About Playtex Nursers
Playtex Nursers are a bottle created with breastfed babies in mind. The NaturalLatch® silicone nipple is meant to feel and work like the breast, and the pre-sterilized, collapsible drop-in liners help to limit the amount of air baby swallows, thereby reducing colic. Playtex says that their bottles provide 7 essential benefits, among which are reducing fussiness, nipple confusion, and prep time. This video provides more information on how Playtex Nursers work.
We started trying to give Isla bottles at 3 weeks in preparation for my returning to work several weeks later, and we went through a string of bottles before trying Playtex Nursers. I initially wanted to try Playtex nursers because I liked that it had a wide-based nipple, which my breastfed baby preferred, and because I thought the collapsible drop-in liners would help reduce the amount of air my gassy baby was swallowing. (With some bottles, she was making a smacking sound every time she sucked, she was swallowing so much air.)
- Playtex Nursers are by far one of the lowest maintenance bottles you can get. Because the liners are pre-sterilized, you don’t have to worry about washing and sterilizing the entire bottle every time you want to give baby a bottle. Just grab a fresh liner, pour in the milk, squeeze out the air, and go. When you’re done, the liner can go in the trash. Only the nipple has to be washed.
- The liners do reduce the amount of air baby swallows. No smacking with these bottles!
- You can pick up the Target brand liners as an inexpensive alternative to the more expensive Playtex drop-in liners.
- The nipples are very similar to the breast. I really liked that these nipples were the most similar to my own breast.
- While the drop-in liners do reduce air intake and are convenient, you do have to keep buying new ones and, of course, they generate a lot of trash. If, like me, you’re looking for a more sustainable option, this probably isn’t going to be something you want to use often.
- While the nipple is similar to the breast, it’s also kind of long and floppy, meaning Isla kept spitting it out and squirting milk all over herself. Messy! Isla has a pretty small mouth, though, so this might not be a problem for a baby with more mouth.
In all, it’s my #2 bottle, and we’ve got a set stashed in our kitchen in case of an emergency. I think it’s a great bottle for breastfed or colicky babies and, if you’re trying to get your breastfed baby to take a bottle, this is a good one to try out, since every baby is different.
You can purchase Playtex Nursers online at Amazon. They retail for around $12.
You can enter to win a 3-pack of 4 oz. Playtex Nursers here as part of my Back to Work Giveaway. The giveaway begins on Saturday!