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When my son was a baby and feeding on milk he was mainly breastfed but was also topped up with a little formula from time to time and also had the occasional bottle of expressed milk. Therefore, we did invest in various products that we thought may be helpful to us when we used the bottled and, as our bottles were from Tommee Tippee, a lot of the accessories that we had were also that brand. One of those was this bottle insulator.
As implied by the insulator title, this bag is meant to keep warm things warm and cool things cool (in this case bottles of milk). Now, as you are not meant to make formula up until you are ready to use it, I was unsure if we would get a lot of use from these but they seemed handy bottle storers if nothing else! The bags come in a pack of two (currently £6.83 on Amazon). They are black material bags with a grey insulate lining. There is a zip fastening around the top and the Tommee Tippee bottles sit neatly inside. It can then be sealed and the handle on the top of the bag can be used to hang from buggies etc on the go.
In the end, we would use these to keep ready made formula (that you buy in cartons) cool when out and about (these can be stored at room temperature but on a hot day it was nice to keep them cool). We also would use them to try and keep boiled water hot in the bottle for the first night feed (if formula was to be used) so that the water could be used instantly to mix the formula. We found the bottle bags worked to keep the milk cool but were not so good at keeping things hot! They are said to keep things warm for up to six hours but, in our experience, this was more like two hours - three at a maximum. Depending on use this is not ideal - for a younger baby that feeds more frequently this may be fine but it is less ideal when feeds become less regular.
Overall, these are a pretty decently priced item but I do not feel they are a necessity by any means. I would describe their efficiency as average but I have no experience of similar products so have nothing to really compare them to. I would recommend to any mum-to-be to determine if this is really an essential item before purchasing - I won't be using them with no 2!
I bought a set of two of these recently from the internet for around £10. I had seen them advertised and thought they would be great as they keep drinks both hot or cool depending on what you want.
I have always used Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles and these fit perfectly into one of these bags. Other bottles may fit aswell but I have never bought any other brand so couldn't confirm for definite.
These bags fit both bottle sizes in - the 150ml and 260ml ones so the bag can be used from when you first start bottle feeding.
We do a lot of travelling and these bags are perfect for these. The inside of the bag is silver and smooth so they can be easily wiped down if you have an accident or a spillage.
I have always put boiling water into the bottles and then found that they keep it warm for around 4 hours.
There is a handle on the top of the bag that can be attached to your pram or just carried if you want to which is very useful.
The bags are very easy to open as they have a nice zip at the top.
I have used the bags lots and they are still in excellent condition I have just wiped them down after use every time which seems to have worked fine.
I think these bags are a must have and are a great investment.
They can be used to keep juice etc cool when your child is older I have also stored little pots of yogurt in mine in the past if we have been going out for the day and I have wanted to take a snack along.
When we knew that Baby B was going to be born any day Mrs B went into panic buying mode and bought all sorts of baby products that I had never even heard of let alone knew what they did.
One of these products was this tommee tippee insulated bottle carrier. At first I thought she had bought it as some form of a joke present or something and then I realised that this little carrier had a purpose and Mrs B was intending to use it for Baby B.
When Baby B did come along she ended up being breast fed so this bottle carrier remained in the cupboard along with all the other bottle-feeding equipment and it's only been recently that it's now been used.
Baby B seems to be quite fussy when it comes to how she likes her temperature of her milk and if it is too cold she just wont drink it so this insulator has come in very useful despite my earlier reservations!
The bottle carrier is a well padded thick bottle-shaped container designed for the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles. We use Dr Brown's bottles though- another thing which Baby B was fussy about- and we are able to just about fit these in although they're slightly taller than the closer to nature ones... they stil just squeeze in!
The bottle just slots in and then the top falls over it and you zip it up. The insulated padding then keeps your bottle warm so that when it's time for feeding it's the right temperature.
