Searching for the best baby bottle

Amanda - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 150 moms have responded )

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I have been trying to find a bottle that works well with my son. He's 8 weeks old and is formula fed. He has alot of gas and spits up alot. I've tried a few different types of bottles where some are okay. Any thoughts on which ones are better then others? Thanks.

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Renee - posted on 05/18/2010

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Since I literary tried every bottle out there. I will have to say Avent is the best.... I only formula feed now and she is on Nutramigen because of her gas (she has a protein allergy to cows milk) I see a lot of comment for Dr Browns, sorry but those are way over priced and rated. They leak so bad after a month. The Ventair were OK but she sucked fast so the flow was to much for her. All and all she has Avent and it works great.. (just don't by the gold packaging... they leak)

Christy - posted on 10/09/2012

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I like the Playtex Venti-Air bottles....they seem to work really well for my baby boy...who is EXTREMELY gassy and swallows alot of air while he drinks...and since I switched to the playtex Venti-Air bottles he has been doing much much better...or the Playtex bottles that take liners...kinda pricey to constantly buy liners for em but they allow you to take all the air and foam/and or bubbles out of the bottle before you give it to baby

Tasha - posted on 09/26/2012

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In the beginning, my son has gas and spit up problems. I was using Gerber good start gentle formula for him. I switched to similac sensitive and his gas is way better. He still spits up. Found out he has acid reflux so doc prescribed antacids and told me about Dr browns. After using both for a while he still has stomach problems. The Dr browns are a big pain to clean and even on the slowest flow there are lots of dribbles. In other words a waste of formula. Not to mention the nipple flows go by three months at a time unlike avent for example. I'm going to try Tommie tippees sensitive tummy bottle as well as Playtex drop ins. Hopefully they will work better then Dr browns. Hopefully you find one that works for you as well. I just wanted to let u know that Dr browns don't work for everyone. But they r worth the try

Chantal - posted on 05/25/2010

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This might sound strange but look for a bottle teat that resembles the shape of your own nipple and once you have found that check if that bottle has an anti-colic device built in. Most bottles come with an anti colic teat or a valve that's built into the bottle that helps prevent colic. There is also anti-colic formula on the market.

JJanice - posted on 05/18/2010

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with my experience AVENT bottles are the best. nipples are soft and follow the contour of a real breast.

spitting up is normal, its just that you need to burp your baby every after feeding. don't give too much of what the baby can tolerate. you may thought that your baby needs more milk, but the fact is your baby just want to pacify her oral needs. a pacifier is recommended.

for gas pain, constant burping is important. be sure that the nipple is filled with milk whenever the baby sucks the nipple.another suggestion is that, there are traditional oil that you can buy in asian drugstores which can relieve gas pains.

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Lori - posted on 10/06/2012

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With my daughter we used the Playtex bottles with the drop in liners and were able to push out any excess air from them. Now with our son we use Avent since he is going to daycare and we weren't sure what the daycare would be more comfortable using. The Playtex w/ drop in liner tend to slowly warp in bottle warmers where Avent won't. You might try burping more often during feeding as well. That worked with our son, if we burped him about halfway through his bottle and then again at the end. Since our doctor told us we could start putting rice cereal in his bottles he has only spit up a few times in the last 3 months or so.

Lindsay - posted on 10/03/2012

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I use Playtex Ventaire Advance bottles. they say they are specifically designed to reduce gas, colic and spit up. they vent from the bottom so no air to worry about. My daughter has been using them for 4 months after switching her from breast milk and she took them no problem and has been happy with them every since. they have a curve to the bottle so no need for extra tipping or strain on the babies neck. i highly recommend these bottles!

