with a cap that you put on top to stop it leaking. Sometimes it is difficult to get this off if you have wet hands. Our baby fed from this bottle fine with no problems and seemed to be less uncomfortable in the evenings. It was comfortable to hold and we thought it was very good. It is BPA free too. They cost about £6 each.
When my baby was born I didn't know that there was a difference between bottles and so in preparation I had just prepared bottles that had come with the steriliser we bought. It became clear after a few days that she wasn't happy with these bottles. She didn't feed from them properly and would fuss a lot. We then changed to a different brand which she was slightly better with but then she developed colic at about 4 weeks old and this was when I was recommended to try these Dr Brown bottles.
Dr Brown bottles are designed with a special filter which are unique to these bottles. This filter helps to stop the extra air being taken in during feeding. This helps to reduce the symptoms of colic and if you can do this then you will really appreciate it as colic is horrible! Colic is something which a lot of babies suffer from but they don't tell you about in antenatal classes! It is horrible for both the baby and the parents. It is because their tummies cannot digest the food properly and air builds up in their tummies which makes them uncomfortable and then by night time they are miserable and in pain so cry constantly without very much being able to stop them.
There isn't much that can stop colic but some things can help such as massage or using over the counter medicines but these bottles also help to relieve colic because of the special valve inside it which filters the air away from the teat.
They are more expensive than other bottles. These cost me £5 each but I have seen them now £12 for two so they appear to be going up in price. I think however that it is well worth every penny if it means your new baby will be more settled and comfortable. They come with a tiny bottle brush too which is good for cleaning out the valve and the teat, it is very useful!
The bottle has various parts- the bottle, the cap, a teat, the tubing, a valve and a collar. These all slot together easily. If you don't put a piece on or you don't put it on properly then it will leak so it's important to make sure it's right. It's not hard to do at all, even in a sleep deprived world you can manage it!
The side of the bottle has measurements in oz and mls so you can measure out how much fluid your baby has and this is really important especially when measuring out formula. This isn't just painted on but is raised so no matter how much use you get out of this bottle you will still be able to see the measurements.
It is quite a long bottle and I found it really comfortable to hold and my baby had no problems drinking from it. The teat isn't anything special but she was fine with it despite us having tried 'closer to nature' and other more fancy teats with previous bottles.
We found that the colic symptoms did seem less. I cannot be sure if this was the cause of it being better or not but it came to the point where we were too afraid to use anything else as we did believe these worked so why bother changing and risking her being in pain? We ended up using these bottles all the way through. We did replace them after about 4 months as they got quite worn-looking and the teats started to be a little yellow.
You can buy other teats too so that you can just replace a teat or you can get a faster flowing one. I think you can buy the other parts separately too from Amazon which is good if you lose one.
I think that we did get our money's worth out of these that's for sure and considering it helped our little girl to feel better and sleep well then I think it was a very good purchase. I have since recommended these to many people and they all say they work brilliantly for them too.
You can buy them from Boots as well as lots of other stores, supermarkets often sell them too. I wouldn't buy any other bottle.
I used these with my first baby and they worked wonders as he had really bad trapped wind, as soon as I started using these bottles I noticed a huge difference. He rarely suffered from wind pains and never had colic. I now have a newborn and have been using these bottles again for a week and I have been so happy that they too have been brilliant for my baby and massively reduced the amount of wind she has had. Yes they do take longer to clean because of the extra internal parts but they are really worth it and I have never looked back since using them. You can buy travel caps for them separately that stop the bottles leaking when you are out and about and I also use these for shaking the bottles when making up a feed as they do have a tendancy to leak if shaken. But overall they are fab bottles and cannot praise them highly enough.
My youngest son is one of those lucky babies who suffers from colic and wind. No matter what we tried after 1 oz of milk he would start screaming and refuse to eat anymore. You could spend half an hour winding him and it wouldn't make the slightest difference. After much research I decided to try Dr Brown's bottles.
