Very late on the post for today! Sorry MOMS, but my weekend was C-R-A-Z-Y! If you were wondering why? Well, my sister, who is prego with her second child, hasn’t been feeling very well lately. SO, being the nice sister i am, i volunteered to have HER daughter over for the weekend. She is 3 months younger than my older daughter, so it was REALLY like having 2 sets of twins. With that being said, GOD BLESS you ladies who indeed DO have two sets of twins. The older ones were fun…but it was chaotic. A semi-organized chaos…but Chaos non the less. Entertaining four children is A LOT of WORK! BUT, crazy fun! We ended our evening with a slumber party for the big girls…and me on the floor in the room going back and forth to the bathroom, since both of the big girls are potty trained!
Ok, now on to my post!
I had decided earlier this week to do a post on sippy cups and bottles. But after polling all our HDYDI MOM writers, I felt i received SOO much info back, that i’m going to do one post on bottle this weekend and another post on sippy cups another weekend. WHEW, talking about lots of input!
BTW, thanks for all your input, ladies!
First, let me say that every pedi i’ve met, will say that breast feeding is the best way to feed your child, for the first year of life. And i totally agree with that! BUT, along the same line, if you are reading this, then you more than likely have twins or multiples and breast feeding becomes even more difficult and most women I know personally, either ended up pumping and feeding or just using good ole’ formula(which, by the way is JUST as good as breast milk, it just doesn’t include the immunities your baby gets from you when breast feeding). I, myself, pumped and fed for a while. But due to exhaustion, frustration and my girls not really liking my milk, i ended up feeding them formula from about 6 weeks on. I’m embarrassed and sad to say, i had a FREEZER FULL of breast milk, i ended up pouring down the drain, because my girls REALLY didn’t like it, wouldn’t drink it and cried when i tried to feed it to them! Weird, i know. BUT, when you are already all stressed out and exhausted, you do what you have to do to keep your head above water.
Second, let me say, with all the BPA info going around, i don’t want to point anyone in the wrong direction. AND most importantly, every child is different so you really have to use your own intuition on the bottle dilemma. I, myself, have gone through too many bottles in the past 4 years and honestly never really found a bottle i REALLY liked enough to really emphasize that much. I started out with the gerber bottles and similiac nipples with my first daughter. Those actually worked great. That is, until i found i couldn’t just go purchase the similiac(disposable) nipples at the store. I searched and searched and the only way i found them, was by buying them on ebay for a large amount of money.
With my twins, things were very different. I decided to try a different kind of bottle because i didn’t want to go searching for those darn nipples AGAIN! SO, we bought avent bottles and nipples. They worked, but ALWAYS seemed to leak. The babies would be drenched from the neck to the belly button in liquids and i just couldn’t seem to ever figure out how to screw those darn lids on right. I finally asked my sister what i had been doing wrong. She actually said there is a gasket on the lids(don’t ask me where or how it works), but that if you screw them on too tight(too many times), you can strip the gasket and they will leak forever. Uh, that’s probably why mine leaked till the end. I just learned to use a burb towel underneath their chin, every time i fed a baby. That makes for TONS of laundry and a very unhappy mom!
As i polled our MOM writers, here is the feedback i received from others, who used bottles.
Most moms LOVED Dr. Browns(lots of pieces though)
Playtex ventaire wide were good
avent was good(i, myself, didn’t like the leaks and trying to screw them on just right, as i stated above),
medela were good(BPA free, i think)
Gerber/Gerber clear view were good
evenflo/glass evenflo(which i’m pretty sure are BPA free)
Also note: medela rings & caps leaked badly for one mom, so instead she used gerber caps.
Well, i think that sums all that up, quite quickly and appropriately. As one MOM stated, each baby has his/her own preference. SO, we could all go on and on about what is good and what is not good all day long. BUT, My best suggestion is(if you have the money and patience), buy a few kinds and try them out. SEE for yourself, which one works the best, which on your child likes, which ones don’t leak and most importantly which ones are BPA free. I went on my weekly target excursion the other day and it seemed like the new thing is the born free bottles. I don’t have any first hand experience with them, so i can’t say either way. If you do have your own suggestions..please feel free to leave comments! It may help a fellow MOM and/or pregnant MOM, awaiting the big day!
With all this being said, i’d like to share a pic of ONE of the best days of a twin mommies life: This was the VERY FIRST day Sarah & Samantha held their bottles and my hands were FREE at last! Ahh..the joys of having two babies at the same time!