First things first, I'm a stay-at-home papa, run my artisanal shoe business from home whilst caring for our 4 ½ year old and our 2 month old. I love trying new gear and gadgets, sure, but my main concern about anything isn't aesthetics (or special features) it's whether or not it works well for all parties involved in its use.
Function over form, every time.
Which works out well, as this set it pretty great.
Our first kid had a lot of trouble latching, could only do soy formula, and needed very specialised bottle as a result...so we were very unprepared for kidlet #2 to be so much easier to feed, by comparison. The bottles from the first time around? Not working for him, nor were the pacifiers/plugs, or really any of the things we had on hand.
Enter the Philips Avent Gift Set (newborn starter pack), something kidlet #2 seems to love (and that I'm thrilled with). Thus far I've used the 4 oz. bottles with the air-free vents, the plugs/pacifiers, the formula powder dispenser, and the cleaning brush. Kidlet #1 is too old for the trainer cup, so I'll have to wait for the newbie to grow a little.
Anyways, Gassy McFussypants (kidlet #2) is waaay less gassy and way less apt to spit-up using these bottles. Latches easily, has even started to figure out how to hold the bottle mid-slurp.
Kidlet #2 also loooooves the plugs/pacifiers included way more than anything else we had on hand/have tried. The few times I haven't had one of these to hand and have tried to substitute something else, well, let's just say we're all learning to duck a thrown plug.
Formula powder dispenser is easy to use, easy to clean, and carries well. Bottle brush rocks (which you don't read much)...not shaped "traditionally" it allows for greater ease of scrub and clean, and the other end is a hard plastic nipple cleaner, way less likely to get gross like a normal bristled brush. A+++ Would use again.
Totally going to make this pack something we give to all our friends who are expecting, as it makes the day to day much much easier. Spiffy gear, folks!
Oh yeah, and disclosure time: I received the product(s) as part of the weeSpring Parent Panel, free of charge, in exchange for writing this review. Didn't have to be a positive review, but it was. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]