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Originally I had purchased Tommee Tippee bottles to feed my son, which I bought before he was born. When he was in hospital the first few days of his life, the nurses gave me sterilised disposable NUK teats, and disposable bottles to feed him, to save sterilising my own at home to bring into hospital. These NUK teats that I started my baby feeding on, were latex, and as my Tommee Tippee bottle teats were silicone and a very different shape, my son really struggled to feed from these when we got home from the hospital.
I searched everywhere for these NUK teats and bottles, and the only place I could find them was in Boots, Amazon, and on the actual NUK website. I have never seen any anywhere else, they are not widely available like most other brands of bottles. I usually order mine of the Amazon website, although it works out slightly dearer, I don't pay for postage, which sort of makes it the same price as the NUK website, once you have paid for postage on there.
There are a hole range of NUK bottles available, some with latex teats, some with silicone teats, there are lots of different sizes, and also some are glass and some are plastic. The ones I am reviewing, are the 240ml glass bottles, with a latex teat. These are priced at £5.65 a bottle on Amazon, and I have bought 4 so far. I don't need more than four bottles to feed my son. As once they are used, I just wash them and put them straight in the steriliser, so they are ready to use again.
I get so many comments from people on these bottles, because not many babies bottles are actually glass. Most you buy are plastic, and I have tried plastic bottles, and even though they are lighter, for a baby to hold themselves, I find they take longer to cool the milk, and sometimes they tip up in the water as they are not heavy enough. The NUK glass bottles, cool in cold water with hot milk in them, in literally 1 minute. It has made making bottles so much quicker. You wouldn't believe how long a plastic bottle seems to take to cool down when you have a crying baby in the middle of the night! The glass bottles are heavy, but not too heavy to handle at all, they are sturdy when you place them in a jug of water, and never fall over as they have the weight in them keeping them stood up. This is one of the best things about them, as the amount of times I have gone back to a cooling plastic bottle, and it has fallen over in the water, then the water gets in the bottle and you have to start all over again!
Even though they can be a little bit heavy to hold once filled with milk, I have got used to this now, and this is not a problem for me. There is no way my baby would be able to hold it himself, it is definitely too heavy full of milk for a baby to hold. They do these bottles exactly the same in plastic, if you wanted them, but I much prefer them in glass. The glass ones are not sold in boots, only the plastic ones are, so you have to order the glass ones online.
One bad thing about these bottles, is the latex teats. These are the only teats my son drinks properly from, I have tried so many different makes, and you have to change them regularly. I buy mine in boots for £3.50 for 2, and I have to change them around every 3 weeks. They do not last long at all, and you can tell when they have had it! They change in colour, completely different to what they looked like originally, and they stick together whilst my baby is trying to feed. With four bottles being used, it costs me £7.00 every three weeks to change the teats. Sometimes you have find them on offer in boots for £2.60 so I tend to stock up on them then.
You can get these bottles in different colours, you cannot choose the colour you want when ordering on Amazon, I have been sent three blue bottles, and one red bottle, and both are nice, for either a boy or a girl.
Cleaning these bottles doesn't take too much time, but you do have to take them apart to clean them properly. The glass bottle itself is easy to clean, but the teat is connected to a plastic ring, which you have to take the teat out of to clean round, but the teat slots in and out really easily. The tops, are plastic, and really easy to clean. I have been using the same four bottles for around 8 months now, and the glass bottle, looks as good as new. The white rings on the top discolour easily, and I bleach them now and again to make them white again. The bottle lids colours look a little faded, and have scratched a little, and the teats are changed regularly, so for £5.65, I have more than got my moneys worth out of these bottles, they are used several times a day and washed and sterilised everyday, and are still in really good condition. The actual glass bottle doesn't look like it would ever need to be replaced, unless it got dropped and broken!
The shape of these teats are made so that they don't interfere with your child's teeth growing. They are BPA free, and the bottles come with anti colic teats. These bottles have never leaked on me, unless the teats are getting worn out and sometimes they get a bit misshapen, and you find yourself adjusting them half way through a feed. But if you keep on top of the teats, and make sure you replace them at the first sign or wearing out, you don't get any leaks at all from any other part of the bottle.