This is also really useful to help prevent leaks too. When Mrs B puts the bottle in her bag she doesn't worry about it tipping up as she knows that it is well protected inside the bottle carrier.
The handle on the top is another useful feature, it can just hang off your push chair if you have one of the nifty little clips or suitable handles.
We have had a few little spillages but we have just wiped it clean with hot soapy water and it's been fine since!
The bottles kept warm for about an hour and a half, any longer than that and they were a bit too cold for Baby B so I would recommend you use them before then if you use these.
We bought them from Boots for £9.99. I think that's pretty expensive really and we could probably have found a way round it without them so for that reason I'm just giving 4 stars not 5!
After deciding to stop breastfeeding when Oscar was a few months old, I needed an insulated bag to store milk when I went out. My sister gave me an Avent bottle bag, but as I was using Tommee Tippee bottles, they didn't fit properly as the bag was designed for the shape of Avent bottles.
I bought a pack of 2 of these bags from Mothercare for £8.
The bag is black all over with the Tommee Tippee logo on the top. It has a velcro strap on the top, which means it straps easily round a buggy or car seat handle for easy travelling. It holds both the 150ml size bottles, and the 260ml ones too. When not in use, it folds down quite small so can be easily tucked into your changing bag.
The inside is lined with quite thick insulated material. It will keep a bottle to the temperature it was when you put it in there, for up to 2 hours, though I found I could get away with 3 hours if necessary. You can also store baby food in there, which was handy for us when we had a picnic in the summer!
We also found it useful at home. If I prepared and warmed up a bottle for Oscar and he didn't want it, I could just stick it in the bag, knowing that he would be ready for it within the next 2 hours!
This Tommee Tippee bottle bag is definitely one of my baby essentials and one that I would really recommend to every parent who is going to use bottles for their baby. I breastfeed my little boy pretty much exclusively for the first six months but now he's got teeth and is not a baby anymore he has bottles. Tommee Tippee bottles are the ones I found that worked best for him but so this bottle bag is definitely perfect for me but I would say that you could fit other makes of small bottles in it too. This bag fits the Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles.
The bag is basically just a cylindrical bag which is made of black fabric on the outside and then has the padded silver insulated material in the inside which will obviously keep your bottles either warm or cold, whichever you want.
The bottles fit quite snugly in this bag which I like as it means it keeps them upright well as they don't have room to move around and it means milk doesn't spill out inside as it would if you just carried your bottles in the pocket of a change bag or something like that. I have done that in the past and it's a bit of a pain but with this bag I have no mess.
The bottle holder has a zip about three quarters of the way around the top so it opens well and allows you to get the bottle in and out easily. There is also a handle At the top which allows you to hook it onto your pushchair or change bag so it's always in a handy available place.
I find the insulation in the bag works really well. I have put both hot and cold bottles in there and they always keep their temperature well. It's so convenient for me to make up a bottle and put it in here for my little boy for when we are out as then it's ready to go as soon as he needs it and there are no cries until he gets his milk.
A twin pack of these bottles costs £8 which I think is very good value as these are handy, fairly stylish and clever working bottle bags.
**Price and Availability**
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature insulated bottle bag is available mainly in specialist baby shops such as Mothercare (where I got mine), Boots, Mamas and Papas, and online. You can pick up a pack of two for around £7 - £8, though I must admit, I got one free with a Tommee Tippee manual breast pump set.
The Tommee Tipeee Closer to Nature insulated bottle bag is a black thermal jacket with a neoprene outer and a silver insulated inner. It is opened by a sturdy silver zip about an inch from the top. It has a woven carry handle on the top, and fits a bottle (I've found) up to about 9fl oz.
All you need to do is pop your bottle in (with the lid on), zip up and go. The bottle will stay warm for well over an hour (you can't use formula / warmed breast milk after 2 hours anyway so this is ideal). It's a nice snug fit, and works well, like a parka jacket (or maybe a sleeping bag) for your bottle. It works great, a simple idea well put together.
