I never thought I would swoon over baby bottles, y'all. But here I am...third trimester...and I'm totally swooning. I mean, they make EVERYthing cuter for girls, yes? Right down to the bottles she drinks out of! Let me go ahead and preface this with yes, I plan on breastfeeding. There's no doubt! But. I go into the second baby with much more realistic expectations, darlings. The first time around I barely even thought about bottles. Baby C would be solely breastfed, with not a bottle or a pacifier...because it could "confuse" him. Well somewhere in the hazy fog of, oh, the first few week at home when I was completely and utterly exhausted, I had D do a night feeding with a - gasp! - bottle. And it - another gasp! - didn't confuse him one bit.
Let's admit it. As a new mom, first, second or more - we need help. And it realllllly helped me when D could use that bottle in the night or my mom could use that bottle when I was
running an errand. So...my advice is...just because you're breastfeeding (whether you
supplement with formula or not), it's ok to use bottles. And, obviously, if you're planning to go back to work (which I didn't), you'll have to use them. So without further ado...I've narrowed allllll of my bottle options to just three, and these are what we'll be using (aka trying, since every baby is different) with baby L (from left to right). I'll def let you know how they work out.
This is the brand we used with little C 90-percent of the time, and it's known for reducing colic, spit-up, etc. with an internal vent system. They also mimic breastfeeding very well, acting like a vacuum so that air never mixes with the milk. This might be why I liked the design so much the first time around. The 8 oz 3-pack bottles comes with level one nipples (the slowest flow for breastfeeding), and are BPA/PVC/lead/phthalate free. Yay.
I'm super excited to try Zoli with baby L because I've heard so many good things. They're actually made with an integrated valve on the nipple to reduce air intake and nipple collapse (which I experienced with other brands I did not like). That, in turn, helps reduce colic. The bonus here is you don't have the extra parts to wash or assemble like you do others, since it's built in the nipple design. I can't wait to see how this works! These come in 10 oz 2-packs (or the 5 oz 2-packs are $15) and are made of polypropylene plastic, free of harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates. P.S. Tori Spelling uses the sippies with her kids.
Verrrrry excited about these bottles because they're different than anything I've tried. They're silicone! Which means they're squishy instead of hard, and they feel really fun to the touch (and yes, you can put them in the dishwasher!). The bottles are almost skin-like and easy to hold, and they are a great bottle for those babies who do have a hard time going from breast to bottle (because some do). Bonus? The neck is so wide you don't really need a brush to clean them. They're also scratch- and bacteria-resistant as well as shatterproof and leakproof, so who doesn't love that? BPA and nitrosamine free. You can find a 5 oz 2-pack at Target for $22.99 or 8 oz for $23.99.
P.S. I won't be posting for several days because I'll be stuffing my face and enjoying Thanksgiving with my family...squeal! I'm very excited to unplug a bit and rest and relax. I hope you do the same! See you back here Monday, pretty mamas...
Disclaimer: Bottles were given as product samples for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated for this post. It is my own opinion, as always.