With baby set to arrive in a few months, I have been carefully planning out every detail. I know from experience there are certain products I need, and others that I can really do without. Two essential things for any nursing (or bottle feeding) parent is a comfortable feeding pillow and a great set of bottles.
I can still remember how much of a backache you can get by not having the proper positioning, and how much harder it makes feeding time. This time around I want to make sure that both baby and myself are comfortable, so when Dr. Brown’s offered to let me try one of their breastfeeding pillows I was thrilled to take them up on the offer. I also got to try out the glass bottles from Dr. Brown’s. We used Dr. Brown’s natural flow bottles for both of my previous kids and just loved them, but when I found out there was a model in glass I had to get it!
Dr. Brown’s Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow
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Although my little one hasn’t arrived yet, there are several features about this pillow that I can already tell you I’m gonna love!
The first thing is the angled design. This is a patented design that positions baby at an incline. This could help in digestion and preventing reflux. The pillow also sits taller and wider than other pillows, giving moms a wide variety of ways to position the pillow for maximum comfort…and I’m all about comfort!
Next is that both the pillow and covers are machine washable. This is a huge deal! Having a pillow that you can just throw in the wash makes life so much easier when you are a busy parent.
I also love that even without a cover the pillow has an amazing design! With the stitching pattern that is already on the pillow it looks great, and I can decide if I just want to use the pillow or change it up a bit with a fun cover.
More about the Dr. Brown’s Gia Breastfeeding Pillow
- Designed by a Lactation Consultant
- Angled feeding may help digestion and reduce reflux and other feeding problems
- Wider, flatter pillow surface helps prevent baby from rolling down
- Patented, non-flat design positions baby at incline
- Thick-to-thin design to grow with baby for virtually limitless nursing positions
- Quilted 100% Cotton Shell
- Machine Wash & Dry/Retains shape throughout washing
- Use with or without cover
Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Glass Bottles
If you know anything about me, you know that I’ve been trying to pursue a more natural route when it comes to our baby products. We are planning on using cloth diapers and wipes, I’m looking into doing VBAC versus having another cesarean, and a lot of the products we plan on using for baby are things that are safer for either the environment and/or our baby.
For me, a glass bottle fits the bill of being both safer for the environment and baby. Plastic manufacturing has a huge impact on the environment, and even products that are BPA free still concern me as I worry about chemicals leaching into the food or drink. I was so thrilled to find out Dr. Brown’s actually has a line of glass bottles because we loved using the natural flow design with our first two kids, and being able to find that same function in a glass bottle is amazing!
Even though these bottles do have a few more bits and pieces to them, they really aren’t that much work and the added benefits you get from the vent system really seem to have paid off in the past.
How the Dr. Brown’s vent system works
The bottle features a patented two-piece internal vent system that works unlike any other bottle design.
The vent system fully vents our bottle for vacuum-free feeding, which we call positive-pressure flow, similar to breastfeeding. As the baby feeds, air is channeled from the nipple collar through the vent system, bypassing the breast-milk or formula, to the back of the bottle. Air never mixes with the breastmilk or formula which minimizes oxidation and helps preserve essential nutrients like vitamins C, A and E.
Babies feed more comfortably because the vent system allows them to nurse without fighting the negative effects of a vacuum or the discomfort of ingesting air bubbles. This helps to reduce feeding problems like colic, spit-up, burping, and gas. The breast-milk or formula flows freely, without nipple collapse.
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So tell us…
What was your feeding method of choice? Did you use a breastfeeding pillow?