If you need to keep a bottle warm for a feed due in an hour or so then it's ideal. You can also warm up a bottle when in a restaurant and then keep it warm on the go, so it certainly has it's uses and it works well. I don't think £8 is expensive for two as they are well made and they will last you but I found that as my baby was breastfed that I didn't really use it all that much, only to take expressed milk to coffee shops and not have to feed in public. It kept it lovely and warm and meant when my baby got fussy I could offer her some milk - a godsend if you usually have to go off somewhere private.
I highly recommend these bottle bags, they work well, they're well made and they last, too, mine is as good as new and can be re used for baby no2 or handed on, the neoprene outer (like a wetsuit) keeps them looking brand new.
I'll give these a solid four out of five, they're a decent bit of bottle feeding paraphenalia!
I bought a box that contained two of these tommee tippee insulated bottle bags, 14 months ago, from boots, they cost me around £10. They have been used a lot since, so definitely worth buying, I used the same brand milk bottles, so I knew they would fit.
They are very light and made of a soft black material, with silver insulating padding on the inside, it has a big zip around the top of the bag, that's very easy to open. Also has a carry handle on the top which can open, it has a Velcro fastening, so you can attach the bottle to an object, eg : pram, etc... They can be used for cold or hot bottles / food jars, there wipe clean only, and measure approximately 16.5 cm long and 10.5cm wide.
I have used them for keeping, milk bottles & food jars in, as I would usually use half a jar of food each time, so the second half I'd store in the fridge, I could bring out with me so it didn't go to waste. I would also use them to put the bottle my baby hadn't finished in, as you can still use the milk within 2hrs, though I would only save for an hour, it was very handy because the milk would not go really cold like it would just being left out and stay warm enough to drink, as you're not meant to reheat milk, I even used them in the house for this reason too. I usually store ready-made cold milk upto 6hrs in the bottle bag, as the milk is never as cold as it is when you first put it in the bottle bag, and gradually gets warmer, but Its a lot better than not using one, and very handy for short journeys.
They have been very useful to me, I'm glad I bought them, I definitely recommend them.
How things change! When I had my first daughter in 1996 the advice was to make up enough bottles for a twelve hour period and leave them in the fridge until needed, fast forward fourteen years to when I had my son and it had changed to you must make up each bottle as required - which is an absolute living nightmare for us bottle feeders who aren't in any particular routine. This was my fourth baby so I tore up the rule book (again), knowing full well that I was completely not organised enough to keep David fed and watered if I couldn't make up a supply of bottles in advance.
Things went well until we have a mini heatwave when David was around four months old; obviously the fridge was still working, but when we planned a few days out I knew I was either going to be purchasing those expensive single serving cartons or risking salmonella as I tried to transport ready made baby milk around with me. My mum solved the problem when she bought me a twin pack of these Tommee Tippee Insulated Bottle Bags, telling me that she'd checked in Mothercare and they would comfortably hold the Avent bottles I favoured at the time as well the Closer to Nature bottles that Tommee Tippee themselves make.
It's a very basic idea; a cylindrical bag made of a cotton-cross-canvas fabric which is padded to form the insulation, the interior of the bottle bag has been finished with a shiny silver material to keep the bottle warm or cool depending on your requirements. The bag has a chunky zip which opens the top up to a wide enough angle to slide your bottles in and out without having to worry about it getting in the way as you're struggling with a distressed and hungry baby who wants his bottle NOOOOOOW! Very easy to use, but does it work?
Well, yes, I suppose it does. In a fashion, and providing you time your days out with perfect precision. I've used mine both for ready made up milk and also for transported boiled water in order to make the bottles up as and when I needed to - using the bags for water is the best bet as they're not scientifically designed so won't keep milk at anything like a consistent temperature to prevent the bacteria from growing in the liquid. When filling your baby's bottle with boiled water you'll find the bottle will keep it usefully warm for a maximum of around four hours, but after that the water will be too cool for you to successfully incorporate the milk powder. Which is great if you're planning a short day out, but not ideal if you're likely to be out of the house for a longer period of time.
