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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle & Teat Brush

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      08.04.2013 18:10
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      must buy long lasting durable and provides good clean

      Having brought the Tommee Tippee bottles it seemed natural to then buy the Tommee Tippe bottle brushes as well. These are widely available in supermarkets, chemists and online and cost around £5. They have a long easy to grip handle making it easy to reach to the bottom of the bottles, the bristles are angled and its easy to clean the whole bottle including round and under the rim. I find they clean the bottles very quickly and easily.

      Inside the handle is a tool for cleaning the teats of the bottles. I love that its hidden away- making the brush very compact. It does an excellent job of cleaning the teats and is very easy to use.

      It is very well designed for easy cleaning. I have found this brush to be very durable and long lasting - our first brush lasting for 5 months of daily use before we replaced it with another. The brushes come in both pink and blue and whilst there are cheaper brushes I think this is really good value, as they really do last and do an excellent job. We will definitely continue to buy and use these.

      Highly recommend.

      This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.

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      20.09.2012 15:06
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      Decent bottle brush but a bit expensive for what it is

      As every parent knows, there is a lot of cleaning involved in bottle feeding whether formula or expressed breast milk. The bottles need a hot soapy wash before being sterilised. We received this bottle brush as part of the closer to nature essentials set. We have been using it for nearly three months now.

      The Product
      The Brush is made of plastic and has two toned bristles at the top. These bristles are fairly long, made of nylon and reach out at all angles but only on one side of the brush. The handle has a non slip rubber grip to make handling easier. The brush can be pulled apart to reveal a teat brush in the middle. This is made of ridged rubber. The manufacturer claims this brush has an extra wide brush end for reaching hard to clean areas

      This normally retails at around £4 and can be bought from most places selling tommee tippee goods (We got ours at mothercare)

      The Review
      As previously said, we have been using this brush for nearly three months, it has had daily use as we are using formula so need to sterilise pretty constantly. I would say the brush is very easy to use and very comfortable to hold.

      We use this with the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature bottles so would assume it was specially made to clean these. I find it reaches most areas of the bottle well except under the rim at the top. No matter what way I move the brush and how hard I scrub, I always find I have to go over this part again to get all the greasiness away. This can be a bit annoying as it takes an extra step for each bottle which means the wasted minutes add up during the day.

      The teat brush is excellent. It's well protected in the handle of the brush but it is really easy to pull apart to get to it. It fits perfectly inside the teats and cleans them well with just a twist. The fact is made of rubber is quite good in my opinion, it is less harsh on the teats and means less wear so hopefully the teats will last longer this way.

      After three months of pretty much daily use, the brush is starting to degrade a bit. The bristles are looking a little worse for wear but they are all still attached which is a plus. It will maybe only have a couple more months use before I have to buy a new one. I would say if you were spending £4 on this, I would want it to last a bit longer but since it pretty much came for free, I can't really complain.

      I would say this is a decent brush that cleans the bottles well but I would think there would perhaps be cheaper versions that could do a comparable job.

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      28.07.2012 15:59
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      A good brush for cleaning bottles and teats lasts well

      A good bottle brush I think is essential for most mum's when cleaning their babies bottles whether you are bottle feeding or using bottles for expressing the equipment needs a good clean before sterilising it. I bought this Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature brush this time after being disappointed last time with the normal Tommee Tippee brush. I hoped the concealed area for the teat section would perform better and so far this has been the case.

      The brush at full market price is not cheap at £3.99 but I got mine in a half price promotion at our local supermarket for £1.98 and I think this is a more realistic price for this brush. The brush's design unlike a lot of bottle brushes only has bristles on one side. The bristles all jut out at different angles and I find that they get into all the nooks and crevices of the closer to nature bottles I have. They equally go well into the Medela bottles I have and manage to clean every part of the bottle with ease and I find that the bottle is thoroughly cleaned by a few twists and turns of the brush inside. The bristles have remained in place well and have stood up well to the nearly 4 months' worth of use. The brush is not used daily as in our household as it is only for expressed breast milk but with being used several times a week there is little sign of damage.

