Baby Wish List No. 002

10.26.2012
Although I'm planning to breastfeed again with this new baby, we do want to try to give him or her at least one bottle per day. We tried it the last time around, but Violet was a challenging infant and I eventually gave up on pumping daily. This time I'm hoping to power through so that Kevin can have some bonding time, and I can get away on my own every now and then without having to worry. Although I took about ten months off of work after I had Violet, there were a couple of workshops that I had to attend and I was so incredibly stressed the whole time worrying about if she would eat or not while I was gone!

Last time around we used Dr. Brown's, which worked just fine, but I've always been a little freaked out about heating and reusing plastic. (I won't even heat my own food in plastic containers). This time I'd love to give these glass bottles by Lifefactory a try. I've heard that they are fairly difficult to break due to their silicone sleeve. Not to mention they are so pretty! They're a little pricier - one bottle is almost as much as an entire set of Dr. Brown's, but we won't need many, at least at the beginning. Have any of you used glass bottles? What was your experience?

Happy weekend! xo, Lauren

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27 comments:

  1. Dr. Brown's makes glass bottles, and they have the venting system, which I think is nice. The Lifefactory ones are pretty, and I liked them too, though the small size is frustratingly smaller than the standard small bottle size. I use their glass water bottles for myself, too.

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    1. I didn't know Dr. Brown's made glass - I'll have to check those out. Thanks for the tip!

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    2. We used the glass Dr. Brown's bottles for our little one. They only come in the standard style, which was fine for us, but I know some babies prefer the wide-style. I really liked using the glass bottles. I felt like I could clean them with really hot water and had no worries about plastic, or getting scratched like others have mentioned. Plus I think they'll get us through future babies too. My only thing I would have done differently is look into the Born Free glass bottles, since they don't have the multiple parts that the Dr Brown system has, but still has that venting technology.
      For the silicone sleeves, we actually used evenflow ones, and they fit just the same. I will say that the silicone sleeves are nice (and were required for our daycare) but at home we had no problems at all using them bare and didn't worry about breaking them (they're quiet sturdy!)
      Sorry for the novel here, but one last comment is that we did chip the bottle opening on two of them and had to replace them. I had very low supply so we also bottle fed every session, meaning we had 4-6 of each size and that is lots of washing! We chipped two bottles while hand washing in the sink, and the bottles clinked each other.

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  2. Hi Lauren!

    This might be a silly thing to bring up, but we used these same bottles with our oldest daughter and they were so heavy! Maybe that would be obvious, since they're glass, but we found it really annoying coming from plastic bottles. Especially at crazy hours of the night when you can barely hold your eyes open!

    Love the blog by the way. I've been following you (on withtwocats) for years :)

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    1. No not obvious - I totally hadn't thought about the fact that they might be heavy!

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  3. We used the Evenflo glass bottles and I loved them. They fit my Medela pump and all the parts were interchangeable with the Medela plastic bottles (that came with the pump). Those were the only bottles I tried, and after using both of them, in the end I much preferred the glass. It was heavier but felt more solid (if that makes sense), and after repeated washings the glass bottles stayed looking as good as new, whereas the plastic ones started to get white, scratched and cloudy. My biggest reason for using the glass, though, is that I am also concerned about the plastic chemicals being released when heating/cooling (and I also never heat anything up in plastic containers, either). Hope this helps! :)

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    1. Yeah I hate how plastic gets cloudy and scratched - part of what freaks me out.

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  4. I used glass when I needed a bottle and I never had any problems! Sure they're heavier than plastic but it's not that big of deal... Plus they're pretty ;)

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  5. I love glass bottles. The Born Free brand also makes a silicone sleeve, which is excellent and cute, too. The only problem we had with glass was sterilization. Do not pour cold water on a hot bottle, do not drop the sterilizer in the kitchen floor. I broke two...it's a mess. But otherwise? wonderful. No worries about leaching chemicals!

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    1. Ah yes, I remember from my days as a server that you can't put ice in a glass right out of the dishwasher, so that makes sense for the glass bottles too.

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  6. I am currently using these bottles for my 5 month old and have since he was 5 weeks old... we love them! I have never used plastic bottles so I don't notice the weight difference, but my son has held them up on his own so it's not that bad. They wash nicely and I never had any problems with a gassy or spitty baby with them. I also have the solid and sippy caps for them to extend their life beyond bottle feeding. I have yet to try those, but I love the idea since the bottles are so pretty and make me happy :)

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    1. Ah a bonus! Didn't think about the sippy cup aspect.

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  7. Oh and I wanted to add that I ordered this set of 4 of them from Amazon, which saved about $13 from the price listed on the Lifefactory website...
    http://www.amazon.com/Lifefactory-Bpa-free-Bottle-4-Gender-Neutral/dp/B004V698MU/ref=pd_sim_ba_7

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    1. Good tip! I'll definitely have to shop around if I go with these.

