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#1 PolkaDots

Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:35 PM

Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to get things organised for baby No. 2. I pretty much have everything but I'm REALLY stuck on what bottles and steriliser to get for baby.

Baby will be FF from Day 1 (pls not judgement). With DD I used the Avent Bottles with Nuk Teats (found that these teats were a lot wider at the base and therefore less air got into DD mouth).

I hated the Avent bottles for the leak factor but loved their mircowave steriliser!

So just wanted some advice/ recommendations on other baby bottles OR have the improved the Avent ones in the last year??

#2 frizzle

Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:18 PM

The closer to nature bottles were always good when I had DS a few years ago now though. I am planning on using them with my baby who is due in March.

#3 Zephie Chugger

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:45 PM

Oldie but a Goodie Nuk bottles


#4 Leafprincess

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

I don't use bottles full time, just for DP to do a feed & bond with baby.

I am in love with lifefactory glass bottles with a silicone sleeve.

No risk of bpa or any other plastic chemical/toxic leaching
Toughed glass.
Sterilize by whacking it into some boiling water.

It takes any standard teat so you can buy your favorite and adjust.
Sabre drinks from the teat that comes with the bottle.

#5 Tigerdog

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:54 PM

I used glass with Nuk teats for the first few months (glass much more hygienic), then switched to cheapie supermarket plastics once I stopped sterilising - a glass bottle in the face can really hurt once they can pick things up and toss them!

#6 Natttmumm

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

I loved Medela bottles and the advent steriliser.

#7 axiomae

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:10 PM

Another vote for Lifefactory glass baby bottles. Don't need replacing as often, can use any teat, easy to keep clean - just wonderful! They can convert into sippy cups and water bottles after you've finished them as baby bottles as well, very worth the initial expense.

#8 Isolabella

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:16 PM

Life factory glass bottles here. Would throw them in the dishwasher. Hand washed the teats and rinsed with boiling water.

Used pigeon Y cut teats as they are variable flow and bubs only gets milk if they suck.

Used for my 36wk bubs.

#9 Ice Queen

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

With My 1st baby I was lent an Avent microwave steriliser and I agree it was great.  But when I had my 2nd I had given it back and couldnt get it back again.  Off I trotted to BIg W but was shocked when I found it for $70 or something ridiculous.  I bought the Big W Dymples brand one for $17.  It has been fine!  BUT I was only using bottles sparodically in the early days and only FF from 9 mths so max 4 bottles per day.  It isnt that big so not sure if you would be happy with it for FF from day 1.  The Avent bottles fit fine in the stand.

I always used Avent bottles with no leakage except when I got a new one and it this stupid 'colic free' extra rim.  That is the only bottle that leaks a bit.

#10 zrello

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

With dd, I started with pigeon bottles, as well as the dummies. The dummies were the only ones that were small enough from the start so she don't gag on them.  The test are similar shape/size, so we used those & she loved them. When she was older, I just used pidgeon teats on Avent bottles till she was old enough to take Avent.  The woolworths select brand also fit Avent bottles, but they are a faster flow, so not suitable till they're a bit older. Hth

#11 SuboptimallyPooks

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:33 PM

I love all of the TT Closer to Nature stuff. Except for the name of the brand original.gif I often see the starter kit for sale, if I were going to FF from the get go I would definitely buy one of these.


I loved the bottle warmer (have now passed it on to a friend) and would have liked an electric sterilizer except I already went with the Milton thinking it would be "temporary" and couldn't justify the expense at the time.

The bottles are hardy, easy to clean, easy to use and fill because of the wider necks, DS now finds them easy to feed himself with, and we never had problems with air in them. He found it hard to feed as a newborn, but found these the easiest of the 5 types I tried!

#12 PolkaDots

Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:42 AM

Thank you so much for all of your responses... looks like I've got some research to do!

