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I bought some Tommee Tippee bottles when I was expecting my first baby just on the off chance that breastfeeding didn't work out. Luckily, I was able to breastfeed and had an abundance of milk so stored quite a bit in the freezer ready for my return to work or the odd nights when she was looked after by her Grandparents. After trying them out for a couple of feeds, my daughter really didn't like them so we looked for an alternative just to see if it was the bottles causing the problem. The ones we chose to try were these MAM ones.
The bottles come in 3 sizes - 130 ml, 160ml and 260ml. The 130ml bottles lasted us quite a while, probably up to 4 months until she needed a bigger size. From then on we moved onto the 160ml bottles but we needed to change up to the next size in no time at all so in hindsight I should have just gotten the big 260ml bottles right from the start. You can buy different size teats to fit the bottles if you need a larger one. The bottles come with the size 1 teats as standard but you can get size 2's and size 3's depending on how fast you want the milk to flow.
You can purchase these bottles in different colours - white, blue, green and pink. We chose the green ones so they were unisex in case they last us long enough to use for our next baby.
Prices vary depending where you buy them. Generally if you buy a set of 3 260ml bottles it costs around £15. They are available on Amazon, ebay and in Boots.
There are two main advertising features for these bottles. The first being that they reduce colic in 80% of cases. My baby has never had colic so I could not comment on whether this is true or not. I could put it down to her having these bottles but I think it is most likely down to luck. They claim that the base of the bottle is what can reduce colic. It features a rubber ring which sits inside the plastic part of the base. When the baby sucks the teat, the rubber ring rises up and down pushing air through the bottom of the bottle instead of back up through the teat thus reducing the air that the baby sucks in.
The other advertising feature is that they are self sterilising so you have no need to buy a separate steriliser. I love this feature as it makes cleaning them so quick and easy. You separate all the parts and fill the base up with 20ml of water. You then assemble the parts 'loosely' in the order of - base, teat, bottle, lid. Depending on the power of your microwave it can take as little as 3 minutes to sterilise one bottle.
The only negative I have found with these bottles is that if the teat is not pushed in correctly to the part of the bottle that holds it in place then it can leak a bit. Likewise for the rubber ring that sits in the base of the bottle. It has to be pushed right in to the base to prevent leaks. However, this isn't a big issue for me as it becomes second nature to check that it is assembled correctly before use.
I am confident that these will last for my next baby and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone expecting a child.
After having endless problems with colic, acid reflux and dr brown bottles with my first daughter when I became pregnant with my second daughter I was on the hunt for a new bottle. I first came across the mam anti colic bottles when a friend was feeding her daughter with one. Initially I was drawn in by the pretty design and asked her about them. I got nothing but rave reviews from her on how much it helped her baby's colic that I looked into them some more and decided to give them a go.
Availability and price-
Unlike the more common brands mam aren't as readily available but I wouldn't say they are hard to get hold of. Big child retailers (mothercare, kiddicare etc) sell them along with larger boots stores. I actually purchased them direct from mam on their uk site. When I bought them they were on sale but typically you are looking at paying £16.00 for a pack of 3 9oz bottles.
The bottles come in 5oz and 9oz sizes as well as a varieyy of designs. Typically they offer a girls, boys and unisex option. I love the eye catching designs and thus far i've not experienced any rubbing off of either the design or the oz markings. The measurements are shown in both mls and ozs and are very easy to see.
The main selling feature of these bottles is their anti colic vented base. The removable plastic base has small holes around the edge which are then covered by a rubber seal which removes easily to was and stops the milk from leaking. The idea behind the venting is to allow better air flow through the milk providing an easier drinking experience for baby and less air bubbles in the milk therefore reducing colic symptoms. For my daughter it has worked brilliantly and I swear by it.
The bottles are wide necked with a silky smooth wide teat designed to ease baby's transition from breast to bottle if you combi feed. I can't really comment on this as my daughter was never breast fed but she certainly likes the shape of the teat and took to it easily.
