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      16.09.2013 00:14
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      Definately recommend especially for windy babies.

      When I had my daughter 5 years ago it took weeks or frustration and a small fortune before I stumbled across these fab baby drinking bottles! I started with Tommee tippee then moved onto Avent and finally settled with MAM. I was recommended them by someone I once knew, they were fairly uncommon back then but my daughter suffered from Terrible Colic and projectile vomiting I was prepared to go to the ends of the earth to help her. I managed to get some in Boots in the end and was plesently surprised to find I could buy them in a number of funky colours. I think I paid about £12-15 for a pack of three coloured bottles.
      They can be fiddly for cleaning to begin with as they have the rubber ring enclosed in the base of the bottle but I got on fine with them and they fitted well in my Avent steriliser which was a relief! Teats are easy to obtain for them too, I have seen them in several outlets including supermarkets, and I did go through many teats when my daughter was teething. If you go to the MAM UK website you can purchase not just the bottles but the 'extras' too like the rubber anti colic rings, and the bottle tops, which let's face it you can never have enough of.
      One tip for these bottles is make sure the teat is pulled tight in the top of the bottle because if it is slightly wonky the lid fills with milk (sometimes leaking out). I would definately recommend these bottles to new mums and have already bought new ones for my unborn baby due later this year.

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      26.04.2012 18:44
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      Would not recommend

      I brought this product as I needed a bottle urgently as we were out and had not got one as we were staying a night at a friens un expectantly. At this point during the day my little one was drinking from a beaker but still had a bottle at night.

      I brought it from a chemist chain for a whooping £7 for one bottle.

      The product:

      The bottle comes apart at the top and the bottom which is fantastic as you are really able to give it a good clean. There is a rubber seal in the bottom which controls the air flow to help prevent colic, again you can take this out and give it a really thorough clean. This is a brilliant idea as all other makes of bottle do not have this function and i always worried how well we could really clean them. There are clear instructions on the packaging to use the self-sterilising function (add 25ml of water and put it in the microwave for 2minutes). I believe no other make has a self sterilising function.

      From this point of view I believe this bottle to be unique.

      I brought it in white with a pink top and bottom. It looks classy and the functions loook good. At first i thought ok. The teat is silk and BPA free, it s shaped to fit in the mouth and suck easily on this was not a problem for my little girl as she had been off the breast for 6month prior to me purchasing this product. I believe the way it is designed is so any baby can have both bbreast and bottle. The price is £7 more than I would normally pay for a bottle but it had sold itself to me for the purposes mentioned above.

      I then used it for the first time and realised what a massive error I had made. The milk is forever leaking out the bottom. The first time I thought maybe I had put it back together wrong but the reality is it is a poor design. I have tried this bottle numerous times and have to say I am incredibly disappointed.

      I was actually shocked when I read all the positive reviews regarding these bottle as I do not agree at all.

      Positive:
      Looks classy
      Is easy to wash and you know you have given it a thorough wash as it all comes a part
      Can be self-sterilised perfect for travelling

      Negatives:
      Leaks very easily
      Incredibly expensive

      Summary:
      I would not recommend this product I believe there are equally good products on the market that do not have the malfunction these bottles do. The amount of milk I have wasted is unbelievable

      I have given it two stars and believe this is a generous score. The self-sterilising function is brilliant for travelling, the leaking at the bottom is a problem as you have too turn it upside down pretty quickly after filling it. The price I paid is outrageous to say the least.

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      24.04.2010 19:13
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      Fantastic!

      These bottles turned our lives around. My second daughter was extremely colicky when she was a newborn, and there were some nights when she didn't sleep at all, needing to be jiggled between 8 pm and 8 am. We were beside ourselves with exhaustion, given that we also had a one-year-old. When we switched to Mam Ultivent bottles, it was suddenly a different story.

      Straight away, she started sleeping for chunks of 4 hours at a time, which would have been unheard of before. A couple of weeks later, she was sleeping 12 hours each night with no feeds. She never seemed uncomfortable after feeding as she had done previously, and her feeds were not rushed.

      The anti-colic valve is really simple, and it's one of the cheapest anti-colic bottles on the market. There's no valve running through the middle, as with the Tommee Tippee anti-colic bottles, and there are only six parts to wash and sterilise - only two more parts than there would be in non-anti-colic bottles.

      The only disadvantage is that they take a while to heat by standing them in hot water, and the milk occasionally leaks into the hot water it's standing in. So instead, we just top up previously cooled boiled water with a little freshly boiled water before adding the powder, as this ensures the milk is warm, but no heating is required.