I can't recommend it really for transporting bottles of milk that have already been made up as the key is to cool them as quickly as possible before putting them in the fridge, I did use a bag for this purpose once or twice but the (already foul smelling) SMA baby milk took on a strange scent after a couple of hours which I didn't trust at all. I tested my theory out by storing a bottle of fresh dairy milk for a few hours and it definitely didn't keep it as fresh as when stored in the fridge - I am the perfect person to test this as my milk needs to be cold and fresh, chugged back within seconds of taking it out of the fridge otherwise I can't drink it. And I definitely couldn't drink it after it had been kept in this bag for a while, and wouldn't expect my son to either.
The handle on each bag is ideal for hanging the bag either from your pushchair handle or to a loop inside your changing bag in order to keep it upright while travelling, these handles open and close with a strong velcro tab so even if your pushchair has a single bar handle you'll be able to make use of this feature. I found this particularly useful when a teething David bit a tiny hole into one of his bottle teats, which made them leak slightly into the lid - keeping the bottle upright was a must to ensure I didn't lose the carefully measured water.
Now that David is nineteen months old he drinks 'normal' milk and during the day will have juice which I can buy while I'm out, rendering the insulated bags useless for me. However, I have passed them on to my thirteen year old daughter who loves those little bottles of (god-awful) Panda Pop style drinks - she used one yesterday actually to carry her drink in and it not only fits perfectly but keeps the pop cool enough to enjoy on a roasting hot day when dossing in the park with her mates. I also can't see why they wouldn't keep portions of baby food (non meat based, obviously) fresh and warm for a couple of hours, I've never tested this but looking at the Avent baby food pots I can see they'd fit a treat if anyone wanted to try.
You can buy a twin pack of these bottle bags from Amazon for around £8, which in my opinion is a reasonable price as it does make life with a baby a little easier sometimes. You can buy cheaper insulated bottle bags but in my experience they don't perform as well as these little beauties, I'm aware that my review hasn't been entirely positive but in all honesty I do recommend them as during shorter periods away from the house they will help you avoid having to buy the ready made cartons of milk (which mount up to the cost of a full sized tin of milk if using over the course of a whole day) and will help you to make up a bottle of fresh milk in the most odd places!
When I began bottle feeding I began worrying about how I would keep my bottle cold if we were going out for a while or if I needed it in the next hour how to keep it at temperature that meant I could give my baby the bottle straight away without the need to heat it up or cool it down, I found these and boy are they a lifesaver!
I had been given a variety of bottle bag, however they all seemed to be made out of thin plastic and didn't keep the bottles hot or cold, and so when I noticed these bottle bags in boots I decided to get them. The main reason was that they were the Tommee Tippee make and as these were the bottles I had I thought maybe they maybe better suited to them, as the Tommee Tippee bottles are wider then the average bottle and so some of the bags don't hold my bottles right!
The bags look like extremely good quality they are made from a black thick padded material and inside is almost a silver type foil (think what you see wrapped around runners and the like!) this is what keeps your bottles either hot or cold. The lid zips up around the top and then there is a handle which makes it easy to carry around. I also used to find it helpful to attach it to the pram as the handle does up with velcro!
I loved these as if I would be out for a while I would stick a bottle straight from the fridge into here and 2-3 hours later it would still be as cold as if it had just come out the fridge. The same goes for when a bottle was warmed to the ideal temperature my baby wanted his milk. It made my life so much simpler as otherwise I worried about the milk going 'off' if I just carried it around in the changing bag as it would quickly reach room temperature.
The only thing I would say is that as these bags are padded they will take up quite a bit of room in your changing bag, this I found could sometimes be annoying, especially as I have two children under two and so my bag is already full of many baby things!
