- Positive pressure flow for vacuum free feeding that is similar to breastfeeding
- Reduces feeding problems like colic, spit up, burping and gas
- Vent system that removes air from milk maintains essential vitamins such as C, A and E
- Helps prevent fluid in the ear
- BPA, PVC, lead and phthalate free
- Positive-pressure flow for vacuum-free feeding that is similar to breastfeeding
- Reduces feeding problems like colic, spit-up, burping and gas
- Vent system that removes air from milk maintains essential vitamins such as C, A and E
- Helps prevent fluid in the ear
- BPA, PVC, lead and phthalate free
Beware, not made in USA
We wanted to try Dr. Brown’s bottle cause our LO is gassy and spits up more often than we like. I was debating to get the wide neck or the standard. The wide neck made so much more sense since the nipple is more of a modern design (like Avent and others) and Dr. Brown claims its more closer to actual breast nipples. In addition, the wide neck provides a good large opening for easy mixing of formula.However, we have a big problem with this model. The standard version has a MADE IN USA shield tagged in front of the box, this one doesn’t. Upon closer inspection, we found out this unit was made in China. We went back to the store where we purchased from and as it turns out, all of the wide neck bottles are made in China. I guess Handi-Craft decided to bring their newer line manufacturing to China. In my opinion, its a big mistake. We like Dr. Brown’s bottle, our baby doesn’t need to burp as much compared to Avent. For whatever reason, they decided they need to compete in price or increase profit…. what a shame. Quality control in China its almost a guessing game. Just remember the recent lead paint in toys and melamine laced milk powders (domestic products within China) I’m sure parents will pay a premium for products that’s made in a place where quality controls matters.Avent is made in England, Born-Free is made in Israel. They all have vented bottles that reduces colics. I will try out the standard version but not sure if our baby will get used to the smaller nipple and latch on. If that doesn’t work, guess which brand I’m going to switch now… what a shame.EDIT: Yes, the product works great, our LO spits up/vomits less and the level 1 nipples flows slower than Avent’s lvl 1, which is a good thing for our LO, she tends to choke on Avent’s. She burps much less now which is a good thing but its harder on us since we expect her to burp so the burping session is longer than usual now. Maybe later we will feel comfortable not trying to burp her for that long.We also tried the standard version, unfortunately, our LO won’t take to its smaller nipple and mixing formula is not easy with its narrower neck.Overall, Dr. Brown’s wide neck is the best bottle for reducing colic and gases. We just can’t trust where its made. We even wrote to the company to express our disappointment in which they responded assuring us that all products coming from overseas are vigorously tested by 3rd party. Even with that assurance, we can’t be 100% confidence with its quality.
Didn’t Reduce Gas
There used to be a Doc Brown from the Back to the Future movie trilogy which involved time travel in order to correct life’s mishaps. In the movies, Doc Brown solved the problems with his scientific genius.Well, this Dr. Brown’s bottle didn’t appear to amaze with any science or genius. Baby’s gas and intestinal upset from breast milk has not changed with Dr. Brown’s bottles. Playtex Vent Aire didn’t change anything either.For Doc Brown, it was Back to the Future. For Dr. Brown’s bottles, it’s back to the drawing board. The only real difference that I could see was the extra parts that required washing.
Great bottles! Here’s what to do so they don’t leak.
My baby likes these bottles. She almost never spits up, so Mommy likes these bottles too. There are a lot of parts, but I’ll take the extra hassle with the dishwasher rack over cleaning up spit-up every feeding.When I first started using these, they leaked constantly–I’d warm up the milk, tip them over to feed, tip them back upright, and when I went to tip the bottle back over to feed the baby, milk leaked out all around the white bottle collar, soaking the baby’s chest and making a mess. What the heck? After talking with Dr. Brown’s customer service line (great service, highly recommend) and a bunch of trial and error, we learned the technique to avoid leakage.The thing that causes them to leak is any liquid or condensation inside that two-part valve assembly.Key ways to avoid that:1. Use only completely dry parts when you assemble a bottle.2. After washing, help the bottle parts dry completely. Make sure to get all water out of the tan pyramid-looking part and the blue valve. A bit of water can get trapped inside the empty space that runs through it. Best system is to run them through the dishwasher AND then let them dry for another hour on the counter too, so they are completely dry. That’s the most important part.3. If you warm up a bottle, heat it with ONLY the flat white screw-on lid on the bottle. Don’t include the nipple or valve when you warm it up. If you use the steamer, then dry off the bottle completely when you take it out, including the grooves where the cap screws on. Assemble the bottle ONLY after the liquid is warmed use only completely dry parts.Never ever heat a fully assembled bottle. Warming liquid forces condensation up into the valve, and then the bottle will leak all over the place. Never do it.That did it for us. We never had another leak. Hope that helps!
