Baby Bottle Reviews:
When our 2 children were born we bought baby bottles
down at Babies R Us and didn't think twice about the brand or style. The first set were smaller and didn't hold much fluid and we went with plastic versus glass bottles
. Then we graduated to the taller baby bottles when our infants could drink more at one sitting. In doing some research for this article I realized how things have changed in the last few years for baby bottles. Not too long ago it came to consumers attention that the chemical bisphenol A was leaching from the bottles into liquids that were in the bottle. Time Magazine did a great article on this dilemma and posted it online HERE
. The researchers who did the study on the chemicals tested well known brands like Dr. Brown, Avent, Evenflo, Disney, Gerber, and Playtex. The findings pointed towards the chemical leaching more readily in acidic or fatty liquids like apple juice or milk. There is more information in the "Recalls and Safety" section down below.
When it comes to buying baby bottles there isn't a lot you need to know, but you should be familiar with the different products offered by the major brands. The nipple sizes on the bottles can effect how much flow of liquid your baby gets. Newborns have smaller stomachs than a 1 year old so they need smaller bottles and low flow nipples. As your baby gets bigger, you can move them up from the 4 oz bottles to the larger 9 oz bottles and give them a nipple that allows for a faster flow of milk, water, or juice. Babies are notorious for guzzling their bottles and gas or burping is a constant with bottle feeders. Many of the baby bottles we found have the ability to connect to breast pumps so you can pump your milk directly into the baby bottle. Some bottles like the Playtex Ventaire
have angled necks to help keep the flow of milk constant. Several brands also have bottles that open from the top or bottom making them easy to clean and you can fill them up with liquids from either end as well. Mothers that are breastfeeding should look for bottles which make the transition from breast milk to bottled milk easier on their baby. Products like the Adiri Nurser
and Second Nature Bottles
are good buys in this category. The The First Years Breastflow
is another baby bottle style which seems to be a great solution for breastfeeding moms that switch back and forth from breastfeeding to bottle feeding. The baby has to use a proper latch on the baby bottle in order to get out the milk, therefore eliminating nipple confusion as they go back and forth between bottle and breast. If your baby is colicky, there are some solutions for you as well. Dr. Brown's Natural Flow
baby bottle design is innovative in that it will help reduce the amount of excess air that a baby takes in during a feeding. Many reviews online say this bottle is the best choice for those with colicky babies. Some bottle systems have disposable liners inside the bottles so cleaning them is easy, although the cost of liners can add up. The Playtex Drop-Ins Premium Nurser
are perhaps the most popular bottles with disposable liners. The liner is placed inside the bottle and thrown away after the feeding. You still need to wash the nipple and ring that holds it in place. We found some very informative reviews by consumers on sites like Amazon.com, Epinions, Viewpoints.com, Target.com, and Babies R Us. Experts like Robin Elise Weiss on About.com lists her favorite baby bottles with a brief description of what they offer with advantages to using them. Diapersetc.com has a good selection of BPA(Bisphenol A) free baby bottles and nipples. You can browse the top selling baby bottles online here
Best Plastic Baby Bottles:
The Sassy Baby's Mam Bottle
($15) is a name I did not recognize at first when reviewing baby bottles, but we found lots of great feedback on this brand. The big plus for parents is that the Sassy bottles are not made with plastic that contains BPA. You can get them in a variety of colors and they are extremely easy to clean. Another benefit of these bottles is that they have silicone nipples (not latex) which are softer and recommended by pediatricians. Get 5 oz or 9 oz bottles at very reasonable prices on Amazon.com. See all the most popular plastic baby bottles online here
Glass Baby Bottles:
The Evennflo Classic Glass Nurser
($6) 3-pack is the most popular bottle set made of glass. To prevent nipple collapse and the even flow of liquid, there are micro vents. You get 3 bottles and 3 slow-flow nipples. These bottles are recommended for newborn to 3 months in age. Parents like these BPA free bottles since they are easy to clean and eliminate the worry of chemicals found in the plastic bottles. Glass bottles are not nearly as popular as the plastic ones so you may have a harder time finding the exact model you want. You can, however, browse the top rated glass baby bottles online here
Bottles that help with Colicky Babies:
One of the biggest worries that any parent has is to have a baby that is colicky. Babies with colic have trouble with gas and cry a lot. Using the right baby bottle can help alleviate the upset stomach and gas symptoms in some babies. The Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Polypropylene Bottle Newborn Feeding Set
bottles can reduce colic, burping, and gas in some babies. The natural flow system doesn't use the vacuum style that other bottles do so you eliminate the extra air that babies tend to suck in during feeding. The straw-like tube is what sets this unit apart from the competition. Although not all reviews are positive for reducing colic, we did not find another baby bottle that gets as much praise in this area. They are BPA free, easy to clean, and dishwasher safe.
Recalls and Safety:
Before parents throw out all their baby bottles they should at least look at the facts and realize not all the testing done on animals in labs relate directly to humans. There is some controversy on the levels of exposure that babies had with these bottles and what the long term effects are. The polycarbonate plastic baby bottles at issue here aren't the only product to use this type of plastic as it can be found in all sorts of consumer goods like CDs, eyeglass lenses, DVDs, and food storage containers. Parents of newborns or infants that are drinking bottles still should consider switching to glass baby bottles or to non-polycarbonate plastic bottles which should be safer. Some experts say you shouldn't wash the bottles in dishwashers were the dishwashing soap and hot temperatures can have an impact on chemicals leaching out. We found an excellent environment health report on this topic at Environmentcalifornia.org with facts and information. They essentially want the government to force manufacturers of childrens products to place a label on the item disclosing any potentially dangerous chemicals that exist in the compound of the bottle. We think all parents that are concerned with baby bottle safety should visit Babybottle.org
. This site goes over the FDA safety of plastics used in the production of baby bottles and the findings on testings. Another caveat for new parents and bottle feeding is that you shouldn't just place your infant in a crib or bed with a bottle since the excess dripping of liquids into the mouth and onto the teeth can lead to sever tooth decay over years. Baby bottle tooth decay is a serious issue as I have known several families that thought it was easier to place their baby in the crib with the bottle by themselves and found out that the early tooth decay was caused by the liquid being in contact with the teeth for prolonged amounts of time. Liquids like juice, milk, baby formula, etc. have natural or added sugars that breakdown into acids once inside the mouth and if left unattended will cause tooth decay.