If i'm honest, i din't actually buy these, they came free when i bought the tommee tippee steam steriliser. it contained 2 normal nuby bottles and two of these magic, heat sensor ones, along with a dummy, bottle brush and a cup i believe. Theses were the first bottles i had gotten during my pregnancy so i continued to buy these and my son loved them. The neck was wide enough to scoop the milk powder in without dropping it all down the side, the lids doubled as a mixing cap, meaning no spillage when shaking or transporting. the regular nuby bottles came in purple, green and white but theses only seemed to be available inpurple for 260ml.I was completely stumped when these seemed to disappear off the shelves oif milton keynes as i then had to wean my son onto a different type of teat. Wasn't too much of a problem though as mothercare do a very similar version for roughly the same price. I still buy tommee tippee items now for my second child and would continue to do so for any future children that may be yet to appear.
Sorry i cant remember how much these bottles cost me but i know i got them from boots in a pack of 2 bottles.
These were my favorite bottle, i breast fed my daughter but used to express milk so that my hubby could feed her some of the time but my daughter used to play up when bottle fed, we used avent bottles with the standard teats.
I saw these bottles in boots and fell in love with them instantly.
The neck on these bottles is wide so they are easy to fill, the teats were not latex which was another bonus for me and they had little dimples on the teats which was supposed to feel more natural to a baby used to being breast fed and they also claim to reduce colic which my daughter suffered with realy badly.
These bottles were great and my daughter drank from them with out any fuss but they had another great benefit for us, my hubby was never sure how hot to get the milk so he used to just take the chill off the milk which realy didnt help with my daughters belly ache so the fact that these bottles have a little black circle on them which changes to tell you if your bottle is too cool, just right or too hot worked brilliantly for my husband.
Tese bottles are great as a bottle for young babys but as my daughter got older and began having fruit juices in these bottles the bottles discoloured realy badly.
These bottles can be used in all types of steralisers and as they are the same size bottle as my maws and avent bottles they will definately fit both of these brand steralisers.
How important bottles and/or teats are when bottle or mix feeding depends essentially on how sensitive your baby is to the amount of air they swallow and how likely he/she is to become colicky or seriously windy. Apart from that it's a question of price and convenience for the mother. Oh, there is also the issue of 'nipple confusion' if mix-feeding, which if you ask me is just a big bogeyman as long as you get the baby established on the breast first most babies will be happy to get the breast along with the bottle as long as you keep offering the breast and as long as you don't switch to fast-flow teats to make the feeds faster.
I used Avnet bottles happily with my first child but something (a bad pixie of marketing, perhaps) made me buy three of these Tommee Tipee things this time.
If you want a quick advice about buying and using these, here it is: don't. Try the teats if you are struggling to find one that is good for your baby but use them with other wide-necked bottles that take flat-bottomed teats (Asda's for example).
My review will be based on a comparison to Avnet as it's a well-known premium brand and probably main competition for Tommee Tipee.
But to the point.
Bottle design: they are wide necked, hourglass shaped bottles that take more than nine ounces (260mls) of formula. Wide necked is good, as I still end up spilling hot water and formula powder all around it when making up the feed - as I make them up as needed and not in advance and thus do it usually one-handed with a baby on my shoulder. Though I think it would happen otherwise anyway ;-). The shape is supposed to make it easier to hold but I think it's actually TOO indented and bit awkward, especially if held in the same hand as the one supporting the baby's head (essential if you want to eat or read while feeding). Measuring scale in ounces an millilitres is clearly visible and doesn't have the confusing UK/US markings that my (old) Avnet bottles had.
Heat sensor: tells you if the feed is to hot. I think some people might find this useful, but as far as I am concerned it's superfluous. As said before, I make the feeds when needed, usually before I breastfeed or between the breasts and either use water of correct temperature or hotter - my main issue would be of cooling the bottle too much, not too little. I also use ready-made formula straight from the cupboard which doesn't need heating up at all. Plus, checking on your forearm (or, after few weeks experience, just touching the bottle after shaking it) is enough to tell me if it's cold enough.
Ring. This has a narrow grove underneath between the part that goes into the bottle and the collar that goes over it. This makes it harder to clean and as far as I can see (and comparison with Avnet confirms) is unnecessary. I suspect it was done to look cool. Bad.
Cap. This is self-sealing which means the bottle doesn't leak when shaken or put horizontally. I have to say that the seal is good - in fact, too good as it's very hard to take the top off, and impossible to do it one-handed. I use my teeth when I need to take it off while holding the baby in my lap. When washing bottles the cap has to be taken before unscrewing the top as with wet hands and no bottle to take hold off it's impossible to take the lid off even two-handed. I know it's because it's 'self-sealing' but Avnet bottles achieve similar no-or-low leakage with a lid that's much easier to operate.