On the glass bottle, there isn't too much detail, so you can very clearly see the milk inside the bottle. It has a measuring guide up one side of the bottle, so you can measure the amount of water you put in the bottle, before adding your milk powder. On the bottom part of the bottle is a cute design going the hole way round, which has squares on it with a picture inside including a football, a teddy, a book etc.
These bottles are available in 120 ml, 240 ml and 300ml, although I imagine the 300ml glass bottles to be extremely heavy especially when full of milk! I wouldn't go up to these ones, my son is happy with the 240ml ones, and the measuring guide on the side is also in ounces which is handy too.
I love these glass bottles, although you have to be careful with them when you are transporting them about in your changing bag, mine have never broken, they are strong, sturdy and excellent quality bottles, and I couldn't recommend them enough, especially if you are looking for bottles with latex teats. These teats are soft and my son finds them so much easier to drink from, although this may be because these were the first teats introduced to him when he was born, but I couldn't recommend them enough. I will definitely be purchasing them again for my next baby, I just wish more places like supermarkets would stock them! Buying the teats all the time is a pain too, but I will still buy these bottles, and I highly recommend them!
I was planning on trying to breastfeed when my twins were born but after a hard delivery it took my body a while to recover resulting in babies being cup fed as well as my attempts at feeding. This led to them both learning to lap like little kittens and would no longer breastfeed or take a normal shaped teat. A midwife suggested bottle feeding with NUK teats to teach them how to feed again as the shape allows them to suck in the same way, it worked like a dream and from a few days old they could feed from me and take their formula top ups from a NUK teat.
The bottles are made of polypropylene plastic which is BPA free.
NUK bottles come in a both First Choice wide neck or standard neck. The bottles we bought were the wide neck ones that our local Boots sold. The wide neck is easier to poor boiling water into and add the scoops of powder, when you've hardly slept for what feels like forever anything that makes it easier is good!
The bottles also come in a choice of 3 sizes 150ml/5oz, 240ml/8oz or 300ml/10oz. We started out with the 150ml size and as we were only using them to top up babies feeds they were plenty big enough. When I stopped breast feeding at 9 months I looked into buying a larger bottles. The most they were having at one feed was 210ml so the 240ml was what I wanted, unfortunately I could only find this size available for sale in glass. As bottles were frequently being knocked over I decided that this wouldn't be suitable for us, so instead I purchased a pack of 3 x 300ml bottles from the NUK website.
The bottles are clear apart from a ring of coloured pattern round the bottom, NUK written at the top and the markings from 30ml/1oz up to the maximum fill for that bottle size. None of these markings have faded and we have used the original bottles everyday for the last 10 months. With all the washing and sterilising they've been through I'm really pleased with the durability of them.
The bottles are slightly curved and comfortable to hold even when feeding 2 babies at once. My 2 can now easily hold the bottles themselves and have been able to since about a year.
Again NUK offer a choice, either latex or silicone teats. The twins had been used to the latex teat in hospital and luckily this is what the bottles we bought came with. The 300ml bottles we bought came with 0-6 month silicone teats so we had to also buy the latex teats as there was no option to buy with these. It is recommended that the teats are replaced every 1-2 months but I did find with our low usage that it was longer than that before the latex started to deteriorate, becoming slightly sticky.
The teats come in 2 sizes 0-6 months (size 1) and 6-18 months (size 2) We found 6 months was about the right age for making a change in size. We've used the teats for expressed milk, first milk and cows milk without any problems.
They have an unusual shape compared to other bottle types which allows baby to suck in the same way that they would when breast feeding. I like the fact that the teats are approved by the British Dental Health Foundation. The teat is shaped so that it has to be held in the correct position for baby to feed. You can tell which way is up by the anti-colic valve, a hole at the edge of the teat. Both babies had colic but I wasn't using the bottles enough at that stage to say if it made any difference.
The bottles come with a disc that sits in the top of the bottle so you can transport it without leakage. I always kept bottles upright to be on the safe side. When I bought the large bottles they also came with flat caps you could screw on instead of the teat which made storage of the bottle easier.