The absolute best for newborns or babies with gas/spit-up
If you are looking for the best option out there for reducing gas/colic/spit-up, this is your answer. We have tried NUK, Playtex Drop-Ins, Avent, BornFree, Dr. Weil, and Soothie bottles. When it comes to reducing gas, especially for newborns, these are the clear winner. My son had a really sensitive stomach (we even used sensitive formula), and these were the only thing that helped. My daughters weren’t as sensitive, but I noticed a clear change in the amount of gas and spit up they had after using these.Once you understand how the internal vent works, it makes sense why these bottles are the best for tiny bellies. While the Avent is also very popular, you can see how the Avent system allows air to come in underneath formula at the end of an inverted bottle where the nipple meets the bottle. This leads to teeny, tiny, micro-bubbles that filter up in the formula. While all of my babies were able to use Avents later in infancy without trouble, those tiny bubbles were troubling as newborns. Dr. Brown’s bottles don’t suck air in, but prevent any vacuum in the first place.However, Dr. Brown’s are not the most streamlined bottles if you just need a run-of-the-mill feeding device, particularly for older infants. There are many parts with tiny holes and crevices to clean (they even provide you with a q-tip sized brush for such pieces), and there are occasional malfunctions that lead to spills. If you fill the bottle above the “fill” line, you can count on a spill.My solution to the cleaning issue if you don’t put bottles in the dishwasher (I don’t when my babies are real little, don’t want any detergent residue..), is to rinse the bottles after feedings to remove the majority of the formula. Then I put the bottles in a hot, soapy soak in the sink. If I’ve rinsed the bottles well enough after feedings, I don’t worry about getting every piece with a brush every time. For a newborn however, I boil the pieces to further sterilize them after the soapy soak.I much more prefer the wide neck to the standard neck Dr. Browns, as they are soooo much easier to dump formula scoops into and much easier to wash with a bottle brush. I also like the wider nipple as we eventually “graduate” to Avent and Dr. Weil bottles once my babies seem to have better digestion. My two daughters loved the wide neck design, but my son had a hard time latching on to the wide nipple shape for some reason. We used the standard-neck Dr. Brown’s with him during his early months; he had no problem switching to Avent at about 4 months, even though the nipples were quite different.Once my babies have more developed digestive systems and aren’t so sensitive to gas, we pack up all the Dr. Brown’s their many peices and move on to Avent and Dr. Weil bottles, which have a much more streamlined, simple air-vent system (nipple, ring, bottle). My babies have had no problem switching around 4-5 months of age, and its easier to put up with all the Dr. Brown’s pieces when you know you don’t have to use them forever. Of course, this means that we own twice as many bottles…but this way we get the best of both worlds — the colic/gas relief of Dr. Brown’s during the newborn phase, and the convenience of Avent for the rest of infancy.I would suggest any expecting parent buy at least a few of these to try with a newborn. For anyone looking for a better bottle option for colic or gas, you’ve found your answer!
Ounce marks are difficult to read
Love Dr. Brown’s bottles. I bought an additional set to add to our collection when I had our second baby. My first set of wide neck browns had blue printed markings for the ounces on the side of the bottle. These often washed off and are no longer readable on my older bottles (2 years old). It appears Dr. Brown tried to solve this on the new bottles with clear, etched ounce markings. Unfortunately, these marks cannot be read when filling the bottle either. I had to take a permanent marker and write on the bottles so I could see them in day and dim light. I love Dr. Browns, but there is a product flow in the way they are marking the ounces on their bottles.
