Don’t panic, this isn’t another breast vs bottle post! It’s one I thought would be an awful lot simpler than it has infact turned out.
I recently asked some online friends what bottle I should use for the little wriggler when he or she arrives. Avent or Tommee Tippee. I wasn’t prepared for the sheer volume of answers that came my way, not to mention the amount of other bottles there are on the market these days.
When I had my daughter 10 years ago it was pretty much Avent or Tommee Tippee, unless you went for a supermarket own brand bottle. I was bought an Avent starter kit and steriliser so the choice was pretty much made for me. Since then friends have had babies and always seemed to lean towards Tommee Tippee, so I wondered if there was a reason, perhaps they were the new in thing in bottles, or maybe they had benefits my tried and tested Avent bottles didn’t. Hence asking the question Avent or Tommee Tippee.
Now I only knew of one other bottle make, Dr Brown’s, which family members had used with a colicky baby, but little prepared me for the list of other brands that are now available on the market, each with their own lists of benefits. I’m informed one brand is even self sterilising – you pop some water in it and stick it in the microwave! It seems gone are the days of waiting for a steam steriliser to do it’s work, bottles practically clean themselves!
So what has this conversation left me with? A sense of being completely out of touch with all things baby not to mention being confused about which brand of bottle will suit me and the little wriggler! I am planning on breastfeeding, for a few weeks at least. However due to my previous experience with breastfeeding I am completely aware that it may not work and I want a back up plan, not to mention an alternative feeding option other than me! After all I was a single mum when my daughter was born and did everything on my own, this time around I am looking forward to my partner and my daughter joining in and helping at feeding time.
So I’ll throw the question open to you! What brand did you/do you use? Are certain bottles better than others?