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10/01/2014 at 10:10
It's so long since I did any of this... what's the best type of sterliiser? Bottle type for newborns (just in case)? Any particular pluses/minuses?
Thanks for any help!
10/01/2014 at 10:18
iv chosen this one, mainly becasue it can do small amounts, large amounts and medium amounts. i also have a mixed range of bottles and also a breast pump to sterilise,
10/01/2014 at 10:32
We got this one. Obviously I haven't used it yet so cant really reccomend but the reviews were good. It has a manual breast pump, although I have heard electric are better I thought I could give this one a go and if I dont get on with it i'd then get an electric one.
10/01/2014 at 10:45
I have no idea how feeding is going to turn out and certainly the MW has said if I'm BFing then not to express or give a bottle in the first few weeks. So I feel I have time to buy later if needs be however i did want a back up in case BF is not going well and we need to bottle feed. So Missdeedee recommended MAM bottles to me and then new ones are self sterilising so no need to buy separate equipment which I liked the idea of in the short term by minimising purchases that I don't know will be required.
10/01/2014 at 10:46
No personal experience, but the advice I got was to go for a microwave steriliser. I was also given 4 little avent natural bottles as a free gift when I Bought some maternity leggings and a sweater before Christmas. Having looked at online reviews they seem alright.
My sister in law suggests dr browns glass bottles, though I'm undecided.
10/01/2014 at 11:17
iv got a few Dr browns bottles for later on as they are 250ml but i havent looked at newborn bottles yet
10/01/2014 at 11:22
Steriliser, depends how much space you have, a microwave one can be kept in the microwave, an electric one will sit on your worktop, so something to bear in mind. We have the tommee tippee microwave steriliser and bottles, it's what we used last time and worked fine for us so hopeful the bottles will suit again this time whether we end up giving expressed milk or formula.
Dr Browns ones I think are better for colicky babies,although TT do anti-colic bottles now too. Reckon it's trial and error, what baby likes
10/01/2014 at 11:45
We used an electric one as I didn't want the microwave going off in the middle of the night.
We had a Philips one, done the job no problem. We didn't get on with Dr Browns and ended up with TT Closer to Nature bottles.
10/01/2014 at 11:54
The MAM ones are anti colic....I had no idea whether this was necessary or not! I think trial and error is about right!!
10/01/2014 at 12:02
alot of people recommend the boots own bottles as well !
10/01/2014 at 12:03
with regards to dr browns and anti colic bottles the way we looked at it was
if we buy TT of avent etc and the baby has colic we will shell out twice as we will need to buy them later.
also if we buy them now we can reduce the pain the baby will feel if they do have colic, as the feeds between realisation and getting new bottles will be awful.
but also if the baby doesnt have colic just means we spent a coupld of quid extra ?
10/01/2014 at 12:12
We were worried about buying one style in case baby doesn't get on with them. My plan is to try and breastfeed but I think the only way I could keep it up for longer than a couple of weeks will be to combine with expressing so we want to have some things to hand. I was thinking of getting some MAM bottles since as SP said they're self sterilising.
There seem to be so many choices though it's scary. I don't even know where to start with researching breast pumps...!
10/01/2014 at 12:14
flossy- iv got a medela swing, i cant recommend it yet as i havent used it ( although i did putit on hubby which was hilarious ) but i chose this one as this is what NCT and the hospital advise !
10/01/2014 at 12:17
I got the Ameda Lactaline Double Elec, was on a good offer and I figure whatever happens I am not going to have the option of EBF due to going back to work so I could end up hooked up an awful lot of the time! Can't review it yet either :)
10/01/2014 at 12:21
NCT hire out breast pumps so that's another thing that might be worth considering rather than buying. I would wait and see how breast feeding goes first because getting it established is the main thing and you don't need a breast pump for that unless there is a physical reason with either you or the baby for starting to express. (For those who are planning to try breast feeding)
Also you can use cold water sterilising tablets and a plastic tub - any tub will do as long as you can submerge the bottle. This might be a cheaper option than buying an electric steriliser if you want to breast feed as you can have it in case but it won't cost as much. So its not wasted money, if that makes sense, if breast feeding does go well.
We used Avent bottles and cold water sterlising tablets for our daughter who was mixed fed.
10/01/2014 at 13:29
Cedar, that's good. My H actually suggested that but wasn't sure if you could do cold water sterilising when they're little (not really sure why I thought that!).
I was apparently a terrible baby and refused to go anywhere near a bottle for 7 months so hoping she doesn't take after me!
10/01/2014 at 13:54
We got mam bottles as they are self sterilizing. As monnie said, we figured it would do no harm if baby didn't have colic but if he did, then we are set with the right bottles. For sterilizing my breast pump stuff we just use Milton.
10/01/2014 at 14:43
Big recommendation for the mam bottles from us too. They call them self sterilising but effectively, you can't wash one, unscrew it, rebuild it and add drop of water the sterilise in the microwave before rebuilding. I found this so helpful with traveling, and if it means you can do one bottle or all 6 at a time. At home we use a steam steriliser though as I like how they make everything feel clean. We've a Tommee Tippee one.
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