Another problem with the cap is that it's rounded on top: I just cannot understand why all bottle producers don't follow Avent's design of a flat-topped cap that can be safely put to the side upside-down when making up the feed or feeding without the risk of rolling off the table or having to be put the rim-side down (which must be less hygienic).
These bottles (like all other bottles I have seen) are suitable for all methods of sterilisation. They come with a slow-flow Nuby teat.
Teats. Apparently, award winning, the Nuby teat is a round-looking flat bottomed soft silicone teat covered in little bumps which are supposed to mimic the breast and massage the gums. As my baby is far from teething I cannot vouch for the massaging but the breast mimic claim is surely lot of piffle: the bumps are made of silicone and do not feel anything like the little lubrication glands that cover human nipple. To be honest, I think they have been designed to LOOK like one more than to feel like one. The soft nature of the teat and its shape are more like a breast, though, then for example Avnet teats are. I cannot say anything about anti-colic properties of these teats as I am blessed with a baby who burps enormously but doesn't suffer from colic or wind much. These teats are soft so vacuum builds up in the bottle and the teat gets sucked in - this means the teat needs to be taken out of baby's mouth every so often. I don't mind, but can't believe all this vacuum is good for windy babies!
These cost about £6 for two which is too much for what they are in my opinion. If you want a premium bottle (with a flat top that it's possible to take off without using a vise) and a teat, go for Avnet - bit more expensive but worth it in my opinion. For colic, try one of designs with a special valve (Tommee Tipee Health Check or Lindam one). For ordinary wide neck bottle with a slow teat (and rounded top!) Asda own will do.
All in all - NOT RECOMMENDED.
Bottles are an essential piece of equipment when it comes to formula feeding your baby. Choosing which bottle to use can be a potential minefield as there are just so many about these days. Fortunately my mum made the decision for me when she bought me four Tommee Tippee wide necked heat sensing bottles whilst I was pregnant. To date I have been using these bottles for four months.
-- PRODUCT DESCRIPTION --
These are wide necked, hourglass shaped bottles with a capacity for in excess of nine ounces (260mls) of milk. The shape apparently makes the bottles more comfortable to hold and easier to clean than your standard narrow necked bottle. They have a heat sensing oval on one side which tells you whether the feed is either "W" for when it is too warm, or "OK" for when the temperature is within an acceptable range for feeding your little one, and clearly marked measurements in both millilitres and ounces on the other side.
The bottles come in four pieces instead of the usual five - the bottle itself, the transparent plastic lid, the (award winning) Nuby teat and the ring which holds the teat in place. They are self-sealing, which means that instead of using the usual flat disc in the neck to prevent spillage when out and about or when making a feed up that other bottles use, the lid is specially designed to meet the tip of the teat and to seal it off this way.
All methods of sterilisation are possible, including microwave, steam, cold water and dishwasher sterilising. You are always advised to clean the teats and bottles in warm soapy water with a bottlebrush before sterilising to remove any milky deposits.
They are also designed to reduce colic and are compatible with the Tommee Tippee breast pump.
-- A Bit About Nuby Teats --
The award winning Nuby teats come in a variety of flow rates - slow, medium, fast and variable. They are made of 100% silicone, and are wide and soft with little 'nubbies' (bumps) all over them. This apparently helps to simulate the way a mother's breast feels to a baby. These 'nubbies' also soothe and massage baby's gums. There are small indents at the base of the teat that help discourage colic by preventing air ingestion by baby.
When you buy a pack of two Tommee Tippee Heat Sensor Bottles you get two slow flow teats with them. The speed of flow is indicated on the underneath the teat by the letters S, M and F. I have not used the variable flow teats, so cannot comment on what they are like.
You can buy them separately from about £2.00 for two. They are compatible with a variety of wide-necked bottles.
-- PRICE --
The recommended retail price is £5.99 for a two of these bottles, which is about three pounds per bottle. I have seen them available for less than this at Kiddicare (www.kiddicare.com) where you can get them for as little as £4.99 depending on how many you buy (you do have to spend more than fifty pounds though before you get free P&P).
It is worth bearing in mind that the normal Tommee Tippee wide necked bottles (without the heat sensor) retail at Asda for £4.49 for two, making them about two pounds and twenty-five pence for two. This shows us that we are paying up to seventy-five pence just to have a heat sensor on the bottle.
Similar wide necked bottles on the market include the Avent 9oz/260ml Feeding Bottle which retail at about £6.50 for two (about twenty-five pence more expensive), the Boots own brand 250ml bottle cost £2.45 each (about fifty-five pence less), Dr Browns Natural Flow bottles which cost £10.49 for two (a massive two pounds twenty-five pence more), Fisherprice 250ml bottles which cost £8.99 for three (about the same) the only catch with these are that they do not have the heat sensor. It seems that the Tommee Tippee bottles are unique as I cannot find any other bottles that make use of a heat sensor.