Dr. Browns Natural Flow 4oz. Wideneck Bottles
We found the Dr. Browns Natural Flow 4oz. Wideneck Bottles to be very messy. The bottles flow was too much and caused a lot of spilage for our newborn granddaughter.
Last year, in preparation to our son’s arrival, we bought several leading, what I will call “bottle feeding systems” (You are not buying just bottles, but also committing yourself to the accessories specific to that brand, so they are systems). The ones we chose to try were:- TheseDr. Brown’s BPA Free Polypropylene Natural Flow Wide Neck Bottle-Philips AVENT BPA Free Classic Bottles-Playtex Drop-Ins Original BPA FreePlaytex, although in concept very appealing, we did not like because due to their design/material it is hard to get out all of the milk and so some of it always gets wasted. Also, it is very challenging to measure out exact amounts as the numbers and gradations on the drop ins is hard to see. We stopped using these very quickly. Although, if you are using formula, these might be very appealing.Avent bottles are generally very good, and we ended up using them a lot. Also, we purchased the ridiculesly overpricedPhilips AVENT BPA Free Standard Breast Pump Conversion Kitto be able to use the bottles withMedela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump. The setup works great. The main problem with the Avent bottles is that if you forget to put in the little ring, the milk will leak all over your child. With the ring in, we never had a leak. We have used both the larger and smaller bottles and nipples N-4, and the above comments apply to all variations.Dr. Brown’s bottles are probably the best out of the three. Like the Avent, we have used both the larger and smaller bottles and nipples 1-4. With its design, it is harder to assemble the bottle without all the necessary pieces. We have never had these bottles leak. The complaints that they are hard to wash are unfounded. We never had an issue with just throwing them in the dishwasher. After about nine months of use, some of the markings are slightly coming off, not a big deal. Also, the number of parts (6 vs Avent’s 5 counting the lid) is not as overwhelming as some people on here claim.There seem to be no difference in any of the above bottles when it came to reducing gas. All of them reduced some, but not all. Likewise, our son had no preference in the nipples from one bottle to the next among these, although he absolutely hatedThe First Years 3 Pack Breastflow Bottle, so we only tried it once.If I had to pick only one of the above brands, it would be Dr. Brown’s.
Great for reducing gas
I was using playtex drop ins for the first 4 months for my daughter. She has acid reflux and her burps were very wet sounding and it sounded like an adult when she burped. I saw a change with the first bottle when I switch to Dr. Browns, her burps are dry sounding and are not nearly as loud. She would also spit up almost every night when she was sleeping, so far so good she has not spit up in her sleep. People complain about all the parts, but if it relieves your baby from gas then who really cares. With the drops-ins I had to buy the plastic inserts all the time and that was a pain. They come with a cleaning brush to do the small tube like area on the blue insert, so you don’t have to go out and buy a special brush for cleaning. In my opinion, they are worth it if you have a gassy or reflux baby.
Wonderful invention. My son doesn’t have to fight a vaccume to get his milk. They do leak of you do not get the cap on right or if you heat it with the nipple cap tight. If you read the instructions it says to untwist it 1/4 of a turn. These I also like because of their wide base. They are hard to knock over, unlike even Dr. Brown’s regular narrow bottles. Just wish the wide ones were made in the USA.
but not the best either. The number of pieces comprising the venting system where cumbersome to manage and keep clean. Sometimes it leaked too but I’m not sure why. I also bought Born Free bottles and preferred those as they were easier to clean (less parts) and seemed to offer the same venting advantages.
Helpful as a newborn; nightmare after that.
These did indeed seem to improve our baby’s demeanor in his first couple months of life (he did not have colic, but changing from Infamil to Gerber Good Start Gentle improved his mood, and this change helped a little more), but after they’re over that random crying period of adjustment to life outside the womb, the extra parts in these bottles (which require you to use the tiny brush that comes with) are a NIGHTMARE to clean.I feel like it takes my whole evening to wash four bottles, and that is with only moderate attention to cleaning – not fanatical sterilization.They also leak. If you put them in water that’s a tad too hot (in our microwave, 60 seconds) as opposed to slightly cooler (45 seconds), a little milk will flow up and out the air vent and into the hot water bath. Once this happens, the dry seal where you screwed on the nipple is damp, and it will continue to leak when you are feeding.Even with the travel discs (another part!), these leaked a bit when we took a long weekend trip.Unless your baby is really colicky, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU SKIP THESE BOTTLES and use something simple. Just figure out a coping strategy for those few fussy weeks.