Roxy - posted on 05/26/2010

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its not necessarily the bottle causing the problems. make sure baby is in an upright position as its difficult to digest anything while lying down.. our bodies just arent designed that way. also you can try feed for five minutes then burp the baby and try again.. baby might just be too full. we all get rather gassy after eating too much. i would also like to mention if baby is burping and flatulent its a good thing.. babies who cant burp and fart become extremely distressed (aka cholic) not fun

Amy - posted on 05/25/2010

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We had luck for awhile with the Born Free bottles & purple enfamil...it's for fussiness. We have just recently changed to soy formula and now she's sleeping thru the night!! (she's 9 mos!! It's been a long road)

Lisa - posted on 05/24/2010

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After lots of visits with lactations specialists for my son (starting at 1 mos) Drs. recommended we use Dr. Browns. They are a pain to clean since there are extra parts, but they really helped my special needs son keep as much in his little tummy as possible. If you haven't visited a specialist yet, I highly recommend it. Lots of times your dr. will give you a referral without questioning it. Also, the birthing centers offter complementary visits to help new parents adjust...I took advantage of that and thank goodness I did!

Jessica - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son is 18 months old and he loves the NUK bottles. When he was born we were using the Playtex Advanced Ventaire...they worked great but the hole in the nipple wasn't big enough when he got a little older and he was really having to work with getting the formula out...he would get tired of sucking and stop eating...the NUK bottles have a nice size hole as they get older...he is still on the Medium nipple and it comes out great. Your baby could not be tolerating the formula...and he could also have acid reflux. Good luck

Jocelyn - posted on 05/22/2010

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I agree with Dr. Brown's. They have helped my sister's colic baby girl and my daughter hasn't had any troubles with them.

Theresa - posted on 05/22/2010

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Dr Browns...hands down! And they have the best customer service I have EVER come across :)

Alita - posted on 05/22/2010

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i used playtex drop-ins aswell and their the best i found because u take out all the air so there is less air going into their system. also i had to add pablum in my daughters formula because regular formula was no enough for her. she would over drink and spit up all her formula. so we added pablum to it and she had no problems since shes 14 months old now and does not use a bottle anymore now shes on the AVENT sippy cups

Kayla - posted on 05/21/2010

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I agree w/ Kylie, Avent bottles are the best. perfect flow and my baby never spits up when I feed from tht one, although tend to alternate different brands.

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2010

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I'm really surprised that no one has mentioned Soothie bottles by First Years. I started out breastfeeding and then switched to Playtex Nursers with the drop-ins when I went back to work, but after a few weeks, my daughter wouldn't take them anymore (or any other bottle including all of the ones mentioned here, except the Tommy Tippee, that was just recently available here in the US) so I went out to find anything I could try and found the Soothie bottles. They are extremely inexpensive, and the nipple is the same as the Soothie pacifier that is used in the hospitals. They also have two small vents at the base of the nipple so that the air can escape as they are drinking which prevents it from going into their tummies. And they do not contain BPA (neither do the Playtex Nursers). My daughter was only 36 weeks when born and only weighed 5 lbs. She was so tiny she would gag on a regular pacifier and nipple. Children's Hospital gave her a preemie sized soothie pacifier and she was in love. So when I found the Soothie bottles I had to try them. She took it right away and never had any problems with gas and it even helped with her reflux. I tell every expecting mother about these bottles and I get thank you's all the time from everyone who uses them that they are the best bottle they've tried! But as some other people are saying, it could also be the formula because I also had to switch her to Enfamil Prosobee Soy which helped out a lot. Good Luck!

Natasha - posted on 05/21/2010

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Like anyone will tell you, every baby is different. In our case, we easily spent like 300$ trying to find a bottle that worked well... We tried EVERYTHING, and finally went to the Playtex Ventaire bottles- which worked wonders! No more gas and hardly no spitting up.

Melissa - posted on 05/21/2010

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can u get the playtex drop in bottles in australia i have heard heaps about them but never seen them or the dr browns???