Completely unique in design, Dr Brown's Natural Flow Baby bottles are the only product in the market that contains an internal vent system which helps eliminate air bubbles. Available in three different sizes 2oz (for premature babies), 4 oz and 8 oz the bottles are made out of either polypropylene plastic or borosilicate glass that are BPA, lead, PVC and phthalates free. Which as any safety conscious Mother will tell you is a must. With both standard and wide neck soft silicone teats that range from Premature to 9+ months Dr Brown's offer a complete feeding system for your baby.
As we all know Dr Brown's bottles are expensive but when you have an unhappy baby you're willing to fork out your entire savings for that promised solution. There was the slightest improvement in my little man's eating habits when we switched to Dr Brown's. Considering though that it was all of 10ml I'm not sure I can attribute the change to Dr Brown.
As for ease of use well the design is unbelievably fiddly at the best of times and downright near impossible to assemble whilst juggling a baby eager to eat. As for cleaning Dr Brown's bottles well you will spend three times as long washing bottles because of all the components and need to use an assortment of brushes to get the job done. So be prepared to become well acquainted with your kitchen sink!
Maybe it's just me or I'm extremely lazy but personally I think a bottle should be easy and quick to assemble and maintain.
Dr Brown's bottles do however have some redeeming features. The silicone teat is extremely soft and pliable and does not possess the rigid feel that a lot of teats on the market do, which for me is a plus. My boys also seemed to prefer the shape of the teat on the Dr Brown's bottles and had absolutely no trouble staying latched on. With some of the other brands and designs they would constantly try and push the bottle out of their mouth.
After weighing up price, effectiveness, ease of use and design I would rate my experience with Dr Brown's Natural Flow Baby bottles as average. I guess expected to get more for my money and such an "innovative" design.
I have worked as a child minder/ nanny/ babysitter and mother's help for years now. In recent years I have had more experience working with new born babies and much younger children. As a result I've used a number of different bottles over the years but more recently have noticed a lot of mothers opting for Dr Brown's.
I'm not sure whether it is a bit of a fashion trend or these simply are the best bottles out there at the moment, but almost everybody I work for has chosen these bottles. It is an interesting choice because they are a little more expensive than other bottles out there but there are a few reasons why I think they are better than others.
The bottle is similar in shape the the majority of others I have used. It is circular and then tapers towards the top where the neck and teat screw into place. The neck of the bottle is detachable and is made of a hard white plastic. The teat you can also removed from this part of the bottle, you simply pull it out from underneath. The treat is made of a soft, clear plastic that is very flexible and easily moulds to the babies mouth. There is also a clear plastic lid, this is ever so slightly not long enough for the length of the teat and can push the teat to the side a little. This doesn't really cause any problems other than that milk rises slightly through the central tunnel because of the air pressure.
To make the flow of the milk very natural and ease wind/colic there is a tube that runs down the inside of the bottle. This is suspended in the bottle by a yellow rubber valve that sits in the neck of the bottle. This has one direct hole through to the treat and two that run along the sides into the middle. The milk can feed through the funnel and also straight into the teat through remaining gaps. This creates a nice flow which is kind to the babies digestion and also noticeably reduces wind, which is especially helpful for younger babies.
Each part of the bottle is detachable and easily cleaned in a steriliser. My only comment would be that the yellow rubber of the valve has discoloured over time and goes a little dirty looking (though it obviously isn't). It is also really important, because of all the nooks and crannies in the parts of this bottle, that a proper brush is used to clean these prior to sterilisation. I tend to wash them in hot water and with a little washing up liquid. I use a brush to clean the insides and then Dr Brown's provide you with a very smaller (pip cleaner-esque) brush which goes into all the tunnels and holes in the valve part and the funnel. This does tend to prolong the cleaning a little and it is a little fiddly but I prefer to do this for peace of mind.
For many of the families I work for this has not been a first choice bottle, in fact they have started out with another bottle and eventually come to use Dr Brown's. This is mostly due to babies having bad wind and colic as a result of using other bottles. Mothers I work for have then had recommendations from friends or read online that the Dr Brown's bottles alleviate some of these things and so opted for these instead. In one case I personally recommended them to someone I work for as I've had good experiences when using them with other babies. The bottles natural flow definitely has helped to alleviate colic and wind in many of the babies I look after, and there is a noticeable difference between these and other varieties of bottles. One of the babies I look after also has a rather small mouth and found the teats on these bottles easier than on other ones the family had used.