      I highly recommend these bottles to anyone suffering from severe sleep deprivation with a colicky baby - they're great!

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      25.09.2009 11:32
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      Good bottle would recommend

      When I gave birth to my daughter and was defeated into bottle feeding I decided to buy a job lot of the best known bottle. Being a new Mum I didn't realise that some babies don't just settle for any old bottle some of them are fussy little things. I would suggest that a new mummy only buys four or so of the same bottles in case their little one is the same it will save a fortune. The pack I bought was a waste of money!

      My daughter fell in to this category, I couldn't work out why she would get in such a state when trying to get the bottle into her mouth and then my Mum suggested that because I had breastfed she may not like the teat on the bottle so maybe I should try another. So I bought one of these a MAM Ultivent bottle and on first use the difference was remarkable no distressed baby she latched on to the teat it was an immediate hit!

      The MAM Ultivent comes in nice pastel colours which are Yellow, Blue, Pink and a lilac colour. The design is nice and the bottles look quite funky. It has a tight fitting lid and a screw off bottom with a white valve.

      The Teat on the Ultivent is quite wide compared with a normal teat and is meant to feel like a mothers skin which it does, the part that feels like skin is a more matt sort of finish than the rest of the teat which is clear.

      The Ultivent is also meant to reduce colic with its unique valve and flow system, I honestly cannot say if this actually worked as my daughter did suffer from colic and this was the only bottle I used. I don't think Colic is preventable anyway its something that some babies will get no matter what. I wouldn't but this bottle just for this reason.

      The bottle can be taken apart to clean and once apart has 5 separate parts to clean and sterilise once taken apart the bottle has no bottom or top so is easier to clean and you wash the bottom, valve screw top, teat and lid separately but I found it easier to actually clean as I didn't have to get the bottle brush and move it all around the bottom. It was just the sterlising was a bit of an issue as this way it takes up more space than your regular bottle. It can also be a bit of a faff to put back together but once you have done it a few times its easy peasy!

      You can heat the bottles in the microwave with the lid off or resting in hot water although be careful if doing this as the water gets sucked up in the valve and then stays there so be sure to shake out all of the hot water from the bottom before feeding or it starts to drip out which could be dangerous.

      The only thing with the bottles that I didn't like was that the measures that were printed on the bottle wore off overtime this could have been the way I washed them though so maybe not a fault on Mam's part.

      I would recommend these bottles. Thanks for reading

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      19.06.2009 21:38
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      Great value for a must have item

      During my pregnancy with my first child, I shopped and shopped and shopped for all things baby and pregnancy related, and I felt quite prepared in the couple of weeks before she was born. I had bought a selection of Avent bottles as these seemed to be the main brand available and I therefore thought that they would be great with them being a reputable brand.

      I soon realised within a couple of days of my daughter being born that the Avent bottles just werent right for her and so I then did what I should have done in the first place and scoured the internet for other peoples opinions and suggestions. A name which kept popping up was MAM, personally I hadnt heard of these before, where as Avent was on everything I had seen such as bottle warmers, sterilisers, bottles, breast pumps so I was a bit dubious about purchasing, but everyone seemed to rate them quite highly so though I may as well give them a try.

      I went to my local Boots to purchase them where they were priced at £7.99 for three 160ml bottles and £9.99 for a pack of three 260ml. They were also available to buy singularly for £3.99 aswel as being able to buy the teats for £2.99 in sizes 1 & 2 for newborn. As I wasnt particular sure which would be best I purchased one pack of the 160ml bottles and one pack of the 260ml bottle as well as one spare pack of teats. They also come in a range of colours which are blue, pink, purple and I think more recently green.

      The first thing I really liked about these bottles when I got them home is how they can be completely disassembled. The base screws lose, the white leak proof lining which goes into the base can also be removed to be cleaned and the teat, lid and rim can all be removed individually also. This is great for keeping the product clean and they can all be placed into the steriliser to keep them as sterile as possible.

      The teats are designed to be as close to an actual nipple as possible and I must admit that my daughter took to these bottles immediately. They come in two sizes 1 & 2, with the no 1 teat designed for use just after the first couple of months after birth and this is a slow flow teat. The number 2 teat is for a faster flow once your child is accustomed to bottle feeding and is drinking larger quantities of milk.

      The bottle is shaped with a large base which then gets smaller as it goes towards the top. There are also grooves located around the outside of the bottle which makes it comfortable to hold whilst feeding. It also clearly displays the volume measurements on the outer of the bottle to assit you when preparing your feed. These are displayed in both ml and oz.

