Playtex Drop-Ins: A Daily Sanity Saver

03/24/2009 at 02:00 PM ET

After breastfeeding my twins, I knew transitioning to the bottle would be tough… for everyone involved. Feeding, changing, dressing and playing with the tots took every spare minute of my day. I didn’t know how I was going to find time to clean all the bottles. Plus my daughter was having horrible spit-up episodes and both babies were painfully gassy. The Playtex Drop-Ins System ($16/starter set of 5 bottles) saved me on all accounts.

The BPA-free, sterilized liners made it simple to clean up between feedings. I just popped on a new or cleaned (BPA-free) nipple, put in a new liner and I was ready to go. The environmentalist in me cringed every time I tossed a rinsed liner into the recycling bin. But I’d rather spend those saved minutes playing with my babies—or resting. We started with the small 4 oz. nursers and moved our way to the larger 8 oz. size. The expandable liners (able to hold up to 10 oz., $8.50/100) collapse as baby drinks to prevent air from being gulped down with the milk. Plus, the twins took to them almost immediately, their gas was eliminated and the hourly spit-up episodes were a thing of the past.

— Sarah S.

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Christine on

We also used this system for our twins, and it was a huge time saver!! Certainly cost more to buy liners, but I found the Walmart Parent’s Choice liners worked just as well for a lot less money. And in terms of extra time with my babies, the liners were worth the money spent and more!

Katherine on

I’m a nanny and the family I work for uses these for their 3 month old with breastmilk that the mom pumps at work.

I do like these, and Sam seems to be fine with them also. I for one dislike the inserts. Sometimes I am so frazzled by watching twin 2 year olds and a 3 month old that I forget to put the liner in after I get them out of the sanitizer and I pour the breastmilk into it without a liner…and it spills all over…and I waste the “liquid gold”. But…that is my own fault, and what’s important is that the baby likes them and eats with them- and she does fine.

Sometimes it’s just hard to remember the liners unless you pre-line them all immediately…but as you all know, not much can be planned when there are little ones running around! Overall I give them a 6 out of 10…only because i find those liners extremely irritating and WASTEFUL for the environment.

Mommy of 3 on

I love the Playtex Drop-In bottles. I used them for all 3 of my children and they never had one problem with them! They are alot easier to clean and they have always been BPA free which makes me feel alot better!!! I highly recomend these bottles to anyone that is expecting or switching over from nursing….they are a life saver!

In regards to the nanny poster above me, I have 3 children that are all 18 months apart and I never forgot to add a liner. I guess it is because I rarley made a single bottle…I always did them all together!

Aya on

Mommy of three,I agree.It is a lot different when its your own child,I think your not as frazzled. I’ve never forgotten a liner,even when he is screaming down the house. LOL,with the way the bottle is made (this big cylinder tube,bigger than the average bottle),they are pretty hard to miss. And I don’t even use the regular liners,I use the liner baggies (much more difficult to get on).

And I will add, that there are a lot of parents that I know (and in our mom group) that use the liners in regular bottles. I think it has to do with the concept that it prevents alot of gas (The liner collapses so it prevents the child from sucking on an empty bottle).I haven’t noticed this difference,maybe I will when he is holding his own bottle)

I tried the drop in liners,and I didn’t really like the way they “collapsed”. I found the baggies (also Playtex) to be better (not easier,but better) and they come in 40z and 8oz. We did try the Parent’s Choice one, but I could not get past the very strong plastic smell,so the whole box is still sitting in my cupboard.

ilaria on

How environmentally un-friendly.😦

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