These bottles do tend to be more expensive than competing brands, though I think it's hard to put a price on a happy and contented baby and personal peace of mind. Having used these extensively with many different children I have to say I am impressed as these work well across the board with a number of different children I look after.
I would definitely recommend these bottles if you are struggling with the ones you have or looking for a first time bottle.
When we discovered that my partner was pregnant last December it soon became clear that there would be a lot of things we would need to buy. Neither of us have young children or babies in our families and other than casual contact with friends with kids we were faced with the daunting prospect of being new parents who had absolutely no clue as to what to buy. We knew we needed the essentials; bottles, steriliser, warmer, nappies etc but with a wide range of choices from different brands each of which claiming to offer something better than the competition I spent a long time reading reviews both on dooyoo and amazon to get an idea of what other parents thought and we ended up basing a lot of our decisions purely on what I'd read.
Because my partner takes medication for a health condition we knew that she wouldn't be able to breast feed once our baby was born so we decided that we should invest in nursing bottles that had the best reviews written about them. This ultimately saw us parting with a small fortune on a collection of Dr Brown's bottles as the reviews I had read were overwhelmingly positive and even though they were the most expensive option available to us we ended up buying various sized bottles ready for our new arrival and thought that we were prepared for when the big day arrived...
Dr Brown's Bottles
Unlike other nursing bottles that are simply a teat held onto the body of a bottle by a tight-fitting ring Dr Brown's are different. Fundamentally they're the same on the outside but these from Dr B's have a special air vent which fits inside the bottle itself. According to the manufacturers this is supposed to reduce colic, wind and reflux and should prevent air bubbles from forming in the formula mixture thus cutting down on the need to burp your baby. It's quite a fiddly set up getting all the pieces together truth be told and makes cleaning all the parts a bit of a pain but once you've put a bottle together a couple of times you do get used to it although at 3am it can be a rather tiresome affair if you've got a grizzly baby wanting its milk and you've got to assemble his or her bottle. The more organised parent will already have assembled, sterilised bottles waiting in the fridge or steriliser so I'm not going to be overly critical about the bottle/air vent set up as that's its main and unique selling point that sets it apart from other bottles that are available to buy.
All of the components are well made, the plastic bottles are of excellent quality and separate components come well packaged in blue-detailed cardboard boxes. There are bottle sizes suited to newborns which hold 120ml of milk/formula and larger, 240ml bottles for older babies. As mentioned in my introduction we bought a collection of bottles and when our son was born and once mother and baby were allowed home from the hospital we were all ready for the first feed.
My Experience with the Bottles
I've got mixed opinions about Dr Brown's bottles truth be told and whilst I acknowledge the fact that they do seem to reduce wind and the need for burping baby during the feed and even though my son found the teats easy to suck on there are quite a few let downs with them that have forced us to switch to another brand. Firstly they are fiddly it has to be said, obviously everything needs sterilising to make them baby-safe and it is a bit of a bind trying to assemble the air vent back together before attaching it to the teat, similarly when it comes to washing the components I found them to be awkward to fully clean when removing any milky residue and it became a bit of a compulsion of mine to get them spotless before placing each of the parts into our steriliser. Another niggle comes down to how leaky they are when warmed up in Dr Brown's bottle warmer, this is a well known issue that is well documented on-line so I would strongly recommend any new parents read up about this too as there are tips given to minimise the problem.
The bottles aren't clearly marked either which doesn't help when you're preparing a night time feed as it takes a few squints of the eyes and plenty of holding the bottles up to a light source to correctly identify the correct ml/oz level on the bottle. The main downside though as far the bottles go for me is that they always gave my son hiccups during his feed. I can't say for certain that its because of the air vent system that caused every feed to result in hiccups but since switching to another brand the problem has all but gone now, he does still get the occasional bout of hiccups if he's being particularly "guzzly" but on the whole they have now settled down.
