avent or dr brown...need all opinions

Serena - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 62 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 months old and currently using disposable bottles. He loves it and I hope that by the time his sister gets here, he will be off bottles (I am due in June) or at least close to it. I am going to do my best to let him finish up with disposables but with the rising cost of having three children under the age of 5, she won't be using disposable bottles. I am trying to do as much research as possible to see which one is better. I would like to get feedback, so I preferably won't have to switch halfway through...

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Tracey - posted on 02/25/2010

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I've used Avent since the beginning when i was expressing and have only used a Nuk i may be lucky in that my little boy hasn't refused anything but i wouldn't go past the Avent, they are easy to clean and have a lot of different bits that can be attached to continue using the bottles up to and including when the child goes into drinking for themselves, handles, sipper attachments, they really prolong the life and use of the bottles and come with different kits. The bottles are also anti-colic. Good luck with your choice

Michelle - posted on 02/22/2010

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I use Tomee Tippee my son luvs these bottle an wont tke any other bottle.xxx

Lisamarie - posted on 02/22/2010

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My daughter used to use Avent and had really bad colic, we use Tomee Tippee for our son and he's had no problems at all. Haven't heard of Dr Brown before, sorry. :)

Martina - posted on 02/22/2010

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to me i think tomee tippee is the best, u should try their products and i use it and i know alot of moms who use it too.gud luck

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Valerie - posted on 02/28/2010

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I have both types. I use Dr. Browns for everyday use, little air (which is great for babies who do not like to burp) and keep Avent in the diaper bags (less parts). Both work well.

Rita - posted on 02/28/2010

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i have dr.browns and soothies my baby loves both yet i give it to you dr browns can be messy but tats y u put bibs on your baby i like them because they are good for keeping air out and helps your babys belly even if they are a pain to clean but there good and soothies may look like the cheapest brand but they are good they also dont let tat much air in and they help your baby start grabbing there bottle on there own just look for the new born nipps not the num 2

Linda - posted on 02/27/2010

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We use Avent and I tried many other bottles and she seems to like those the best and they help with the colic, especially the new bottles with the anti-colic value and adapter rings they seemed to stop a lot of discomfort at night.

Heather - posted on 02/27/2010

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We bought all sorts of bottles and because my daughter has reflux we wanted the ones that were least likely to add air to her tummy. We ended up liking the Dr. Brown's bottles best (better then Avent) for keeping air out of her tummy. The drawback is that they have more pieces for washing. But other than that, we found Dr. Browns to be most effective. We did not try the playtex bottles with the disposable liners--those might be as effective keeping air out of tummies and easier for clean up but they don't work in our bottle warmer so we did not even try them. We did try the Playtex Ventair and they worked well for feeding but did not heat well in our bottle warmer. Just a few thoughts from parents who spent WAY too much money on bottles and wished we had better advice before we went to the store. Good luck.

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Our son was on Playtex Ventaires. When he developed gas at two months we tried Dr. Browns and they helped out a lot. Dr Browns has three levels of nipples that work out perfectly. Level 1 for 0-3 months, level 2 for 3-6 monhts, and level 3 for 6+. Highly recommend them.

Kari - posted on 02/27/2010

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I never tried Dr. Brown's but I did use Avent and didn't like them. For some reason only one specific lid would fit on one specific bottle, so if I got them mixed, which happened after they were washed, they would leak. I put up with it for about 6 months. One day I was driving somewhere and had a full bottle in the diaper bag, it completely leaked all out all over everything and our seat too. After that I was fed up, I went out and actually bought Nuby brand. I picked this kind only because it said it was easier for the baby to hold and had a special nipple for teething. Since my son was already 6 months, I figured it was probably a better choice for his age. They have worked well for us.

