Podee Feeder

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Hands Free Feeding System

Podee Feeder

Available from www.twinsthings.co.uk £7.99

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  1. Chandler1409 wrote on
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    About the reviewer: Mother of Twins
    Short Title: A must have for parents of multiples
    Review:
    I was very excited to find a hands-free feeding system, which I have been wishing existed but have only just discovered!

    My twin girls are now five months old. I do most of their feeds on my own as my husband works. I feed them both together which is very hard; it strains yours arms and back, and is even more difficult if one is playing up.

    I used the bottle for the first time a few days ago on Grace, who can be impatient when she wants to be fed! I just put the teat in her mouth, and she took right to it. It was wonderful as I still had to get Ellie ready for her feed, and Grace was able to get a head start, and the tears were reduced!

    It is quite simple to put together. I wash it after each use and then take it apart and emerse it all in milton.

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  2. TAMKNIGHTS wrote on
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    About the reviewer: MOTHER OF ONE
    Short Title: Great for breastfed babies who hate the bottle
    Review:
    I found the podee on the internet when looking in desperation for a bottle that my breast fed baby would feed from. I had to go back to work when my little boy George was 5 months but he refused to drink from the bottle and would wait for me to return before having any feeds.

    The beauty of the podee is the hands free element. Once it’s assembled I can take it with me in the car seat, buggy, bumbo or just have it on his play mat. He can then pick up the teat and suckle, getting used to drinking from somthing other than mum at his own pace without tantrums and me having to sit there for hours putting a bottle to his lips in the hope that he may drink from it!

    I have had my podee for two weeks and he has taken to it really well. I would recommend it as a great bottle to use for breast fed babies.

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  3. Jrolfe wrote on
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    About the reviewer: Mum to Holly, 10 weeks
    Short Title: Tricky at first
    Review:
    My 10 week old daughter Holly has been using the podee hands free feeding system for the last week. She had been suffering from trapped wind/colic and podee claims to help alleviate these symptoms. Podee works by bringing a continuous flow of milk from the bottom of the bottle to the teat, without the use of valves but through the sucking power of the baby. As baby sucks on the teat, milk is drawn up the tubes from the bottom of the bottle and when the teat is full no air can enter so any air the baby swallows is minimal which helps to reduce the gas build up in the stomach.

    When I first put the bottle together I found it a little confusing but with practice it became just as easy as using any other bottle. However, as she is so small she needs support for her neck so I did not feel comfortable leaving her sitting upright on her own and continued to hold her close as usual.

    Initially I found this bottle difficult to use and so did Holly, she could not quite understand where the bottle had gone. She refused the teat the first few times and became quite frustrated as initially she did not seem to be sucking hard enough to draw up the milk and as the previous reviewer suggested it helps to squeeze the teat until it is full and then give to baby. As Holly is quite young and sometimes a difficult feeder she did not seem to be getting far very quickly so I feel this product could be better suited to slightly older babies but I can see it being of great value to mums with twins or more. With time Holly will probably get more and more confident and familiar with using podee.

    The bottle is very versatile though and I think it will be extremely useful to use when Holly starts to be weaned and is sitting in her highchair. She can then learn to reach for the teat herself and feed when she has not yet developed the co-ordination to use the bottle. You can also buy a “Give me a hug bottle holder” which can be clipped to car seats or pushchairs enabling the baby to drink when they want to.

    The podee costs

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  4. LJT77 wrote on
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    About the reviewer: mum to 5 month old twins, Eshan & Jayan
    Short Title: A great invention
    Overall Verdict: A helpful gadget for non-breastfeeding mums
    Best Feature: The freedom it gives you
    Worst Feature: A tad fiddly with lots of bits to clean!
    Tested for: 5 weeks
    Review:
    Feeding twins is never simple. I decided fairly early on to bottle-feed my twin boys, who are now five months old. I’m lucky enough to have a husband who works from home so we usually share the feeding, and because of this we have established a routine where the boys feed at exactly the same time. However, there are times when my husband is too busy to feed one of the babies and this is where it gets tricky. Sitting them in their bouncers and holding two bottles in two mouths at the same time really takes its toll on your arms and back, and this is where the Podee Feeder comes into play.

    This ingenious feeding system consists of a teat attached to a long latex tube which in turn attaches to a neck ring screwed onto the bottle. This means you can stick the teat into your baby’s mouth and stand the bottle on the table or wedge it between their legs. Another tube goes from the underside of the neck ring right down to the bottom of the bottle, so when the baby sucks, the milk draws up from the bottom thus minimising their intake of air.

    The Podee Feeder took a little getting used to, for me and the babies. They have to learn to suck hard enough to draw the milk up the tube and to keep the teat in their mouths without you having to hold it in place. The first time we tried it they couldn’t get any milk up at all and they started to get really frustrated. However, I realised it was because I hadn’t screwed the neck ring on tight enough and air was coming in. I then squeezed the teat a little with my thumb and finger to pump some milk into the teat. After that the babies started sucking and were well away.

    Now that we’ve all got the hang of it, I think the Podee Feeder is a really good invention. It gives me more freedom because it means I can feed the boys when I’m out instead of having to rush back to the safety and comfort of home for the next feed. I think this feeder would be especially good for non-breast feeding mothers of twins who aren’t lucky enough to have someone around to help them feed.

    For me, however, because I do have help with most feeds, I won’t be switching permanently to the Podee and there are several reasons for this. The first is that I like to hold my babies close whilst feeding, partly due to the guilt of not breast feeding. The second is that the system is a bit fiddly. I already spend most of my waking hours washing and sterilising bottles, and the Podee Feeder has a lot more components to clean than a normal bottle. The tubes have to be cleaned with a special brush (supplied), and they can’t be put into a steam steriliser – they have to be either boiled or cold water sterilised. I think I would get a bit fed up if I had to wash 12 of these every day.

    Apart from that, I do think the Podee Feeder is an ingenious invention for anyone with twins or more, and I will definitely use mine to complement my normal feeding routine.

    I also got a powdered milk separator from twinsthings.co.uk, which is a tub with four compartments in which you can measure out your formula. I think this is great for when I’m going somewhere, especially considering that one of my boys won’t drink the ready-made carton milk. It has a lid with a sealable spout which you spin around to each section when you put it into the bottles. This is a must for anyone bottle feeding, whether you have one baby or five.

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