However I would recommend them as they did the job much better then any other bottle bag I have tried.
-- Introduction --
As I have two daughters, I have tried quite a few baby 'items' and products in the last 3 years and these are one of the good ones! My friend actually gave me these bottle bags as she had finished using them.
-- Description --
These are black fabric insulated bottles bags made by Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Range. This brand of bottles is slightly wider in design than others available so its great that these holders design them with this in mind. The bottle bag is approx 22cm x 14cm x 11cm, and appear to be made of a similar fabric to childrens wetsuits. They fasten with a zip around the top and also have a very useful carrying handle which fastens together with velcro, so great for hanging off the pram handle.
-- My Views --
I think this is a very useful product, which I would've bought if someone hadn't given them to me. Some of my friends prefer to take out freshly boiled water in a bottle and keep it in this bag and then add the milk powder when out and about. I prefer to make up a bottle, allow it to cool down and carry it at a cool temperature and then heat it using my Tommee Tippee flask bottle warmer. I can see these being used for longer even when my daughter is older as they would be useful for keeping jars of baby food, or bottles of juice cold. I didn't realise you weren't supposed to wash these, the friend I had got them from washed them on a hand wash setting in her washing machine and they came up really clean. I think if I get them grubby, I will wash them as it doesn't seem to have done them any harm.
-- Price and Availability --
As I have looked around, these are available from a number of different places. At the moment in Mothercare they cost £10.20 for a pack of 2.
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This is an insulated bottle holder designed to keep bottles warm for while you are out and about and as a busy mum this is essential for me as my children have lots of activities that keep me out of the house. What I really like about this bag is it has a handle strap on the top of the bag so it can be hung from the buggy saving you from searching through the changing bag trying to find it. This is very simple to open up and close back together and yet it sits firmly on the pushchair without falling making it very convenient.
There is a zip a little way down the top of the bag to open it up and place the bottle inside. This opens up fully meaning it is very easy to place the bag in and out easily without any trouble which is great when you are out and about. The zip opens and closes very easy and I can do it with one hand which is a plus when I am trying to multi task making up the bottle.
When I had my first son my health visitor recommended not making up feeds in advance as the water is great for bacteria to breed and so she advised using the milk dispensers to make up feeds on the go. Of course you cannot let it cool too much and that is why these bags are handy as they help keep the water warm on the go until you are ready to make up the feed .The bag works perfectly I can put a bottle of hot water inside and it will hold the heat for a good few hours. Of course it does lose some heat but it is still warm enough for me to add the milk and make the little ones bottle without it becoming too cold and useless for making bottles.
I have the closer to nature bottles as I received them with the same set I got this insulated bag with and they fit perfectly I was not sure if other brands of bottles would fit inside but my children's juice bottles also fit inside it is a little bit of a squeeze but it's great to know they are not limited to the manufacturers brand. They fit both the small and larger bottles inside but are also perfect for keeping jars of food warm when weaning and yogurts and such for picnics.I also find they are great for keeping cartons of juice cool for when we go on picnics and it is hot outside rather than my children having to drink warm juice they can have a nice cool refreshing drink and again I find if I put cool carton of juice in the bag in the morning before we set of at lunchtime they are still nice and cold and enjoyable for my children to drink.
I still have my very first one of these insulated bags and we got that years ago so they really do last a very long time. We have used them regularly too so it is great to know it is durable and I have been able to use them for all of my children. My only downside is they are wipe clean only and there has been occasions I have spilt milk while making the bottles up and it does leave a mark on them making them look a little untidy. These are not just limited to bottle feeding either as I can put juice bottles inside this means I can get a little extra use out of them for my money which is always a plus side.
