“ Brand: Maws / Type: Bottles & Accessories „
I purchased a Maws microwave sterilser which included bottles and the variflow teats before the birth of my first baby and never experienced any symptoms of a colickly baby at all. The variflow teat is an excellent invention. It means that your baby gets the right amount of milk at his/her own speed. With my second baby born earlier this year, i naturally wanted to replace all bottles and teats with new. The only snag being was that I couldn't find the Maws bottles and teats anywhere. I bought Avent in the end thinking that I was buying the best. I ended up having a very collicky, unsettled baby. I searched and searched for Maws again. Iin the end I purchased 8 brand new bottles and teats on EBay. What a transformation in my baby! he is no longer unsettled but very happy and not at all windy and gripey. I can 100% reccommend Maws teats but you may have a problem getting hold of them.
MAWS HEAT SENSOR BOTTLES I normally use Avent bottles and have never bought anything else, but recently I ran low on bottles. My eldest son kept hiding them & I didn't find them until they had gone green & had to go in the bin (yeuch!). Anyway, I was at the carboot sale (as per usual LOL!) and someone sold me a MAWS steriliser with 3 new bottles for only £2. As I can?t get one Avent bottle for that price, I didn?t mind trying them out. The MAWS heat sensor bottles are a wide necked bottle with a wide teat which is really good for babies that were previously breastfed or who are having mixed feeding (breast & formula). The wide neck is also very good for getting the formula in the bottle, although I still tend to miss while half asleep! The Heat sensor strip runs down the side of the bottle & lets you know whether the milk is at the right temperature or not. Pink is too hot & mauve is just right. This is useful, but I think it's a bit of a gimmick, the old fashioned test on the back of the wrist is just as good! The bottles are very attractive with mint green locking rings & see through mint caps. The measurements on the bottles are very good and are clearly marked. I find them clearer than on the Avent bottles - the oz & ml measurements are closer as well. The teats have a cross shape on them which is good as they can be used for all ages as the teat flow adjusts with the sucking. This means that you can keep the same teats as your child grows. This is very cost effective as the Avent bottles require you to change the teats for teats with different numbers of holes for different ages which can get very expensive at £2.29 for 2 teats! (I normally have a whole set of 12 bottles too!) Two major disadvantages with the MAWS bottles are that the teats are very thin & have a tendency to collapse which is not very good (the Avent teats don't collapse) My younger son (7mths) gets on fine with the MAWS bott les, but my elder son (just turned 2) cannot get on with them at all - the teats always collapse for him - so maybe they aren?t so good for older children? I would still recommend the Avent bottles over the MAWS bottles, but the MAWS ones are a very close second and are better value for money.
These teats are excellent in reducing colic and enable babies to get the amount of milk depending on how hard they suck. When I first tried to used these teats my daughter had problems. She would drink an ounce and promptly pass out with exhaustion. She would then sleep for an hour and then require another ounce. The process would continue day and night! She also suffered from terrible colic. After despairing at what could be wrong with my daughter my health visitor decided to take a good look at the teats I was using and found that the holes did not line up with the cross on the teat. These teats claim to be variflow, meaning however hard your child sucks on the teat an adequate amount of milk would flow. Apparently this is done by putting a small hole in the teat with a cut out of a cross over it so depending on how hard the sucking was would depend on how wide the cross would open. As the hole was not lined up with the cross my daughter was sucking like mad, not getting much milk and practically passing out with sheer exhaustion. When she wasn't sleeping she was suffering terribly with wind, caused from the gulping she was doing trying to get her milk. I took the teats back to where I bought them from and was given replacements. I throughtly checked the teats and found the same problem. The idea behind these teats are brilliant so undeterred I put my own holes in the teats so they lined up with the cross, my daughter is now a very happy bunny and drinks 7 ounces in one go! I did try to contact Maws to let them know about this problem as 50% of the teats I have purchased have been misaligned. Unfortunatley the helpline number given on Maws products did not exist! Even though I did have a problem with these teats at first now I know how to resolve it I wouldn't buy any other teat.
Definately less time wasted with Maws bottles and teats. When I began bottle feeding Phoebe at 5 weeks I bought some standard own-brand bottles (costing around 99p each). I spent so much of my time worrying if I had the right flow teat for her. She suffered from colic and I was very worried it was her teats that were causing it. I had one Maws bottle which came with the breast pump I had been using. I found it was the only bottle and teat that settled Phoebe. So I bought a couple more. The Maws bottles are wider than the standard size and shaped so they are so much easier to hold than the others. The teats are also variflo which means that the hole is like a + sign so your baby controls the flow. And unlike some other makes these bottles don't need disks as the lid presses down the teat and stops the flow. Phoebe is 14 months old now and I still use her bottles for her night time feed. And unlike the cheaper bottles I bought, we are still able to use the same bottles I bought all that time ago, whereas the others discoloured and wouldn't come clean. The teats have worn of course but at £2.19 for two it didn't break the bank replacing them. With my next baby I am definately going to use the Maws bottles and teats.
There isn't really a section for teats but I think everyone should know about these! I bought a Maws sterilising system for my son and it came with wide-necked bottles. Teats need regular checking and replacing but the thing I found most difficult was trying to decide on slow, medium or fast flow. So many new bottles come with slow flow teats and most babies never use them! It's so hard to tell when you need a medium flow or even a faster one and every baby is different. Unfortunately they don't have a specific cry for "Mum, this teat isn't flowing fast enough!!" The MAWS VARIFLOW TEAT combats all these problems. It has a uniquely designed teat that responds to how hard your baby is sucking and releases milk accordingly. They come in standard and wide neck varieties, in pack of 2 for about £2 and fit all makes of bottles. I even use them on my Avent disposable and my Heinz Angled bottles, both which state you should use their brand of teat! My son has used these since he was about 6 weeks old, they seemed like a good idea and they have certainly turned out to be! So, instead of debating what speed teat you need for your baby, give the variflo a try.