Product Review: Philips AVENT Natural Glass Bottles
Name of the Product
Philips AVENT Natural Glass feeding bottles which come in two sizes: 120ml and 240 ml.
Age Group it’s for
From birth through to whenever bottles are stopped, preferably by 12 months of age.
What does the product do?
Both sizes of these AVENT Philips bottles are a new take on feeding bottle design and elements. Until the 70’s, glass bottles in Australia were the norm and it was only with the advances in plastics manufacturing that glass bottles began to be phased out and replaced (almost entirely) by plastic and polyurethane feeding bottles. In fact, many of the current generation of parents don’t realise that glass bottles are actually a return to what was once considered the only real option.
One of the commonly cited reasons amongst mothers who continued to use glass bottles when choice became available was that cleaning milk residue from glass bottles was easier and that glass was generally considered a superior product than plastic.
Recommendations around not exposing babies and children to BPA (Bisphenol A) via bottles have also influenced bottle manufacturing, particularly in recent years. But the worry of glass and risks associated with it breaking has always been a factor, until now.
Philips AVENT has done alot of research into the product design and components of this current range. And yes, it does show. There’s 0% BPA contained which will appeal to many parents and there’s also the positive recycling factor for when the bottles are finished with.
Glass doesn’t scratch and the volume markers stay legible which is a clear bonus. And they look good, there’s a welcome absence of cute decals on these bottles; elements are either white or clear so there’s no interruption to being able to see exactly what volume of milk is in the bottle.
Do the bottles do what they should?
Yes, the bottles do what the manufacturer’s claim they will. The glass is described as “Pure and safe” and made from borosilicate glass. Essentially this means it can be exposed to extremes of temperature, both heat and cold and if it does break it’s more likely to crack or snap rather than shatter. And of course, these are essential factors. The size difference is obviously for younger and older babies; depending on the volume of milk they need. Many parents tend to buy the larger 240 ml bottles at the outset if they know they are going to formula feed long term. But the smaller (120ml) size is ideal for young babies.
Each bottle size also has indentations on the bottle sides so that there’s an ergonomic feel for the parent when holding the bottle. The thumb and forefinger/middle fingers can grip the bottle comfortably and if the bottle is wet or the hands slippery they won’t slide down towards the baby’s mouth. They have a nice wide base as well so tipping over is less likely.
Would you recommend it and why?
I’m limited in what I can recommend and why but as a general observation I do find lots of parents use AVENT bottles and feeding equipment and really like them. There is a sense amongst parents that Philips AVENT are “the best” when it comes to feeding and expression equipment. From what I’ve observed parents having their first child tend to invest in the range and reuse for subsequent children.
Each component fits with each other in the range so for mothers who are expressing and want to minimise handling of expressed breast milk (EBM) this range works well. The volume markers are clear and won’t rub off like they can (over time) with plastic bottles. For formula preparation, correct water volume is really important and the wide neck is more than adequate to fit a formula scoop without if all spilling down the sides of the bottle.
I also like the shape of the teat and the wide teat cover which can serve as a cup to offer EBM for parents who want to minimise teat use.
I’m particularly in favour of Philips AVENT including a safety and health warning about the correlation between prolonged and continuous sucking on fluids and tooth decay. From a health perspective this is pretty impressive. They do cost more than plastic bottles but in terms of quality they do appear to be better than plastic bottles.