We've always used washing up liquid and a bottle brush to wash the bottles up with. When we needed to sterilise them they fitted into the steriliser we had already bought which was for wide necked bottles. The teat is easily removed from it's coloured holder for cleaning.
The bottles come in different colours, we had half red and half blue so we knew which belonged to which baby.
The NUK website regularly has the bottles on offer and the 300ml ones are currently £12.25. Boots often have the teats on a 3 for 2 offer so I try and buy them then.
I've been really pleased with these bottles and would recommend them to anyone looking to combine breast and bottle feeding.
When it came to moving my little girl from the breast to a bottle she was quite fussy, when I say quite I mean very fussy and would not drink from the conventional bottle and nipples such as the Avent bottles and teats. This lead me to various searches around Boots and we finally settled upon the Nuk range. She now loves these bottles and will not drink from anything else.
So, what is so special about the Nuk range? Well, they offer a unique orthodontic shape which replicates breast feeding as closely as possible as they actually took a mothers breast as their model when designing the shape. According to their website, "The unique NUK orthodontic shape was developed over 50 years ago after intensive research by two German orthodontists, Professor Dr. W Balters and Dr. med. dent. A Muller. Their research found that prolonged use of conventional round teats and soothers could cause oral abnormalities like open bite. They therefore decided to develop a teat that is based on the shape of a mother's nipple during breast-feeding. By closely mimicking the sucking action of breast-feeding, NUK teats and soothers encourage the correct oral development for your baby."
The teat is flat on one side and more rounded on the other side and I think it actually really does look like a proper nipple, if only a little big (I'm only comparing this to my nipples, I can't speak for all other women out there, perhaps their nipples are bigger but who knows!!) I find that this teat really fits into my little girls mouth well. Other teats seem to just stick there and be quite plasticky, not realistic at all but the fact that this teat is squishy and quite moveable really works well for her when she is sucking. They are made from latex instead of plastic so I think this is why they work well also. They are a yellow colour rather than clear plastic so look different from the regular teat as well. Whenever my little girl uses the bottle we always get asked about them and I always give people a good review
I find that they really have done their homework on this teat. I was quite interested to learn about all the functions of the mouth and how much feeding impacts on their whole mouth system for the rest of their life. If you don't want them to suffer from problems later, ie problems with teeth and speech then proper bottle and teat selection is vitally important. The flat bit on the teat that fits so well in my little girls mouth apparently ensures correct positioning of the tongue which encourages the milking action that helps widen the jaw and allows for correct spacing for tooth development. All the teats also have air vents which help prevent colic, another awesome plus of these teats I think as I have heard colic is not nice. My little girl never got it and maybe these teats had a lot to do with that fact.
The teat also has an upwards facing feed hole which helps the milk to mix with saliva and aids good digestion. These are things I never really thought about before picking a teat so I'm glad the good folks at Nuk did. There are two different Nuk teats available. Stage 1 is for babies 0-6 months and stage 2 is 6-18 months. If you buy a Nuk bottle which is about £5 from Boots it will come with just the one teat but you can buy packs of replacement teats. They sell them with two in a pack for approximately £5.50 which I don't think is too bad.
The bottles are great because they also come in what I call a smaller size. I like to buy the bottles that hold 5fl oz as sometimes this is all my little girl will drink in a sitting and then don't have to throw away any un-used milk. I am also quite excited as I looked on their website today and they now have bottles with Disney characters on them!!
NUK bottles are very well regarded in their industry too. Apparently they are used in many maternity and neonatal wards throughout the UK. In fact, NUK is currently used in over 200 hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, Alder Hey and Birmingham Children's Hospital. The NUK orthodontic teat is recommended by 93% of paediatricians and 87% of midwives2 and is the only teat approved by the British Dental Health Foundation.
After a stint in hospital when my daughter was 3 months old she was given her first bottle. The NUK products were used throughout the hospital so when we finally were discharged a bought a few of these in boots. They cost about 7 euro per bottle and can vary in size. I stuck with the 300ml bottle.
I thought they were really cute and pretty compared to boring Avent bottles that I had noticed in previous months. They come in a variety of colours but I found the light pink was hard to clean at times. I absolutely loved these and so did my daughter. I was confident about using these because they were recommended in a hospital and used widely by them.
