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Even though I breastfed both of my children for about 6 months each, something I am very proud of, I still had them use bottles and we definitely moved onto bottles once they had finished breastfeeding. We tried various different ones with each of them until we found some that really worked for them and for my little girl it was the Nuk range of bottles. These have a more natural looking teat in my opinion and the fact that the bottles had Disney Mickey and Minnie mouse pictures on them definitely helped as well.
When it came time for her to move from a bottle to more of a training cup for her milk and drinks I turned once again to NUK as I knew they had these bottles in stock as I had seen them on their website and so purchased her a Mickey Mouse Learner bottle. I know you can purchase the bottles from Boots but I have never seen these cups in store and have always purchased mine from the NUK website which is easy to do and delivery is fast. When you order they cannot guarantee whether you get a red cup or a black cup but this didn't really bother me although all the ones I ordered have been red. The pattern on the side consists of a see-through bottle and then Mickey and Minnie in either red or black designs which is quite cute and quite good quality in my opinion. My little girl always loved the design and still does to this day.
The Mickey Mouse learner bottle is actually better described as a cup in my opinion rather than a bottle as it has a spout rather than a bottle teat and looks more like a cup.
NUK say that these Learner Bottles are designed to make the transition from breast/bottle feeding to drinking from a cup easier. The Disney design also helps to keep your child entertained whilst drinking.
The spout is like one you would find on a Tommee Tippee drinking cup although this one is made of see through silicone so its quite bendy when your little one puts it in their mouth and has a similar texture to a teat although its a little bit thicker. The nice thing about these cups is that the spout is non spill meaning much less mess.
The bottle is a small size bottle (150ml) and you then put it into a plastic holder which has trainer handles on either side. I like that you can remove the cup from these handles as it makes cleaning easier and if you want to just use it as a bottle during the transition period you can do that too. The handles are quite far spaced apart which is nice making it easy for little hands to grip hold of and keep hold of more importantly. You do need to make sure that you line this up properly when you put the bottle in the plastic holder as sometimes the handles would be not at right angles to the spout but you can just twist it round which is not a problem.
My little girl found this cup really easy to hold onto and I will soon be introducing this to my little boy for his bedtime milk rather than giving him his bottle as I feel he is old enough now (wish me luck)
The bottle is BPA (Bisphenol A) free so its nice to know its a safe product and I recommend this brand to all my mummy friends as this is one that really worked for us. The cost £5.99 from the NUK website.
I predominantly breastfeed my son and it has been my ongoing battle since he was born to try and get him to feed from a bottle.
After trying out various formulas, teats and bottles I was nearly ready to give up when my health visitor suggested that I try the NUK teats. I bought a pack of two teats online and found that they did not fit on any of the bottles I had, so I ended up getting a NUK bottle as well.
The description said that this bottle comes with a silicone spout, so I figured I might as well get this one as I already had the teats to suit the bottle.
I bought the red one and it is a really beautiful red colour, which is saying something as I dont usually care for such details as long as the thing works. The bottle is transparent plastic, straight sides unlike the funny curved ones of some other brands that i have, and has 150 ml capacity. The are clear markings in ml and ounces, and a Mickey mouse image on it. It says made in Germany on the bottle. The cap is a light red colour, and the top of the cap is well above the uppermost part of the spout (and not tightfit onto the teat as i have usually seen) so if you shake the bottle a bit of milk can come out through the teat/spout onto the cap. The handle of the bottle is detachable with a bit of effort, so there is no risk of the bottle slipping out of it if you little one is handling it by himself. It is made of a firm material, but is not uncomfortably hard, and has very little movement. The bottle is wide mouthed enough to allow easy cleaning. I think the straight sides make cleaning even easier.
Now I come to the main event- the silicone non spill spout. You wont believe this - after trying for four months, my son is finally happily accepting bottlefeeds - with the spout! I quite like it myself. It is the same material as teat, has the same feel, although it looks a bit smaller. It is towards one side of the bottle rather than in the centre like a teat. This spout has a small hole at the side near the very top, and the milk does not flow out at a great speed, so it lets your baby drink comfortably. There is an airvent at the bottom of the spout which is supposedly an anti-colic feature.
This bottle is part of the First Choice series, which means that you can use it with all other First Choice products.
Price: £ 5.94 on Amazon
I dont know whether it was the spout that worked or four months of persistence that paid off, but my son is now happy with bottles and I put it down to this one. I bought the bottle to use the teats, and now the teats are useless! I am very glad I bought it, thinking of getting the black one too.