There are a lot of parts and washing can be time consuming, but these worked great for our breastfed baby. We kept him on the slow flow the whole time because I was scared he’d get used to fast flowing milk and prefer the bottle, and that worked find for him. Get the special dr browns cleaning brush in order to get all the small parts clean.
Dont waste your Money!!!
Come on, do you really think these bottles reduce colic and fussiness?? Ridiculous claim by "dr. Brown". I’m sorry I wasted my money on these. My baby loves his first essential bottles, that are cheaper and easier to clean.
Too many parts
Ok, I get the attempt to reduce gas and all, but does this have to be so dang complicated? We have been using the medela bottles and we like them, great for storage, freezing etc. I may give them a try later on, when our son is a bit older…
This bottle works for us perfectly. I am not sure about helping to reduce tummy ache, but my baby loves this bottle. I highly reccomend to buy it.
Different size nipples
These would have been great if the nipples were the same as the other Dr. Brown’s bottles. Unfortunately, they are slightly bigger and not interchangeable. At this time, my 3 month old son is unable to use these bottles due to the different nipple size. I am currently using the long Dr. Brown 8oz bottles that are not wide in the bottle neck area.
Great venting system, but plastic scratches and extra work to clean
We really liked these initially as they were the first vented bottles we tried and it resolved the "colicky" issues we had with our little one immediately. They are a bit of a pain to clean though, and after about a month we discovered the large munchkin bottle brush was scratching up/clouding up the plastic pretty quickly. We ended up switching to the glass Born Free vented bottle system and have been much happier (use exclusively for pumped breast milk). The Born Free system works just as well for venting/preventing gas issues/ear aches… and are very nice quality glass. The Born Free components are also simpler to assemble and MUCH easier to clean. You just have to be careful with them not to let your little one take off with them on their own as they will break if dropped with enough force… we had one chip after dropping it in a ceramic sink while it was quite hot from washing (if you have an LO that likes to carry their own bottle, Dr. Brown’s might be best after all).
My baby is 7 weeks and since he was born i’ve been using born free bottles- had no problem. But due to his terrible gas, i decided to try dr Brown’s. I initially got the longer bottles- they were great. And then i figured since by baby’s been taking born free which are wider, let me get the wide neck- AWEFUL!!! the bottles leak like there’s no tomorrow. I was visiting my sister and packed 4 bottles to take with me. Lets just say i had to leave early because out of the four bottles, my baby got the contents of the two. The other two almost completely leaked out. I would not recommend the wide neck at least.
Great anti-gas bottles!
We used these bottles for both of our kids, after a friend recommended them. We don’t get these bottles easily in India. So we buy them from Amazon all the time. None of our kids ever had gas trouble (touch wood) and I would credit these bottles in part for that. Of course, there are many parts and cleaning these bottles is more difficult as compared to other feeding bottles. But that’s a small price to pay for your little one’s stomach.We also had the standard neck bottles and I would recommend buying these over the standard neck bottles. This is because these wide neck bottles are easier to clean and also chances of spilling the formula powder while preparing the milk is much lower in this case. The wide neck bottles are shorter in length and hence we found them easier to put in the sterilizer.Finally, I would also recommend buying Level 3 nipples for growing kids. They are sold separately but worth buying. Also please be careful to buy the right kind of nipples. The standard neck nipples won’t fit these bottles. You must buy wide neck nipples for these wide neck bottles.Happy parenting!
Ended up being our least favorite bottles.
