We decided not to wean him off of his nighttime bottle at 12 months, because of all the transition we’ve had in the past two months. That bottle always seemed to comfort him before bed and I didn’t want to take that comfort away. He’s 14 months old now and I was planning on weaning him in the next couple weeks after he adjusted to our new home. I know that it was time and am relieved not to go through a weaning process, but I still find myself grieving the fact that my son isn’t a little baby anymore.
That time just went too quickly! I miss those moments of holding him in the darkness, breathing in his freshly-bathed scent while he drank his bottle just before bed. I used those moments to gaze at his sweet features and just soak him in. It’s sad those moments are now over.
When we were selecting items for our baby registry, Hubster and I didn’t think that we would need a bottle drying rack. We thought it would be a waste of counter space. For the first two months, we used our regular drying rack for all of C’s bottles. The problem was that there were always bottles occupying the drying rack, which didn’t leave any room for dishes.
During our visit to family in July, we utilized The First Years Bottle Drying Rack at my mother-in-law’s house. Hubster and I loved the convenience of it! There’s room for so many bottles and accessories…we ended up purchasing the exact same one to have at home! Now I’d recommend it for anyone who is bottle-feeding. It’s economical and so convenient. Even though it takes up a little counter space, it is completely worth it.
One thing that I wish I would have known before we started using bottles is that they’re not “one-size-fits-all.” Your baby might get gas from or simply not like a certain type of bottle. In fact, you might end up trying several different bottles before finding the one that is best for your baby.
We tried Avent bottles first, since I had also purchased the Avent Isis pump. Even though they’re “anti-colic,” C swallowed a lot of air while using them. I purchased a set of Tommee Tippee bottles on Amazon, but they took a while to arrive (time goes slowly when your baby is uncomfortable!). In the meantime, we wised up and decided to purchase one bottle each of Born Free and Dr. Brown’s bottles. Both of those were recommended to us by people we knew.
The Tommee Tippee bottles work for C; but, we think they would have worked even better if he went straight from breast to bottle with those instead of using the Avent in between. The nipple on the Tommee Tippee is designed to simulate the breast.
We still have the Born Free and Dr. Brown’s bottles in our rotation and C does well with those, too. They are also good for reducing gas.
Bottom line: I would have purchased one bottle of each to see what C responded to best. I would highly recommend doing the same – bottles are expensive!
Since I purchased the Philips Avent Isis breast pump, I also decided to go with the Avent bottles. While I love how easy they are to use (and convenient, considering the pump is the same brand), C seems to be swallowing a lot of air. It breaks my heart when he gets his “gas cry” after eating. I want to make it go away! I read about Tommee Tippee bottles, which are supposedly great for breastfeeding and gassy babies. I ordered them through Amazon Prime and they should be here on Wednesday – I wish they’d get here even sooner!
Have you tried Tommee Tippee bottles? Have you found any secrets for helping your gassy baby?