The highlight of our year was the birth of my niece, Penelope Hope. Penny — four months old, a bundle of energy, all chubby-cheeked and slowly turning into a screeching banshee — has the whole household in her chubby little fingers. Her nanay and tatay, her Tita Ninangs, her Tito Ninong (the hubby) and her lolo and lola — our world stops once the chunky Panda (or the little turtle) starts flapping her arms, blows raspberries into the air and starts screeching out half-words, which is then promptly interpreted by her captive audience.
Penny is currently being breastfed (hence her advanced height and weight) which is doing wonders in her development–and I must say–and on the ever shrinking waistline of my sister-in-law. But because her Nanay is a working mom and Penny is left to her lola for the rest of the day, my sister-in-law is currently relying on finding the perfect feeding bottle which will ensure that our little princess will remain a happy and healthy baby.
As our first-time mom, it is only understandable that my sister-in-law has a lot of questions and is particular about the things being used by Penny. Since we all share the same house, we often hear from her about things she reads on the net to keep updated on the latest developments for Penny’s health. Since we have a tendency to all crowd the doctor’s office during Penny’s visits to her pedia, it is only there where we get to hear what’s the best for her, what to use and what not to use, how to keep her safe and healthy.
We’re blessed that the Little Panda is not the kind of baby to keep everyone awake until midnight because of incessant crying. She only cries when she’s sleepy or when she’s hungry, both of which can be easily fixed with either her milk bottle (containing pumped breast milk) or her lullaby from her lola. She’s never the irritable type or colicky.
What is colic?
According to the BabyCenter.com, a colicky baby is someone who displays uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. Your baby is considered colicky if he’s younger than 5 months old and cries for more than three hours in a row on three or more days a week for at least three weeks (phew!). While Colic is not a disease, having a baby who cries incessantly is a tough thing for every mother or parent out there.
- Almost half of all babies in the UK develop colic. 40% of mums with small babies are sure their babies have or have had colic, while a further 7% of mums are unsure whether some symptoms might have been colic.
- Only two out of five mothers with young babies (42%) could correctly name one or more of the symptoms of colic.
- According to mums in the survey, the most well known sign of colic is the baby’s legs curling up to their stomach (26%), followed by long periods of crying (23%).
- A miniscule 15% of babies who used Dr Brown’s Natural Flow in their early months developed colic, a significantly smaller amount than those using other brands, as 56% of babies in the survey were using them and suffered with colic.
- The most common treatment for colic used by the mums in the survey was a special medicine such as Infacol or Colief (61%), followed by using massage (32%) and changing the baby’s bottle (28%).
- Dr Brown’s was the first choice (43%) for mums changing their baby’s bottle to relieve the symptoms of colic.
The information comes handy for mommies, especially for first-timers. In fact, I will share the study with Penny’s mom for her future reference. After all, we only want the best for our little bundle of happiness.
What Makes Dr. Brown’s stand out?
Dr. Brown’s has a wide range of bottles, breast-feeding tools, teethers and baby accessories for your little bundle of joy. The difference lies on the diverse line of Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow bottles which can be used either with or without the vents. The bottles are tried and tested to prevent incidence of colic among babies and is a top choice of mommies who wants the best for their babies.
The bottles work this way: Our Dr. Brown’s bottle features a 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 breastmilk or formula, to the back of the bottle. Air never mixes with the breast milk 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 breastmilk or formula flows freely, without nipple collapse (Source: Dr. Brown’s website).
Good news for mommies who’d like to offer the best feeding bottles for their babies. Lazada, the leading online shopping mall in the Philippines, is offering a pair of Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Wide-Neck feeding bottles for 25% off – to buy you can click this link. At only PHP899, the pair of bottles are certified BPA-free and comes with 2 pieces of the patented internal vents and a cleaning brush. The product currently enjoys rave reviews on the Lazada site.