#13 lozoodle

Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:49 AM

I'm a huge fan of the pigeon bottles. I need to get some new ones for this bub and will be going with pigeon again.

The TT closer to nature ones are supposed to be good too but I have no need for a boob shaped bottle given I don't intend to breastfeed. That, and the bulky shape would irk the crap out of me as it wouldn't fit in the bottle holders of my nappy bag biggrin.gif

Edited by lozoodle, 12 December 2012 - 07:50 AM.

#14 PolkaDots

Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:02 AM

Lozoodle - can I ask what steriliser you used with the pigeon bottles??

#15 ez21

Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:11 AM

I only use bottles when DS needs the occasional bottle of expressed breast milk so I'm no expert but,  I found the the Nuk First Choice glass bottle with latex teat was fantastic.  These bottles are almost impossible to find in stores and I had to order direct from the company.

I generally stay away from plastics and even silicone teats but the above bottle also comes in plastic with a silicone teat and is widely available in most pharmacies.

#16 Flaxen

Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:22 AM

My DD favourite bottle was the Mam Anti Colic. Sold in Target and Baby stores (babies r us and baby bunting etc) She had silent reflux and had breast, then bottle, refusal. With these i managed to get more milk into her than other bottle types.

Its a flattish teat which is wider at the base too, and has a anti vacuum "valve" of sorts in the base. Dismantled, fit easily into my avent steriliser. Buy in a pack of 3 for $25.
Mam also sell normal bottles without the valve, but the same teat, but those didnt work for her until she grew out of the refusal.

#17 lozoodle

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:55 AM

QUOTE (PolkaDots @ 12/12/2012, 09:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lozoodle - can I ask what steriliser you used with the pigeon bottles??

I just have an electric sterliser, I actually bought it second hand off eb lol.

Its the lindam one I think, from memory.

#18 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:30 AM

Depends on what the baby will take. We used different bottles/teat combos for each of our girls.

DD3 had feeding issues. The specialist and speech therapist  said the best bottles are the cheap ones with a skinny teat. After trialing all the expensive bottles, the basic bottles were the best for DD3.

DD1 liked pigeon bottle. I like them but they are hard to find now since target stopped selling them. I used a standard microwave steriliser with those bottles.

DD2 liked closer to nurture. But yes they are big/take up lots of room. DD3 could never get a good seal on the teat because it's so fat. Speech Therapist said it was common issues with with the big teats.

Never bothered sterilising bottles with DD3. Midwifes said it's not recommend any more. A wash in hot soapy water is enough.

I would never use glass bottles. I would drop them! And I never thought they were very practical when you have little kids. Mine like to help feed the baby and we have tiles. Not a good combination I think! Plastic is fine, just get PBA free.

If it was me- I would start with the cheap bottles you can get everywhere and see how they go when the baby is born. No need for expensive bottles if the cheap ones work fine. You can get BBA free.

Good luck.

#19 chickenpants

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

I use the Tommee Tippee / Closer to Nature bottles & microwave steriliser.

I have had no problems with the bottles at all and the little guy has always found it easy to drink from them, plus they fit in both my nappy bag insulated pockets & stand alone insulated bottle carrier.

He's not had any problems with wind from the wider necks, even when tiny (I had to start FF when 2 weeks old) - you can even hear the anti colic valve working while he feeds.  

Bonus! Because the bottles are shorter & squatter, I can fit 2-3 with the screw-top lids in my bottle carrier or nappy bag pockets - I carry the teat in a small ziplock bag in my purse. Means I can make a decent amount of formula to have at the ready (or take a decent amount of boiled water with me to make as I go, depending on what I'm doing).

#20 José

Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:50 AM

My DS wouldn't take the medela Palma or regular medela bottles. Hes happy using lifefactory bottles. Sounds like these are more popular then I realised.

#21 Etcetera

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

I hate avent bottles.

We use pigeon with pigeon peristaltic teats. Lactation consultant and speech pathologist recommended.

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