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Tommee Tippee closer to nature milk storage pots
I first started using the Tommee Tippee closer to nature milk storage pots when one little pot was included in the Tommee Tippee manual breast pump that I bought when I first wanted to express milk. But having only one storage pot wasn't going to work so I bought an additional pack of four milk storage containers to use. However, it didn't take me long to figure out that although the little pots were well designed they are just far, far too small to be really useful and now these milk pots are stored in the back of a cupboard rather than being used.
Fpr me the main and only problem with the Tommee Tippee closer to nature milk storage pots is that they only contain 60 mls of milk. And now after a couple of months of expressing I nearly always express more than 60 mls at a time. In fact I was expressing more than 60 mls of milk after a couple of weeks and my baby only wanted 60 mls for the first couple of weeks of her life before she moved up to 90 mls, yes she was a big baby at birth but still in my opinion the storage pots would be better suited if they where larger and would last for longer.
As for the positive points, and there are some. The pots are well designed and because of the large flat lid they are very easily stackable, which will take up less space in the fridge or freezer. The white flat lids are also easy to add a small sticker label on or write on with a pen to let you keep track of the relevant storage dates. Also as with all baby products the milk pots are BPA free and the little pots will sit inside the Tommee Tippee closer to nature range of bottles making transferring the milk even easier.
Furthermore, the Tommee Tippee closer to nature milk storage pots might be useful to anyone hand expressing because they are quite a comfortable shape to hold and they are small enough not to be a hindrance. And certainly when I tried hand expressing I only ever got small amounts and nowhere near 60 mls.
Personally I really wouldn't recommend buying these or any storage pots that held less than 150 mls, which will at least last you for quite a while before you might have to store more milk. I regularly express milk and even nearing three months I still only get somewhere between 60 and 150 mls in one sitting. I just wouldn't recommend the Tommee Tippee closer to nature milk storage pots, certainly for me they have been a bit of a waste of money and so far I haven't found another use for them yet. I imagine that they will end up as part of my niece's art set as little paint pots.
If you still want to try the Tommee Tippee closer to nature milk storage pots yourself you can find them in places like Mothercare or Argos for around £4.29 for a pack of four milk storage pots. The pots are also easy to clean and they are dishwasher and microwave safe as well as suitable for freezing.
Two out of five stars.
Not recommended - in my opinion you would be better to invest in some milk freezer storage bags or larger milk storage bottles.
After I got the Tommee Tippee breast pump pack which included a bottle and milk storage pot, I thought it would be useful to get some more of these storage pots. I bought a pack of four from Amazon for £2.90, but I had a voucher at the time so it didn't actually cost me anything.
These come in box of soft cardboard as you can see in the image. There are four little pots packed individually inside, with a leaflet giving instructions on sterilisation, storage and usage.
The pots are made of transparent plastic with a white plastic top that presses onto the pot and keeps it tightly shut. The material looks and feels like it is of good quality, and is quite firm and strong.
I have only used it for freezing breastmilk so far and once the lid is shut, there is no chance of leakage.
There are markings to indicate 30 ml and 50 ml and strictly speaking it can hold a bit more than 50 ml, although the manufacturer advises you to stop at 50 ml as breast milk freezes on expansion. Even with that, I find that I am able to store more than 50 ml of breast milk in it.
It is very easy to clean, and no places for anything to get stuck. I dont remember what the specifications were, but I have used in in the fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher and it seems to be holding well.
A great feature is that these pots fit nicely into the Tommee Tippee bottles, you can fit the teat on top and feed the baby straightaway without having to transfer the contents into the bottle. Less hassle and less washing up.
I think I will be using these pots for some time to come, maybe for storing food when I dont need them to store breast milk. It is a nice useful product.
Update: Just found a new use for this- teaching my baby to drink directly from a cup. It seems to be the perfect size for the purpose, and there is also a little lip around the top of this pot so surprisingly, there isn't as much spillage as I expected.
We received these as part of a tommee tippee starter kit along with bottles and a steriliser when we were expecting our baby. We have now been using them for nearly three months.
The individual storage pots are made of clear plastic and according to the manufacturers can hold up to eight scoops of formula. The lids of each pot are made up of two parts. A circular part with a hole in the middle which acts as a funnel for dispensing the formula and a small cap which covers the funnel part in the middle of the lid. The pots are designed to fit inside the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles, once place in these, they sit just inside the rim. The product comes in packs of six and can be bought in most shops that stock tommee tippee products.
These pots are very useful when out and about with baby. The fact they fit inside the tommee tippee bottles is a plus as they free up space in my already crowded changing bag. This means when it's time to make up the bottles, it's just a case of obtaining some hot water and using the funnel top to pour the formula in. This is very convenient as we are not always places where you can get a ready made bottle heated. It's even better when used in conjunction with a flask to store the hot water. It also means this lasts longer than a pre made bottle as they can be made up as and when needed.
My partner also found them useful in the house. When he was making up bottles he could never remember how many scoops he had put in which caused no end of hassle with the expense of wasted formula. He now uses these to measure the formula in first as if he makes a mistake he can just pour the formula back into the tub with no wastage. So these pots have ended up saving us a lot of money.
