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rethinking the bottle brush {MAM}

The trickiest part of bottle feeding is probably clean up, at least it is for me.  Bottles and their nipples come in all shapes and sizes, and that standard giant round brush is not the one size clean all it claims to be.  With an array of bottles in my baby’s collection, I sought to find a brush that could clean them all, from the narrowest of necks and to the deepest of depths.  There is one brush that has left the conventional thinking of what a bottle brush should be, and that is from MAM.

MAM’s bottle brush is a collection of non-scratch bristles that are soft and flexible, yet firm.  The curved head fits the general shape of the bottle interior, making an easy clean.  The handle is long and slender so there is nowhere it cannot go.  I’ve noticed with the standard bottle brush that while it does a good job cleaning all the interior sides at once, it doesn’t really get the bottom edges and build up can occur here if you don’t also then put them in the dishwasher.  That is unacceptable.  I’ve also noticed the bottle brush has just gotten larger over time to the point it really resembles a toilet bowl brush.  These large brushes now don’t fit into the narrow neck bottles without a really good shove — and this tactic recently led me to injure my thumb.  Come on.  To avoid mishaps and frustration, you could buy the brush that has been created for each bottle brand, or you could just buy this one.

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On the other end of the standard bottle brush is a nipple brush  That nipple brush resembles a pipe cleaner and is very small, and definitely needing some improvement.  The MAM bottle brush has a nipple brush as well but it is made of silicone, a sturdier cleaning tool.  It is designed to fit MAM nipples perfectly, and it does, but it also cleans other bottle nipples (and quite well I might add).  All in all, it is just a superior cleaning tool in every way.  I can get all of my baby bottles clean faster and more efficiently with the MAM.

The MAM Baby Bottle Brush cannot stand up on its own, no suction cup bottom we are used to seeing.  This may be a downside for some.  It does have an opening on the bottom end for hanging to dry or store, but I just stick mine in my Boon Lawn Drying Rack.

From day one, my baby boy has loved MAM pacifiers, and I am attributing it to their ultra-soft silicone nipples.  Other brands’ nipples are significantly stiffer and rounder, and they fall (or are vetoed out) of my newborn’s mouth almost instantly.  His love of MAM led me to give their Anti-Colic Bottles a try, as they feature the same wider, ultra-soft silicone nipples.

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My son had some latching issues in the beginning days and also a sensitive tummy, so the MAM bottles are really perfect for him. He latches so well onto the MAM Anti-Colic Baby Bottles, and he seems to have a pretty quiet, seamless feeding each time.  The nipple is ingeniously designed to make transition from mom to MAM an easy one, and that is why the latch is so effortless for baby. The nipples are wider and narrower than other brands, forming a more natural nipple that encourages baby to use a natural suckling motion to coax the milk out, just like with a breast. The base ventilation system keeps the milk flow smooth, reducing air-intake that can lead to gas, and I have to say from my experience this is the truth.  There is an audible difference when a baby isn’t consuming air.

my content guy with the MAM Anti-Colic 5 oz

Mam bottle review

MAM Anti-Colic Bottles are wonderful in design and function.  They feature a wide neck opening and a fat, screw off bottom, making fill and clean much easier.  There are 5 parts in total, which I was weary of, but they are all easy to take apart, clean and put back together.  Just make sure you do thread them right or you will have a big leak on your hands.  A couple bleary-eyed, sleep deprived nights I have rushed the process and had major spills, but I’ve got my technique down now.  Also, if you are heating the bottles, make sure to unscrew the the top a bit or the pressure from the heat will force milk into the vent system causing a small leak… you should really lightly unscrew all heating bottles actually.

Here is something unique and awesome about the MAM bottles, they are self-sterilizing!  Yes! Simply assemble the bottle in the sterilizing configuration with 20 ml of water inside and microwave for 3 minutes.  How great is that?  This encourages me to sterilize the bottles more often than if I had to pull out the big sterilizer I have (that I always seem to burn myself on).  I love this feature, and it has led me to use these on-the-go because I know when I get home sterilizing will be a breeze.

mam self-sterilizing bottles reviewThe MAM Anti-Colic Bottles come in 5 oz and 8 oz sizes, and in a few pleasant colors.  They are easy to use, to measure and fill, and come with a travel cap.  Bottles are sold in single, double and triple packs.  All parts are BPA free.

Product was provided by MAM to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.

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