When my son was born, I couldn't breastfeed him because of a medication I was on. His older sister was breastfed, and we had a lot of those little Medela bottles that you can pump directly into and then feed from. I figured because they were small, they would work okay for my newborn. My son would spit-up. A LOT. It would shoot from his mouth like a scene from "The Exorcist" and pour out of his nose. His eyes would widen, he'd grimace, and then he would let out this terrified, pained cry. It was heartbreaking. The bottles were the obvious culprits: The nipples would collapse in a vacuum, air bubbles would fill the tip. He was simply taking in way too much air and it was all coming back up so forcefully that half of what he had eaten, at least, would be ejected. I went to the store immediately and figured I'd buy some Playtex Drop-Ins. They seem reasonably priced until you figure how much you'd be spending in liners, and then it doesn't seem so reasonable anymore. I considered the Vent-Airs, the Tommee Tippees, and a few others. I had never even heard of the Similac bottles until I happened to glance at them at the end of the shelf - I don't even use Similac formula. The little mixer is what eventually sold me, and I bought some to try. I absolutely love these bottles. My son has only spit up once since we started them a month and a half ago. His formula mixes up without bubbles, foam or clumps; the generous opening makes putting a scoop of formula into the bottle at night a lot less precarious; the vents are constantly bubbling as they allow air flow which keeps everything moving smoothly and limits how much air he'll take in - unlike our last bottles, which we had to constantly remove from his mouth to let air in so the formula would flow again. Even the little blue shield showing that the bottle is closed correctly is extremely helpful, since I would have had some serious messes if I hadn't looked for it. The shape is very easy on the hands, as well. He's a slow eater, so holding the bottle for a long time isn't uncomfortable. The only problem with these bottles is that the vents occasionally leak. Every once in a while, I'll find a drop of formula on my son's collar bone or some will run down between the nipple and the ring. Positioning the bottle so that the vents are on the sides instead of the top and bottom seems to help. Just because there is one dip in the nipple where a vent is doesn't mean that's the only vent; there's one opposite of it, which you can see by turning the nipple upside down. Also, and I don't know why this is, the nipples got cloudy when I boiled them, which never happened to me with any other nipple (we have fast-flow Playtex Drop-Ins at home from my daughter as well as the Medela ones, all silicone). It hasn't made a difference in the quality of the product, though. It might just be my water; I'm not sure. Overall, I love these bottles. Feeding my son just got more comfortable for BOTH of us!
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