      Another plus to this bottle is that it features an Anticolic ultivent valve, I am unsure as to how this works, but I can confirm that neither of my children suffered from colic as an infant so for this reason I assume that whatever this valve is actually does work.

      Now for the bad points: Due to the fact that the base is so wide, this hasnt actually fitted in any of the 3 bottle warmers which I had. This didnt turn out to be a problem in the end as both my children seemed to prefer their milk at room temperature, however it may be worth looking into this further if you do require a bottle warmer for your child. Secondly it doesnt actually state on the packaging that you have to disassemble everything when placing it in the steriliser, and on a couple of occasions my husband placed the bottle with the base attached inside, this actually resulted in the seal loosening at the base of the bottle which ultimately left us unable to tighten the base meaning that milk would leak from the base. However, I did write to MAM to inform them of the problem and within 7 days they sent us an apology along with replacements. Lastly, I have found that the teats seem to tear quite easily once your baby starts to develop teeth. This was at an early age with my son so we did end up having to purchase further teats a couple of times.

      Overall the plus sides of these bottle outweigh a couple of the minor problems that we had. My children happily drank from these and preferred them much more to the avent bottles that I had actually spent a fortune on previously. They look modern and funky and come in a range of colours which also make them slightly more interesting than a conventional clear bottle. I would recommend these.

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        18.06.2009 02:40
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        I'd recommend these to everyone!

        I just want to start out by saying that I absolutely LOVE these bottles! When I had my first baby in 2004, I started out breast feeding her, but after a few weeks I started to have problems, so I started looking for a suitable bottle. What initially attracted me to the Mam bottles was the quirky design and fabulous colours (the triple pack for girls contains 2 pink and one lilac bottle and for the boys you get 2 blue and one green). What sealed the deal for me, was the shape of the teat - it was the exact shape that my baby pulled my nipple into as she was breast feeding.

        I'd already tried her with the Avent bottles (that I had free with my steriliser at the time) but she just wouldn't feed properly from them, rolled the hard teat round in her mouth and gave her terrible colic. THESE however, were fantastic! The teat is soft and malliable and she took to it instantly.

        The bottom of the bottle unscrews and has a rubber ring inside, these form the anti-colic air valve, which basically lets a small amout of air into the bottle, so you don't have to skew the bottle from the baby's mouth in order to let air in - thus cutting down on air that the baby swallows. The air valve needs to be taken apart each time you wash the bottle, but it's very quick and easy to do - just make sure you screw it back on properly, or you'll end up with milk everywhere when you come to use it! To sterilise it, I put the valve back on and keep the rest seperate.

        You can sterilise these using any of the conventional methods, I do mine in a table top steam steriliser, but have also used the cold water method and used a microwave bag.

        The only minor issue that I have with them is that the lower part of the bottle has a 'frosting' effect on it, which makes it difficult to measure less than 4 ounces - but I noticed, when I saw them at the NEC Baby Show that they have redesigned them, leaving a clear strip so you can see properly (and they have really pretty designs printed on them). Another thing is that it's difficult using an electric bottle warmer on these - the plastic is pretty thick especially at the bottom and I was worried that the intense heat would warp the rubber ring in the valve. If you're planning to warm up the milk by putting these into hot water, be sure to wipe around the bottom of the bottle, as the water will accumulate in the crease and you don't want that dripping on you or the baby! Personally, I make mine up using hot water, then bring the temperature down - this seems to work fine.

        As I said at the beginning of my review - I DO love these bottles and didn't consider, even for a second, using anything else when my 2nd baby came along. I regularly recommend them to others too

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        16.01.2009 12:36
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        Highly recommended - I wouldn't use anything else!

        Mam has been around since 1976 buit I hadn't heard of them at all until my daughter was around 2 months old. I started my daughter on Tommee Tippee bottles and what a waste of time I found those to be! Closer to Nature? I don't think so. Changing to Mam bottles it the best thing I have done!

        We were suggested to use these by our GP as our daughter seemed to have colic and what a difference they made. They are also claimed to be as close to breastfeeding as you will get.

        The bottles have to be taken apart to be sterilized - you need to sterilize the teat, the main section of the bottle, the bottom section and the rubber inner but other than that I can not fault them.

        Another downer - although for me not a major, is the fact it's very difficult to tell how much you have left in the bottle under 2oz's.

        A good selling point is Mam bottles are available to buy in blue, pink and green for the 160ml bottles and just blue or pink for the 260ml bottles. They also sell 270ml bottles too.

        Mam bottles are available in Boots, Babies R Us, some branches of Lloyds Pharmacy, John Lewis, Mothercare and some Tesco Stores.

