Avent nightmares!!

Suzanne - posted on 05/13/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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1, Do any of you use Avent bottles and experience them leaking all the time?? I really like the bottle/ nipple size, but the leaking is driving me crazy! Plus the bottles are so expensive so I'm trying to avoid throwing them all away.



What I learned from the web is that each nipple base has 3 groves; each bottle ring has 4 groves. If I line up 2 of the groves from the nipple to 2 of the groves on the bottle ring the bottle won't leak. Well...mine does. It wastes formula, makes the bottle sticky, causes me to have to put a bib on my son, etc. Do any of you know the trick to keeping these Avent bottled leak-free? If not, what bottles would you recommend? I want to stick with the short and wide bottles.



2. I bought the Avent sippy cups to use for giving my son juice. Problem is...he can't get any juice out because you have to suck really hard on the top. Any suggestions for this issue?



Thanks for your help!! =)

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Whitney - posted on 05/16/2009

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We have tried the Avent sippy cup and she does ok withit but she does better with the nubby cups as the spout is silicone so it is more like a bottle nipple. I have sucked on all of the cups (we have every sippy cup made it seems) and the nubby is the easiest but it is the one that leaks the most! I tried the Born Free because that is what kind of bottles we use and she actually did really well with that one at breakfast this morning.

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hi what i have done for the sippy cups is take the valve out, i did this but had to be carefull as it comes out really fast.

Suzanne - posted on 06/11/2009

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Thank you for all of your responses! I have since bought 6 of the new Medela 8oz bottles that have wide nipples. They never leak...thank goodness!! These bottles will be great to use for my next baby as they also attach to my breast pump. My husband still uses the Avent bottles but they don't really leak for him. So I use the Medela's and he uses the Avent...and everyone is happy!



I have to say though...I think that it's ridiculous that ANY bottles leak. They have been around forever and have had plenty of time to be perfected! =)

Ashley - posted on 06/11/2009

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I also used the Avent bottles, and it rarely leaked but it did leak alot when it did. Not sure why though, especially since they were expensive, and the nipples are expensive as well. As far as sippy cups my daughter uses the take and toss kind, they are all hard plastic so she can easily get juice or water out of it, Nuby ones are horrible they leak like crazy!

Sonya - posted on 06/11/2009

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We have used Avent the whole time with my daughter. I have had them leak on occasion, but it is because I either do not have the lid on properly, I did not wait for the pieces to dry or I over tightened it. The only place it ever leaked was from where the bottle itself screws to the other part, not around the nipple. We did also try gerber for awhile... and those leaked way worse, no matter what!

Lauren - posted on 06/11/2009

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I use the Playtex sippy cups. They have two handles to make it easier to hold.

I also use a cup with a straw from Newbie. It is in the sippy cup section and has the leak guard like sippy cups.



Bottles - I don't use them much, I am breastfeeding. But when I do I use Medela. They have never leaked.

Val - posted on 06/11/2009

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We use Born Free bottles but have a handful Avent bottles that came free with some other Avent products. I hated them because they leaked! My friend experienced the same thing. She got fed up and did some research online. Apparently, the tighter you close the bottle, the more it leaks. It sounded weird (not sure of the logic behind it) but I tried not to tighten the bottles too much anymore. Since then, the leaking stopped.

Hope this helps!

Noel - posted on 05/16/2009

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I used avent as well but gave up because of leakage.. My twins prefer the Soothie bottles anyways I think because they used the Soothie binkies in the NICU for so long and they just got use to the shape.

Connie - posted on 05/15/2009

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I found that the bottles leak less if all the parts are completely dry before being assembled. Not sure why this should make a difference.
My daughter also had problems with the sippy cup initially but I think it was because she was trying to suck on it like she would a bottle, with a bit of practice she eventually worked out how to use it.

Sabrina - posted on 05/13/2009

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i totally hear you. avent sucks. i learned that too. you constantly have to replace parts and they are so expensive. i finally gave up. i started using the soothies brand. they are wonderful. and the avebnt sippy cups are not leak-proof either. i bought all the different kinds and they leak. i talked to the company and they said the peices start to wear out and you have to replace them but that happens too often. i use the soothie brand with my 23 month old. we still have the bottles and i give juice to my 9 month old. as for sippy cups we use the playtex ones. they work fine. but i wouldnt suggest ever using the straw cups. you can only get the replacement straws online and they are expensive. but the valves for the playtex cups are sold at babies r us.good luck.

Sabrina - posted on 05/13/2009

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i totally hear you. avent sucks. i learned that too. you constantly have to replace parts and they are so expensive. i finally gave up. i started using the soothies brand. they are wonderful. and the avebnt sippy cups are not leak-proof either. i bought all the different kinds and they leak. i talked to the company and they said the peices start to wear out and you have to replace them but that happens too often. i use the soothie brand with my 23 month old. we still have the bottles and i give juice to my 9 month old. as for sippy cups we use the playtex ones. they work fine. but i wouldnt suggest ever using the straw cups. you can only get the replacement straws online and they are expensive. but the valves for the playtex cups are sold at babies r us.good luck.

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