Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle
Advantages: Easy to fill and clean, well marked on the sides, Cheap, Widely available
Disadvantages: None overall
In my last review I mentioned that the bottles bought for my baby son (Dr Brown's) were causing too many niggles for us to continue using and that in their place we had switched to Tommee Tippee's. The 'Closer to Nature' range of Tommee Tippee nursing aids include bottles, teats, sterilisers etc and as we already have a TT steriliser it made sense for us to try out the bottles. This review will focus on the Newborn, stage 1 teats as these are the ones I have experience of but it's worth noting that there are varying sized teats available suitable for each stage of a babies development.
Available in varying sizes, we bought the 150ml and 260ml bottles which came with stage 1 teats. Unlike the Dr Brown's bottles I discussed in my last review these from Tommee Tippee are traditional in design comprising of just a plastic bottle, screw top ring, teat and cover. They are clearly marked on the side in both ml and oz denominations which are far easier to read than Dr B's and assembling and taking to pieces is effortless. I would say that the bottles are well made, they feel of good quality and the silicone teats are robust and strong. My baby is only a couple of weeks old at the moment so is having regular feeds and in the short time we have been using them they have already withstood plenty of use. They're easy to fill with hot water/ready made formula and once the teat and holding ring has been twisted into place they feel solid and strong with no leakages whatsoever from the rim. The outer edge of the teat forms a tight seal and the bottles themselves hold comfortably in your hand, the 150ml bottles in particular are nice to hold as they have a nipped-in design at the 'waist' of the bottle which, if you're like me you should find that your fingers instinctively hold the bottle in the correct/optimum feeding position.
Unlike the Dr Brown's bottles which I found a faff to put together and clean I have to admit that I love the simplicity of these from Tommee Tippee. They don't claim to reduce colic like the other bottles I have but at this stage of my babies life he's just happy to get some milk down his neck at regular intervals. As mentioned they are easy to take apart for cleaning before putting back into a steriliser and thanks to the shape and design they are very easy to clean with all traces of milk being easy to remove. My son has no problems with the stage 1 teats although they do feel slightly on the hard-side to me, he's more than happy with them though and contently draws the milk from the bottle at his own pace. I do find that they can be quite messy although this is probably down to user error (i.e me not getting the bottle at the right angle) rather than a problem with the bottles themselves but do be aware that the teat can sometimes become 'inverted' back into the body of the silicone surround which can be a bit frustrating for baby (although again, this is probably as much my fault as it is the bottle's)
As my partner is unable to breast feed we wanted something reliable and well respected and according to the manufacturers of the bottles they are:
"Designed in conjunction with breastfeeding experts, our range of closer to nature baby feeding products use a unique teat that mimics the natural flex, feel and movement and softness of the breast" (taken from http://www.tommeetippee.co.uk/department/bottle_fe eding/)
Which may be of interest to soon-to-be parents.
In all honesty I wish we had just bought these bottles in the first place rather than choosing the lot more expensive Dr Brown's as the Tommee Tippee ones are excellent to use and provide us with hassle-free feeding for baby. They're easy to put together and take apart, clean perfectly and fit exactly into our steriliser. Compared to other bottles they are relatively cheap with a twin pack of 150ml bottles costing around a tenner, which has to be excellent value for money by anyone's standard and even the larger 260ml's don't run at much more. I like how they are easy to read, the numbers on the side of the bottles are clearly marked and the smaller bottles have a really good design which makes them easy and comfortable to hold.
The only negative point I could raise with the Tommee Tippee bottles is that they do let a lot of air into the formula so air bubbles do form as baby reaches the end of his bottle. This results in us having to wind him a little bit more than we did with the Dr Brown's bottles but certainly wouldn't be a reason for me to either not recommend them or deduct any stars from my rating here. For me these bottles are well made, inexpensive when you consider how often they get used and are widely available both online and on the high street. Definitely recommended as far as I'm concerned, the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles get a flawless five star rating from me. Thanks for reading my review.
Summary: Tommee Tippee nursing bottles from the Closer to Nature range. Well worth considering.
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