In the bottles favour they do reduce wind though, again I've noticed from switching brands that we have to burp my son a lot more during his feeds with his new Tommee Tippee bottles than we did when using Dr Brown's so it's a case of 'swings and roundabouts' really. I do think the Dr Brown's bottles are good and we have said that once our son has got a bit older and is taking a lot more milk then it's probably going to be a good idea to switch back to them, however because he's still only a newborn at the moment and only having 90-100ml per feed every 3 or 4 hours the Dr Brown's are perhaps a little to advanced for ours and our sons needs so for now the simplicity of his Tommee Tippee bottles make his feeds a lot easier for us at the moment.
All in all I do like the Dr Brown's bottles but there are some niggles with them. They should definitely be better marked on the side and they are quite fiddly to take apart and assemble. My son had hiccups after every feed which I must admit did put me off from using them so overall I wouldn't recommend them for newborns. On the other hand they are well made, feel robust and reliable and do clean well even if they are a bit fiddly so I'm awarding an average 3 stars as my rating as some parents may and indeed, have, found them to be superb. Do bear in mind that they can be quite pricey especially if you buy multiples of them so my advice would be to try one before making the financial commitment of buying them in different sizes.
Thanks for reading my review.
As you may see from a previous review when Jayden was born we started him off on Avent bottles, however he didn't particularly get on well with these and would swallow a lot of air, my midwife recommended that we tried Dr Brown bottles as these are specially designed to help stop babies from swallowing a lot of air when they are feeding. I had never actually heard of this brand before but was informed that they were readily available in shops such as Boots, so I purchased him some in the hope that they would help to stop him from swallowing too much air and resolve the problem I had when it came to winding him.
The Dr Brown bottles come in a rectangle shaped box, the name of the product "Dr Brown Natural Flow" is written at the top in blue on a white background, there is a cut out section in the middle of the box which allows you to see the bottle inside, the rest of the front of the box is taken up with various pieces of information about the bottles, for example how it works and what its is designed for. The two sides of the box are blue with white writing on, one side contains further information about the bottle and the other side informs you of what the box contains. The back of the bottle is also white as is the front, again this is covered in more information about the bottle along with a large picture of the bottle itself. The bottle has an additional piece of card on top which has the words "Simply the Best Bottle" written on it in white.
As I have said the Dr Brown bottles were purchased in order to help reduce the amount of air Jayden was gulping down when he drank his milk, these bottles are said to reduce colic and aid winding and burping. The bottle has an internal vent system which is described in four steps on the back of the bottle, it states that the air enters the bottle collar and goes directly through the internal vent system. The air will travel through the vent tube inside the bottle and bypass the milk, the vent prevents air getting into the milk, vacuum pressure and teat collapse. The way the bottle works is supposed to be like breastfeeding and allows the milk to flow freely. Dr Browns believes that the less oxidation there is the more vitamins C, A, E and Lipids are maintained. When I first used the Dr Brown bottles they did look a bit complicated not just the regular bottle consisting of the main area and a teat, the Dr Brown bottles consist of
* A wide neck baby bottle (we had the 250ml bottles although you can get smaller versions)
* A Level 1 silicone teat (deigned for babies 0+ months)
* A 2 piece internal vent (this is a blue vent tube and a round brown rubber piece which helps to vent the air)
* A small cleaning brush
Putting the bottle together is very simply, the 2 pieces of the internal vent system simply push together and this then sits inside the neck of the bottle, the teat slots into the screw top of the bottle and this then screws onto the main bottle, each bottle also has a lid as well to help keep the teat clean and sterile. Each bottle has the measurements on the side of the bottle so you can accurately measure out your baby's correct amount of milk.
The Dr Brown bottles seem to be recommended by a lot of different health professionals, details of these also appear on the side of the box and include
* 90% of health professionals recommend Dr Brown for colic symptoms
* 70% of health professionals list Dr Brown bottles as their favourite bottles
* 76% of midwifes recommend Dr Brown to mums with babies suffering from colic symptoms
* 75% of mums who use Dr Brown bottles report an improvement in their babies colic symptoms.
After reading the recommendations on the side of the box I was hopeful that the bottles would work for Jayden, whilst he doesn't have colic I was hoping that the internal vent system would reduce the amount of air he swallows which in turn would reduce the air and wind in his tummy helping when it came to winding as he is not the easiest baby to wind at feeding time.
