Being a new mommy I ask all my mommy friends for advice. What's the best bottle, shampoo, toys, car seat, etc. This advice has helped me so much since Emma has been here...so I thought I would create another category called "New Mommy Tips" and as I find out things on my own I will post it here hoping to help out other new mommies or mommies-to-be so they can benefit, too.
Another reason I wanted to share is b/c after going through several different types of bottles I've finally found the perfect one for Emma. I am still breastfeeding, but of course I have to pump for the babysitter so I've been trying to find the bottle that Emma would like the best. We tried Avent, Playtex, and Medela (these are the bottles that came with the Medela pump I have). All of these were alright, but more of the milk got on Emma's clothes than in her mouth. The Playtex was the best of these, though. So, I figured we'd keep looking.
The only pacifier Emma has ever taken is the Soothie brand - the kind they give babies in hospitals. Soothie also makes bottles/nipples. Since Emma liked the pacifier so much (she won't take any other kind) I decided to give the bottle a try, too. I don't use anything else now! I did buy the smaller Soothie nipples to try them with the Medela bottles - they fit it pretty well, but b/c they weren't made for them and don't fit just right they still leaked too much.
I only have two. One stays at the babysitters - she just washes it every day and uses the milk I pump. The other one I keep at home - I try to pump and take a bottle with us when we go out - it's easier to have a bottle handy sometimes than trying to find a place to nurse in public. I've also found having only a few bottles is better, too. If you have a ton of bottles, instead of washing the one you used right away you end up just getting another one out of the cabinet and the next thing you know you have a dozen bottles in the sink to clean!!
Another good thing about these bottles is that when you remove the cap it will snap onto the bottom of the bottle so you don't have to worry about losing it!
So...my first New Mommy Tip - try the Soothie bottle!! I hope it works as well for you as it has for us!