I find these insulated bottle bags very useful as a mum of four children I am often on the go and it is not always possible to be in the house when it is feeding time. They are not just limited for when the children are younger and come in handy to keep juice cool in the summer when we go on picnics and I would highly recommend them to anyone. I received my first one in a large starter set I received with my steriliser but you can purchase them for around £10 from mother care and other child related shops. Amazon currently have a pack of 2 for around £8 which I think is a fantastic deal as it can cost that much for one in other stores.
When my daughter wasn't born yet, I was given at my baby shower a gift of a Tommee Tippee starter kit costing around £75 (at the time) which had all sorts of baby feeding items e.g. Steriliser, bottles, etc and one of the products was one of these insulated bottle carriers. Being loyal and faithful to the brand, prior to birth I also bought a set of 2 for about £10 which can be bought in places like mothercare, and boots but I purchased it from the Tommee Tippee website.
*** Purpose and features ***
These simple, black insulated bottle carriers from Tommee Tippee are meant to be an ideal solution for feeding on the go. An insulator can keep a bottle warm or cool for up to four hours, designed to fit inside perfectly their baby bottles from the closer to nature range.
The insulators have a neat carry handle, with a velcro strap to open and close at anytime so the insulator can hang from your buggy (any kind of buggy) very easily.
Or instead of bottles, these insulators can be used to simply store bottles and food jars safely and away from clutter.
*** My opinion ***
I was extremely disappointed with these insulators from Tommee Tippee! I found if I put a warm bottle inside and ventured out within less than 30 minutes the bottle had gone cold! They are clearly not designed for keeping heat in at all! What I had more success with, was to make a piping hot bottle just before leaving out of the home, then putting it in an insulator and the insulators were more effective in preventing it cooling down quickly, as I could go for this bottle 2 hours later, and it would be at an ideal warm temperature for my daughter to drink from.
In terms of using it with food, I'll be honest I never took my daughter to places where I couldn't warm food up in the vicinity so never needed to use this insulators to keep food warm, but I can imagine it works to the same standard.
Another criticism of these bottle insulators are that they can only fit the small, round Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles, whereas when my daughter reached 6 months or so, I moved her onto their long standard neck bottles as these looked nicer, more colourful and could hold 250ml. I was quite disappointed that these bottles from the same brand cannot fit inside so these insulators were rendered obsolete pretty quickly!
As a positive I would say that the Velcro strap is extremely durable and was very handy to hang the bottle insulator on a handle bar of a pushchair for quick and easy access, saving on rummaging around in a baby bag when the little one is screaming for milk pronto!
Also the zip closing is very good quality, and very secure. In any case, these bottle insulators worked well in just storing bottles of milk upright, ready made and away from other items in a bag or under pushchair to prevent milk spillages or leakages. If in a bag, they are quite sturdy and stay put so they are handy in that respect.
Overall these are a decent product, not so sure if they are essentially worth £5 each since they don't actually insulate, more prolong a cooling down period of a bottle. For best results, it's more ideal to make a hot bottle for the little one before leaving the house and pop it in an insulator straight away, (hoping baby doesn't want milk straight away because then Houston we may have a problem!) and in a few hours, it'll be good to go! I would definitely say 4 hours is a bit of a stretch as they purport that's how long it works for, I say 2 perhaps 3 hours max. I would recommend these insulators, but only used with my guidelines; don't expect it to keep a warm bottle at the same temperature for 4 hours!
When I first purchased my pack of two Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Insulated Bottle Bags I had no idea how useful they were going to prove to be. I would go as far as to say I could not function without them.
Not only are they useful for taking bottles of warmed milk out and about but I also use them even when at home so I can warm up bottles of milk ahead of feeds and have them ready and waiting.
The Tommee Tippee insulated bottle bags are so effective it is possible to warm up a bottle of milk before you head out for the day and the milk will still be quite warm when you come to use it that afternoon. This saves messing around in cafés asking if they can heat hot water up for you or transporting a travel bottle warmer with you wherever you go.
