Philips Avent Natural Bottle Review: Glass Baby Bottle

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Reviewed by Brankica Ivanova
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We like

Glass bottle made of BPA-free material and borosilicate glass

Built-in system with twin valve for reduction of colics

Soft and specially designed nipple with integrated petals that prevent collapse

Easy to clean because of wide neck

Safe for cleaning in dishwasher and heating milk in microwave

 

We don’t like

Leakage issue

How it works

If you are in a search of the right bottle for your newborn you probably have lots of questions as the feeding is the most important process for babies. What we are always looking for in this kind of baby products is the safety of material and what we can be sure about is that glass bottles are way better in this category than the plastic bottles. The other concerns are regarding overall quality of the material and ease of cleaning especially because parents are using the bottles on daily basis for a couple of times in a day. So definitely when choosing baby bottles we want a safe option that will guarantee our baby nice and healthy meals.

Philips Avent Natural Glass Bottles are one of the options that we have had a look at especially because they have been designed with premium quality materials and advanced system that takes care of the health of the babies because they have Airflex technology that reduces colic and these features make this product famous among parents of newborns and babies.

Product Description

Product Description

Philips Avent Natural Glass baby bottle belongs to the Phillips line of natural bottles which is based on lots of detailed research that has been conducted throughout the years in order to develop a bottle that will provide natural-like feeding experience for the babies. Lots of parents would like to know and learn more about what does “natural bottle” actually means. Some of the innovations that are covered under the “natural baby bottle” are nipples that have been designed to create a feeling of breast nipples in terms of providing natural latch and comfortable milk suckling. They are wide in size and soft on touch which helps the mothers to combine the breastfeeding with the bottle feeding as well as help the baby to accept the nipple easier and to adjust better to transitions from breastfeeding and bottle feeding. The bottles from this line feature a system that helps to prevent and reduce babies’ colic by using Airflex technology that vents the airflow in the baby bottle. These are the most prominent differences that occur between the Natural and Classic baby bottles although there are indeed many similarities between the two types of bottles we must admit that Natural bottles are more advanced and had taken into account some of the issues that bothered parents in the previous lines of Classic bottles.
The product comes in a package that contains four bottles made of glass that are 120 ml or 4 oz bottles and 4 newborn flow nipples that can be used from 0m+. The product weights around 2 pounds and its dimensions are 5.7 x 5.7 x 5.2 inches. The glass bottle is made in the USA while the nipples are made in England and then the whole product is assembled in the USA. The product comes in four parts that are easy to put together.
Design

Design

This glass bottle has an ergonomic shape that assists babies in holding the bottle. What we like about the Philips line is that the caps of all the products such as different bottles and cup parts can be mixed and matched and this is very convenient feature. The bottle has marked quantity with oz and ml., and these markings are in good size so they can be easily seen. Being a glass bottle we expect the bottle to be heavier compared to plastic bottles but still this bottle is pretty heavier than expected for babies hands. The item does not come with silicone sleeve which is usually used to ease the holding of the bottle which is also considered a con for the product by lots of parents. The nipple has flexible design with spirals that are featured with one of a kind petals that contribute greatly to the natural milk flow. The petals integrated in the nipples also prevent the nipples from collapsing and inverting. The bottle is pretty wide and there are no sharp edges.When it comes to the design of the nipples there are double valves whose purpose is to ventilate the air in the bottle.
Material

Material

The product is ecologically healthy as it is made of borosilicate glass that is considered to be a really good and quality material that besides being safe for the kids, is also extremely durable. It can endure temperature changes and it is indeed superior because you can take the bottle straight from the cold freezer and put it in the oven without causing any damage to the glass. This material is thermal shock resistant and it is suitable to be sterilized. It is also made from BPA-free material as well as the nipple that is BPA-free and it’s made of silicone. The material of the bottle allows washing in a dishwasher, which is very practical as we all know how troublesome can sometimes be the process of bottle cleaning, because of not easily accessible edges and parts. The glass bottle is fully recyclable and does not preserve smells compared to the plastic bottles. Even though it is washed in a dishwasher the glass material is not easily scratched as it is thick.Many parents’ concern is that glass is breakable so they are afraid that when kids drop the bottle it may break or be seriously damaged. However, testers and customers confirm that even when dropped from a certain height this bottle is very durable and does not crack easily.
Comfort

