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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fast Flow Teat recommended from 6 months onwards.
Not that long ago my daughter was mixed fed, which meant that I both breastfeed her and supplement her with the odd bottle of formula here and there. It worked well for us, but since then I have moved on to weaning her and stopped breastfeeding all together. However, she still gets quite a lot of milk and I had no intention of switching bottles after having so much success with the Tommee Tippee range. So we moved onto the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fast Flow Teat, which is the largest size of teat available for their brand of bottles.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fast Flow Teats are sold separately from the bottles in a packet of two, which were simply the next progression for us. I did move her onto them before the recommended 6 months, but only by a couple of weeks as she was showing all the signs that she needed a faster flow - deforming the teat, taking in extra air and just generally struggling to get the milk from the medium flow teat as quickly as she wanted it. As with all the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature teats we have had no problems with moving onto the next teat stage, with the exception of the variflow teat that didn't work for my daughter.
When you buy one of the Tommee Tippee bottles they all come with a size one teat, which is suitable from birth onwards or until your little one shows signs of needing a quicker flow. And the Fast flow teat looks no different to the first size teat except it has a small 3 imprinted on the side and has a slightly bigger opening. And as with all of the Tommee Tippee teats the fast flow teat is very soft and flexible and has been designed (according to Tommee Tippee) to compliment and mimic breastfeeding (to a degree) and in the past we have had no problem switching back and forth between the breast and bottle. The teats are really soft yet retain their shape well and overall I don't think I would change from using the Tommee Tippee range now or in the future.
The teats are really easy to keep clean and maintain. If you do want to try the teats for your baby you can pick them up from most supermarkets, Mothercare, Amazon, ect, for under £5 for a packet of two. Personally, I like to stock up when I find them on special as in my experience it is always better to have a few extra lying around than just enough or too little.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fast Flow Teats as with all the Tommee Tippee teats do have an anti colic valve, but my little one hasn't had too much of a problem with colic so I really can't comment. But I can say that we have never seemed to have a problem with her getting any excessive trapped wind when using any of the Tommee Tippee range of teats and/ or bottles.
From me and my little one the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fast Flow Teats get the full five out of five star rating. Personally I would highly recommend the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fast Flow Teats, and I certainly would recommend the whole Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature range in general.
My son was combination fed as a baby - predominantly breastfed but with a top up of formula here and there or a bottle of expressed breast milk. We decided to use Tommee Tippee bottles early on. I'm not sure why we made that choice but we did so before he was born and we stuck to it throughout his milk-feeding period. As it turned out, it suited our combination feeding perfectly as the teats mimic the breast shape and therefore allow baby to switch between breast and bottle with ease. To go with the bottles, we purchased these teats along the way. Depending on his age, there are different teat sizes to fit into the bottles - 0 months (1), 3 months (2) and 6 months (3). As baby gets older, the speed of flow increases as they are better able to cope with a faster flow.
The teats that I am reviewing here are those that we had the most experience of - the fast flow teats. We used these with our son from aged 6 months right up until he dropped his last bottle (at night before bed) at around 18 months. The teats come in packs of two and cost around £3.50. The teats are really easy to fit onto the bottle - you just pull them through the white ring-like plastic attachment that screws onto the top of the bottle. When in place, they feel very secure. The teats themselves feel soft to the touch and therefore seem to resemble the breast very well - they certainly posed no issues to my son who was used to breastfeeding.
The teats have an Easivent system which is designed to help prevent colic. I feel that this is less essential on these teats as they are designed for babies from 6 months - my son was much better at bringing up his own wind at this age - but a good feature for earlier teats for younger babies. We found that they did help in this regard but certainly did not eliminate the problem. The flow from these teats was certainly much quicker than the previous ones and it took my son a couple of feeds to fully adapt to it. By six months though, he was definitely ready for this faster flow as he had begun to get frustrated with the medium flow. For the first couple of feeds, he did have excess milk dribble from his mouth but, as I say, he quickly adapted.
Overall, I think that the Tommee Tippee teats do, in general, fully support combination feeding. These fastflow teats are ideal for older babies and in our experience worked very well. They are easy to clean using the Tommee Tippee bottle brush and last well too. We only really changed them for hygiene purposes - not because they has got holed in or had worn out etc. Good value.
My little boy was a greedy little monkey for his milk and so by the time he was 5 months old we decided to move him onto the next stage teat. As we were using the Tommee Tippee bottles we bought these teats. There clearly identifiable as being the stage 3 teat as it says 6 + months on the packagaing as also has 3 milk drops which is too show it is fast flowing as the other stages have one and two.
The actual teat itself is no bigger then the other stages. Which is great as I had previously tried the vari-flow teat which is larger and confused my baby. This however made it easier for my baby to move onto the next stage.
The teat is made of silicone and what I liked best about these teats is that they are almost shaped like a nipple and flex when the baby sucks it how a nipple would. As my baby was breastfed for a while this made it easy for my baby to switch to bottle feeding after I decided to finish breast feeding.
My baby took to the teat really well and it did the job of providing more milk for my baby as he sucked as the teat no longer collapsed on himself and the vent on the side of the teat also stopped my baby taking in as much air and so it really helped with his wind too!
Overall I would definitely recommend these teats for those who are using the Tommee Tippee bottles, the only down side is that they are rather expensive at around £4 for only 2 teats as I had to buy two packs it cost my £8 just for teats!
I have recently been able to get my little boy to take a bottle and the ones he has been using are the Tommee Tippee bottles. As he is now nearly six months old I decided to buy him the 6m+ teats as he really likes his milk and drinks really fast and so I thought needed a teat that had a faster flow and was suitable for babies more of his age and not the first slow flow teats that you get with the bottles.
These teats come in a pack of two and are clearly labeled showing you that they are 6m+ and have three little milk drops to indicate that they are fast flowing teats. On the teat itself if you look closely you can see a little number 3 with a circle around it so when you have it in a bottle or in the steriliser you can tell which teat it is if you have other sizes lying around too. These teats are easier to combine breast and bottle feeding which is perfect as this is exactly what I am doing and intend to do for the next couple of months.
The teats are made of silicone are are quite bendy and stretchy. They are quite squishy if you squish them between your fingers. The whole teat itself is shaped much like a nipple and does look like one, albeit a plastic one. There are even little circles around the base of the nipple section which make it look a bit nipplish. At the top of the teat is the hole where obviously the milk comes out of. The teat works in quite a unique way and I think this is probably why my little boy likes these teats and not others that I have tried as he is very much a breastfeeding fan. The teat gently elongates and flexes during feeding which is exactly what your real nipple does during feeding too so I can imagine this would be quite like the same sensation you get when you are drinking from a nipple.
The teat also has a supersensitive anti colic valve. You can see this on the teat. It's a little hole at the edge near the rim of the teat. This gives optimum venting during feeding and reduces the risk of your baby taking in air during feeding. My little boy has had no problems after feeding and has never suffered from colic and also we do not really need to burp after feeding as well which is good.
You can buy these teats in packs of two. I get mine from Boots and they cost £4.09