Angelica - posted on 05/20/2010

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check with his doctor about switching formulas. and DR.Browns are the best. and they come in glass not just the BPA free plastics

Jessica - posted on 05/20/2010

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My son was formula fed and I found the Phillips Avent bottles to be the best to prevent wind and spit up, hope that helps. Good luck =)

Jasmine - posted on 05/20/2010

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We use Gerber bottles, they work great and I wouldn't use anything else

Amani - posted on 05/20/2010

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I have come to know that Pigon is bad but chicco and Avent are the best. at first use chicco glass bottels and when ur baby is old enough to hold his own bottle, swtich to plastic bottles so he won't drop them off and breaks the glass. Also glass is too heavy for a baby. for plastic bottles i personally prefer Avent which u can find in Mother care

Miranda - posted on 05/20/2010

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I use the Playtex Ventaire Advanced bottles since my son was born, now 8 months old. They work really well. The air in the bottle is what causes gas, or the formula itself. With this bottle you can actually hear the air coming out of the bottom of the bottle as your baby sucks it. If switching the bottle isn't helping, try switching formulas.

Caroline - posted on 05/20/2010

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I love the avent bottles, and also playtex. I believe they have nipples for breastfed and formulafed. Goodluck!

Rebecca - posted on 05/20/2010

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What formula is he on? That could be alot of it. Also, I use the Dr. Brown's bottles and this helps alot. Tummy Soothers with Winnie the Pooh on the box helps too!!

Sheri - posted on 05/20/2010

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I found the Adiri one piece bottle was most like natural breast. It is one piece and costs about $12 at toys r us. It's made of slip resistant silicone so it's easy for little hands to grab onto as well. Hope this helps

Lisa - posted on 05/20/2010

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my son has severe colic and reflux and we ordered the playtex ventaire bottles and they have been the best bottles by far!

Shelly - posted on 05/19/2010

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ive used tommee tippee bottles from day one, the best, i tried Avent, Pigeon, dont compare to tommee tippee

Brandy - posted on 05/19/2010

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My daughter is almost 3 years old. When she was a baby I used the Playtex Drop Ins and the Dr. Browns.

Jessika - posted on 05/19/2010

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those are great bottles i used them from day one and havent had a single problem! they are GREAT =]

Jessika - posted on 05/19/2010

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I have used the Playtex Drop Ins since my daughter was born from day one. I took them to the hospital for when she was born and everything. You can push all of the air out of the sack and then its only the milk and no air or extra things to cause the gas. she never had any gas from drinking her bottle from day one. and never one time spit up! =] hope you find a bottle so work with your son! =]

Vivian - posted on 05/19/2010

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I use the Bornfree glass bottles n had no issues with spit ups or gas. My son just turned one so I using 2 of their plastic bottles (he holds it , didn't want it to break)n their zippy cups. LOVE them! Glass is very strong, won't break easily, but didn't want it take a chance now that he walks around with it.

Tamara - posted on 05/19/2010

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I also had a colic/gassy/acid reflux baby and tried every bottle on the market. The best ones are the Playtex Drop-In Nursers. You can squeeze all the air our and it helps with the gas etc.

Good Luck, it does pass :)

Precy - posted on 05/19/2010

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My baby is going to 4 months old. I use AVENT bottle for him and I think it is the best bottle I've ever seen...

Marie - posted on 05/19/2010

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I have 3 kids, and the first 2 both suffered from bad colic, but with the third i have used Dr Browns bottles from day one and they r fantastic!!! My son does not get colic at all, these r def the best bottles on the market!!!

Christine - posted on 05/19/2010

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I think Dr Brown's bottles are the best, having previously tried Avent bottles and anti colic teats. They greatly reduce gas. Wouldn't use any other bottles now

Monique - posted on 05/19/2010

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Truthfully I would also change his formula, but I have my son on Avent bottles, I had the Playtex AirFlow (name?) bottles (the ones that are bent and have air holes in the bottom) and they did work until they started leaking and the measurement markers all washed off. The Avent ones I really like because as he got older and needed less formula but wanted more water/milk/juice/etc i could just interchange his sippy cup handles and lids with the bottle nipples and lids, and get more use out of what I had, saving money rocks!!!!! lol hope this helps!!

