After doing my "research" on what bottles to get Marion, I decided to buy these bottles:
1.) Playtex Ventaire Advanced Bottles (Wide)
I got these bottles based on reviews I read on the internet. While I was pregnant, I was looking for bottles that would help avoid colic and these bottles have special features to take care of that. However, the (what I now consider) unavoidable happened. Marion was colicky. I can't say for certain whether these bottles made her worse or better (she was mostly nursing directly then) or had no effect whatsoever. Nevertheless, yaya and I loved using these bottles. I liked the shape of the bottle and that it never leaked. I didn't mind that these bottles have more parts to wash (bottom + vent disk + bottle + top + nipple + cover).
2) Philips Avent Bottles
I got these bottles to go with my Avent breastpump plus it was recommended by friends/family. However, these bottles leaked if I was not careful with how I screwed on the top. While I never had to be mindful of how I "assembled" the Playtex bottles, I had to make sure I screwed on the Philips Avent nipple straight and tight enough. This is currently the only bottle we use to feed Marion as it is the most convenient (compatible with my breast pump) and Marion has no problems with it.
Marion went through weeks (months?) of refusing to take the bottle. I think she was around 4 months then. It caught me by surprise as she had given no hints that she didn't like the bottle. A friend said maybe Marion just wanted me. I think maybe she was teething and it was bothering her. *shrug* During that time I panicked and got desperate so I bought other bottles for her to try. It didn't make any difference. She still refused to drink from the bottle. Thankfully she just surprised us again, happily this time, and outgrew that phase. (Baby's the boss.) These are the bottles I got during that time--
3) Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature
I kinda fell in love with these bottles when I was window shopping while pregnant. The only reason why I didn't get them earlier was because I didn't find enough reviews nor get recommendations from other parents.
I got these because another mom suggested that maybe Marion would be okay with the Pigeon peristaltic nipple. Although she didn't take it during that bottle-rejection period, we eventually used this bottle to give her water until she graduated to the sippy cup.
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Some questions I asked about bottle feeding, etc.:
a) How do you clean bottles? When do you use the drying rack? Sterilizer?
It might seem obvious to others, but I really wasn't sure how to make sure the bottles were clean and sterilized. Was it wash-dry in rack- sterilize? Or wash-sterilize-dry in rack? I asked someone how she did it and this was how she did it: Wash, then dry in rack to make sure there are no streaks/soap left, then sterilize, then assemble/close the bottle. This makes sense because you don't really want the sterilized bottles sitting on the drying rack getting dirty again. I tried different ways of doing it and now this is how I do it: Wash then sterilize then dry in the rack (covered to keep dust out) then assemble/close bottle as soon as it's dry. Ultimately, as with most things on child care, do whatever works for you. :-)
b) Do I need to warm milk? Do I need a bottle warmer?
I asked Marion's Pedia about this. And she explained it like this-- The baby's tummy (well, our tummies, too.) is like a warm oven. If you put in something cold, it would produce more gas. And that's something a newborn would not be able to handle well. Also, something cold would also make it more difficult for a newborn to digest. So, warm milk for babies. (Older babies, like Marion now, can handle cooler drinks already.)
I was hoping that we would not be dependent on a bottle warmer so I didn't get one before Marion arrived. For expressed breastmilk from the fridge, we would bring it out to warm it to room temperature. But Marion would refuse it. So we would dip the bottle of milk in a bowl of hot water to warm it up. Then Marion would drink it. I eventually caved and went out to buy a bottle warmer. We've become completely dependent on it. We'll start weaning her from the bottle warmer soon. Let's see how that'll go.
c) How do you prepare formula? How many fluid ounces (fl oz)?
Consult the directions for the formula for the number of scoops- ounce of water ratio. Just remember to put the water in the bottle *before* putting in the powdered milk to be able to get the correct mix.
Let's say the ratio is 1 scoop of milk for every 3 ounces of water. The thing is, after mixing the milk and water, the volume of milk is more than 3 ounces. I caught yaya still recording it as 3 ounces in our log book. I corrected her on this. It looks like that every so often she would still base her notes on the original volume of water. Oh well. Not much difference anyway. ;-)
Oh, one more thing about fluid ounces. Not all ounces are equal. The US fl oz is different from the UK (Imperial) fl oz and different bottles may have markings for one or the other.