Having a colicky baby is never easy. When it’s the parent’s first baby, and the first baby in the family with colic, the stress level is increased many times. Having your baby cry all night or throw up after feedings can sap away any feeling of confidence as a parent you may have, especially when nobody in the family has any experience or advice about how to help the situation.
Luckily, Dr. Brown knows what is wrong and has a way to help with their Dr. Brown Baby Bottles. Designed especially for babies who have trouble feeding due to either true colic, suspected colic, or parents who want to reduce the amount of air that is ingested when baby is feeding, Dr. Brown bottles are a godsend for the parents and babies who need them. While they may not be the perfect answer for everyone, for those who give them a try and they work for, there is nothing more revered in those early days of parenting than Dr. Brown’s bottles.
Designed to separate air flow and the flow of liquid, Dr. Brown bottles have a complex set of parts. Well, more complex than other baby bottles, such as the similarly designed for colic Avent bottles. The system consists of 6 parts: the bottle, the cap, the nipple, the nipple collar, and the internal venting system which contains the vent insert and the vent reservoir. There is a disk that can be used when traveling or transporting the bottle, but many people find it unnecessary and more trouble than it’s worth.
As the bottle is tipped up during use, the nipple collar and the vent insert work together to allow air to enter the bottle without fluid leaking out. The vent reservoir directs the air to the bottom of the bottle (now the top because it is inverted). This allows the baby to feed without drawing excess air into their stomachs.
In all honesty, the science and engineering is lost on us here at Essential Baby Things. We just know that for some people they work and work well. Some of the staff swears by the good Dr. Brown, some are not so evangelical. The vent system on Dr. Brown bottles complicates the cleaning of the bottles, but as one mother said, it’s a small price to pay for a happy baby. Others are frustrated by what they consider excessive parts. Avent approaches the colic issue from another angle, and some report great success with their products as well.
Like no baby is the same, no colic solution works the same for all babies. Dr. Brown’s bottles offer a solution that works. Dr. Brown baby bottles are BPA free and come in plastic or glass, with the plastic offering wide-mouth bottles (extra nice for cleaning and adding formula). You don’t need to go all-in and buy a whole bunch of them as many babies outgrow colic in a few months anyway. Try them out, if they take the huge weight off your shoulders, then buy more. If they don’t work, try something else, like the Avent bottles. But if they do work, you will think that they are one of the essential baby things, just like we do.