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Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Bottles Review

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Dr. Brown's Bottles
Copyright 2011, Heather Corley.

Bottle Features

Dr. Brown's Natural Flow bottles are available in several styles. You can choose from wide neck or standard neck bottles, as well as from plastic or glass. All of the Natural Flow bottles have a special internal vent system that reduces the potential for discomfort for your baby.

The internal vent system looks like a straw inside the bottle, and it is made up of a round insert for the top of the bottle, plus the long, straw-like vent that extends the whole length of the bottle.

The standard neck bottles are available in 2 ounce, 4 ounce and 8 ounce sizes. The wide neck bottles are available in 4 ounce and 8 ounce sizes. All of the Dr. Brown's Natural Flow bottles have a clear silicone nipple. You can purchase various flow speeds in the nipples.

Dr. Brown's Natural Flow bottles cost $5 to $6 per bottle.

Bottle Review

My son tends to take in a lot of air when he eats. This was a big problem, and resulted in a lot of fussy evenings, when he was a newborn. I tried several bottles with an anti-gas or anti-colic feature, and Dr. Brown's Natural Flow bottles worked the best for my son in his first three months. For him, there was a noticeable difference in how much air he burped up, and how much he fussed after eating.

The classic shape of these bottles, both standard and wide neck, makes them easy to carry in most diaper bags, or in the insulated bottle bags that come with many diaper bags. The size also works in all of the bottle warmers I tried. However, I had a lot of trouble with milk leaking out of the top of the bottle when I used a bottle warmer. It worked better to take off the lid and the vent before warming the bottle.

These bottles rarely leak as long as they're put together properly. Assembling the pieces isn't hard, but in the middle of the night when you're tired, it's easy to forget a piece. You cannot use these bottles without the vent pieces. They leak profusely without the vents.

All of the pieces are dishwasher safe. I had no trouble keeping these bottles squeaky clean by using a regular dishwasher basket. The vent pieces tend to get yucky quickly if you forget a bottle in your diaper bag, though. Rinsing the pieces after use when possible will help avoid that problem. A small bottle brush is included if you need it.

While these bottles take a little extra effort to put together, and are more work when you need to open them up in public, they do work very well. If your baby needs a vented bottle to reduce gas or colic, the extra effort is worthwhile.

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