I’m in baby mode. This time around, I know exactly what I do and don’t need. I loved Stephanie’s series on baby niceties and necessities. I think it’s really useful for moms (either first-time or otherwise) to know what they truly do and don’t need. I’d hate to come home that first day from the hospital and realize I didn’t have _______ (fill in the blank). Some of you may or may not agree with me, but bottles are one of those necessities. You’re probably thinking, wait a minute….didn’t you breastfeed your son? Yes! In fact, I nursed him for 14 months and he would have continued, had my body not decided that it was done. As a working mom, I realized that just like the first time, I’ll have to go back to work at some point (hopefully not before 6 months). Hence the need for bottles. I waited way too long to introduce a bottle to my son (although that topic is definitely an entirely separate post) and plan on avoiding the bottle strike with baby number 2.
When I was pregnant with my son, the only BPA-free bottles available were those from Born Free. So I bought them. It’s been two years and I’m impressed with the number of companies offering affordable, BPA-free baby bottles. Now why it took so long for this to happen is again, best suited for another post. Needless to say, while there were many things I liked about those bottles, I’m definitely open to trying a new company.
Thanks to Mom Fuse, I had an opportunity to take a look at one of Green to Grow’s baby bottles. These bottles are made from a high-grade, durable, BPA and phthalate-free plastic. What’s important about their durability is that the bottles hold up against a wide range of temperatures including repeated sterilization (very important for NICU nurses like me!). I love that the bottles are compatible with Medela breast pumps (which I have and will use again). That will save me one extra step in the tedious task of pumping. Just like most bottles, the company offers 3 different stages of nipples which corresponds to the flow. The bottles are available in both regular and wide neck models and in 5 and 10 ounce sizes and retail for approximately $10.00 a bottle (which is about half of what I paid for my son’s bottles). You can purchase the bottles directly from the site.
From Green to Grow
With July, the leading month for births, just around the corner, plenty of soon-to-be parents are preparing for the arrival of their new babies. The Green to Grow Welcome Home Set provides an effortless solution to the hectic preparation required when bringing a new baby home. The Welcome Home Set is a convenient, safe, and environmentally responsible way to give your baby a healthy start.
The adorable, illustrated house-shaped box contains:
· Two 5 oz/150ml BPA-free baby bottles
· Two 10 oz/300ml bottles BPA-free baby bottles
· One package of Intermediate nipples (3-6 months)
· One package of Expert nipples (6+ months)
· One fair trade, organic cotton baby cloth – good for burps, slurps, baths, and splashes!
The Welcome Home Set is a terrific gift for parents everywhere, allowing them to rest easy knowing they have the safest, healthiest products to welcome their babies home. Available online at GreentoGrow.com for $54.99