Lisa - posted on 02/26/2010

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Like a previous poster, our bottle decision was made by my daughter.. :-) I tried several types and she didn't care for the nipples. She did very well with the Dr. Browns's and they did help manage her gassiness and spitup issues. I discovered that the key to keeping them from leeking is to make sure that the water level does not go higher than the words at the top of the scale ("do not fill past this point" or something to that effect) even the slightest bit over will cause it to leak. I simplified the cleaning process by getting a little basket for the top rack of the DW and throwing the small parts in that (mine is made by Munchkins) and washing everything in the DW. Hope this helps!

Edythe - posted on 02/26/2010

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I have not used the avent bottle but the dr. browns are very hard to clean and sometimes they leak... it can get a little annoying, outside of that it isn't a bad bottle. i personnally enjoy the breastflow bottle. good luck

April - posted on 02/26/2010

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They are both really good bottles..Dr Browns are more expensive than the Avent..I used Avent they work just as good for reducing colic as dr brown for a lower price. I have two children under 3.. I have a two year old and one year old!

Alesha - posted on 02/26/2010

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We use Playtex drop ins. We love them, but don't necessarily love the expense of having to continually buy liners. Our daughter had a strong preference when she was just born. Luckily wal-mart makes a generic (Parent's Choice) that saves us a couple of $$ at a time.

Michelle - posted on 02/26/2010

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I use avent bottles and have with all 3 kids. Never had problems with colic but will say they have a tendancy to leak round the top so have to unscrew and put back on. My sister in law used Dr browns and loved them too. Baby will decide anyhow. You could pick one doesn't mean they will like it!! Good luck!!

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2010

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I really like Playtex ventaire for Harley, though Avent is good too....used them with ds and dd1, but I haven't tried Dr Brown's.

Christina - posted on 02/26/2010

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I tried both the Dr. Brown & the Avent & since I breastfed & had to supplement with formula, my kids both took much better to the Avent nipples & wouldn't use a "regular" nipple like the one on the Dr. Brown bottles no matter what.



I also liked that I could buy sippy nips to convert the bottles to sippies & my daughter went seamlessly from one to the other & I saved a ton not having to buy sippy cups.

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2010

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Honestly i use the Dr. Browns now and they arent as good as they are supposed to be! everytime my son eats from them it spills out the side of his mouth and they've even almost chocked him bc they let to much milk out when they are supposed to control it.

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dr. browns is the best in my house. we have both avent and dr. browns but the avent bottles always leak on us and the flow seemed too fast at first although it was a newborn nipple. the dr. brown bottles do have a lot of parts to clean but it is worth it my son never had any gas problems when we used them.
good luck.

Kellie - posted on 02/25/2010

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I used Dr Bowns, i heard they had a great rep, but speaking from personal experience they are horrible!! They leaked sooo bad. I made sure i didnt make the bottle top to tight, n i didnt fill it past the line.. They also had too many parts to clean and take care of... good luck with your decision.

Marie - posted on 02/25/2010

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Dr. Browns are the best. They have won many awards. My 3 month daughter does not have colic and the flow is slow which is what you want. The avent one's even with the stage one nipple are too fast and she chokes. I have tried every kind out there and wasted alot of money on avent, soothie, nuby, platex, MAM... you name it. Save your money...Dr. Browns are the best.

Erin - posted on 02/25/2010

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also u should try the playtex bent bottles - they are cheaper but because of the shape they are designed to prevent gas and colic and helped alot-i started on those first and they were great but my son drank alot so i had to invest in a few more bottles-so i got the avent ones when he was past the burping stage and drank 9ozs or more

Erin - posted on 02/25/2010

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i hate dr browns bc it comes in so many lil pieces that u have to clean properly in between the spokes and its a pain when ur in a hurry. Avent was so much better for me and the bottles lasted a year. I was breastfeeding to begin with but I started using formula also and found that the transition to bottles was easier with avent nipples because they closely resembled the real nipple. definitely recommend avent even though they are a few dollars more they are worth it for cleaning, feeding and durability! dr browns started feeling from the wheel spoke looking part and the nipples cracked too easily-a pain to keep replacing and costly too

Cori - posted on 02/25/2010

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With our son we used Playtex Vent air bottles and with our daughter we used Playtex Drop ins. I prefer the Drop ins

Barbara - posted on 02/25/2010

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We were using Avent in the beginning but our daughter had terrible gas/colic. When we switched to Soy Formula we also switched to Dr. Brown's and haven't had a problem at all! She wont use any other nipples now. We love Dr. Brown's!

