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29/10/2013 at 17:34
Just looking at steriliser sets (I think it’s going to be easier to just buy a big kit), and I was wondering which brand of bottles you chose and if they worked out for you? I know every baby is different, just wondering if there’s a general advantage to one of the main options.
If it makes a difference, I’m hoping to bf as much as possible, so hopefully will just use the bottles occasionally until I stop bf’ing.
29/10/2013 at 17:38
I've got Avent this time and had Tommee Tippee last time, both worked fine for me. I used a cold water steriliser both times, this time I just have a large tupperware which is working well for occasional use.
29/10/2013 at 17:42
I bf but mine both had the occasional bottle of ebm from 2/3 weeks old. A would take any bottle so we had a mix of CTN, Avent, MAM and pound shop cheapies. L would only take Closer to Nature though.
JB kindly gave me some CTN 4oz bottles and I got an Avent 9oz with my new pump. Ill to with them to start and see how we get on.
Thanks Margot, those are the two that I’m mainly looking at! Haven’t looked at cold water sterilising, just assumed I’d go for electric!
29/10/2013 at 17:43
We went with the tommee tippee starter pack.. The steriliser needs regular descaling, the bottles were awful, warmers don't actually keep the bottles warm. But the formula pots and the flask are fab!
We switched at three weeks old to Mam and I've a lot nicer things to say abouts then. The bottles are anti colic and suck out the air, which really helped E in the early days. The teat is wider and more smile shaped that a narrow straw type like the TT. We love the self sterilising feature especially when travelling, they've really minimised wind here, and can clip a handle on to it when they are older so they can feed themselves (in theory, haha. They also come in pink, purple, Blue and green and obviously that's a key selling point.
29/10/2013 at 17:45
Thanks ladies, I haven’t even heard of some of them!
Hadn’t even considered about descaling the steriliser!! Is that a problem with all of them?
What is mam? It sounds good from what you said LM!
29/10/2013 at 17:46
I used Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles with L and O. I also had the electric steriliser that goes with it but that packed up quite quickly so I used the microwave one, which is great. Don't bother with the small bottles, just get the big 9oz ones from the start as you'll use these ones a lot longer than the small 5oz ones. I also use vari-flow teats with L, as she likes to chug her bottles down and saved me lots of money from having to buy the sized teats. You can get these from Kiddicare quite cheaply and go through Quidco for the cashback.
29/10/2013 at 17:52
All of the electric ones yep, the limescale soon builds up. We now sterilise every other day so probably only descale every two weeks. It's a faff though tbh. But we also live in a hard water area.
Mam are really common with dummies etc as are sids approved. I found them by accident looking for a cheaper alternative to Dr Brown's. They do the same but at a much cheaper price.
We started with that, then added three pink full size bottles, then just now at 10 months needed to replace teats. They've lasted very well unlike many others.
29/10/2013 at 18:06
Avent, as I had the Avent breast pump and steriliser (microwave)
29/10/2013 at 18:39
We had the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles. They are meant to be similar to the breast. I'm not sure how true that is, but we never had a problem mixing from breast to bottle etc, so perhaps it is true.
29/10/2013 at 18:55
I got the TT Close to nature & the microwave steriliser as they were on special offer in Tesco! Obviously I haven't used them yet! Mothercare had some decent discounts on recently on bottle and steriliser sets.
We had the tommee tippee set and used every part of it! The steriliser needed descaling every 4weeks but it was a quick job, the warmer was good, the pots are really handy for powder and the bottles were great too. We used sized teats but were on size 1 for a matter of weeks before we moved up. I've packed it all away and will be using it again (with new teats obviously. I also think the bottles look really cute, lol I know that's not important though.
29/10/2013 at 18:57
Tommee tippee but we had issues. Obv Henry was tube fed for 2 weeks but he wouldn't take to the tt teats. Ended up on the hospital ones, NUK, which you can buy but pretty expensive iirc? Really good though. He eventually took the tt bottle at about 3/4 months. I found the elec steriliser a faff at first as apparently once opened things aren't sterile so was constantly switching it on but I'm a lot more slack now and sterilise once and just leave lid on. I actually left tht at in laws ad bought a Milton tank.
29/10/2013 at 19:09
We use tommee tippee CTN bottles, and have a munchkin steriliser that isn't brand specific which was really useful as we had started out with mothercare own brand bottles. It also allows us to sterilise Ws sippy cups too.
29/10/2013 at 19:43
Mams everything here although only use one bottle a day for a 3oz ebm top up. Microwave steriliser which doesn't need descaling and means it lives in micro so no extra thing on the work top, and mams bottles which I love. Also use mams dummies so he is only getting one type of teat which I believe is better for bfing. No issues with anything and the mams bottles are oh so pretty lol.
29/10/2013 at 19:44
Mams steriliser will also take anything in it whether different bottles, cups, bowls etc.
29/10/2013 at 20:21
We have used Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature with both the girls. We have a big plastic tub and cold water sterilise with Milton tablets which I find so much easier. We did have a microwave steriliser but I found it really faffy compared to cold water sterilising. We have the TT Formula pots that sit inside the bottles, but as Orla is a fuss pot and can only take ready made formula they are rather redundant.
I really don't see the point of these big sets. You get so much stuff that you really don't need. I would just get a couple of your preferred bottle type to start with and see how you get on, otherwise you could find yourself with 10 bottles that your baby won't drink from.
29/10/2013 at 21:15
We're going to get a few of the closer to nature bottles to start us off with and will stock up on more if needed/ they are proving suitable. (I'm a bit worried the baby may be colic-y and so if that was the case we'd get different bottles). Bought the milton cold water steriliser, seemed one of the more convenient methods but obviously haven't tried it yet!
29/10/2013 at 22:10
I used mainly avent ones last time. This time I bought a tt bottle set in the Asda baby even and have a couple of avent cos my breast pump is avent.. We have a tt electric steriliser but it doesn't matter what make it is, I chuck any make of bottles in. I rarely use any of my stuff anyway as I'm breastfeeding so it's mainly just the dummies that get sterilised now and then. Not sure why I actually have the steriliser as you don't need to sterilise breast pumps so it's just taking up worktop space. You'd probably be as well just waiting until the baby is here and seeing how you get on with bfing
30/10/2013 at 07:08
We started with tommee tippee as have the pump and steriliser so it all fits together well. however s doesn't really take to them so are now trying MAM (also unsuccessfully). I still pump into the TT bottles and just transfer to the MAM for feeds.
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