The bottles lid is designed to trap the milk in the bottle preventing leaking from the vent, which for the most part works great.
A fairly unique feature of these bottles is the self sterilising feature, all you need is a microwave. By simply putting the teat in the base , adding 20mls of water (theres a marker on the lid) and putting the cap across the top then microwaving for 3 minutes you have a sterile bottle. Whilst i'm not sure its practical on a daily basis its certainly come in handy when at other peoples houses and when on holiday. Its definitely a plus.
As you would expect with a bottle with 6 parts washing isn't as straight gorward as a tradional bottles and it takes a little longer. In my opinion its well worth the time. Unlike its dr brown rival the vent and rubber seal are much easier to keep cleand and get rid of milk from. Provided you take a few extra seconds to check you shouldn't end up with nasty milk residue.
The only issue i've experienced on a few occasions is leaking from the base, but its been down to me not assembling it properly. I had far more leakage issues with dr brown bottles. Provided you assemble properly you should be fine.
Overall ive been extremely impressed. I have a happy baby so i'm a happy mum!
These bottles by MAM interested me for two reasons, firstly, the promise of anti-colic and secondly the "self sterilising" nature of them. I got a six set starter kit which should have been £28 but was £14 in Tescos when on offer. The set contained a few items by MAM plus 6 bottles of various sizes.
Although our baby is mostly breast fed she does have the occasional bottle of formula milk or we used bottles to give her a bit of boiled water through the day. Each bottle is comprised of 6 pieces, the lid, the teat, the teat holder, the bottle, the base and the anti-colic ring for the bottom. It's not surprising that washing and sterilising and putting the bottles back together has become quite the faff and makes me grateful for breastfeeding! Had I realised they were in so many pieces, I probably wouldn't have gone for them. The MAM steriliser we have had a little set of tongs which is handy to help put all the pieces back together once sterile, otherwise I think we would be shoving the bits together with our fingers which defeats the point of the steriliser.
Word of warning: if you don't put the white disc in the bottom back quite right, or if you don't screw the bottle to the base quite right, you can be sure the baby will be wearing the milk rather than drinking it! It is definitely a drawback of the bottle design and sometimes I think I've done it right but it will still leak which isn't ideal.
The main advantage is that the baby gets absolutely no wind from these bottles, she won't even burp once when I try and wind her which can only be a good thing. She is quite a windy baby so I would like to think that the anti-colic device in the bottle does work.
The self-sterilising isn't something you would get rid of your steriliser for but it is useful for when you are out and about and have access to a microwave. You need to learn how to set the bottle up for sterilising, add 20ml of water (the lid of the bottle has a handy measuring guide so you can pour the right amount in which I think is quite clever) and stick it in the microwave. It would be handy on holiday or if you are at someone's house and don't want to take an enormous steriliser. I think having this option is good but we don't use it very often, perhaps we would if the baby took more bottles in the day.
Sadly, I can't fully recommend the bottles as I find them to be time consuming and messy when they leak but the baby is much better at keeping the milk down with these bottles than with the Avent bottles where I think she took too much air in as well and was consequently always violently sick. So in one respect they are great but they are faffy and messy! For the price of £14 they were great value for 6 bottles as I know some bottles are much more expensive than that. For how often we use them and for the price we paid, they are fine but I would say that if we started fully bottle feeding I would probably have to look into other anti-colic type bottles for our young'un.
When I found out I was preganant I had no intention of breastfeeding my son, and opted to bottle feed. In hindsight this was a good decision as I was so ill after having my son that it would have been near on impossible to breastfeed him, and for the first few weeks my partner was doing most of his feeds.
