Juggling twins can be difficult, especially when it comes to feeding. Up to this point, my girls have been mostly breastfed. However, now Sansa has begun to prefer bottles, and I have always given them bottles when we are out in the stroller (walking the dogs etc.).
I don’t remember how old Sawyer was when he held a bottle by himself, but I keep hoping the girls will learn…soon. Lately, I found myself looking up bottle holding contraptions. There are a few on the market, but some get bad reviews and none are easily available in Canada (meaning I would have to pay a lot and shipping/customs, which I am not willing to do).
In Canada, bottle holders are frowned upon because even if you are not nursing you should still hold your baby, since part of it is about feeding and part of it is about the cuddling.
They did a study with chimps and the baby chimp starved himself because he preferred to go to a warm and snuggly nipple with no milk than a cold and hard one full of milk. (Demonstrating the importance of physical contact in our closest relatives, and thus us as well).
I get it. In fact, I agree with it. But, I have three kids and only two hands and there are times when I could use a little help.
So, a couple of weeks ago we were on a stroll through Marshalls and I saw these baby bottle holders. They had pandas, teddy bears, frogs and pigs.
I picked one up and was impressed to see it was a toy that also held a bottle. Plus, the ears are teethers for the baby. Best part, only $5. I thought, “what the heck, even as a teething toy that’s a good price”. So I bought two.
I am happy to report the girls love them! Sansa loves the panda and holds him chewing contently on his ears. They both have been able to use them in the stroller with their bottles (right now they use 5oz nuk bottles, but it is universal fit).
I find I have to turn it sideways when feeding or they get a bear nose in their face while trying to drink, but it gives them something to hold on to. Even without their hands, it helps prop the bottle up and keep it in place. I used to use blankets, but this looks a little better (since we are in public) and they are small and double as toys so it’s worth bringing them along.
I also like that they can be used anywhere. I was looking at bottle slings but decided against them since they are only good in carseats and my girls have already almost outgrown their buckets. Plus wouldn’t be able to put up the shade on the seats which wouldn’t work since its very sunny outside (my carseats are my stroller seats right now).
I do see their value though, and if I had been bottle feeding from the start I probably would have tried them (the website ships to Canada and offers a multiples discount).
So overall, I give the Baby Bottle Buddy two thumbs up. They are cute, handy and practical. I would not pay an exorbitant amount of money for it, but if you are able to pick one up, I would do it, especially if you have multiples.