Price and Availability
When Dr Brown bottles were recommended to me I was informed that they are available in shops such as Superdrug and Boots, I purchased mine from my local Boots, there was a range of bottles to choose from I went for the larger 240ml bottles which cost £5.95 each, I could have purchased a larger pack of 4 bottles which worked out cheaper than buying them singly, however when I purchased them Boots had an offer on where the bottles were 3 for the price of 2 so I went for buying 3 single bottles as this worked out much cheaper for me than buying the larger packs. The bottles are a little more expensive than some of the regular bottles you can buy, however I was happy to pay the extra money and if they helped Jayden then they were definitely worth the money in my opinion.
Cleaning and caring for the bottles does take a little longer than the regular bottles you can buy as they are more parts to clean however this is not a problem, the larger parts of the bottles can be cleaned with a regular bottle brush, however the internal vent systems consists of small holes which do need to be cleaned with the small bottle brush that comes with the bottle. The bottles can be washed in the normal way buy cleaning them in warm soapy water, each separate part needs to be washed and then rinsed with clean water. Once each part is washed and rinsed they all go into the steriliser and are sterilised in a regular way. Cleaning each separate part does take a little longer but it is worth it in order to keep the bottles in good condition and so that they last longer. It is worth noting that they recommend the teats are replaced around every 6 weeks, however you should check them regularly for splits or any other damage.
We have been using the Dr Brown bottles for a few weeks now, Jayden was just over 2 weeks old when we started with them. In terms of the quality of the bottle I have been very impressed with them, they are well made, strong and durable. The bottles are easy to put together, they do take a little longer to clean with the internal vent system but this is not an issue for me and as for sterilising this is exactly the same as any bottle, all parts go in the sterilise after being washed and are ready to use within a few minutes. As for whether they actually work to be honest I'm not too sure. Since using them I think there is a sight improvement in Jayden's feeding, however we are still finding that he is swallowing a lot of air as he drinks his milk, we have been informed that the next size up teat may help because whilst the air is being filtered from the milk we think that he is not getting the milk fast enough so he is gulping down air with the milk causing wind in his tummy so I am hoping that the combination of the faster flowing teats and the internal vent will help reduce the problem even more. I do think that the bottles are worth the money because the problem could be a lot worse if we were not using the Dr Brown bottles, I would recommend these bottles as they are of an excellent quality and do reduce the air your baby swallows however it can take a bit of time to get the combination of the flow of milk and the bottles right which is something we are still working on, however I will continue to use these bottles and would recommend people give them a try.
Anyone who has ever has a new baby knows you bring them home and then it hits you. I was really struggling with a baby who cried for 18 hours a day when my friend told me about these bottles. She had used them for her two children and swore by them.
The bottle is different from other bottles in that it has a rubber topper with a tube connected to it which sits inside the bottle. This tube allows any air which goes into the bottle as the baby is feeding to be transported up to the base of the bottle instead of it bubbling through the milk like it would do in a normal bottle. The idea being that if the air does not bubble through the milk then the baby will ingest less air bubbles and so the symptoms of colic will be reduced.
I found the bottles very easy to put together and i liked the style and size of them. Other bottles on the market have very wide rims around the base of the teat making it hard to see how much milk is in the teat but these were very easy to judge when to take the bottle out. The bottles were more difficult to sterilise than regular bottles as they have the two extra parts so require slightly more cleaning, but the overall benefits of these bottles far out weigh the extra time spent cleaning them.
The only down side to these bottles is that they have changed the design of them from previous years and replaced the printed measurements on the bottle with a raised measurement scale. The problem with this is that the scale is the same colour as the rest of the bottle and so it is quite difficult to see where the measurements are. I like the raised scale but think i t could do with also being coloured.
