Philips AVENT features
The idea behind this particular colic relief is that babies suck a lot of aerated milk down when they’re getting it from the bottle due to the amount of gasp-swallowing they have to do due to the vacuum they’re creating in the bottle. With this bottle’s o-ring, if you unseat it slightly air is allowed into the bottle as baby puts a vacuum on it, so less gasp-swallowing which should equate to fewer stomach aches. Or maybe I’m making that up, I wrote this while sick.
Beyond that, there’s a nipple that may or may not reflect nature depending on your particular mammary persuasion.
A wider neck to the bottle than most other containers allows you to clean the thing easier than other bottles that I’ve run across.
Philips AVENT drawbacks
One of the issues with these bottles is having three to four things to keep up with rather than the normal two to three. These three to four things being the bottle base, the o-ring, the nipple top, and a cover.
You’ve got an extra o-ring piece to clean that really attempts to throw itself down the garbage disposal at every opportunity, and if you forget to install it at 4am during a late night feeding you’re going to be dribbling milk everywhere as baby is getting more and more pissed off.
The other issue is the bottle is curved inward a bit for some reason. I’m not sure what that reason is as it doesn’t seem to help in any way that I can tell and makes the inside of the bottle convex which means a flat small scrubby thing isn’t going to quite handle it. Not too much of an issue as most people have brushes though.
The cap is also next to impossible to get off if you’ve got wet hands. This is sort of a downer if you’ve been refrigerating the thing for use and are trying to one-handed comfort baby, however it may in the end be more useful as at least the milk isn’t dripping out.
Powdered formula can and does interfere with the VENT feature of the AVENT if it gets on the o-ring.
These are probably my favorite travel bottles, but I’m not particularly enamored of them for around the house.
Philips AVENT BPA Free Classic Polypropylene Bottles are available from Amazon for $24.42 for a 5-pack with more buying options available.