Obviously the milk will not have held all its heat for this long but the bottle bag will keep every bit of the heat in the milk for a good couple of hours. I have been out for a morning and come lunchtime I have got the bottle of milk out and steam still rises out from the liquid when the bottle is opened.
The bottle bag is also a good carrying case for bottles of water as the insulation is good at keeping things cool as well. In the same way they are good to hold cool pots of fruit purée or any kind of food and drink which you do not want to spill into your main nappy bag.
If any liquid does leak into the bottle bag you can just wipe them clean with a damp cloth.
The bottle bag comes with a little Velcro handle so you can attach it to the pram handle or to the strap of your nappy bag which saves on space in your main bag.
When empty they can be squashed down and stored away in a cupboard without taking up too much space.
It is a very smart looking bag coming in black with simple write writing on the top labelling it a Tommee Tippee product. They unzip at the top to allow you to get the bottle out easily even with one hand on the go, with a bit of practice, and at around £5 for two they were an inexpensive product.
This is a review of the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Insulated Bottle Bag.
Tommee Tippee is the brand I chose to go with for all my baby's bottles following good reviews in Prima Baby 2010 Awards. So when I saw the insulated bottle bags on offer at Tesco I snapped up a couple.
Good for transporting
So far I've been breast feeding and expressing the odd feed so being able to safely transport the milk is important for shopping trips out.
I paid just under £4 for the bottle bags which I thought was a fair price as they are very well made and look like they will last the entire 'baby time' of our lives.
Fit both bottle sizes
TT bottles come in two sizes and these bags fit both bottle sizes perfectly. They are snug around the girth of the bottle so it is not rattling round in there.
Keeps milk cool or warm
The insulation in the bag helps keep the bottle warm or cool for a few hours which helps me to be independent and less worried about the next feeding time if we're out and about.
Zipped and secure
The zipper round the top of the bottle allows for easy access and the handle at the top of the bag has a Velcro attachment making it easy to attach to handles or bags.
The only slightly negative comment I have is that when I bought these bags I thought they came with a bottle due to the picture on the box. The fact that they were priced at £8 (I got mine half price) I felt was enough to include the bag and bottle but then I always did like a bargain and I suppose they really need to include the bottle on the picture to depict the precise use of this bottle bag, so it probably was more my mistake than theirs.
Whilst I don't use these bags every day, I feel they are an essential piece of 'baby kit' that helps to make life a little easier. The Tommee Tippee branded bags are well made and long lasting. If you're going with the TT bottles I'd certainly recommend purchasing one of these bags for when you're on the move with your baby.
During my pregnancy with my twin boys, purchasing items for feeding was extremely difficult, mainly because I quite simply did not know if I would be able to breast feed two babies. So because I live by the motto of "be prepared" I decided to purchase lots of bottle feeding kit too even though I was not really sure of its purpose. One of our random but best purchases turned out to be Tommee Tippee Insulated Bottle Bags.
***Tommee Tippee Insulated Bottle Bag**
The Tommee Tippee Insulated Bottle Bag is an insulated carrier which keeps liquids hot or cold. It is a lightweight black material with an insulated material inside of the bag. The bottle bag zips open and has a handle which attaches with Velcro which you can attach to the handle of a pushchair.
The Tommee Tippee Insulated Bottle Bags are available from a number of retailers including Kiddicare, Mothercare, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Babies R Us and direct from Tommee Tippee at www.tommeetippee.co.uk . All of these retailers stock the bottle bags as a singular item or in a double pack.
The RRP for a double pack of insulated bottle bags is £9.99. My mum paid this price in Sainsbury's however Kiddicare often sell these for £7.99. You can purchase a single bottle bag for around £6.99.
