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Dr. Brown's BPA-free bottle
Price:   $7.00 List | $5.00 each (in 4-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  lightweight, durable
Cons:  small nipple, too narrow, hard to read measures, too many parts
Bottom line:  In our opinion, this bottle is just not user-friendly enough to recommend.
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Available Sizes:  4oz/8oz
Bottle Material:  Polypropylene
Free of Materials:  Phthalate, BPA, Latex, PVC, Nitrosamine
Manufacturer:   Handi-Craft Company

The Skinny

One of the most popular bottles in the anti-colic line up, Dr. Brown's is unique for it's two part "straw" vent. Although we noticed a slight reduction in baby burps, we don't feel it warranted the extra parts and care that this bottle requires. You can read about our similar experience with Dr. Browns Glass version of this bottle.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Lindsay Ellis

Last Updated:
Monday
September 24, 2012

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We were curious to see what all the fuss was about with Dr. Brown's signature vent system. We feel the premise makes sense, but it didn't effect our little tester enough to make up for the extra parts and cleaning required. We are grateful they include a tiny brush to aid in getting that straw clean, or it would have really been a hassle.

Likes


When assembled correctly, we liked that this bottle didn't leak.

Feels lightweight, yet durable.

Made in the U.S.A!

Dislikes


Extra pieces take extra time and care to clean and assemble. It is also very narrow which added difficulty to filling and cleaning.

The nipple is very soft and definitely on the small side. We prefer a wider nipple base.

The measurement markings are extremely hard to read!

Conclusion


Too many pieces that just weren't worth the effort in our tests. If you want to try the Dr. Brown's system, we'd recommend Dr. Browns Glass version for the health aspect.
Lindsay Ellis

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Summary of All Ratings

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Average Customer Rating:  
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75% of 4 reviewers recommend it
 
Rating Distribution
5 Total Ratings
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4 star: 20%  (1)
3 star: 40%  (2)
2 star: 40%  (2)
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   Jul 24, 2015 - 04:23pm
Mary-Lynn · Mother of one · Portland, OR
I used Dr Browns bottles for the first almost four months of exclusively formula feeding. It's what the hospital gave us, my daughter was eating well and gaining weight, so we bought a full supply.

Now I'm looking for a replacement.

I'm not sure the vent system is worth the extra washing. I laughed thinking "It's not so bad," about the washing when reading reviews at the beginning of formula feeding. After three and a half months, I'm sick of it. It's not really that bad but now I'm back to work and have better things to do than wash bottles. It's almost more work to use the dishwasher because I have to separate all the pieces into two baskets to fit 8 bottles.

Our daughter was never colicky, but was super gassy for a long time with or without this complicated bottle. The narrow nipple has also made it extremely difficult to switch bottle brands. Most nipples are wide to mimic breastfeeding. Nipple confusion with the breast wasn't a concern for me, but bottle-nipple confusion is a pain. I've tried most every brand out there to get away from Dr Browns and my daughter has trouble latching onto the wider nipples. The narrow nipples have made her lazy.

Recently our two 4 ounce bottles (oldest of the group) have started leaking around the collar. We haven't had an issue with the 8 ounce bottles yet, but I'm nervous.

The final straw for these bottles is daycare. They use a dorm-sized fridge to store bottles and these are too tall to fit. I have to take off the travel cap and still wedge it in on a shelf with the nipple bent over.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.

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   Nov 21, 2014 - 11:17am
Kayla Lambeth
These bottle are average to me. But one that does ease colic when use properly. Not my favorite because when u forget pieces they leak like crazy lol which is not the bottles fault I suppose. But they do work if you don't want anything fancy and don't mind the assembly. To me they aren't cute enough.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

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   Apr 1, 2014 - 04:40pm
Connie Truong
Dr. Browns' design helps with colic but the measurements are not accurate. I have both the blue set of 3 bottles and the pink set of 3 bottles for my twins. When I pour formula in the pink and the blue bottles side-by-side, I can see the pink bottle measurement does not match the blue bottles. I pour 5 ounces in both bottles based on the bottle measurement and I notice the pink bottle is more. I proof this by pouring the 5 ounces formula from the pink bottle to the blue bottle and it is almost 5.5 ounces in the blue bottle. I wonder which measurement is accurate, the pink or the blue? This makes measuring very confusing as one of my twin is eating more than the other one.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Dec 19, 2013 - 08:48pm
hermione1099 · Walnut, CA
With other bottles, I could feel and hear my son swallowing air and then screaming because of the painful gas. This is the only bottle we have found that completely cuts the gas out. He also doesn't leak while eating (the other bottles had too fast of a flow and he would lose more than he got in his mouth).

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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