Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
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Pretty but not Practical!
Tommee Tippee Decorated Bowls
Member Name: jo1976
Tommee Tippee Decorated Bowls
Date: 14/07/12, updated on 23/09/13 (73 review reads)
Advantages: Attractive designs, easy to hold
Disadvantages: Transfer started to peel and tear after short period of use
As a parent, I've grown to trust the Tommee Tippee brand over the years, generally finding their baby products to be reliable, well made and robust. There are times when buying the branded version can be slightly more expensive than basic unbranded products so I was pleased to discover Tommee Tippee's decorated plastic weaning bowls for a bargain price in Home Bargains when I had just started weaning my youngest son.
Never one to turn down a bargain, I snapped up several packs, confident in the performance of a Tommee Tippee weaning product and pleased to get these at a fraction of their usual selling price. Currently, the decorated bowls can be purchased from Tesco and Sainsburys, amongst other stockists of baby products, for around the £5 for a set of two, whereas I paid around the £2 mark.
Plastic weaning bowls are generally a fairly basic, functional but uninspired product to buy so it is nice to find these bowls with an element of design and detailing. Available in either pink or blue, these particular bowls have a transfer around the edges of the bowl as well as at the base. Whilst they aren't particularly distinctive designs (no familiar cartoon characters or suchlike) they are a little bit more attractive than the basic plain Tommee Tippee bowls that I'd tended to use previously.
These bowls have a lip each side which is convenient to hold on to whilst stirring baby rice or cereals, although also a little tempting for toddlers to pick up and throw! The depth and general capacity of the bowl is ideally suited for the small portions involved in the early stages of weaning but the bowls can also be used for snacks and breakfast as baby gets older and starts to feed themselves.
The bowls are deemed to suitable for use in microwaves, freezers and dishwashers. I've never tried using these in a freezer as they don't come supplied with a lid and the border would make these a difficult shape to cover and store in a freezer. I have used them regularly in both the microwave and dishwasher and here their main flaw soon became apparant. Despite the packaging stating that these dishwasher safe, within just a few washes (on the top rack as advised) I noticed that the bowl discoloured noticeably. This is not all that surprising given the strong colours often involved with weaning (pureed carrots and brightly coloured jars of baby food etc) but was still a bit disappointing as the standard type of Tommee Tippee weaning bowls had proven to be far more robust and resistant to staining.
The major disappointment was that the transfer on the base very quickly began to show signs of deterioration too and began to peel off, crack and rip, looking unattractive and also potentially harbouring germs or risking parts of the transfer getting mixed in with food. I found this to be particularly disappointing given the assurances that these are suitable for use in both the microwave and dishwasher. I did use the bowls in both machines so am not sure which was responsible for the damage to the transfers but certainly feel that these are not up to the usual quality of Tommee Tippee products. These bowls were soon replaced with much more practical plain versions.
Despite their attractive appearance, I would not buy these particular bowls again and would advise other parents to consider the standard 'Essentials' range of basic bowls, produced by Tommee Tippee instead. They are cheaper than these bowls and considerably more robust and resilient when used for their intended purpose.
Summary: I wouldn't buy these again