        The best place I found to buy them was online at http://www.mamonlineshop.com/ where they are currently available on buy one get one free - so you get 6 bottles for the price of 3! Bargain!

        Seriously though, if you're umming and ahhing over bottles - Mam are highly recommended.

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        17.10.2008 00:45
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        These bottles are amazing!!

        The MAM ultivent anti colic feeding bottles are the best thing I ever spent money on. I paid £10 for 3 after I won a trial feeding bottle from the MAM site, and it was the best £10 I ever spent.
        I was using a different anti colic bottle up until my daughter was 2 months old, and they werent very good at all, and my daughter was still suffering from colic.
        Someone recomended the MAM bottle to me, and I checked out their site, I saw they were doing a competition, and ended up winning a bottle. I thought I might as well give it a go, and it was fantastic. After using it for just 1 day, my daughter was colic free.
        The next day, I went out and bought more. My daughter is now 2 months old, so for 10 months she has been colic free.
        They are also very durable and long lasting bottles. I am still using my original 4, and they are still in as good condition today as they were when I first bought them.
        They also look attractive, they come in blue for boys, and pink for girls, and they also come in purple too.
        Big thumbs up to these from me!

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        15.10.2008 11:11
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        lovely baby bottles

        when you are pregnant you have so many decisions to make even choosing a Babs bottle which is a expensive game these days and in some cases a very hard decision. i had chosen another brand of bottle for my little girl but she decided she wasn't gonna drink out of these little madam so we found M A M on the onsight they look bright different and come in a fab gift starter pack which contains 2 pink 2 purple bottles 2 5 0z and 2 9 oz a great dummy and dummy clip and a teething ring all for 14.99 at babies r us. the bottles i cant praise more they have a special air flow system in which means the teat never goes flat the teats are a mimic of a mothers breast they are truly fab and the bright colors are great, you can get yellow, blue, green, pink, purple and new styles which are clear with a pattern on the prices do vary but in most retailers you can buy 3 9oz bottles for 9.99.

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        14.10.2008 22:00

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        a great bottle that then turns into a beaker!

        when weaning my daughter from breast to bottle - i tried absolutely every thing going... and then somebody suggested these... an absolute god send!
        The teat is supose to replicate a nipple...making the transaction smooth and easy - and thats exactly what it did!
        I love the design of the bottle - the base unscrews for easy cleaning, and this is such a good idea, it save trying to reach the bottom with a bottle brush and has lasted longer then a normal bottle would and i think thats because you can clean it easier and to a better standard as you can get in all the little nooks and crannies!
        i like the idea that you can have pink, blue or unisex - and little girl is now a little older and loves having a pink bot bot!
        The other bonus of using a malm bottle is that when the child gets to the age where you dont want them to be using a teat any more....and this can be another hard stage! you can buy malm soft spouts and put them on instead!

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        20.07.2008 15:47
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        Great for those switching between breast and bottle feeding

        I breastfed my son and after a few weeks decided I'd offer him expressed milk from a bottle. I was using the popular Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles and everything was great he swapped between the bottle and breastfeeding well. I got out of the habit of expressing and so for a few weeks he wasn't offered a bottle very regularly at all but a day came when I needed for him to take milk from a bottle and he refused it! We got round the problem that day but a month or so later I started to think about weaning him off breastfeeding so wanted to get him to take a bottle. Well all sort of tricks and alternative flow teats for the TT bottles he still wasn't having any of it!!
        I saw the MAM ultivent bottles and attracted by the blue colour I thought I'd try one.

        Well the first time we tried it he took a1-2ozs!! WOW! It seemd we had found a bottle that he was happy to use so bought a couple more.

        They are quite different to other bottles having their valve at the bottom of the bottle and the bottle is made up of more pieces so I'm quite confident they can be cleaned well. It doesn't really take much longer to put the bottles together than theother bottles we tried so that wasn't an issue for us. I did find it a little annoying that because of the design it was difficult to measure amounts under 2oz.

        But overall I think it is a good bottle and great for those switching between breast and bottle feeding.

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        24.10.2007 08:35
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        A bottle that proved to be the answer to my prayers

        As a new parent you are bombarded with choices. Everyone has advice and recommendations and there are certain situations where you are prepared to try anything and everything to find something that works. For us, one of those situations was the choice of bottle.