-- PACKAGING --
They come in boxes of two with instructions on how to sterilise and use the bottles on a leaflet inside.
-- WHAT I THOUGHT --
As these are wide necked bottles you get the benefit of them being easy to clean as you can get the brush right in there and easy to make up as the wider neck allows for the milk powder to be added without spillage (getting formula powder into a narrow necked bottle without spilling some is no mean feat, trust me). There is a negative point to the size of these bottles and that is that it is difficult to sterilise more than three or four at once, even in the Tommee Tippee microwave steriliser which has been designed with these bottles in mind. I tend to make up seven or eight bottles at a time, so find this a bit of an inconvenience, however this is something that applies to all wide necked bottles so is not unique to this particular product.
The lids can also be a bit difficult to get of as they are on there pretty tightly. I can get them off without too much hassle now as I have had lots of practise but my mum and my sister quite often have to get me to do it for them. A word of advice - when cleaning, take the lid off before you unscrew the ring or you'll be there all day trying to get it off. In a way, the difficulty in removing the lid could be seen as a positive thing as you can rest easy in the knowledge that your bottles will not leak in your changing bag UNLESS
Another issue I have had with these bottles are that it can sometimes be a bit difficult to screw the cap on. For some reason I have managed on several occasions to screw the cap on incorrectly. Most of the time I have noticed this quickly and escaped without any problems, however, a couple of times I have either had a milk leakage whilst feeding Ollie who got soaked or (even worse) had a bottle leak all over the contents of my changing bag. This could be seen as user error and I have managed to avoid any more incidents like those mentioned by ensuring that I check the bottles thoroughly before use.
There are unfortunately another couple of negative points, one being that many wide necked bottle teats are not compatible with the design of the bottle. I have had difficulty with Avent's and Boots' teats as they do not have a flat base on the teat, but have like a raised edge around the outside bottom of the teat (it's hard to explain). Whenever I have tried using any of these teats the bottle has leaked. Asda's own teats work fine. Also the teat has a tendency to collapse in on itself unless you regularly allow air bubbles to escape, the release of the vacuum can make quite a loud noise and startle your sleepy (or sleeping, if you dreamfeed) baby.
The fact that the teat is sealed when you put the lid on without the need for any sealing discs is a big plus point, and I have never known mine to leak at all (well, not from that bit of the bottle anyway) - not in the changing bag nor when being vigorously shaken whilst I make a feed up.
Oliver does still get wind despite the anti-colic design, but not to the point that he has suffered any extended discomfort, and certainly not to the colic extremes after he was about six weeks old. A good winding is enough to get any air bubbles up, which are to be expected anyway.
Another positive point is that the capacity of the bottle is quite generous, whilst there are only markings going up to nine fluid ounces (260mls), you can fit ten ounces of water, plus ten scoops of milk powder in at a squeeze. You will of course have to measure that extra ounce using some other method, I can recommend using another bottle and tipping the extra ounce in from there, as the markings do stop at nine ounces.
The hourglass shape of the bottle lends itself to sitting in a cupped hand - the perfect designed for comfort and ease of use! And it doesn't make the bottle any harder to clean, in case this worries you.
The one thing that differs in these bottles from others is that they have a heat-sensing oval on one side which tells you when your feed is too hot. What a cunning device, I hear you cry, how incredibly useful this is going to be gone are the days where you get milk all over you arm trying to test the temperature. Sadly that has not been the case for me, as I do not give my son heated milk anyway. After a few weeks of fiddling about with jugs and boiling water, and of feeling guilty when I gave in and used the microwave, I stopped heating his milk and started giving it to him at room temperature, so the heat-sensor became defunct and is now nothing more than a pretty decoration on the side of the bottle.
However, when I did use the heat-sensor I have to say that it did work. I know this because, being a neurotic first time mum, I checked the temperature on my wrist every time I fed him anyway, just in case the sensor was broken.
I cannot comment on whether this bottle does fit into the Tommee Tippee breast pump as is promised as I do not have one, although I am sure it does, however I did use it with the Avent Isis breast pump without any problems.
-- CONCLUSION --
Although there are several negative points to this bottle, I do like the Tommee Tippee design. Some of my negative points were down to user error and some could be seen in a positive and negative light, so have done little to put me off the bottles. I would have to recommend that you just go for the ordinary 9oz/260ml wide necked bottles though, as I feel the heat sensor is somewhat superfluous. When I did use the sensor, I still checked against my own skin anyway, and after a few weeks I discovered that it really is so much easier to feed Oliver at room temperature and stopped heating the milk anyway.
For an extra seventy-five pence per bottle, is it really worth it? I don't think so!