From time to time, I thought it might be interesting if WMAG would review baby/toddler/kid products: Give their honest opinions on what’s out there in childworld. Look for some reviews on diaper bags to come soon, but for my first piece, I feel compelled to review Dr Browns bottles.
As some of you may be aware, O was a “surprise” baby—unplanned but completely welcomed. As such, I was unprepared on so many levels (It’s sort of become a running office joke about how I tried to blindfold and spin a 9-month pregnant Cara around to hit a pinata at her work baby shower. I honestly thought that was an OK idea. Ah, so much to learn.)
But one thing I could do was research—and research I did. I researched every baby purchase—the crib, the car seat, the pack n’ play, the stroller, the breast pump, and the bottles—to make sure we got the absolutely best baby products we could afford. And even though I was going to breastfeed, I knew I’d have to head back to work eventually and he’d need bottles.
Dr. Brown’s bottles, even though they are a little pricier than most, come HIGHLY recommended by other moms. They are supposed to reduce gas and fussiness in babies, and even won a 2000 Medical Design Excellence Award. Trying to ward off any problems before they even started, I thought Dr. Brown’s bottles would be our best bet. I registered for a bunch, and bought even more.
O never seemed to be excessively gassy or fussy, so maybe they worked. But what didn’t work in regards to the Dr. Brown’s bottles were 1) the extra parts 2) the leakage factor.
There are two extra parts to the Dr. Brown’s bottles—the internal vent system that works to fight gas and fussiness. Cleaning two extra parts every.single.night to prepare for the next day becomes quite tiresome. But more so, it’s the drying of the extra parts that killed me. There is this long vent tube that NEVER seems to dry. They spend all night on the bottle rack and there are still water droplets, so I have to dry them out with this little pipe cleaner thing they provide. Annoying.
But what’s even more annoying is the leakage. I can’t count how many times I’ve arrived at daycare with two, three, even four less ounces of milk than I left the house with. The bottles have to make the trip in a completely upright position, or the leakage begins. If I have to make a sudden stop and the bottles tumble a bit—forget it. I’m sure to have lost some. So O ends up with less milk than he should, and I end up with a mess. Not fun.
Needless to say, I’m counting down the days that O completely transitions to a sippy cup, and I can put the Dr. Brown’s bottles behind me.
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