Surviving Parenthood

Baby Essentials: Avent Plastic Bottles

by Mother of two

9 oz Avent Bottles

Adapter ring makes the neck too tall to close. I think the new bottles have a shorter neck.

I switched to Philips Avent bottles when I started to train my baby to hold his own bottles (at around 9-12 months old).  The bottles look great and feel much sturdier then the average plastic bottles.  They are made with a hard BPA-FREE plastic with a honey color tint which gives it a unique appearance. These bottles have a wider mouth, which makes it easier to mix the Baby Formula Powder (especially when you are barely awake at 2:00 AM in the morning).  The lids are flat and will sit on the counter without rolling off.  Their biggest plus is the bottles are built with a venting system to prevent the nipples from collapsing when your baby drinks too fast.  As my Little Wing grew and he became a much faster drinker, collapsing nipples on the Evenflo bottles became a reoccurring problem so we really appreciated the Avent bottles when we first switched over, well at least in the beginning we did.

Then came the infamous Avent bottle leaks.  With my Little Lum, about 35% of the time the Avent bottles would leak.  It was an annoyance in the daytime, and a really bad nuisance in the middle of the night when I needed to quickly put my baby back to sleep.  Instead of a quick bottle to calm my baby, I would end up with sticky hands full of formula and an irritated baby that had to wait for his bottle readjustments.  At first we thought it was us, so we would reopen the bottle to readjust the nipple.  We did some research online and found out that this was a very common problem with this brand of bottles.

For some reason the Little Wing’s bottle would leak as much as 90% of the time.  Even with readjustments it would continue to leak.  At times, I would have to readjust 3 to 4 times before getting it right.  It became very infuriating.  This problem is so prevalent that they even have videos online to show you how to prevent leaks.  I tried a few methods from the internet.  One suggested lining up markings on the back side of the nipple with certain parts of the nipple ring.  That was bolognie, it did not work at all for me.  The new nipples do not even have markings anymore.  Suggestion number two recommended assembling the nipple and the ring when they are wet to create a better seal.  This technique actually does works to some extent, but it is still prone to failure.  I am now seriously considering abandoning my very expensive set of Avent bottles and buying a different brand
of bottles for Little Wing.  It is simply not worth the frustration and inconvenience when you are either out in public, or trying to quickly put your baby to sleep.  It’s like gambling every time you make a bottle, you hope for the best but you’re most likely going to lose your money.

Nowadays, Philips makes a classic polypropylene (white soft plastic) bottles that contains an adaptor ring (to prevent leaks).  You can buy these rings as an accessory but unfortunately, this ring is ONLY COMPATIBLE with their NEWBOTTLES because the older bottles have a longer neck that will not fit the ring.  I have never tested the new bottles with the adaptor ring so I cannot testify as to whether they have resolved their leaking problem, but it feels to me that Phillips has been very irresponsible company over the issue.

People have complained for over three (3) years and all they have done is to deny that they had a problem with their bottle design.  Obvious, since they actually addressed the leaking problem, that means that there was a problem.  I just feel cheated that I am going to have to throw away $150 worth of defective bottles.  Good luck to everyone out there who wants to give them a try and please post me a comment to let me know how it turned out with the new bottles.

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