-Why did I decide on using Dr Browns bottles?-
After switching from breast to formula within a few days of my daughter being born, she quickly began to suffer with colic, she would cry for hours on end, drawing her legs up to her tummy- it was exhausting. I had been out and spent over £50 on a certain brand of bottles which only seemed to be making the problem worse as the bottle was full of bubbles and she was guzzling down her milk far too quickly. My sister in law suggested that I try the Dr Browns bottles. We popped down to our local Mothercare and after noticing that the bottles were quite expensive (£12 or there abouts for two bottles) we decided just to get two incase they didn't work, I certainly didn't want to waste any more money buying more bottles that made the problem worse.
-How do I use the bottles?-
After getting the bottles home, they were a little daunting at first. There were pipes, teats, extra bits inside the bottle, I didn't know where to start! I began to panic, I was worrying it would take forever for me just to make my daughter a bottle. I had previously brought the tommee tippee sterilizer so gave them a go in there before using them, the bottles fit perfectly so I was pleased I didn't have to go out and purchase another sterilizer. I then waited for my daughters feed, making up the bottle as I did before, giving the bottle a good shake (as it says to do on the side of the carton of milk)... and the bottle exploded! Milk shot up the spout, out of the extra rubber bit, out of the teat- it was just a disaster, all over my kitchen floor! I then decided to read the instructions- DO NOT SHAKE!- so off I went again to make her another bottle. This time it was much easier just swirling the formula round the bottle to dispurse the powder, I noticed straight away that there were no bubbles.
-Did the bottle make any difference to my child's colic problem?-
Instantly I noticed a change in my child, she wasnt gulping down the milk, the teat sat in her mouth just right, she brought her wind up much easier with no tears and finally drifed off to sleep without a belly ache in sight! It was like a miricle. We went out and brought another two bottles as it became a nightmare washing, sterilizing and using just two bottles, especially in the middle of the night- and touch wood, the colic hasn't returned. I can quite honestly say its the best £25 I have ever spent on my child.
-Are there any disadvantages to the bottles?-
Apart from the few I have stated- fiddly and leaking - I can't fault the bottles, once you get the hang of it you'll wonder why you ever struggled putting them together.
-Would you recommend the bottles?-
I would recommend the bottles a million percent- I wish I had heard about the bottles before and used them from day one. They were definatly my life saver.
These bottles changed our baby! Literally! From very early on she suffered with colic, wind and was very sicky. Our health visitor recommended these bottles. At first I was sceptical. They looked huge and complicated to clean!
From the first feed we saw such a change. No air bubbles going crazy in the bottle, no guzzling.
Once I got used to the cleaning and sterilising it was so easy and simple, I don't even bat an eyelid now.They also fit in my avent steriliser so there was no need to go and buy a new one. I would use these from the start with my next baby I rate them so much. They aren't even much more expensive compared to the other baby bottles on the market, and are worth the money! The tommee tippee bottle warmer fits the bottles too, as do their travel bottle holders.
A fantastic product for babies!
I purchased six of these bottles in 2011.
There are so many baby bottles on the market today, and pretty much all say 'anti- colic.' With my first child, I used Avent bottles (she never suffered with colic anyway, so never had to change hers) but with my second child, he suffered colic terribly whilst using Avent bottles. We tried lots of remedies, but nothing worked until we came across Dr Brown's Anti- Colic Bottles.
They look expensive, but they are only two or three pounds more than most other brands.
Although they can be fiddly due to the special valve, this is nothing when it helps your child's colic. My son had almost instant relief when we changed to these bottles, and still uses them now. You never see or hear any air bubbles as you do with other bottles, therefore you can be rest assured that you baby is taking in minimal air, which of course is the main cause of colic.
I breastfed my son for five weeks exclusively, and then mixed fed him using Avent bottles, then quickly changed to Dr Brown's and he had no problems with the change, and took my milk happily from the bottle and breast. I think this is because these bottles have a natural flow which is meant to mimic the breast.
I personally think these bottles look attractive, maybe because they look 'expensive!'
Once you know how, they are easy to clean, sterilise and prepare. The bottles don't scratch easy and I have not yet had to replace any teats (after four months.)
I highly recommend these bottles to babies and their parents, and I'm sure my son would too!
Special air vent / Eliminates well known causes of colic symptoms / Reduces the risk of middle ear infection such as glue ear / Makes sure the teat will never collapse