Angela - posted on 02/24/2010

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Hands down - Dr. Brown's! My daughter had terrible gas, spit up a lot, and was fussy. We changed to Dr. Brown's bottles and it worked like a charm! I would recommend these bottles to anyone. Good luck with the pregnancy.

Stephanie - posted on 02/24/2010

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HI! Ok I didn't read everyone's comments (sorry) but I thought I'd give my two cents anyway.. My daughter will be 9 months next week. We started with Born free bottles because a few people I know used them. However, they were nto a good fit for her because she was taking in too much air and was very cranky and gassy! After talking with our daughters doctor he suggested we use Doctor Brown's bottles. She LOVES them, but the do have many pieces so it can be annoying at times. We throw everything in the dishwasher except the nipples and caps.

Ok that being said, here is the best advice I can think of. Once you decide on a brand you want to try I would buy one or two of the bottles - yes this means washing them constantly BUT it will save you in the long run from having a closet full of bottles you can't use. Most of the baby books I read suggested buying tons of bottles, we only have 4 eight oz bottles and 1 four oz. bottle and it works for us. We just wash the bottle as soon as we are done with it. Anyway, if it was up to me I'd say get the Doctor Brown's bottles, but whatever you do decide buy just a few to test them out first!!! I hope this helps :)

Summer - posted on 02/24/2010

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well I HATE AVENT... they leak, no matter how tight you put the top on... they SUCK... Dr Borwns, I have not ever heard any good things from anyone i know that uses them either... my personal favorite is playtex... I LOVE LOVE LOVE the playtex ventaire!!! the standard playtex rock too... but the standard does leak if left on its side and you cant shake it .... you can the vent aire though... and both are great for minimizing gas... I have no gas problems with savannah when she uses them... I also like the soothies bottles the shakel and DO NOT LEAK AT ALL!!! but they can get gassy results.

hope that helps

Stephanie - posted on 02/24/2010

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.I have three children and have used Avent bottles with all of them. My children have all had reflux and have needed a thickener in their bottle called Carobel. The good thing about Avent bottles is they sell a vari flow teat to go with the bottles that is needed when using Carobel. I have friends who have bought other brands of bottles that do not come with vari flow teats and their children have been diagnosed with reflux at arond 5 or 6 wks and they have then had to go out and buy Avent because their baby needs Carobel and has to use a vari flow teat in their bottle. I have friends who have bought other brands of bottle that do not come with vari flow teats and their babies have been diagnosed with reflux and they have tried cutting the teat or putting a fork through the teat and it has not worked and they have had to buy new bottles with a vari flow teat. My sister in law used Dr Brown bottles with her second child and thought they wee very good for colic. My second baby had bad colic and she suggested i borrow her bottles to try them, i used the Dr Brown bottles once and went straight back to my own Avent.

Haze - posted on 02/24/2010

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Tommee tippee bottles , really good bottles , my wee girl 7 months and loves havin her milk from the tommee tippee bottles.. ♥ i also used to use the dr brown bottles there also very gud both bottles reduce colic and my wee girl has been fine using any ov them ♥

Nicola - posted on 02/24/2010

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i like dr browns my daughter had colic thats a reason i brought them they are a bit big for them to learn to hold themselves as they get older though shes 10 months and i just use regular bottles with winnie the pooh on for night time milk

Lynsey - posted on 02/24/2010

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i used dr browns but i felt they leaked so i changed to tomme tippee and have never looked back the closer to nature bottles are fantastic and are alot cheaper than dr browns x

Erika - posted on 02/24/2010

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Dr. Brown's bottles are very good and it helps with the gas on babies tummy. Sometimes it leaks like other bottles but if you put the pieces together right and tightly you will have less problems. Also it is a pain to clean but it is worth it. I tried the Avent bottle but my 2 mth old girl do not like it because the shape of the nipple.

