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We bought this bottle for our baby daughter when she was 3 months old, hoping she would get to grips with trying to hold the bottle herself, she is 6 months now and she is nearly there, the bottle is quite heavy when full so sometimes the baby hasn't got the strength this young to hold it themselves. The bottle can be cold water or microwave steam sterilised and is shaped to encourage the baby to try and grip the bottle themselves (it's actually easier for the mother to hold aswell). It holds up to 240ml or 8 oz, there is a measure guide on the side of the bottle but I do find that when it's being filled it's very difficult to read the raised markings on the side of the bottle so what I normally do it put my finger on the mark and then fill it up. The bottle we bought was for 3 months + but to be honest the flow from the teet is more like a new borns bottle as it is very slow coming out and sometimes my daughter gets frustrated because it's not coming out quick enough compared to the other bottles she uses. It is a good shaped bottle and I think it's main purpose is to encourgae them to try and hold it themselves but I think maybe they should make the measure markings on the bottle a different colour so it's easier to see and the teet a faster flow.
As he got older I thought it was good idea to get a bottle that was easier for our son to hold on to instead of the bulky shiny bottles we were using that were not encourageing him to hold his own bottle. I saw these I felt they looked attractive and interesting for him and were avalible in different colours. We have a yellowy, greenish type one and you can still get 8oz of milk in these bottles the measurements are down the side of the bottle one side is oz's and the other mls. If I put his hands on the handle of the bottle he grips it with very little help. I like the handles and the wide neck of the bottle so you can easily get the scoops of milk powder in. I like the fact that it comes in different colours so you can vary the bottles you can have. I don't like the fact that the measurements are difficult to read on the side and because of the colour we chose, I always clean it twice so I can make sure it is clean because you can not see the milk inside very well. I feel it is a nice alternative to the traditional Tommee Tippee bottles that you buy and I just wish that I had these bottles when my son didn't have his water in a beaker, I would have liked him to learn the difference between his milk and water bottle. I don't use it all the time but it's nice for a change.
My niece is only 16 months old and I have been fortunate to look after her reguarly which has given me a great insight into having a baby especially as mine is due shortly. My sister in law has always used Tommee Tippee products including the Closer to Nature bottles. My niece seems to have a variety of bottles in all shapes and sizes and one of the bottles she regularly used when she was going through the transition of a bottle to a cup was the Tommee Tippee Essentials Wide Neck Gripper bottle. The Tommee Tippee Essentials Wide Neck Gripper bottle is designed to be used from the regular bottle as its meant for those little hands to easily grip the bottle as you can see from the picture it has a hole in the middle and the two sides slightly curve in so the baby can hopefully grip either side of the bottle. The bottle is made from quite a hard plastic which is incredibly durable. The bottle can hold 240ml and there are graduations in millilitres and ounces so you can keep a check on how much your child is drinking. And of course the bottle is BPA free (Bisphenol- A (BPA) is a chemical compound that is a key ingredient in the creation of polycarbonate plastic, a hard, clear plastic used widely in consumer products, including baby bottles and food containers). The bottle has a silicone teat which is ideal as it's soft so making the switch over from the normal bottle to this makes it a lot easier. My niece took to this teat straight away although it does vary slightly from teats she was used to in her normal bottle but after a few minutes it didn't take her long to get used to it. The bottle comes complete with a hygiene cap which is great for when you take it with you to places. However, I found that after a while of using the gripper bottle for my niece the cap became loose and would sometimes fall off. The bottle as I said is incredibly durable and is easily washable. I always sterilised the bottle and teat after use and now and again if my niece is in my care this bottle is left in her stuff full of either water or juice as it is so easy for her to hold as even at 16 months she is still quite small and some of the rounder bottles are a bit too large for her and she can't grip them properly. The only downside is that she is and has chewed the soft teat so it has been replaced a few times, but for a baby its ideal as the teat is incredibly soft. The bottle comes in three colours, pink, blue and green. The gripper bottle can be purchased in a wide variety of places and direct from the Tommee Tippee website and it retails normally under £3.00 which I think is an absolute bargain and have purchased two for my impending arrival for when she is able to start using it. The gripper bottle is intended to be used from 3 months plus. Overall, a great bottle for the transition period which is a handy size for travel and best of all its pretty durable!