Wow long time no talk here on the blog. It has been forever since my last post. Since having a baby it has been a mission to find an even balance between work and baby, but we are getting there. Becoming a mom has been truly a wonderful journey so far. I absolutely love my little Ryleigh Rhae and am so lucky to be her mommy. She is now 3 1/2 months old (wow time flies) and over these last few months I have really pin pointed what works for her. Routines, baby gadgets, feedings and etc. This morning I was feeding her the bottle and was like you know what, I really want to do a blog post on bottles because I have tried so many and have found some of my favorites. Hopefully this will help many new moms out there on saving money on bottles.
Ok so first off lets start with feedings. If I am breastfeeding why would I need a bottle? Many first time moms will ask this. One thing I told myself before having Ryleigh is that I am going to try to breastfeed for the first 6 months, but if we have troubles and doesn’t work out it is ok. Many people put a stigma on formula when yes momma’s milk is filled with amazing nutrients and antibodies but if the mom isn’t able to produce, baby has a lip tie/tongue tie, and etc mom’s need to know that formula is not bad. I was only breastfed as a baby until 6 weeks and was given formula. Look at me, I turned out completely fine and healthy.
Ryleigh was born with a tongue tie which I was prepared for because I had a tongue tie when I was born. We got it clipped right away because in my experience it effected my speech because mine was not clipped until I was older and trying to learn how to talk. I wanted to avoid the same situation with Ry since the procedure is more extensive when you are older than when you are a baby. Just make sure to speak to doctor to examine the severity of the tongue tie/lip tie and also go with your mommy instinct. You know what is best for your baby.
Anyways now that I caught you up on our story. I now nurse her in the morning and bottle feed her through out the day since she has trouble latching due to our struggles in the beginning. I now pump when I need to but not all the time. I will go more into why in a later blog post/video. Since she is mainly bottle fed I have gone back and forth between so many bottles. I have now found my favorite bottle for her.
First up lets talk about the flow. Each bottle has different flow nipples. I have seen people recommend only getting the big bottles so you don’t have to purchase bigger ones later on when they are drinking more. I strongly advise against this since the larger bottles have faster flow nipples. That means the milk flows easily and faster out of the nipple so they do not have to try as hard which then can lead to them not wanting to nurse anymore and if they have a strong suck they can easily choke on the milk. Ryleigh now has a very strong suck and still nurses so we use the slower flow nipples.
Money Saving Tip: Purchase big bottles and the slow flow nipples separately. Just switch out the nipple on the big bottle and you are good to go.
I wish I would have thought of this before hand lol. All the brands sell their bottle nipples separately because it is good to change the nipple every 3 months according to the companies.
Now lets finally get into my favorite types of bottles! I have tried so many from dr. browns, Tommee tippee, avent, and Como tomo. I used to love the tommee tippee anti-colic bottles but as her suck got stronger around 3 months she started collapsing the nipple super easily. They also had so many parts to clean just like the dr. browns! That became a hassle too lol. I did some research and found that the como tomo and avent bottles have the air vents in the nipples so it helps prevent colic and also doesn’t have all those extra parts to clean! HALLELUJAH!
My favorite bottles out of all of them are Avent bottles.
The reason why:
- They are super quick and easy to clean.
- Nipples don’t collapse.
- They have black numbering so you can easily see the ounces on the side.
- They are super easy to screw the top on and off when you have a baby in your hand!
I like the Como Tomo bottles too but their down side is they are so hard to see the numbers on the side since its not a different color from the bottle and they are hard to screw on with one hand. I do love the feel of them though and so does Ryleigh.
Overall, my best recommendation are the Avent larger bottles and buying the slow flow nipples for them. Just also remember that all babies are different. Some babies might love the Avent and others might hate it. So its best to start with one and see how they take it and go from there. I hope this blog post helps you. Comment down below what are your favorite bottles and why!