      The teat cleaning section is made from a rubber type material and is actually hidden in part of the handle. This comes apart easily for use and I really like the rubber section as this seems to clean the teats very well with there then being no damage to the soft teat area as there has been in the past with bristle brushes. The rubber section is nice and easy to keep clean and a by storing it in the handle it seems to keep this part of the brush in tip top condition. The shape of this section I find is perfect for the Medela bottles and teats that we use but strangely it actually fits the closer to nature teats less well and they are harder to clean than the Medela teats with this brush but it is still an easy job to do.

      Overall I think this is a great bottle brush it is hard wearing and the shape and design of the brush lends itself well to cleaning both the Closer to Nature bottles and teats as well as the Medela brand too. I would recommend looking out for it on special offer but even at £3.99 it doesn't break the bank and is worth the money as it performs well and lasts well.

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      20.08.2010 20:24
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      It would not clean all the items that I use on a daily basis so would not purchase again.

      I have exclusively expressed my feeds for the last 8 months and this was the first bottle brush that I used. I paid £4.99 from Mothercare.

      Tommee Tippee Bottle Brush claims that it:
      * Cleans bottles and teats of all sizes.
      * Suitable for all bottle shapes
      * Easy to use and clean
      * The unit splits in half to form either Bottle or Teat Brush
      * Durable nylon bristles and a non slip handle
      * Extra wide brush head for reaching hard to clean areas

      I can certainly confirm that this brush is very sturdy and can stand the test of multiple use on a daily basis, however I do not agree that it can clean bottles and teats of all shapes and sizes.

      I use the First Years Breastflow bottles, Medela breastpump items and I also have Tommee Tippee, MAMs and Avent cups. I do not think that this brush easily cleans all of these items - it cleans the larger items such as the actual bottle part but not the smaller parts such as the teats or the small express machine parts. Even the addition of the teat brush does not easily reach small places and it does not help being made of rubber instead of having bristles. Again I have had to use my finger to get to the end of teats and other small spaces.

      It may be just my opinion but I prefer bristles to a teat brush rather than rubber. Despite this, the brush easily cleans the cups that I use, just not the breastpump items and the Breastflow teats. I also prefer the main brush to have bristles all the way around so that it is easier to clean the bottles themselves.

      I used this brush for three months before trying out another Brand. The brush would have still been in good condition to continue the daily use had I not preferred a bristle teat brush. The bristles are a much better shape than the Avent brush I recently reviewed as the bristles curve to a similar shape than a bottle.

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      14.04.2010 00:45
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      And excellent cleaning brush with hidden teat and spout cleaner.

      I have tried many different bottle brushes from Avent to Mothercare and boots own brands. But I must say that I think Tommee Tippee gives the best results and is the most durable. By far I believe this is the best bottle brush around.

      I purchased this bottle brush from boots for £3.99 and also collected my advantage points, also at the moment they have an offer on where if you spend £20 or more on baby products you will receive 10 points per pound spent.

      The Tommee Tippee bottle brush is design to make cleaning easier. The brush tips are securely fixed to the handle so there no chance of them coming out. They also aren't too hard, no too soft as they clean the bottle they really get put to work and leave a gleaming bottle once removed. The bristles are nice and long and very flexible to get into those hard to reach areas.

      Not only is this a bottle brush it is also a teat cleaner. Hidden away in the handle is a small round hard plastic ridged teat cleaner which can get deep down into the end of the teat to clear away any excess milk. You can access this teat cleaner by pulling each end of the brush to reveal it. And then just push the two ends back together until you hear it click, then you know is secure. There are arrows on the handle of the brush, to show you where to line it up to fix it back together.

      The brush is very strong and durable and even has a gripper on the handle to stop the brush from sliding out of your hand.

