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The Thursday Review: Baby Bottle Buddy Collection

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Sansa with her Panda

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.

Happy Feeding!

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About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

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8 thoughts on “The Thursday Review: Baby Bottle Buddy Collection

  1. Omg, can I get a redo on the first year just so I can go back and get these? Okay, clearly that’s irrational thinking. Lol.

    PS My husband taught the girls how to hold bottles at 9 months old (7 months adjusted) in what he called a bottle holding boot camp. I was at work. I hope and pray he’s kidding about the boot camp part.

    Posted by Heather C | June 27, 2013, 12:01 pm
    • Husbands really have the touch eh? It was my husband that taught our son how to hold a bottle!

      Posted by Shannon | June 27, 2013, 1:34 pm
      • Lol. I think it’s the connection thing for moms too. Although in my case, I nursed the girls so never was bottling them for the most part.

        Posted by Heather C | June 27, 2013, 5:29 pm
      • Great work on breastfeeding. I nursed my son for nine months (went back to work at 8) and I am still nursing the girl’s but I find with the three of them when we are out its just easier to give them a bottle. Or on the very rare occasion mommy gets to go out without the kids! LOL (about once every two months or so).

        Posted by Shannon | June 27, 2013, 7:15 pm
  2. What a great idea for those mums of multiples.
    Even better it doubles up as a toy.

    Posted by journey2dfuture | June 27, 2013, 2:23 pm
  3. I actually saw that documentary! Loved it and heartbreaking indeed. I also studied attachment at uni…but you gotta do what you gotta do! I didn’t think that it was looked down upon because of attachment – i thought it was for safety reasons!

    Posted by Sixtine and The Little Things | June 28, 2013, 3:35 am

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