Serena - posted on 02/24/2010

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thank you everyone for the advice, its a lot more helpful than going to the store and reading the back of the box (LOL). the tommee tippee is that available in the store or do i have to buy everything online?

Jade - posted on 02/24/2010

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I like tommee tippee bottles presonally...they are shabed like a boob...look wierd but they are great for mums who can get there babies to accept the bottle.

Jessica - posted on 02/23/2010

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My son had avent and I tried many other bottles and he seems to like those the best and they help with the airflow and stuff I have never tried the dr.brown bottles with my son but my nephew who had colic used them and they worked the best for him until he got this special ordered bottle from the doctor to help out with his colic and bulging of the stomach

Victoria - posted on 02/23/2010

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tommie tippee closer to nature bottles have worked for me, and no colic for my son.

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2010

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We used Avent. They were simple and grew with my son. Since he had to have his tongue clipped, the skin under the tongue was all the way to his little gums, they worked the best. We tried Dr Browns both before and after his tongue and he didnt like them.

Brittany - posted on 02/23/2010

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I use Dr Browns and Playtex Vent Air. They are both a PAIN to wash but I have not had any problems with colic. I was very lucky because my son like these bottles and I did not have to change...It all depends on your baby though.

Jamie - posted on 02/23/2010

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I hate to tell you but your child will decide which one she wants, I went through 4 different brands with both my children and they both ended up using different ones, (son used evenflo and daughter use's mam) the best advice I can give you is whatever bottle you decide on use it from the start, in the hospital, from first feeding, your likely to have better success, then if you wait and use it when you get home from the hospital. Good Luck, hope it all works out for you.

Anreh - posted on 02/23/2010

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We used Playtex Ventaire. Lots of pieces to each bottle, but we have NEVER had issues with gas or baby getting colic.

Brandi - posted on 02/23/2010

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we have tried avent, dr browns , and playtex ,, and out of the three dr browns bottles are by far the best ... avent leak all the time from the neck of the bottle , dr. browns bottles really did keep my little man from getting a lot of air .. GL :)

Tiffany - posted on 02/23/2010

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I use dr. brown's bottle & when I done my research for avent the information had alot of moms saying the avent bottles leak, but I am happy with my dr. brown bottles and my son has GERD, hope this helps, wish you luck!!! & Congrats

April - posted on 02/23/2010

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I use avent bottle with my son and have never had a problem. I absolutely love them and he wont take any other kind of bottle.

Jessica - posted on 02/23/2010

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My daughter used the Dr. Brown's successfully. it reduced her colic and gas. they were recommended to me by a lady i worked with.

Amanda - posted on 02/23/2010

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We use Avent for our daughter as all the teats are interchangable with the bottles as she grows older, currently she is using a sippy cup teat for water on the same style bottle as we use for her milk. One set of bottle for all teats get my vote. She hasn't had a problem with them and she colic when she younger and the bottles seemed to help as they also have "anti colic" teats like Dr Brown. I suggest you one of each and try them, she might not like either.

Kristin - posted on 02/22/2010

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Dr. Brown's bottles have been proven to retain more essential vitamins due to their fully-vented system. I personally LOVE both Avent and Dr. Brown bottles, but I recently found a new brand that quickly became my new favorite. They are called Tomee Tippee bottles. The full line of products and information is at www.TommeeTippee.US. They have a vented anti-colic system similar to that of the Dr.Brown design, a vented nipple so that the baby can control the flow of milk, a nipple made to act and feel more like mom's, AND....they look really cool :)

Nikki - posted on 02/22/2010

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..... neither PLAYTEX VENTAIRE... they are amazing, they have very small nipples which reduce colic... my son didnt like neither the Dr.Browns or Avent.. all my mommy friends swear by Playtex

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