I also have the Medela bottles but those only come in glass in larger sizes and I didn't trust that to not break with how rough my son is with things...

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We tried Avent, Dr. Brown's and Medela (when I was nursing and supplementing with formula). We found that both Avent and Dr. Brown's would leak -- the last thing we want to deal with when our son is hungry -- and would make him spit up/burp more. We finally found BornFree and we haven't turned back. One of only a few bottles recommended by Healthy Child Healthy World (http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/fe...) - our son spits up less, he is more calm when being fed, and we have NEVER had a leak with these bottles.

Heather - posted on 05/19/2010

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We've used Dr. Brown's bottles since soon after our 11 month old was born. She never really seemed to have a problem with gas or spit ups. (An occasional mini spit up, but I think most babies have that to some degree.) It could be that our daughter wasn't really predisposed to have digestive problems, but we've been very happy with the bottles. On the down side, there are a lot of parts to clean!

Abir - posted on 05/19/2010

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I used Avent for my first baby, and my second is taking NUK and Avent so far (only 2 weeks old).

Anna - posted on 05/19/2010

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my mom and i have spent tons of money trying to find a great bottle for my daughter. we've bought drop ins, dr. browns, soothie, vent aire, nuk....so many different kinds and she takes to all of them. None of them have helped with her gas, and believe me, she is a gassy baby. She also has reflux and her ped also put her on nutramigen and nothing really helps. good luck!

Cheryl - posted on 05/19/2010

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My daughter had gas really bad. I switched to Dr. Browns bottles and the Dr said to go from the powder formaula to either the concentrate or the ready made formula and the gas subsided quickly!

Melissa - posted on 05/19/2010

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I meant to say, we also had my daughter on Similac Sensitive (after trying a few) that one worked for gas & constipation best. Her system (at 2) still runs more toward constipation, no matter what I give her... but that particular formula worked best for her.

Gemma - posted on 05/19/2010

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i changed my little girl on to the dr browns, but then also changed her on to a comfort milk by cow and gate as she would sometimes sick up the whole bottle, its a slightly thicker formula and the lactose is broken down so its easier to digest but being a thicker formula they take in less air, it seemed to do the trick.

Celine - posted on 05/19/2010

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Highly recommend Dr Brown!! My boy colic improve so much after i change the bottle. Good luck!!

Susan - posted on 05/19/2010

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We used Avent bottles and nipples with our daughter. She rarely had any problems with gas or spitting up. And she never had colic. Hope you find what works best for you soon.

Brenda - posted on 05/18/2010

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No matter what, you have to do research on what is in the bottles. There are few bottles out there that don't contain Bisphenol A. This is a carcinogen that is found in plastics. Glass bottles are great because they obviously don't contain this chemical, but if you're going to use plastic, use NUBY. They are the only ones that I have found that don't have the BPA. They are a little pricier, ($18/bottle here in Australia), but hey, I'll pay anything to keep my kids safe. Don't be fooled by the bottles that advertise that they're good for 'wind' and 'gas', ALL babies have that! I'd rather be safe now, and reduce the chances of my child getting cancer later on in life...

Dylan - posted on 05/18/2010

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I love the born free bottles. My son is 9 weeks, had tons of gas and we switched his formula and bottles and he does great now. Every once in a while if I use an Avent bottle he has horrible gas afterwards.

Emily - posted on 05/18/2010

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For my little one I first tried the playtex advance air ones and they leaked all the time and it was very hard for my newborn to drink nipples were either too slow or too fast so I tried NUK and abosultely LOVE them. As for your baby spitting back up it could be a mixture of the bottle and the formula. I found that once I found a bottle I really liked it was the formula in the end that was the problem. Try switching the formual in a bottle you already have and see what happenes.. Each baby have their own preferences to both bottle and formula. And to what type of formula. Good luck finding a bottle that you like best. It was a challenge.

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