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  8. We used/use the life facorty glass bottles and I love them! Totally worth the price. DD is not 13 months and we got away with only 4 large bottle and and 4 small. My favorite part is that now that the bottle phase is over you can purchase the sippy cup lids instead of the nipples. So no need to purchase sippy cups. :)

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    1. Maybe that'll help me to convince Kevin... :)

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  9. I have Dr Browns glass bottles on my registry from Target...the 4 oz and the 9 oz.

    I'm planning to breast feed but I imagine I will probably be pumping too...

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  10. I definitely wanted to use these because I don't like plastic and they're so pretty! (And I use the water bottle myself.) But ultimately, I decided against them for a two reasons: 1) They are definitely heavier than plastic bottles. While we don't mind holding it, we didn't want our tiny daughter to struggle with it. And 2) our daycare wouldn't allow any glass in the facility so despite the silicone sleeve, we had to have plastic bottles for daytime-use anyway. As far as the plastic ones, we loved Phillips Avent BPA free. We also tried Tommee Tippee and Born Free, which were very nice.

    As far as your concern about heating the glass, this may sound weird, but I never heated my daughter's bottles. I put it in a cup of warm water at most to take the chill off a bit, but once I read that it wasn't necessary, I figured, why add another step? My daughter doesn't mind either way. The faster she gets it, the happier she is. Might be wishful thinking, but I like to think it's teaching her flexibility...LOL :)

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    1. I wish! We tried giving her cold or room temperature bottles, but it didn't fly with our picky girl. Hopefully the next one will be easier :)

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  11. I had two glass bottles for my daughter who was primarily breast-fed, and I loved them. We didn't use bottles all that often, but I thought they were easy enough to clean and I agree that they're cute!

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  12. As someone that has recently struggled with getting their baby to take a bottle, don't invest in a lot of these bottles right away, especially if you said they are expensive. It's no guarantee that the baby will like this nipple. We had to go through SEVERAL different bottles before we found one my little girl liked. She wasn't too fond of long bottle nipples.

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  13. Hi! As parents of 4-year old twin boys and a 2-year old daughter, my husband says hands down these were his absolute favorite must have baby item :) We saw them at Nordstrom when the boys were about 11 months old, and even though we already had a variety of bottles at home, thought we'd give them a try because we loved how they looked and liked the idea of glass. After using them for a few months, we bought two more large ones and ordered an additional pink set for our new daughter on the way.

    Yes, they're pricey, but worth the investment. They go straight in the dishwasher (with the sleeve on) and come out sparkling clean every time. They're all my daughter ever used, and all three kids still love using them now with the sippy caps. My advice would be to buy one or two extra replacement glass inserts just in case, and you'll use them for years to come. Also, we originally ordered replacement nipples (all sizes) from Lifefactory, but found that other brands sold at Target worked just as well. Drugstore.com has good deals on the bottles sometimes, and I think I remember seeing them once on gilt.com, too.

    Our kids still like drinking warm milk before they go to bed, and although we used a bottle warmer with these and breast milk, 60 seconds and one of these bottles in the microwave is all it takes to perfectly warm up milk for picky toddlers :) FYI - we live in a loft w/concrete floors, and have only had two bottle casualties in all these years - they're darn near indestructible! Good luck with your new little one, and if you decide to go ahead and splurge, I hope you love the bottles as much as we still do!

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  14. We used primarily LifeFactory bottles (as well as some of the Medela ones that fit directly onto the pump) and in fact, we still do. We have both the plain caps (N loves drinking out of water bottles and this is similar for her with just the open top) and the sippie cap tops at this point. Word to the wise: unlike other sippie cups, these ones do spill and splash. If you are going to travel with a sippie top then you'll want to put in the silicon piece to make sure there are no accidents on the go. Then you have to remove the cap, remove the piece, and replace the cap before your toddler can drink. Not a deal breaker for me but important to know! When they are bottles, the nipples are slightly longer and thinner than some others we tried.

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  15. I had actually gotten the glass bottles and returned them. We used Born Free and I really liked them. If you do end up using the glass bottles I'll be interested to hear what you think of them.

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  16. I did not like the Life Factory bottles because they don't have an air vent. That meant gas for my baby when she was small and then constant suction problems when she got older. It was such a hassle. I also felt like they didn't get clean unless I removed the sleeve, so that was a pain.

    I ended up using a Tommee Tippee bottle for awhile and then switching to the Playtex bottles, which I liked best out of everything I tried because of the venting. But I never heated anything up in the bottle. I breastfed exclusively for about 4.5 months and then supplemented with room temperature formula after that.

    Good luck!

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  17. Hi Lauren,
    Such a beautiful blog!
    Have you considered Pigeon bottles? They are peristaltic so they encourage natural tongue movement and the development of jaw and facial muscles. The baby has to actually work for the milk, just like from the breast. In Australia both glass and plastic (BPA- free) are available. I too was taken by the Lifefactory bottles but after much research couldn't go past Pigeon :)

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