The downside to these pots is becoming clearer to us. The manufacturers claim it can hold eight scoops but our baby is currently on six and this is measuring to the top of the pot meaning when he eventually goes on to have a larger feed, these pots will be redundant. This is a small niggle for us though as at the moment they are very convenient.
I would recommend these pots if you're like me and regularly take trips out, especially to places with no bottle warming facilities. They have saved us a lot of time and hassle.
When I was pregnant I bought a Tommee Tippee starter kit which contained their manual breast pump, included with the pump were 2 of these milk storage pots. I didn't realise that they existed but they turned out to be really useful.
About the pot
They are made of BPA free plastic which is essential in my opinion for any product that is going to be in contact with milk a baby is going to drink. It is a clear pot so you can see how much milk is in it with a white lid which seals it shut. On the side of the pot are markings showing you how much milk you have with the pot holding 60ml / 2oz.
What's it for?
The pot fits inside the Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles so when you are using their breast pump your milk just goes inside this rather than the actual bottle. I didn't get on with their manual breast pump but did like the idea of this storage pot as in the early days when I was expressing very little it looked more in one of these tiny pots!
Once you have expressed your milk you can push the lid on and store it in your fridge and freezer for the recommended time limit. I only ever stored mine in the fridge as I always used it for top up feeding the same day so also didn't have to worry about when it had been produced. If you are storing your milk for longer you can write the date on the white pot lid.
When I was producing more milk from expressing and no longer using these pots for storage I found them really useful for mixing my daughters infant Gaviscon in. As I was having to use such small quantities of water nothing else I owned had ml markings of low enough values.
Keeping them clean
I used to use my bottle brush to wash them up and then they would go in the steriliser, the pots are suitable to go in the dishwasher though.
Price and Availability
As mentioned before mine were included in a set but a pack of 4 currently (August 2012) retails for £4.29 at Boots or they are on offer at Asda for £3.00. It always worth shopping round for baby products as there is normally somewhere with them on offer.
Would I recommend?
Yes these are good quality little pots which I used far more than I ever thought I would.
- Why I Bought -
I had always planned to breast feed my son but as I wanted the option to express milk I did also stock up on bottles, milk storage pots, steriliser and bottle brushes. In fact I was so well prepared that from looking at the huge selection of feeding equipment we had you could easily have thought we were intending to bottle feed formula. I bought the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Milk Storage Pots when Boots had a 3 for 2 baby event.
- The Storage Pots -
These pots came in a set of four and are made from transparent plastic which is BPA free. They have a measurement scale on the side of the pot in millilitres and fluid ounces. Each pot can hold 50ml of milk. In fact they could hold more but this isn't recommend if they are going into the freezer as liquid expands when frozen and this could cause the lid to come off or the pot to crack if there is not enough room for this expansion. The lid is made from white plastic. It can easy be put onto or taken off the pot but it doesn't open when you don't want it to. You can write on the top of the lid which is good as it is important to know the date the milk was expressed so that you know it is within date to give to your baby. The pot is very simple but functional.
- In Use -
Initially I used these pots regularly for storing expressed milk in the freezer. They were quite easy to use but unfortunately I couldn't attach them directly to my Spectra breast pump so I had to express into another bottle and then transfer the milk into these pots. This is a bit of a hassle and does risk spillages. The measurements on the sides of the pots are clear so you know exactly how much milk is being stored. The lid creates a good seal so there was no leaking. However, to quicken the process of defrosting the milk I would sometimes put the pots into a container of hot water. On a few occasions this actually made the lid pop off a pot because of the pressure inside it. This caused me to lose some valuable expressed milk. They didn't come to any harm in the fridge or freezer. Just remember not to fill the container past the 50ml marker. I found it was useful that I could write on the lids as it meant I could label the milk with the date it was expressed. This ensured I never game my son milk that was past its best. The lids are easy to put on and take off the pots. Overall I found the pots easy and convenient to use. However, after a while my son needed more and more milk at each feed and these containers hold quite a small amount. I began to find it easier to use my Avent storage containers as they held 125mls each and I didn't have to fiddle around with two or three containers per feed like I did with these. So I would say these are more useful when your baby is up to about two months old but after that it might be better to find larger containers. These pots could also be used to store baby food when weaning, although I never used them for this purpose as I bought food storage pots.
- Cleaning -
These containers are dishwasher and microwave steriliser safe. I usually cleaned them by hand with a bottle brush and sterilised them prior to use. They fit nicely into my Avent steriliser.
- Price and Availability -
This set of four milk storage pots costs £3.99 on Amazon or £4.29 in Boots where it is currently part of a 3 for 2 baby event. I think this price is reasonable even if you are only going to use these for a short time.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend these storage pots as they store milk effectively, are leak free, are easy to put together and take apart, are easy to clean, they are BPA free and are a reasonable price. They are quite small so they probably won't be used for long but I think they are useful pots for the first couple of months.