Saturday, July 11, 2009

MAM vs. Avent bottles

We've been through lots of bottles in this house, and until recently, kept coming back to the Avent bottles. Out of the Nuk, Soothie, and some other brand that I don't remember, Hila seemed to like the Avent best.

Whenever she eats, however, we need to put a cloth around her neck because she ends up dribbling out a huge amount of milk and getting it all over her body, her clothes, and whoever is feeding her. I would never dream of feeding her without one of those cloths. It is just extremely messy.

For some reason, I didn't even think to hold the bottle responsible for this, and just assumed it had to do with Hila's mouth and tongue -- we had the frenulum snipped when she was few weeks old because she wasn't nursing, and thought somehow that her nursing problems were just feeding problems in general.

I recently got bored with the Avent bottles and bought some MAM bottles (including a blue one that says "Little Man" on it -- whoops). The MAM nipples are wider than the Avent's and fill Hila's mouth better. This means that there aren't huge pockets of room open at the sides of her mouth for the milk to stream out. Which means MUCH neater eating. Still messy (maybe it is also physiological), but not as bad.

And the MAM bottles are cuter than the boring Avents. Not that that matters of course...

7 comments:

  1. I found your site a while ago when I was expecting my first baby. I liked reading your posts. It's helpful to see other mothers going through similar challenges. Anyway, after having bought several different baby bottles claiming to be the best I finally found the one; Dr. Browns! at first I was hesistant because they had a metal bar inside so I always steered away from them. Finally in my desperation to find a bottle that didn't give my baby gas or made her spit up I decided to try it. It turns out the metal bar inside is a small brush they provide so that you can thoroughly wash the two extra pieces that allow the air to flow through. They come in glass or plastic and they are BPA free, Phthlates free, pvc free, lead free. Here is their website: http://www.handi-craft.com/products/bottles.htm

    Now feeding time is pleasant and we don't have to spend 20+ minutes trying to burp her. I highly recommend it.

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  3. The nipple on that Dr. Brown's bottle would totally not work in hila's mouth. it's much too narrow. If next baby has a gas problem though and has a normal mouth that doesn't dribble out half of what goes in, we'll consider them!

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  4. Not to be persistant, but they also offer the wide neck nipples. http://www.handi-craft.com/products/nipples.htm

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  5. btw, narrow bottle necks have a second disadvantage that is not Hila-specific (Ephraim has no prob drinking from a narrow bottle). It takes a very specific technique to get the powder into the bottle without 2/3 of it spilling... I ended up getting narrow bottles anyway, because they were BPA-Free and 3/39shekels, but it takes a fair amount of effort not to have powder all over the counter and floor.
    (I have Avent bottles -the old kind- for my daughter and I was getting confused about whose bottle was which so I had to buy new/different bottles for the baby, and I figured I might as well buy BPA-free. Of course, I just found that NUBY has wide-necked BPA-Free bottles for around 50sh for 3... after I bought 9 of the narrow necked bottles. Oh well, if there's ever another baby, I'll know better ;) )

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  6. i have bought 4 packs of these ridiculas bottles for my newborn to transition to and it was horriable they leak everywhere i have tried many diffrent ways to screw them and sterilze them i have tried everything they are horriable and they say they are also anti-colic well lets say thats the only thing they ever gave to my son was colic dont buy these bottles!!!!save your money

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  7. It really differs baby to baby. I know lots of babies who were very good with Avent bottles.

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