When my little boy first started drinking out of a bottle he was about six months old and I had been trying to get him to use one for quite a few months but nothing but the boob would do for him. When he eventually did start the Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles were the only ones that worked for him and I was pleased with that.
Now that he's nearly one he's drinking more milk in one sitting but not as much milk during the course of the day so I wanted to get him bigger bottles than the smaller closer to nature bottles that would satisfy his need for a drink in one go but then he wouldn't have as many throughout the day. I had bought my little girl some Minnie Mouse ones a few years ago when she started to get a bit bigger so I wanted to look for some nice character one for him too that he would have fun drinking out of. I found these Tommee Tippee Winnie The Pooh ones in Argos and was really pleased as obviously I trust the Tommee Tippee range and was glad that I could stick to their products even if I was switching the type of bottles I used. Also, Pooh is definitely one of our favourite characters so I was happy we found these.
Like I've mentioned above the bottles are from Argos and they are £6.99 for a pack of three. I was impressed with that price and find three the perfect number as I can have one that he is drinking from, one in the wash and one ready for his next bottle if needs be.
The bottles hold 8 fl oz of milk and I tend to give him two of these a day, a bit more if he's really thirsty but 8oz in one sitting is great and I love the big capacity of these bottles. They have smaller tears than the Closer to Nature bottles and my little boy didn't find this a problem switching over and I actually think these work better for him now that he has teeth and now that he is drinking from a regular baby cup too. The teats are quite soft and medium flow which is perfect for his stage of life and he never chokes with the flow or anything like that.
I think the bottles are quite cute looking too. They are see through and have coloured drawings of Winnie, Tigger and Piglet on them. We have been using these everyday for a couple of months now and they are showing no sign of wear and tear or the picture scraping off which is nice.
The bottles are BPA free which makes me feel safe giving them to my little boy and they work really well for us.
I admit, I took the Winnie The Pooh obsession a little bit too far. I think I was hit with OCD whilst pregnant because if it was Winnie The Pooh and meant for a baby you could almost guarentee it would end up back at our home. I must have been Disney's ideal customer.
I first saw these bottles in Boots (before I purchased the Avent ones) and they were £5.99 for a set of three. It was the sight of Winnie The Pooh which caught my eye and made me look at them. And I purchased them without even questioning as to whether they would be the right bottle for my baby. After all, a bottle is a bottle, right?
They came in a blue box with the Disney and Tommee Tippee branding on and the bottles were in a little window so that you could see the design. Two had Pooh Bear on and one had Tigger on. The rings which screw on to the necks of the bottle are all different colours - yellow, green and orange and all match the bottle they are with though you can mix them up.
Design wise they were nice but I did have my doubts about the lastability of the designs as they looked mearly printed on with no sort of protection. It left me wondering if once they were put through boiling water and a steriliser if they would stand the test of time.
When you get them out of the box, they are just standard, tall bottles. There was nothing amazing about them (though they did say they prevented colic) and we not proven to be 100 times better than any other brand. They were just bottles with variable flow teats and a standard neck. And I really didn't know any different. Like I said, it was the design which attracted me to them in the first place.
The bottles are said to be suitable from 0 months and upwards so these are suitable from the moment your baby is born. The bottles hold up to 9oz of milk and there is a measurement on the side so you know how much you are putting in and how much is left. Also because the bottles are completely clear aside from the design you can also see exactly how much is left too.
These do not fit particularly well in sterilisers. They have to be on their sides of the lid will not sit on the steriliser properly.
In the end, I ended up having to buy the Avent bottles to replace these ones (about a week after my daughter was born) as she just didn't get on with them and to be honest, I didn't really like them. The milk flowed through the teat too quickly and left my daughter to catch her breath. The holes in the teats were just far to big for a newborn in my opinion. And after only a week of use, the designs started to come off just like I feared they would.
These turned out to not be the best buy I have ever made.
Being a parent of twin boys as you can imagine I've seen the bottles and wore them of course lol, but no seriously my boys have gone through no end of bottles but I've finally found a winner and they have lasted them for months now.
I tried all sorts of Bottles from many brands, I only ever bought them from Boots though. I tried tommee tippee, boots own, avent, breast like ones, standard teats, huge ball like teats. Some broke, some fell apart, some of them only took one type of teat that I could never find. It was now after about a year I decided it was time for me to stop being fussy and search out a bottle that could hold enough milk to last them, that they could drink from and hold comfortably and that I could find replacement teats for if need be.
It was in Boots I came across a pale purple box, with a see through window of three Tommee Tippee Disney Baby bottles. These were not like any other tommee tippee bottles though they were not designed in any amazing way to suit certain mothers and babies instead they were just standard bottles, 3 250ml bottles in fact, tall thin and narrow bottles with a standard neck to fit standard teats which I knew for a fact you could buy anywhere which was a must. The added bonus to these though were they were disney designed, in fact they were winnie the pooh an extremely popular disney character especially with children.
The front of the box offers little info but what it does offer is relevant this includes the brand, the age they are suitable for which is 0 months plus, the amount they hold which 250ml (as for younger babies you need to measure) and that the teats they come with are variflow teats and the bottles are designed to reduce colic. To be honest at my point in buying these I wasn't interested in any of the info given it was just the winnie the pooh and lovely colours that attracted me.
Variflow teat means that your child controls the flow - depending on how hard or how gentle they suck.
The bottles are shaped perfectly for children to hold themselves, they are not too chunky yet not too narrow either and are slightly curved within the middle allowing for a firm grip from small hands.
Each bottle has a different colour theme to it, the ring that screws on the top with the teat in the middle is either a pale blue, baby yellow or a light orange and each bottle has a different winnie the pooh design to them, either winnie the pooh or tigger on them playing around with a letter from the alphabet. You don't have to ensure that the colour of the ring matches the design on the bottle and can mix and match the colours anyway you like. The colours to them are very pale, and baby like and would suit both boy and girl making them a very versatile bottle in that sense.
The fact the bottles are see through is great as you can see exactly how much drink is left in the bottle or how much you are putting in. The sides of the bottles do have the measurements for if you are still counting how many oz's your child has of formula milk. Depending on your preference the bottle mesasures up in ml or fl oz, reaching up to either 250ml or 9oz, so these are definitely bottles that can grow with your baby, especially as you can by standard teats from anywhere to fit these bottles are all teats come with a different flow to them. So of course if your baby is just a few weeks old you could go out and purchase a pack of teats, from most places so long as they for the age of your baby and are slow flow. The fact that you can just go buy teats anywhere for these bottles makes them alot more practical and for the money at just £3.99 for three bottles I think that's brill! Not only are they more practical, thanks to their size they are great for storing and carrying about too but they have a lovely winnie the pooh design and colour theme to them to top them off. I'd recommend these bottles to anybody with babies/toddlers, they have lasted my boys ages now, they clean easy enough with boiling water and a bottle brush and unlike cheaper bottles the winnie design on the front doesn't wear off.