The silicone teats of the bottles have been made to resemble the breast so as to prevent colic. My daughter never had any problems while on these bottles. The bottles themselves began to crack after a few months of use but they were used quite a lot and definitely got my moneys worth. The lids and rings could be put in the dishwasher but I found that the teats started to turn yellow after a while.
The teats come in three different sizes depending on the age of the child. The can leak if toppled to the side. This is why you must make sure they are standing upright during travel! My daughter couldn't hold them until she was about 8 months. They are hard for their little hands to hold as they are wide. I liked this though because it was easier to get the formula in when making bottles.
Love these bottles and loved the brand too. My daughter no longer uses these as she is two but never had any problems with her teeth using their teats either. Dentist was pleased with them too!
Before we even get started with this review might I just interject a big "I LOVE THESE BOTTLES", ok now that I have gotten that off my chest we can precede with the rest of the review.
Bottle weening, the scary time when mothers anxiously hold the plastic teat to a screaming baby who wont have anything but the real thing.
Well thankfully Nuk have made it easy on us and while it might not be easy on our wallets it certainly has made weaning a much more comfortable experience.
Now I am going to focus on the teats, as that is really the whole selling point for me of NUK, so I wont talk about the different bottles, as after all they are just containers for the liquid.
Why are NUK teats better?
The NUK shape is based on studies carried out by Dr. A. Müller (Dentistry) and Prof. W. Balters.
One of the main concerns about bottle feeding is jaw and teeth malformation, for those who are not familiar with why this is a concern let me explain.
When a baby breast feeds they have to suck, now the milk doesn't just flow into the baby s mouth they have to work for it, also the position of the tongue under the women's nipple helps to widen the jaw and allows proper growth and thus room for healthy teeth.
Now "normal" bottles (aka the cheep kind) are simply round with a hole, and when you tip them the milk comes out with minimum sucking required.
NUK teats come in two types and two sizes, wide neck and standard neck.
The sizes are 0-6 months and size 6-18 months. In these two sizes there is the option of getting either of them with a large, medium or small feed hole. There is also the option of buying your NUK teats in silicone or latex.
The wide neck is my personal favorite and will not fit a normal baby bottle as it is as the name implies wider.
The shape of the NUK teat plays an important role in helping the your baby's development. I will take the liberty of copying some information from the NUK website as they can explain it better then I can, and I feel that it is important information for any parent to know about why these teats are better for their child:
As with the natural method of breastfeeding the flattened sucking part of the teat promotes the widening of the lower jaw, as the tongue is pressed on both sides.
The pronounced rounded upper side itself fits almost perfectly to the shape of the palate. The top of the lip is kept completely flat to enable the lips to close as they do when sucking at the breast. The advantages are twofold. Firstly, sucking trains the movement of the lower jaw. Secondly, the swallowing of air is minimised, thus helping to prevent the infant from suffering unpleasant tummy ache.
The hole in the teat is deliberately placed way back and not at the tip. This keeps the food in the mouth longer, enabling it to be softened with saliva - an essential requirement for healthy digestion.
Now the NUK bottles also have a second hole, besides the one for the fluid to flow from. This hole is important especially for those with colicky babies, which can have discomfort caused by swallowing air while drinking(this is why it is important to burp babies). The second hole enables trapped air in the teat, caused by the suction of the babies mouth, to escape without being swallowed.
Just be careful because if the bottle is very full and you tip it the milk can come out from the second hole very easily.
Now as for the price you can buy these in most pharmacies and grocery stores in Ireland. The most common price for a two pack is between 4-6 euros. These teats are very durable and last a long time so I do not think that is too high a price to pay.
You can also buy them on this UK website http://www.nukbabyshop.co.uk
I have stuck with NUK until just a few months ago when my daughter dropped the bottle altogether, and I would recommend them to anyone who is weaning their cilld or has chosen to bottle feed.
Thanks for reading!
When returning back to work I had to stop breastfeeding and introduce formula. That alone was difficult but trying to get little on to latch onto a teat was even harder! I tried many bottles including the NUK range.
