Sunday, July 22, 2012

Playtex Drop Ins Vs. Generics

If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you probably know we use the Playtex Drop Ins system. I love these bottles. The disposable liners make clean up a breeze but buying the liners month after month can add up.

We usually purchase them off Amazon but I had a coupon so we thought we'd pick up a pack at Target. The Playtex brand liners are really expensive at Target, even with the coupon they would have been a dollar more than the Amazon price. They do however, sell a generic Up & Up brand of liners (only available in stores). They're pretty cheap so we decided to give them a try.

The Up & Up brand are okay. We're currently giving Harry seven ounces of formula at a time. We use the powdered kind you have to mix and since using the generic liners we've had to switch to six ounces because seven is really hard to mix, even though they can hold up to eight ounces.

Here's a comparison of what the liners look like holding eight ounces of liquid. Up & Up brand on the left, Playtex on the right.

up & up drop ins

And not to confuse you, here the Playtex is on the left and the Up & Up is on the right. 

up & up drop ins
I added a drop of food coloring to the water :)

As you can see, it would be impossible to add formula powder to the Up & Up liners. I would say six ounces is the limit on these; seven is doable, but difficult. The nice thing about the Playtex ones is that they expand to ten ounces to make mixing nice and easy.

So, if you want to save a little money, I say go for the Up & Up liners if your baby is drinking six ounces or less per feeding. They are sturdy, BPA free and fit great in the Playtex bottles. Unfortunately we'll have to switch back to the Playtex ones since Harry is eating so much these days.

Here are the other TAW posts about the Playtex Drop Ins system:

Playtex Drop Ins Review
First Drop Ins Update
Second Drop Ins Update 


  1. I always wondered about liners... I know nothing about bottles! We were given a bunch of "Dr. Browns" with our first son and it was craziness with all the small parts you had to wash. I ended up giving them away and buying cheap BPA free bottles.

    What are the benefits to liners? Cleaning ease and less gas? Sorry I am ignorant when it comes to this stuff! :) And I am in the market for new bottles!

    1. The liners claim to help with spit up and gas. I don't know if they really actually work, but it is why we switched. Also, the clean up is super easy since you just throw them away. Which I know is wasteful, but my baby's used to these now so we'll stick with them until he's out of bottles.

  2. She went on to mention dangerous levels of this chemical will leach into the baby's milk, particularly once the bottles area unit heated. She hip USA that the bottles she bought for USA were made of BPA free plastic Shara.


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