Our daughter wasn’t overly colicky, and we found these bottles and the less complex venting bottles (Born Free, Avent, Tommee Tippee) to all be adequate for controlling the air she ingested. With all bottles providing equal air venting, there were a few things that made these bottles less popular than the others in our house.-The measurements on the side are VERY difficult to read. Other bottles have the markings printed, these are just raised on the plastic. You have to be at the correct angle to read the numbers, which results in constantly holding the bottle up and tilting it to get the angle just right so you can see the measurement numbers. This was the biggest reason we did not like these bottles.-The bottles are very large compared to other bottles that hold the same amount. I believe this is necessary for their venting system to work correctly, but it makes it more difficult to get in close to the baby when feeding. I preferred bottles that let me cuddle the baby in close. (I posted a picture of the 4 ounce Dr. Brown’s next to the 4 ounce Avent so you can see the difference.)-My daughter leaked milk out the sides of her mouth when using this bottle. She did this with every bottle we tried, so I’m not sure that really reflects on the bottle, but if you are having similar issues don’t expect this bottle to fix them.I’ve heard many people complain about cleaning these bottles, and they do come with a little pipe cleaner to help clean them, but I never had to use it. We disassemble and rinse our bottles as they are used and wash them in the dishwasher. All the pieces came out clean with no further effort. I think perhaps they have a reputation for being hard to clean because the pieces are smaller on the standard neck bottle (especially the larger standard neck, which has a long thin straw). I have also included pictures of the pieces so you can get a sense of their size and the cleaning involved.
We tried all sorts of bottles for my daughter who threw up after almost every feeding and had TERRIBLE stomach/gas pains from birth through 9 months old. It was such a horrible time for my husband and I. We felt so helpless. These were the only bottles that helped. My best friend had her baby 9 months before me and hated Dr. Brown’s because she said it was a pain to clean all the pieces so I stayed far away from them when I had my baby.I wish I didn’t wait so long and waste so much money on other bottles before trying them myself. Cleaning them isn’t difficult at all. It does take more time than bottles without the straw and vent, but it was SO WORTH IT to help my daughter. I’ve purchased at least 15 of these bottles. That’s how much I love them! 🙂
I bought 6 of these and I love these bottles but the ones I ordered on amazon have a top that doesn’t securely fit on the bottle. It is fine for storing in the fridge but not in the diaper bag.
My son loves these bottles
I have been breastfeeding and using Dr. Brown bottles as well since my son was born. He loves the wide-neck bottles and has had to confusion what so ever. I would highly reccommend that wide-neck for those moms who are also breastfeeding (more like a real nipple).
I wanted to see what all the hype was about when it came to the doc Brown’s bottles I thought it was a good design and quality materials. Was easy to put together and simple to wash.
Great bottles – love to have more
I am a working mother who doesn’t have time to wash bottles every night so I ordered an extra set. These are perfect with the dishwasher basket. Thanks Dr. Brown for making a great bottle for baby and mom!
Baby likes them a lot
I have some of the wide neck Dr. Brown’s bottles and a few of the standard ones, and my baby chokes on the standard type nipples. They’re shaped kind of like a cone, so if we aren’t holding the bottle just so she ends up sucking the whole thing into her mouth and gagging.The wide neck nipples have a huge bulb at the base so only the drinking part fits in her mouth, and we can clearly see when the milk is almost gone.Because of the snorkel system, air can get into the bottom of the bottle so no vacuum seal forms, and at the same time only liquid reaches her so she doesn’t get a bunch of bubbles.
I had to feed my baby with formula apart from breastmilk. This bottle have the perfect size for her until now, that she is 4 months old. Easily to wash and doesn’t leak.
Very low leakage, little spillage, helped disperse gas. These bottles did exactly what they said they were going to do and helped tremendously!
Perfect bottles for any baby!
I am using these bottles since last 7 months and they are fabulous. They say it reduces gas and spit-ups. I am not sure about spit-ups but it sure do reduce gas as it helps not create bubbles. The only thing is: It doesn’t fit in my Medela pump, so I have to pump in another bottle and then transfer it to these. If you really like these bottles and pump, use the regular neck Dr Brown bottles.
LOVE the wide design.
These are a pain to clean, but I love the design. The wide neck design is easier to hold, for me and my daughter. The wider nipple also seems to mimic the breast and a more natural form of feeding.I started using these around four weeks with my daughter and didn’t notice any difference as far as gassiness and fussiness were concerned. However, my daughter was never labeled “colic” and did not cry excessively. She did have an occasional bout with gassiness which caused her discomfort, but nothing gas drops or a soothing tummy massage couldn’t fix.My daughter is now six months and this is still her preferred bottle.