Getting Started with Your Dr. Brown’s Bottles

By selecting Dr. Brown’s bottles, you’ve just made an important choice in the health and happiness of your baby. Here is some useful information and practical tips that will help ensure a comfortable and satisfying experience for your baby – and worry-free feeding times for you.

How We’re Different
Dr. Brown’s redefined bottle feeding by creating an internal venting system that prevents air from coming in contact with the liquid. This helps prevent colic, spit-up, burping and gas –reducing or eliminating feeding problems for your baby, and stress and anxiety for you.

While other bottle designs have emerged to address venting, Dr. Brown’s are the only bottles that are fully vented. This maximizes your baby’s ability to feed comfortably at their own pace.

In addition to the Original bottles, Dr. Brown’s recently introduced the Options bottle, which can be used with or without the internal venting system. You may find that removing the venting system simplifies things for you as your baby’s feeding becomes more developed. She’ll let you know if she’s ready!

How to use the Bottle Brush

Everyday cleaning:

  • Wash all parts in hot water and gentle detergent.
  • Use the included Cleaning Brush to clean the holes in the vent insert and the straw-like tube in the vent reservoir.
  • Wash the bottle and nipple using a non-scratch sponge or Bottle Brush.
  • Let everything fully dry before storing in a clean place.
  • The bottle brush is a multi-functional cleaning tool for use with all Dr. Brown’s® bottle systems, nipples, internal parts and pacifiers.
  • Features include durable bristles for thorough cleaning of bottles, a grooved “no-slip” handle and chevron channels at the base for easy cleaning of nipples.
  • As an added benefit, this brush contains no metal parts that can damage a bottle or nipple.

Are Dr. Brown’s bottles dishwasher safe?

All Dr. Brown bottles, parts, and nipple are dishwasher (top rack) safe, but ensure you clean small areas in the internal vent system prior to putting in the dishwasher to avoid mold build-up.

How to choose the right nipple level

Most bottles offer various nipple levels that are tied to an age range (for example, 3 months+), but every infant has their own feeding style that is not necessarily a reflection of their age or size.

A majority of Dr. Brown’s bottles come with a Level 1 Nipple, which is a slow-flow nipple for newborn babies and older. That level may be too fast or too slow for your baby and you may need to adjust. It’s also common for baby to graduate to a faster flow as their feeding develops. There is no “right” time to change your baby’s nipple level. They’ll offer signs that the flow is too fast or slow for them.

Signs that the nipple level is too slow:

  • Baby is taking longer to finish eating
  • They become fussy or irritated while eating
  • They fall asleep during feeding

Signs that the nipple flow is too fast:

  • Gulping
  • Hard swallowing
  • Coughing
  • Choking
  • Milk dripping from the mouth
  • Refusing the bottle