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on February 21, 2011
I did not initially review this item although many times I was tempted to write a review. Prior to the birth of my daughter, I researched bottles before deciding on the Dr. Brown bottles. Although Playtex drop-ins were my first choice, two relatives with toddlers disputed the parental reviews of Dr. Brown bottles of complex cleaning as well as the problem with leaking. My daughter is now nine months old and I breastfed until she was eight months, since I am a working mom, I would use the Natural Flow Wideneck Dr. Brown bottles for feeding exclusively. My daughter responded well; however, in nine months, I have spent a lot of time washing bottles because there are six pieces to this bottle (i.e., the bottle, 2 - the nipple, 2 - the ventilation system, and the cap). Since I presumed it was best for my daughter the effort and time was well spent. I purchased multiple boxes of bottles, the different stages of nipples, the Dr. Brown bag, and brushes, not the sterilizer. The bottles were sterilized in a pot of hot water and washed and air dried daily.
Since I have many bottles, the bottles are rotated. After nine months of using the bottles, I noticed that in the beige covering that is placed over the inner tube as part of the ventilation system, there was mildew. After surveying other bottles (6 out of 15 partially assembled bottles had the black substance), I quickly googled to see if other parents shared my experience and I was not an anomaly. This was scary, have I been feeding her from mildewed bottles?
One parent recommended washing the bottles with bleach; therefore, I re-washed all of her bottles in Clorox Bleach and Dawn Dish Detergent but even the Dr. Brown brush did not get the insert clean. I scrubbed the bottles periodically and then soaked the bottles overnight. I had to use another device to remove the black substance that appeared to be mildew. Even with using this approach, there is another problem, there is all areas of this bottle are not able to be seen as this insert has a side opening, in which the Dr. Brown small brush can fit; however, you are not able to see if there is mildew forming on the inside. Whatever the black substance is, it is odorless.
Apart from the problem with mildew, these bottles to not respond well to environmental changes i.e., if you take the bottle from a hot to cold temperature, the bottles will leak, if you are on a flight, the change in pressure will cause the bottle to leak. For the change in temperature, unscrew the cap. For the change in pressure, disconnect the ventilation system. Since I never used another bottle, I cannot say if there was the benefit of gas removal, even with burrping I periodically use Mylicon.
I would not recommend this bottle and any parent considering using this bottle needs to be aware of the problems it presents. There should be a disclaimer on this bottle stating that this particular bottle has the potential to mildew.