      This product won a mother and baby award for best feeding accessories for 0 to 6 months old.

      They are available in 3 colours, the base colour being white with the additional splash of colour at the tips of the bristles, the teat cleaner and the rubber grips on the handle in either pink, blue or a gold yellow.

      Overall this is the bottle brush that has shown me the best results without a huge amount of effort. I would defiantly recommend this bottle brush weather you have the Avent or Tommee Tippee bottles as I use it on both and it fits in and cleans them excellently.

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        26.01.2010 22:33
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        A good brush that gets the bottles very clean

        I must say having read some of these reviews about this brush, Im not sure what all the fuss is about.

        I personally find this Tommee Tippee brush is a excellent brush for cleaning bottles and teats. It comes in two sections, one with the bristles, which have quite a long reach on and are soft enough not to stratch, but strong and robust enough to tackle the milk residue. The good thing is that they are quite flexible too, so its wasy to get in all the nooks and crannies.

        The other end of the brush has a rubber cap which is used as the handle hen cleaning the bottles. When you remove this cap, you have a teat brush, which is very handy and does a good job at getting right into the teat itself.

        Occaisionlly, if you are a little over bearing, the two sections of this come aprat, but thats only if you are being rough will this, and you really dont need to be.

        The brushes themsleves are very hard wearing, and the bristles dont stat falling out after alittle use, which is what I've found with cheaper bottle brushes.

        Overall, a great bottle brush that does the job nicely.

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        26.11.2009 12:17
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        a good item that I would recommend, but could get the same quality cheaper if money is an issue.

        I thought I'd prepared quite well for the arrival of baby number 2 back in october, but when it came to clean the bottles after the first feed I realised I'd forgotten about a bottle brush!

        Luckily my mother was in Morrisons when I remembered and I rang her to ask her to pick me one up and pop it round... She returned with the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle and Teat Brush.

        The brush came in a fancy looking box and while she wouldn't tell me how much it had cost, I have since found out it cost £3.99.

        We were using Avent bottles at the time and the brush cleaned the bottles fantastically, and pulling apart the handle of the brush reveals a teat cleaner - esentially a rubber tip on the end of the handle. This also cleans right inside the teat so is very handy, although our brush is always pulling apart... For example when cleaning an avent bottle (or a Tommee Tippee one as I have now aquired a couple of these), if I hold the end of the handle, it tends to break in two and I'm left holding the teat cleaner and the brush bit has fallen off! I don't know if this is just a fault with my brush or a design fault in general, but it can be infuriating. I generally keep the 2 pieces seperately now and just grab the bit I need.

        In all the brush does what it is designed to do - it cleans bottles, and having not paid for it myself am very happy with it, although I'm not sure I would have paid nearly £4 for this item had it been my choice.

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        19.06.2009 11:06
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        all things considered it's an ok brush, maybe not perfect but we can forgive ...

        This little bottle cleaning brush cost me £2 in Asda. A bargain in my eyes at the time. I bought the Tommee Tippee one as I had all Tommee Tippee bottles. So far this made perfect sense to me.

        I exclusively breastfeed for 6 months so there was no need to use it for a while. When my son started bottle feeding it took its' place in the baby cupboard.

        The brush itself is white and blue as you can see from the above picture. I think it also comes in pink and white. The bottom bit slides off to what the box said was a teat cleaner. I suppose the small somewhat rubbery bit can get into the little places easier. I'm not a fan of that bit and so I never slide the end off. I'm happy using the brush end.

        Now you would think that a Tommee Tippee brush would be perfectly shaped to clean the Tommee Tippee bottles but that is exactly where you would be wrong! The neck of the bottles is very hard to get to with the brush as it's curvy. I end up running my finger or some paper towel along it instead. It's not completely useless as it cleans the rest of the bottle rather easily and by using the brush end the teat can also get cleaned without difficulty.