When I was pregnant I bought a starter pack of Avent Anti-Colic bottles. During my extensive pregnancy reading, I had read a lot about the dreaded colic and wanted to be prepared incase my son suffered from it. We used these bottles for the first few weeks after Bobby was born. Unfortunately, he suffered from what we though was colic, but actually turned out to be a bad case of reflux. Every time we fed him he was being sick, even up to 3 hours later, a couple of times this caused him to choke so after a trip to hospital they gave us some powder to put in his bottles with his feeds and advised us to try some different bottles. After speaking to a few friends one advised the Mam Ultivent ones and said they had worked wonders with her little girl. So I went on the hunt for them and haven't looked back.
The bottle's are quite expensive compared to some other brands, costing around £4-£5 for one (depending on where you get them, my local place at this point was Sainsbury's). The packet will contain a teat but you can buy the additional teats, in packs of 3 for around £4. They come in a number of bright colours, with different patterns on and we had 2 blue and 2 green ones to start with. They have some lovely pink and purple ones which i'm keeping in mind for baby number 2 if it's a girl!
They break down into 6 pieces, which consist of the lid, teat, the ring to hold the teat in place, the main part of the bottle, the bottom of the bottle, and the seal which goes in the bottom. These are self sterilising, in that you can put the teat inside the bottle, add a small amount of water (measurements are on the lid), and put them in the microwave, this saves a lot of time rather than waiting for the steriliser to finish and cool. You can also use them in the steriliser, I did this a couple of times a week.
The bottle has a screw off bottom which has tiny holes around the base, there is a white plastic seal to put on the inside of the bottle to stop the milk leaking out. These holes (the vent), allow the pressure to balance in the bottle, meaning there is less air and bubbles (which causes colic) in the milk. The bottle does occasionally let out a tiny trickle of milk but the seal really worked.
These bottles have silk teats, which is supposed to help with the transitition from breast feeding, but as Bobby was only bottle fed I cannot comment if this worked.
We bought 4 bottles and these have lasted until we no longer use bottles with our son.
Does it work?
Yes! It really really does. I started using these bottles and tilting his matress slightly, so there was less chance of choking when he went to sleep. (A tip from my midwife which really worked). After using these bottles for a couple of weeks we didn't need to add the powder in his bottles to help with his reflux. I was pleased about this as he'd already had to have a strong course of medication when he was born and didn't want him to be exposed to medicines for his whole baby life. He was still sick, but nowhere near as much as he used to be, and not 2/3 hours after he had been fed. I was happy putting him to sleep and was able to sleep better as I wasn't worried about him choking in the night on his sick.
His reflux only went away fully when he started eating solid food, which was 3 and a half months - and yes i've had many a criticism and an argument with my Health Visitor about starting him so early but it's what worked for us.
When I have another baby these will be the bottles I use from birth, although slightly more expensive the benefit it brought to us and my son outweighs any cost.
I purchased these bottles for my youngest munchkin after seeing them advertised in a mummy magazine. My youngest had colic, however, I was more interested in the fact that they self-sterilise. I had never heard of a bottle that could do so. Initially, I thought that I could buy six bottles and get rid of my steriliser - perfect as I hate the steriliser!
I decided to purchase just two to try them out. The bottle comes in pieces that you need to put together. The base screws to the bottle and the rim with the teat screws onto the top of the bottle. You also have the lid which obviously goes on top. To sterilise the bottle, you place the rim and teat inside of the base of the bottle and add water using the lid which has measurements marked on the side. You then screw the bottle to the base and cover with the lid. The bottle then goes into the microwave for three minutes. You then empty out the water, take out the rim and teat and screw the bottle securely in place.
I really like this bottle however I decided against buying more. I thought that I would be able to get rid of my steriliser, however having to pull the bottle apart to sterilise and put it back together is time consuming. It did not help with baby's colic, however in my opinion most bottles do not help with colic. What I do like about the bottle is that I can travel easily with it. I do not have to travel with a steriliser or loads of sterilised bottles so for this reason two bottles have been the perfect number of bottles to have.