(This post was sponsored by Philips Avent but opinions are my own)
Nothing is more joyous than bringing that precious baby home for the first time to show family and friends and to marvel everyday at your greatest creation. But what most parents don’t tell you is that after the first week or maybe two if you are lucky, the “honeymoon” period for some babies can end and that’s when the fourth trimester really begins in my experience. We were however very lucky because Adelina was never truly colic and in my opinion it was really the Philips Avent Anti-colic Bottles that have helped us whether the “Witching Hour” and reduced any feeding issues for Adelina especially during her newborn phase.
What is Colic in Baby?
For some babies, they may become colic where they can cry for more than a few hours which can be the most devastating to hear for any parent. This extreme duration of crying is commonly known as the “Witching Hour” that occurs roughly around the same time each day and the crying can go for hours for no apparent reason (1). Research doesn’t show too much info about what really causes an otherwise healthy baby to be colic but some possible but unproven theories includes over-stimulation out of the womb and swallowing of too much air during feeding that can cause the baby to become very fussy because of too much gas in their immature digestive tract. Also the discomfort from too much gas leads them to cry more and this crying also leads them to swallow more air and hence becomes a self-reinforcing cycle (2).
How Does the Bottle Reduce Gas and Colic in babies?
Created for this purpose, Philips Avent unique Anti-colic bottle with AirFree vent design is one of the best our there and it has been clinically proven to reduce colic and fussing! It is designed to help baby swallow less air as they drink because the vent draws air away from the nipple. The nipple stays full of milk and not air even when the bottle is horizontal, enabling upright and uninterrupted feeding. With its wide neck and simple parts, the bottle is easy to assemble and quick to clean (you can pop everything into the Philips Avent Steam Sterilizer) and most importantly reduces feeding issues like gas, reflux and colic.
Why Choose the Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle?
Chosen as the #1 reusable bottle brand in both the United States and Canada for a good reason; the Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle with AirFree vent used at 2 weeks of age in babies showed to be in the less colic category compared to a conventional bottle and a significant reduction in fussing at night compared with babies that fed with other leading brands. Not only that, I love that the bottle is easy to clean and to assemble making the feeding process much more pleasant. The bottle can also effortlessly transition with your baby as they get older because you can use the bottle with or without the AirFree vent; So for example, now that Adelina is 1.5 years old we still use the Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle but without the Airfree vent because now her stomach and digestive tract is strong enough and no longer has any gas related problem from feeding. However during her first couple months of life, we did lots of research and decided to switch to Philips Avent and I truly believe that the AirFree Vents really helped Adelina in not having too many gas problems and becoming a colic baby. So for any new parents-to-be or parents struggling right now to help your colic baby I highly recommend you check out the Philips Avent line of bottles especially made to help reduce colic in your baby.
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