        I have on a couple occasions gone out and then found that the baby bag was not very well stocked. At these times I've had to run into Boots or Tesco and grab whatever bottle they had on the shelves. For this reason I now have two Avent bottles. The brush seems to be perfect for these bottles. It cleans them without any hassle at all!

        I have heard tales of this brush falling apart when you use it often. I use it on a regular basis and to be fair to it has stood the test of time. A close friend has one and the bit that slides off to expose the rubber teat cleaner no longer clicks into place which is a bit annoying for her.

        According to the company:

        Key Features
        * Cleans bottles and teats of all sizes.
        * Suitable for all bottle shapes
        * Easy to use and clean
        * The unit splits in half to form either Bottle or Teat Brush
        * Durable nylon bristles and a non slip handle
        * Extra wide brush head for reaching hard to clean areas

        Find out more http://www.tommeetippee.co.uk/product/closer_to_nature_bottle_teat_brush/

        On the website you can see that the brush has won a number of awards such as Mother & Baby and Prima Baby.

        Recommendation wise I'm not overly sure what to say. The brush is still in good condition after almost 4 months of daily use and it cleans my Avent bottles really well. The only problem I have is regarding the way it can't easily get to all the areas of the bottle it's made for. The teat cleaner does work I'm just not fond of it personally.

        © oioiyou 2009

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          20.04.2009 22:25

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          I bought this brush about 2 years ago when i had my wee girl, we also originally had the two ended bottle brush that came with the steriliser but after a few months it had rusted and then started bending in the middle with the pressure of washing and then snapped in two, Then we bought this one and where very impressed its very solid and fits together well, the brush is wide so you can clean right round the whole bottle, the teat cleaner also works well in its own way. I would highly reccommend this brush.I have read the other reviews and can only think that they got a faulty brush!

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          02.11.2008 22:58
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          Don't waste your money

          I bought this brush in Morrisons for about £1.99 thinking it would be easier to use than continually turning the bottle brush I got free with my Tommee Tippee steriliser between the big bottle brush and the small teat brush.

          Wrong. This brush is the biggest pain in the backside.

          It splits into two halves, the bottom half has a ribbed rubber teat cleaner that sits inside the brush when it is whole. In itself this teat cleaner works quite well. However, there is no locking mechanism to hold the two halves together when using it as a bottle brush and it comes apart when the slightest pressure is applied. I perservered with it for a fortnight then threw it away and went back to my trustee double ended bottle brush.

          All it would need would be for the two parts to screw together and this brush would work just fine, simply placing them together is ineffective.

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          16.10.2008 12:01
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          Dont waste your money on this!

          While I am breastfeeding our daughter, I still give her some expressed milk while at church as I am unable to feed in my choir robes! I therefore wanted something which would be obviously just for the baby's bottles so that it wouldn't be used by mistake for something else! I am, as it happens, using the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles but this wasn't the reason I chose this brush - it just happened to be the only one that tesco was selling!

          The brush comes in two halves which you slot together. There is a very wide soft brush made from nylon bristles which is very effective at cleaning the bottles without scratching them. The handle has a good grip on it. As I said before, the product comes in two halves - this is so that the handle can be used as an extra brush to clean the teats with (there is an shaped bit on the end to do this) but this is where its' biggest design flaw is. The two halves just clip together but there is nothing to lock it in place therefore meaning that they fall apart while you're cleaning the bottle. ALL THE TIME!! It really is awful and something which would have been so easy to remidy by adding a simple twist when locking the brush together so that it didn't fall off all the time. But hey, what do I know, I'm a midwife not an engineer!!

          The brush comes in two colours - blue and pink (surprise surprise!). I payed £2.85 in tesco but it is on sale in other places for as much as £3.99 in ToysRUs so do look around!

          I honestly wouldn't recommend this brush at all, if we were bottle feeding and therefore having to clean lots of bottles each day then this brush would have already gone in the bin!

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        Make cleaning easy. This extra wide brush head is convenient for cleaning all wide neck bottles and cups.