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Playtex Nurser Review
Price: $4.83 List | $2.80 each (in 3-pack) from Amazon - 42% Off
Pros: Cleaning, collapsible liners, nipples
Cons: Liner purchases, assembly, not recyclable, angle moves
Bottom line: Wasteful & require multiple containers to use
The Playtex Nurser is lightweight and a little bulky to hold. Babies seemed to take to the bottle easily and experienced no leaking during feeding with nipples that are nicely shaped and easy to latch on to with no feeding problems. We also liked that the bottle is easy to clean with few parts thanks to the liners you throw away. However, it is the liners that really break up the love affair of this bottle. They are plastic and in our minds wasteful. These liners are not as useful as others and still require the transfer of milk from one container to another in order to use them. This made carrying bottles more difficult and led to leaking while transporting. Overall, we think there are better bottles that offer more and do not contain as much plastic.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
The Playtex Nurser bottle system included disposable plastic liners that collapse as baby feeds for an air free feed that prevents air bubbles from mixing with the milk. This system is clinically proven to help reduce gas, colic, and spitting up. The system claims to stimulate the same suck and swallow breathing patterns that help make easy breast to bottle switching. The Playtex Drop-Ins features holders and disposable liners that are BPA Free. The NaturaLatch Nipple that combines with this bottle has a natural wide shape and a raised texture similar to real breasts that help baby latch on.
Both baby and parents alike seem to like the nipple options for this bottle. Babies were very comfortable with the nipple and latched easily even on the medium flow nipples that were firmer and heavier than the low flow options. Playtex also offers a variety of nipple types that can be used with this system, which means if baby doesn't like one they might like another and it won't render the entire bottle useless like other bottle and nipple combinations that lack variety. Nipple options include the NaturaLatch, Breastlike, Angled, Fullsized, and Petite, in both slow and medium flows. The liners do collapse as described when baby is feeding and appeared to limit the amount of air baby was able to ingest, thereby decreasing the chance for colic, gas, and spit ups.
The ease of use metric is where this Playtex bottle really starts to have some difficulties. There are a lot of parts to put together and while you will get used to it over time, it is difficult in the beginning and potentially problematic in the middle of the night while sleep deprived. Other bottles like the Tommee Tippee Feeding plastic bottle only have 3 parts and are very easy to assemble.
Kiinde Squeeze so you will still need to pump milk or mix formula into a different container to pour into this one. That means you haven't really saved time or energy, because the additional container will still need to be cleaned. The liners also feel relatively thin and prone to punctures that will lead to leaking as previously mentioned. This made us loathe to put them in a crowded diaper bag. You also can't put the bottle in a bottle warmer because the liner is exposed and not durable enough to be used with higher heat steam and water.
Other Versions and Accessories
Playtex also makes a bottle called the Playtex Baby VentAire. This bottle is made of plastic, and instead of a collapsible liner to control air consumption it has an anti-colic valve in the bottom of the bottle body not unlike the Munchkin Latch, which we thought was over designed and sort of a hassle to mess with.
Playtex also offers a wide variety of nipple options, both in style and flow rate. The nipples were one of the features of this bottle that we did like and baby seemed to find easy to feed from.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team
Most recent user review: July 1, 2016
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