Welcome to Dr. Brown’s Frequently Asked Questions.
The following questions and answers have been provided to assist you with information pertaining to our Dr Brown’s products.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bottles & Accessories
• Original: The Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow® “Original” bottle is a Narrow or Standard shape found in many traditional baby bottles.
• Wide-Neck: The Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow® “Wide-Neck” has a larger diameter with curved indentations on the side to make it easier to hold.
Many breastfeeding mothers prefer the Dr. Brown’s Wide-Neck bottle because the nipple has a broader base, which can help baby avoid nipple confusion. The Standard Dr. Brown’s bottle carries the standard bottle nipple, which is more narrow. This nipple shape is chosen by many hospitals and feeding specialist as being ideal for infants and newborns. Babies tend to favor different nipple types. Some simple experimentation will help identify your baby’s preference. The Standard bottles come in 2-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce sizes; and our Standard Wide-Neck bottles are available in 4-ounce and 8-ounce sizes. The Dr. Brown’s Options Wide-Neck bottles are slightly larger, at 5-ounce and 9-ounce sizes.
• Level 1 – 0-3 months
• Level 2 – 3-6 months
• Level 3 – 6 months and over
• Level 4 – For more aggressive eaters
• Y-Cut – Faster flow for thicker liquids
Additionally, Dr. Brown’s offers a Preemie Nipple for premature infants; and an Ultra-Preemie Nipple, primarily used by medical professionals for medically fragile infants in hospitals. A Preemie Nipple is also available for our Wide-Neck Bottles by contacting customer service. For any questions about the appropriate nipple level for your baby, contact us.
It is important to monitor the feeding habits of your little one. For instance, is your three-month-old not seeming to get enough from the bottle at feeding time? Moving her up from a Level One to a Level Two nipple may be in order. Adapt your bottle nipple selection to match your baby’s feeding style, regardless of age.
Your baby will give you cues that you can try removing the vent system, including a reduction in colic, reflux and gas; consuming more milk, more quickly; and drinking from a faster flow nipple, such as the Level 3 nipple.
• Boil the parts in water for 3-5 minutes, maximum. We recommend bringing the water to a rolling boil, then turning the heat off and leaving the bottle parts in the water for 3-5 minutes.
• Use our Deluxe Bottle Sterilizer, an electric steam sterilizer that fits all Dr. Brown’s bottles, and most other bottle brands.
• Use a Microwave Steam Sterilizer, which features a custom tray for all the bottle components.
• Use Microwave Steam Sterilizer Bags, which quickly sterilize bottles and parts – as well as pacifiers and training cups. Each steam sterilizer bag can be used up to 20 times.
The inside of the bottle will remain sterile until it comes in contact with any object, including fingers. After the bottle has dried, we recommend placing the nipple/collar/cap on the bottle to prevent contact during storage.
Some of the advice we get from Moms on this topic include:
• WHITE VINEGAR – Soak bottle in a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water, and then rinse with cold water. Many stains will disappear following this procedure, which can also eliminate odors.
• BAKING SODA – Juice stains may be removed by putting baking soda and warm water in the bottle and cleaning with a bottle brush. To get rid of sour-milk smell, fill the bottle with warm water, add a teaspoon of baking soda, shake well, and let stand overnight.
1. Disassemble the bottle and soak all parts in hot soapy water.
2. Insert the brush into the bottle, twisting the brush, and moving it in and out of the bottle. The combination of bristles and sponge will clean your bottles thoroughly.
3. Use the small wire cleaning brush to clean small crevices in the insert and reservoir.
4. Use the base of the brush, featuring chevron channels, to gently scrub the interior of the silicone nipple.
5. Rinse all bottle components, and let dry thoroughly.
To prevent further issues, avoid over-sterilizing the bottle vessel and do not aggressively wash the exterior. Check out our cleaning guidelines for tips on how to thoroughly clean your bottle. For additional questions, our Customer Service is here to help!
• Double check that the vent and reservoir are assembled tightly.
• Remove the vent during heating.
• Avoid overheating. Overheating can expand the air in the bottle, pushing liquid through the vent system, causing leaks.
• Avoid shaking the bottle to mix formula. Instead, stir the formula gently with a spoon, or use the Dr. Brown’s Formula Mixing Pitcher.
• Avoid overfilling your bottle. The vent system may not function properly if the liquid is over the fill line marked on the bottle.
• Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle when feeding. This helps ensure the tube hole is not covered by liquid.
• Keep bottles upright during transport.
• Use travel caps and storage disks. They can help prevent any leaks while you are traveling.
One other suggestion is to consider whether it is time for your baby to move up to the next nipple level. If you are unsure what is causing a leak, or want to troubleshoot an issue, please contact Customer Service.
If you have any other questions or would like more help, please contact Customer Service.