Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
When Addie was born, thoughts of laying in bed, blissfully breastfeeding my new, perfect baby filled my head. She was born 4 years ago, just last week, and I was on cloud 9. Watching her chest rise and fall, nothing was as I’d expected… starting with 36 hours of (mostly unmedicated) labor.
As the hours passed, so did my initial letdown from maternal bliss. My baby didn’t crawl to my breast, searching for milk as I’d seen in viral videos. In fact we both ended up crying over the struggle. I’m not sure if it was the continuation of tears or my grievance at attempting to nurse with a shield in public, but eventually, the dream of exclusively breastfeeding my darling daughter relented, and I gave myself over to the pump.
I’d heard horror stories about which bottle to choose, colicky babies, gas bubbles and upset bellies, unclean bottles (which was a BIG concern for me since we didn’t have a dishwasher), and rejection. I headed to the store and scooped up the simplest bottles- Philips Avent Classic+ Baby Bottle– hoping the parts would be easy to clean and care for, and that Addie would appreciate their simple design.
Indeed, my girl took to her bottle like a champ. Hungrily drinking my breastmilk from the Avent Classic+ bottle, my heart soared. I learned a lot from that first moment of bottle feeding.Babies just need to be fed. #LoveIsInTheDetails with @Avent_US Classic+ #giveaway Click To Tweet
Addie and I eventually ended our breastfeeding journey altogether. I relinquished my dream for that of reality- which was even better. My baby was flourishing, full of milk, and Dave LOVED being a part of feedings. They would stare at each other, locking eyes, exchanging smiles well into the late hours of the night and early hours of the morning. Even our puppy loved watching his baby sister eat! This was what defined success for me. I finally understood: Happy baby. Happy family.
The simplicity of the Avent Classic+, with just 3 pieces to separate and clean, made cleaning, washing and drying easy- even without a dishwasher, and the wide mouth design meant I could always get into the bottle and be sure all parts were clean inside.
The new version of the Philps Avent Classic+ Baby Bottle is even better- these 4 years later so much is- with a new one-piece anti-colic system. There’s an innovative valve integrated into the nipple, which helps ease airflow- lessening the chance of baby getting gas due to ingesting air during feedings. Keeping baby happy, means keeping everyone happy, right?
While my entry into motherhood and our feeding journey was bumpy, once we found our way it was smooth sailing. Having the best for my Addie gave her the start she needed to be the beautiful, smart, witty 4 year old she’s become- and truly gave me a life lesson in parenting I won’t soon forget: very little goes as planned, so be more prepared for change than anything else!
I want to give you the same gift of a happy feeding journey with you and your babe(s)! Don’t forget to enter the #LoveIsInTheDetails giveaway below, and get ready to begin your beautiful journey.The only story worth your telling, is your own. #LoveIsTheDetails @Avent_US #giveaway Click To Tweet