Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
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Dads can feed too!
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle
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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle
Advantages: Aids dads to feed; realistic teat; good flow and variety
Disadvantages: Lower measurements not there on some bottles; careful of high prices; angles for last bits
When deciding what to do with feeding our second child it was agreed that we'd get some bottles so that I, as the dad, could do some feeding with some EBM (expressed breast milk) to try and balance out decent sleeping patterns. With a 7 year old at an important school changeover it seemed even more important than when he was born that we get a good amount of sleep between.
The advantage of expressing when also breastfeeding is just that: to give you chance to balance your sleep patterns. I also feel though that it gives the dad more of a sense of purpose, as he's not able to feed through the breast. What this does require though is a bottle that actually works, and so we were careful when choosing, going with Tommee Tippee after several recommendations. Effectively, all we needed it to do was relinquish the milk as our baby needed it. It works just fine.
There are a number of different sizes you can get the bottles in, and also the teats vary depending on what age and size your baby might be, all designed to make it easier for you to choose and have it tailor made to your situation. My wife chose ours, and touch wood we've had no issues. There's a nice wide rim and the lid is easy enough to screw on and off without it feeling as if it's not on tight enough or that any leakages may occur. The anti-colic valve works as a good valve for constant feeding, and we find this is a bonus especially when he has to have his vitamins mixed in with them as he was a premature baby. The stuff smells horrible so God only knows how it tastes. Luckily the bottle allows the flows to be smooth and to how fast he tries to take it, so that's perfect.
It's a bit annoying to have to completely tip it up to get the last few bits that seem to get stuck under where the bottle and lid meet, as you have to adjust baby's head or at least the angle the bottle is in his mouth. A couple of times this has disturbed the flow and he's broken off, and it's not always easy to get him to start again, no matter how early or late during the feed it is. The larger bottles also don't necessarily have the lower measurements, so if you wanted to just use 10 or 20ml of EBM, for example, you may have to measure it before it goes in to make sure you know how much you're using. You may also want to check sizes against your steriliser as the bottle and lid can be wider than some sterilisers.
Other than these gripes though, we've found it to be an excellent product. Prices vary quite a bit, to be honest, and if you're not careful you can end up forking out a lot for these. Places such as Tesco often have good deals on, and you can get easily get a bottle for around the £2 or £3 mark depending on what size you're going for. Other places may charge a lot more - I've certainly seen some surprisingly high prices.
Tomme Tippee and Avent seem to be the main rivals with these products, and while we have a number of Avent products from when our 7 year old was a baby, this Tommee Tippee bottle certainly hasn't been any worse than the Avent bottles. I suppose a lot of it will come down to the individual feeder and baby and how they work with the angles and realistic nature of the teat. The whole design of the teat is the clincher for me, as it's intended to be as close to the real thing as possible, hence its name. My wife has certainly said it seems to be, and while I haven't gotten too close to the real thing to check the feeding element of it, our second certainly seems to feed just fine from it, so it's a recommendation from me, with only a couple of minor niggles.
Summary: Very good bottle for realistic substitute breast feeding
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