Aiven first started dropping his bottle because he wasn't used to holding it yet. In Central Park, a dropped bottle means a useless bottle. Unless you brought an extra nipple for it. Otherwise, the nipple that touched the ground is covered in things microbiologists have wet dreams about but the rest of us would rather not think of. And, even if you brought an extra nipple, chances are the bottle will find the ground a second, third, or fourth time.
My friend says, "Meh, treat them like they're your second". She makes a good point. Parents are so uptight with their first kid but once the second one comes along they are much more relaxed about things like germs. So, just pretend you're on your second child, right?
Well, if that solution doesn't sit right with you, in comes Mommy's Helper to the rescue! Aiven can now fling his bottle whenever and wherever he wants and it never hits the ground or gets more than a few inches away from him. He can play the gravity game to his heart's content without making mommy play fetch.
These little thingamajigs are very inexpensive, so I bought one for the car seat and another for the stroller. One end holds the bottle and the other end straps onto whatever you want up to a foot away. I know I have many favorite things listed here, but this one is quickly rising to the top. Come to think of it, I think I'm going to buy another one for the high chair!