Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Mom Help: Post #3

Well, I got in a shopping mood this week... so I decided to go online and add lots of stuff to our registry. It's always fun to shop without spending any money! There are still some of the major things that we haven't decided on, but it was nice to at least get a few things out of the way.

So.. that brings me to this week's category:


Why in the world do there have to be soooo many options?? I guess BPA Free is pretty much a given. But then what? Do you just have to try them and see what works best? I'm planning to hopefully nurse for at least the first 6 months... so are there special bottles to use with a baby who is used to the real-deal? Fill me in. :)


Erik Burckart said...

We did Avent with Anna before BPA became an issue then with Madelyn we did Born Free because it was one of the only BPA free bottles at the time and looked a lot like Avent. Both worked well for our girls but here are some things we learned:

1) Glass bottles are nice at first but we had three problems with them in the long run. They were heavy - too heavy for the kids to hold. They shatter easily, also bad for around kids. Finally, after about 7 months the marks on the born free bottles had come off from the washing.

2) The fancier they are the more parts you have to clean. Look at how many individual parts the bottles have. Do you want to clean all of them? Can they all be put in the washing machine?

3) Remember, you may need at least 6-8 bottles of these when it comes to price - not to mention the next generation nipples to get more fluid out. So, think about that when registering + with price.

The other thing I will mention is don't discount needing bottles early, even if breastfeeding is going well. We started early giving bottles of pumped breastmilk at night before bed which we believe helped our girls to sleep through the night at 6-8 weeks by making sure we knew they had enough to eat. Also, it was easier to make the transition away from breastmilk later.

Elsie Hall said...

Looks like Erik said it all. All good advice and we have the same plan to give this little girl a bottle of breastmilk before bed once breastfeeding is established. Not only so she can sleep better, but so that Mike can share in the feeding process and I can get a longer stretch of sleep :-).

With Aiden we used Avent, but I'll have to look into the BPA stuff. I don't know much about it since it's been 4 years since I've given a bottle to my baby.