The design of the bag is very plain but practical. The insulated bags are a soft material bag which is very easy to store. Storing with bottles inside makes these quite bulky but because they are soft they squash down and take less room up in cupboards or drawers. I used these with Closer to Nature Bottles from Tommee Tippee. These fit into the bags snugly because the silver insulation is very padded and thick therefore bottles wider than this may not fit in. However in my experience Tommee Tippee Bottles are some of the widest bottles therefore using with other brands of bottle should not be an issue. The bottle bag zips open at the top around the side of the bag. The "lid lifts open but stays attached to the bag meaning you can't lose this part of the bag. The zip is strong and does not get stuck or caught which is very useful for mums who are usually hurrying trying to feed their screaming child. The handle on the top of the bag is brilliant for attaching to a pushchair and is strong enough not to fall off even when pulled. Although the back when filled with a bottle is not excessively bulky because I always have to carry two bottle around with me it is not practical to put in my already packed changing bag.
The outside of the bottle bag is a black stretchy material which reminds me of a wetsuit. This looks plain but is practical as the material does not pick up dirt or dust too easily and dust can be brushed off very easily. I do find that because the bottle bags cannot be put in the washing machine you do need to mop up spills in on the bag to prevent stains. The nature of the black material means you can see milk stains quite easily.
The bag itself is great for keeping liquids hot or cold. Some heat is lost and I would find that if I poured boiling water into a bottle at 9am by 12.30pm it would be at the correct temperature for a baby to drink so although liquid loses heat when in these I do think it takes some time to do so. This makes it a great item to take out when you know you will need to feed on the go. I always used these alongside the Tommee Tippee Milk Dispensers when feeding on the go so I could make up feeds when necessary.
As a method for keeping a drink cool it is also very effective and probably keeps liquid cooler better than it does at keeping liquid warm. I put my boys cups filled with water in these when we go on a day out. When cool drinks are put in these at 10am and taken out at regular intervals by 3pm they are just starting to go warm, despite it being very warm outside.
The main use of the Tommee Tippee Insulated Bottle Bags was during the night and they were essential for us during the middle of the night feed in the early few weeks. Once my twin boys had been taken off their Special Care feeding routine, which involved us waking them both after three hours to feed them (even if they didn't wake for a feed) they often would wake at different times for a which was usually around 3-4am. This was always within an hour of the other baby so rather than go downstairs heat the bottles up each time a baby woke we would heat both bottles up feed one baby and pop the warmed bottle in the insulated bottle bag so it was warm and ready for when the second baby woke. Babies should never be fed milk which has been left heated for longer than 2 hours however we never had to wait longer than 1 hour before the second baby woke.
To those without children this may sound incredibly lazy but as a sleep deprived parent any extra second spent in a warm bed is precious. The boys were born in January (2010) so walking downstairs from a warm bed in the middle of winter to make bottles is something both Mr Lools and I did not enjoy! However eventually once the night feeds were cut out (at around 4 months old) we luckily did not have to contend with making bottles between the hours of 10.30pm and 6.30am!
I have not really used these as a method of keeping food warm. I did try this but the food pots we use from Asda were a little too wide to fit inside of the bottle bag. Personally I also feel that I like to heat food up as we use it rather than carrying it around with me.
These area great item for those bottle feeding and make feeding on the go a lot easier as you have the peace of mind that you have access to boiled water in order to make up your baby's feed.
These are also very effective for keeping drinks cool and I have found even though I am not bottle feeding I still get a lot of use out of these. The design of the bottle bag is great for carrying around on the go and although slightly bulky to put in a changing bag when you have two of these to carry around, I do find the Velcro strap allows me to attach these to my pushchair.
My only criticism is that because they can't be put in a washing machine you do need to take care that if you spill something one the bottle bag you wipe it off immediately to prevent stains. As a mother I always have a baby wipe to hand but I'm usually busy with a baby so this often would result in getting home and having to scrub the bottle bag which is why both my bottle bags are still in a reasonable condition after a year of regular use. The inside of the bag is still in excellent condition and serves the purpose of keeping liquids hot or cold.
For £6.99 these are a great purchase for those bottle feeding.