Comfort

This Natural bottle comes with a slow-flow nipple that is designed to look like breast. The silicone material that it is made of ,has a tender texture and actively encourages natural latch that resembles to the breast. In this way it is much easier for the babies who are not exclusively on bottle feeding and makes it easier to accept the bottle and constantly change from being bottle-fed and at the same time breast-fed. When the baby grows you can purchase additionally other nipples that differ in the flow that is increased for each development phase. The comfort of the baby is enhanced with the petals of the nipples that prevent their collapse and of course make the nipples soft. The bottle also has a special AirFlex system and this contributes to baby’s comfort when being fed or holds the bottle. This system keeps the air away from baby’s tummy because with the two special valves it ventilates the air that inflows in the bottle and this is supposed to help in reduction of the colic that usually causes lots of problems and crying for the babies and great stress for the parents. The anti-colic system works for some parents who notice reduction of gas at their child but it does not work for other kids but in any case it is a system that can only help the child and does not do any harm. The only thing that would have been nice to have for increased comfort is a silicone sleeve although the ergonomic shape of the bottle indeed contributes to the easy grip and comfort of holding the bottle and feeding the baby.

Ease of cleaning

Ease of cleaning

With the minimum parts to be assembled (only 4) the bottle is easy to clean and after each cleaning it can be assembled very quickly so you would not spend much time and the baby can get fed quickly. If you need some parts for replacement they are available and can be easily purchased. The bottle has wide neck and this provides good approach for easy cleaning, meaning that there is sufficient space for the baby bottle brush to be put inside the bottle and even if you want to clean it by hand you can insert a dish sponge. The nipples because of the silicone material are stain resistant and even if you do not clean them immediately after use and they get mixed with the other dishes do not panic because if the stains remain after the hand-wash, the nipples are safe to be put in the dishwasher and the stains will be removed.
Ease of use

Ease of use

The wide neck of the bottle allows you to add baby formula in a simple way without causing a lot of mess on the sides. You just pour the water in, put some powder from the baby formula, tighten the top on and the teat in and shake the bottle. The bottle can be put in the bottle warmer and microwave for quick heating of the milk. The nipples come in six versions and differ in the flow rate so we are sure you would find the most appropriate one for your baby according to the baby's age. Some of the parents react that the nipple that is provided with the bottles is not exactly right for the stated months and that the flow is bigger so they report some leakage when feeding. The leaking is an issue that is more than often mentioned in the negative comments but before we judge we need to give a warning that the manufacturer points out that to avoid leaking problems you should not over-tighten the ring on the bottle as well as there are lots of users who first reported leaking and then updated their reviews saying that the leaking is not an issue when you are very careful about the assembly especially the part with the nipple and its position in the rim. However, we cannot neglect the leaking issue since the number of complaints is indeed high and the sealing problem between the ring and the bottle is pointed out as the major cause for this problem. If you happen to have this problem the customer service recommends you to reassemble the bottle and check that the nipple is pulled up in a way so that it is flushed with the bottle. One thing that all agree is that the bottle is safe regarding portability as the travel cap is tight to the bottle and even if carried in a bag it will not cause leaks.

Price

Price

This product is a great value because we are talking about a glass bottle made of quality borosilicate glass that is eco-friendly and has excellent resistance to ranging temperatures. So for all parents who are eco-conscious and have limited budget for purchasing the product, it is a great option. The value is increased when we know that all the nipples and caps are interchangeable and fit all the other bottles and different baby products from Philips. It is a nice option for parents who have newborns and combine breast and bottle feeding especially because of the advanced system against colic.

Bottom line

If you are looking for your first or maybe you in a search of a new bottle for your newborn this Natural glass bottle of 4 ounce may be the right choice for you and your baby because of many reasons. This product is well-made glass bottle for all the parents who are ecologically aware and do not want to use plastic because of the so many risks and the raised issues about safety connected to plastic. The ergonomic design of the bottle makes it handy for the parents feeding the baby as well as for babies’ hands holding it. This particular product comes with 4 bottles and 4 nipples. The bottles because of their wide openings are easy to clean and easy to use when preparing the baby formula. In addition the nipples have their specially designed petals that add to the softness of the nipples and are perfect for babies who are breastfed and bottle fed at the same time so babies easily accept the bottles. It also has a special system designed for reduction of colics that are common issue among babies causing lots of stress for the parents and great discomfort for the babies. Because it is made of borosilicate glass the bottles are heat and thermal shock resistant so you can put the bottles in bottle warmer straight from the fridge. One of the flaws of this bottle is the leaking issue caused by under - or over- tightening of the bottle and customers claim that the proper sealing is simply hard to achieve. However, this pack of four bottles has a good price compared to other similar products and taking into account all the qualities that the bottle possesses.
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