Product Type: Dr Brown's kids equipment
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Dr Brown's Natural Flow Bottle
Member Name: rlc2281
Dr Brown's Natural Flow Bottle
Date: 11/02/11, updated on 11/02/11 (17 review reads)
Advantages: Definitely help a baby take in less wind.
Disadvantages: Expensive. More parts to clean.
I originally breastfed my son, and then started bottle feeding him from about the age of 3 months.
Before he was born I bought all the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles, steriliser, etc but after introducing the bottle to him I regretted that decision...
My son suffered terribly from wind. When he was both breast and bottle fed. I would sit up at night trying to wind him for up to an hour after he'd fed and it was a nightmare. I tried everything to try and make the problem better, and then a friend recommended Dr Browns bottles.
I was quite reluctant to try these bottles. Partly because they were quite expensive - around £7 a bottle. Also, because they had so many parts that they looked like you would need a degree in engineering to work out how to put them together!
Desperate to find a solution though, I bought one and I managed to assemble the bottle very easily despite my initial fears - they have a tube and a circular piece that go inside the bottle and help to remove the air. My son took the bottle fine and it was a revelation. He didn't get as windy as he did with the other bottles I'd tried, and any wind that he did get seemed to come up very easily.
I then went out and bought another 6 bottles and dumped the original ones I had bought. Next time round I would just start off with the Dr Browns as they're worth every penny to ensure that your baby is comfortable and not in pain from trapped wind.
I found that I could also fit them in the Tommee Tippee electric steam steriliser that I'd bought, so there was no need to go and buy another one.
Edited to add: The one thing that I forgot about these bottles and could be a potential downside is that you can't mix formula milk in them by shaking the bottle (as I learnt when hot water came leaking out all over me - ouch!). Basically, because they let the air out of the bottle, it means they're not airtight and so shaking the hot water and formula in them is a recipe for disaster.
They do actually mention this if you read the instructions (which I obviously didn't...). They suggest that you use a spoon to mix the powder in with the water, but I chose to purchase some "travel lids" which are just plain caps that fit onto the top of the bottles. These can then be used to shake the milk without it going everywhere.
Summary: Great bottles that I can't recommend highly enough
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