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January 20th, 2007, 08:00 PM
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I used to use Dr. Brown's bottles - LOVED THEM, but yeah, they have lots of parts and I wanted to switch to something more simple. So I went back to Gerber bottles.

I use the latex nipples. They were great for awhile but now they all seem to be collapsing and not releasing bubbles like they used to. So I have started throwing the collapsing nipples away and just keeping the ones that work well. Anyone else experience this?
I also use some Evenflo bottles and find their nipples (latex) do much better, but they are hard to find here. I like the slow flow as the new medium flow (with 2 holes) are way too fast for my little guy.

Seeing that the nipples are very inexpensive I guess no big deal to replace them often. I was just wondering if anyone else out there has the same problem.........
Mama to 4,
Foster mama to baby girl "A" born 9/07
former foster mama to baby boy D and baby girl L
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January 21st, 2007, 07:48 AM
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When DD used Gerber latex nipples I had the same problem. After about 3 weeks I would start noticing them getting worn out. I thought the same as you they were really cheap so I was just replacing them all the time. DD only used the Gerber bottles for about 2 months then we found out she had reflux and have to give cereal in the bottle. The Gerber bottles didn't work with the cereal so we switched to Dr. Browns.

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January 21st, 2007, 02:38 PM
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we used gerber bottles and nipples for about 5 mos. I didn't notice them wearing out quickly but I did notice that they would start to collapse. I just switched to Playtex drop ins. So much easier to clean.
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January 21st, 2007, 03:06 PM
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Thanks ladies for the replies. I guess it's a universal problem then! I tried drop ins which I LOVED but my little guy cannot handle a wide nipple at all. He can't latch on properly and takes in too much air.

For the time being I'm just going to stick with them and replace as needed.
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January 21st, 2007, 08:17 PM
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I know that latex nip's do wear out quicker. I haven't experienced that yet.
I'm sure it will happen this week now .
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January 21st, 2007, 11:39 PM
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Hmm, it's odd that you posted this b/c I was noticing that my Gerber nipples have changed texture. They are kinda slimy like.... none of my others have done this. Like you I prefer the Evenflo but they are hard to find in my area also.

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January 22nd, 2007, 12:03 PM
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I have had the same problem with the gerber latex nipples. It is just lately too. I thought maybe Paige was biting them or something since she has teeth now but I guess it just must be the nipples. We had a bunch that I got shortly after she was born and they lasted awhile...I just recently replaced them and it seems like they are already wearing out!!!
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