        My son’s clearly going to be a real man. He was breastfed to start with but there came a point at which I wanted (and needed for medical reasons) to switch him onto a bottle. He was having none of it. I’d bought some Tommy Tippee bottles when he was born on the recommendation of a friend. The teats were meant to be “close to nature” but they were clearly not that close as my son was not fooled! Health visitors suggested Dr Brown’s bottles. My son disagreed. We couldn’t get him to take from a cup, the mere sight of a bottle caused a screaming session and I was getting increasingly desperate. Then, when coming away from a meeting with the health visitors a lady came over to me. “I couldn’t help overhearing you there. I had the same issue. Have you tried Mams Ultivent bottles?”.

        Yet another piece of advice. Great.

        But I was desperate and willing to try anything so off I traipsed to the shops to buy yet another bottle. And so began the turning point.

        Mams Ultivent bottles are quite unlike any other. For a start they come apart into 6 pieces, a base, a rubber valve, the body of the bottle, a teat, teat ring and cap. No single part of the bottle is capable of holding any liquid when not put together as a whole bottle.
        The teats too are very different from the norm. Rather than being rounded they have two flat sides with a slightly rougher texture. These have apparently been designed around the way a baby suckles rather than in an attempt to mimic the breast. A baby will stroke the breast with his tongue to force the milk out and so the Mams teats acknowledge this and provide a teat that is shaped appropriately.

        For many babies bottle feeding can result in them taking in too much air and giving them painful wind. Many bottles have attempted to address this by adding valves into the bottles to stop the baby sucking in air. Most valves are found in the teats but these have their own problems as they are prone to collapse and, unless baby is latched on correctly they will have difficulty getting the milk to flow. Mams venting system is at the bottom of the bottle. The base of the bottle has holes in it and a rubber ring has to be placed inside the base to partially cover the holes and stop the milk flowing out. The rubber ring allows air to flow through the holes at the bottom of the bottle and the pressures inside and out of the bottle to equalise as baby sucks. And it does seem to work. We’ve had no issues with our son taking in too much air as he feeds and no problems with collapsing teats.

        The bottom line was, my son was feeding from a bottle for the first time and without fuss or issues. That to me was a success.

        Mams bottles are not without their issues however.

        First they only seem to come in colours – blue, aqua, pink and yellow. This in itself is not an issue but the coloured plastic does make reading the volume markings quite difficult. Also, the construction of the base and body means that any amount of milk below 2floz cannot be accurately measured. This is no longer an issue for us but at first when we were so chuffed just to be getting an ounce into our son it would have been nice to know just how much milk was left in the bottle rather than saying “well it’s less than 2oz”.

        Second, the construction of the bottles. This is both a positive and a negative. I like the fact that the bottles can be taken apart completely. There are no corners to clean with every part of the bottle being accessible with ease. They fitted into our steam/cold-water steriliser with ease when we used it and you don’t have issues trying to get trapped air out of the bottles when using a cold-water steriliser as you just take the base of the bottle off. However, putting them together is a little more time consuming than a standard bottle and, if not correctly done, the bottles will leak fluid from the base of the bottle (and when it flows it flows fast!).

        If you make up formula with hot water and leave it to cool I was told that you should let it cool without the teat and cap on the bottles (no idea whether this is right or not) but, as the valve is in the base of the bottle, you can’t do this. As soon as liquid is placed in the bottle you must put the cap on or the valve will try to equalise the pressures and the liquid will leak from the bottom of the bottle. The first time this happened I thought that the bottles were faulty as there was no clue in the instructions that this might happen but eventually I worked out what was going wrong.

        The bottles are not that widely available although they are stocked by both Boots and Toys R Us (at the time of writing). They are available in 160ml, 260ml and 330ml sizes The bottles are sold with No2 silicone teats as standard. These are medium flow teats. Replacement teats are available in slow, medium and fast flow but, in 11 months use we’ve only had one teat failure and my son couldn’t cope (and still doesn’t like) the fast flow teats so we’ve never changed.

        Replacement valves and lids are available and so, even though these bottles start off being more expensive than many bottles they work out cost effective over time. The plastic has not degraded at all and we’ve had none of the scratching issues that other mums have reported when using Avent and Tommy Tippee bottles.

        Issues aside I would heartily recommend these bottles. Yes, I know I started this opinion saying that as a new parent you are bombarded by advice and recommendations and, in effect, I am just adding to that information overload. However, these bottles really did revolutionise my feeding experience at a time when both my son and I were becoming ill as a result of breastfeeding. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

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        Self seal lid for spill proof travel. Eliminates need for sealing cap. The wide neck provides easy filling, with an easy to read scale for accurate measuring in ml/oz. Anticolic MAM Ultivent valve constantly controls the flow of air into the bottle by rea