I found these in Boots and was surprised at them being quite cheap - I can't remember exactly how much they were but will find out and try and update this later. I thought it would have been more expensive due to the teat being shaped like a nipple. This helps the baby latch on and is suppose t be easier for them to drink. I bought the blue one, the bottle isn't very wide but was clearly marked with the measurements needed.
So once I'd opened it to have a look I can say that the teats looked nothing like my nipples! Nevertheless, I tired it on him anyway and he didn't like them. I kept trying for at least a week but nothing, I couldn't really return them as they had been used but ended up throwing them away. I don't think I will be buying again and they didn't really work for my little one. But I would still suggest them to others who find it difficult to wean off babies from breastfeeding.
I had initially breastfed my newborn but due to circumstances I then had to express milk via a bottle. I tried so many bottles.First of all I was introduced to some boots bottles,the baby couldn't 'latch' onto the teat at all.Then I tried the avent range which I was told was great for new mums,but baby would cry endlessly....and then one day I was in boots and I came across the 'NUK' range.Its was worth a try.
I was slightely concerned by the teat's shape, it was very different.(I bought the silicone one seperately) However after reading the back I realised it was made similar to a mothers nipple to make feeding easier.
It worked!The very first time I tried feeding him he took to it straight away.No struggles or cries. You get what you pay for, as is shown in the efficiancy of these bottles.... Considering the teats on the nuk bottles are orthodontic, and they use a unique air system and the bottle can carry a 'more than average' ten ounces of milk I'd say each one is worth it.
Have never had trouble with this product and I have recommended it to other mums too. Five Stars!
if anyone feels annoyed by the title, Nuk is pronunced Nook, Im not actually swearing just playing with the words... so on with the review.
I'm not a big Avent bottles fan; I know its the brand typically chosen by mums, but they caused my son awful colic, and it was only by changing to the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature range that we could give him any relief at all. I know lots of people use Avent- it's cheap and widely available, but for those of us who have suffered colicky babies; it does seem to be a bad choice. In my circle of mummy friends, although some had no problems with Avent (lucky them!) a lot of us had to change to various brands such as Tommee Tippee or Dr. Browns.
I breast-fed him to begin and missed out on formula feeding for a while, so I didn't realise that NUK was the type of teat used by hospitals to feed newborns and so I did my research and settled on Tommee Tippee which worked just fine for us. It wasn't until I was given a gift of 2 NUK dummies and got to reading the packaging and my son enjoyed the shape of them that I wanted to find out more about the NUK range.
By this stage it was too late to change bottles, but I have switched to NUK for everything since. Training bottles, cups and now, I am using the complete NUK range for my infant daughter and could not sing its praises highly enough.
Nuk is orthodonically shaped, which was one of the features I was pleasantly surprised with. The teat is bulbous at the end and promotes healthy jaw development. It has been endorsed by dentists and I must say my little boy has lovely teeth- something I was concerned about as I have had crooked teeth all my life. It will be interesting to see if my son's jaw development has been promoted when he gets to his teens... however he is only 2 at the moment!
NUK FEEDING BOTTLES FEATURES:
Nuk do a wide-neck feeding bottle and a narrow neck. Grace has not gotten on particularly well with the wide neck as she was very small and the milk flow was too quick for her, but is absolutely fine with the narrow neck version. You can chose from silicon or latex teats and I have chosen Silicone as it just looks cleaner. Latex is better for children with teeth as it can withstand more biting and chewing if needs be.
You can change the teats- the sizes available are:
0-6 Months Slow feed hole
0-6 Months Medium Feed hole
0-6 Months Large Feed Hole (good for when formula is made thicker with the likes of gaviscon)
6-18 Months Slow Feed Hole
6-18 Months Medium Feed Hole
6-18 Months Large Feed Hole
All are available in Silicone and Latex, and Wide Neck or Narrow neck. You really can create the bottle to suit your baby.
There is a range of specialist teats available for babies with cleft palates or lips and a range for preemie babies. They are a specialist brand who knows their stuff about feeding babies. It's not all about marketing- they don't advertise too much although I have increasingly seen small adverts in the magazines. NUK has been a well kept secret for many years. It's about time more mums knew how good they are!
