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Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners

*Est. $12 for three 8 oz. nursers
Reviewed
October 2013
by ConsumerSearch

Pros
  • Fewer parts to wash, sterilize
  • Milk, formula can be stored in liners
  • Liners collapse to minimize air intake
Cons
  • Buying liners can get expensive
  • Disposable liners create waste
  • Bottle holders can melt if exposed to high heat
Bottom line

The Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners is the newest model in this popular bottle's long line of products, and its big selling point is convenience. Milk or formula is poured into disposable liners, so only the nipple needs to be sterilized, and breastfeeding moms can pump directly into the liners. The system also earns praise for keeping air out of babies' bellies. However, some reviewers say buying liners (Est. $8.50 for 100 liners) gets pricey, and tossing them creates extra waste.

Ease of use

Disposable liners mean less washing. The Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners is designed with convenience in mind, and most parents say it lives up to that billing. Because milk or formula goes in a disposable, pre-sterilized liner, the bottle or "nurser" doesn't need to be washed often. Experts say the remaining parts -- nipple, ring and cap -- are easy to wash and are dishwasher-safe. There are few complaints about assembly.

Experts note that Drop-Ins are particularly great for breastfeeding moms, who can pump directly into the liners with a special adapter. Milk or formula can be stored in the liners until needed, and most parents report few problems with leaks. The bottle is contoured for comfortable holding. However, reviewers complain that it's hard to accurately measure liquid or tell how much baby has consumed since only the bottles, not the liners, are marked.

Durability

Don't boil the plastic. The liners, rings and caps for the Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners is made of polypropylene, a plastic polymer common to food storage containers that can stand up to high temperatures before warping. It also resists breakage better than other plastics.

The nursers are made of Kostrate, a plastic polymer, and shouldn't be boiled because they can't withstand such high temperatures, Playtex notes. A few reviewers say the nursers warped or melted in the dishwasher despite being labeled dishwasher-safe. Parents can choose from four nipple speeds for babies' varying needs. Nipples are available in both silicone and latex, but Playtex warns parents not to put latex nipples in the dishwasher or boil them after the first use.

Lifestyle features

A good pick for breastfed babies. Playtex bills its Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners as "closest to breastfeeding," as well as a good option for reducing gas and colic because the liners collapse during feeding, which prevents air from mixing with the liquid. Most reviewers say the liners are good at preventing excess air intake, and they like being able to manually squeeze air out of the liners to ensure that only liquid remains. The nipples are textured with wide bases; experts say that helps reluctant babies latch on.

The nursers come in 4-ounce and an 8-10-ounce size, and rings come in pale blue, pink, green, yellow and white. Playtex also makes a range of compatible accessories, including a breast pump and breast milk storage kit. The nursers are BPA-free, but reviewers say they aren't the best choice for eco-focused families since using disposable liners creates excess waste.

Our Sources

1. BabyGearLab

Playtex Drop-Ins Premium Nurser is the previous incarnation of this liner bottle system, and it ranks fifth in reviewers' tests for convenience, leak resistance, design and ease of cleaning. They note that the liners don't have measurements to ensure accurate amounts and create waste when they're tossed.

Review: Playtex Drop-ins Premium Nurser Review, Lindsay Ellis, Sept. 24, 2012

2. Babble.com

The Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners is named the Best Bottle for Daycare and Travel in Babble's roundup, earning praise for convenience, value and truly slow-flow nipples. But the cost of the liners can add up and they produce waste, the reviewer notes.

Review: Babble Blogger Favorites: Best Baby Bottles of 2013, "Katie", April 10, 2013

3. BabyCenter.com

Editors praise the Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners for its convenience and easy-to-clean design. They like the way liners collapse during feeding, which helps guard against excess air intake and mimics breastfeeding. However, some may feel the liners are wasteful and buying them can get pricey.

Review: The Best Baby Bottles, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated

4. Amazon.com

The Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners gets 4.4 out of 5 stars after about 230 reviews. Many parents say the bottle is great for reducing air intake and promotes good latching. However, some complain that it's hard to tell how much baby drank by looking in the liners, while others say buying and using bags isn't any easier than washing a bottle.

Review: Playtex Baby Drop-Ins Premium Nurser Newborn Gift Set, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013

5. Buzzillions.com

The Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners gets 4.4 out of 5 stars after more than 210 reviews. Most owners say the bottles are easy to use and clean, and many say they help reduce gas. Some warn that the redesigned Drop-Ins leak more than the original design.

Review: Playtex BPA Free 3Pk Drop-Ins Nurser - 8 oz. - Girls, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of October 2013

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