Another feature is that you will find the hole on the teat is located on the top. This makes milk flow more like a natural nipple, so the teats are sucked in the same way that a baby would latch to the breast; in my experience my daughter did not need to 'relearn' how to suck- it was still the same technique she had been using on the breast.
THEIR BREAST-FEEDING SYSTEM
I have just started to wean my daughter from breast to bottle and we are currently combining feeding breast-milk with Aptamil formula. Up until now I have been using a NUK electric breast-pump to express milk for her which fits the NUK narrow neck bottles. I simply screw one into the bottom of the pump, then when I have expressed enough milk I use a sealing cap on the bottle and store it safely in the fridge. It's very convenient that the pump holds narrow necked bottles as I can just fill a bottle then pop a teat on the top when necessary. It's so easy even my husband can manage!
Nuk don't keep things simple; they like to cover their bottles with patterns. I remember thinking that I would prefer plain bottles the first time I saw the NUK range, but I have grown to love the little patterned bottles. My eldest child loves to look at the baby's bottles too. Pointing out hedgehogs and butterflies to me, so I suppose they can be seen as educational in a roundabout way. They have different ideas in the rest of Europe, where mums here lean more towards plain, clean design, the rest of Europe embrace colour and pattern and plastic on baby goods. I've grown to like it too.
NUK do a glass bottle but Ive never seen one in real life to know anything about it.
My daughter is particularly good at winding. Having had one child who was really troubled with trapped wind this is an absolute blessing. I'm obviously not sure if NUK is responsible for this as we have not needed to switch bottles at all this time around. I found she readily took the teat without any sign of nipple confusion when we were starting to introduce bottles to her.
No leaks, no spills...
So its all good here! Two thumbs up from me.
We bought Avent bottles but our baby could not suck hard enough. My hubby trotted down to supermarket at 2 am and came back with NUK botles and teats. No problems after. I have noticed that my friends babies fed with avent always sicked up, had sore faces and needed feeding more often. I had none of these problems.
When our babies are born after the long wait, all we really want is a baby that is healthy and happy. Unfortunately this doesn’t happen for everyone. So whenever your new baby doesn’t appear to be feeding much, and yet is so obviously hungry, it can be distressing for the parents as well as the baby. My 1st baby was a hungry baby, always having bottles, and yet also always having the full 9ozs. When my 2nd baby was born I naively expected the same thing. This was not the case however. No matter what we tried, he was not drinking much milk at all. Over a few days it became quite distressing. Then we discovered NUK bottles. Up to this point we had tried virtually everything we could think of. New bottles, new teats, even a whole new feeding routine. Nothing seemed to make a difference. We bought the NUK bottles only half heartedly, resigned to having no improvement with these. How wrong we were. Now I’m not suggesting for one minute that our son went from 10mls straight to 9ozs. This would obviously be a complete lie, but we certainly noticed a dramatic change. Alright it was only a matter of mls at first, but to us this was a milestone. We had found a product that suited him. So far the only place that I have ever seen these bottles are in Boots. However a friend has informed me that they are not exclusive to Boots. The bottles themselves are pretty much like any other bottle. It is the teats on them that make them so unique. The teats are made of silicone, and are very soft. NUK do sell teats without the bottles. They do a wide range of sizes. These include small, medium and large holes but for different ages. You can tailor them to the needs of your child. The teats can vary in colour slightly, they are usually clear. The reason for this is because silicone is natural therefore they are individual. Colour does not mean they have any defects. Saying this though, you should remember to change your teats regularly.
The teats can also change colour due to sterilising; again this does not mean that they are defective. What more can I say than… Well worth the money.
When my baby was born, Sept 2000, I spent a fortune on Avent bottles, with their hard plastic teats only to find that she dribbled most of the milk down her face. Her mouth was sore and she was generally unhappy. I still breatfeed now, but also use bottles. I have discovered NUK bottles. They are easier to hold, and have the old fashioned nippled shaped teat. These are so much softer on her mouth, and she never dribbles. She is a much happier baby. They are also half the price of the Avent. The reason for Avent is to prevent Colic, but my baby has never had colic, and we have been using the NUK bottles - Its not so much the NUK bottles, but the NUK Teats. Another wonderful advantage to NUK is that the Teats fit almost any bottle except Avent.