JUST LIKE BREASTFEEDING!!!!!!!!!!
My one week old baby can barely tell the difference between this bottle and the breast. He refused every other bottle out there (or they made him gag, get gas, etc). He never struggled with this bottle in the slightest. He absolutely loves it. I am trying to build up my milk supply and needed a bottle that would allow such a tiny infant to switch back and forth from breast to bottle without confusion or refusing one or other other. This bottle is a DREAM! I've had 5 children before this baby and both breast-fed and bottle-fed all of them and have tried out many other bottles in the process. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING COMPARES TO THIS BOTTLE!!! It's simply amazing!
Great bottle if your baby is a breast fed baby with bottle feeding on the side
I've had no problems with this bottle. It never inverts when my daughter sucks on it. But she was also almost exclusively breast fed with only 2-3 bottles given to her per week up until she was 12 weeks old. I then had to return to work and needed a bottle that would work for her while I was gone for most of the day but still keep her from learning to suck improperly on my nipple when I breast fed her at nights and on weekends.
I think that the issue people are having is if you change from a harder nipple to this softer nipple or if your baby was never breast fed in the first place. This bottle is meant to mimic the breast, but if your baby isn't breast fed most of the time, then what's the point?
The softer nipple, in my opinion, is more like a real nipple, but if you aren't breast feeding your baby then your baby doesn't care. I think these bottles are more benificial to moms who mostly breast feed so that when they bottle feed, the baby doesn't learn to suck improperly and in turn hurt mom's nipple when she goes back to the breast.
Baby's suck differently to feed from a bottle or to feed from a breast. I think this bottle is designed to accomidate babies that are used to sucking from a breast and are experienced at it. Newborns can still have issues with not latching properly because they are learning as well. Breast fed babies suck more deeply as they are used to having to take the full nipple and areola in. I think they are also a lot easier on the nipple part of the bottle as well. Bottle fed only babies never have to learn to latch properly to a nipple, because they don't have a mom in pain on the other end forcing them to latch correctly so they will often times put pressure directly on the nipple possiblly causing collapse to a soft nipple.
My suggestion is that if you are planning on bottle feeding only, these bottles may not be for you. If you are breastfeeding most of the time, I would say 80-90% of the time or if your baby was exclusively breast fed with very minimal bottle feeding for the first couple months and you need a bottle that is breast like for when you return to work or leave baby is someone elses care, then this bottle would probably work well for you.
New update: I bought new 5 oz. Bottles for new baby. She started having issues with the nipple collapsing! I thought it was her being a newborn without her latch established. Turns out it was the valve on the nipple. Some of the valves are not actually open and therefore cause the nipple to collapse. Easy fix is to stick something small and pointy in the valve to open it. Once I did that, no more collapsing nipple! Glad my mom noticed this issue when feeding her!
I am more than a little in love with Tommee Toppee
First and foremost, these are 3 for $20 elsewhere. The price here is much too high. Buy these bottles, but don't do it here.
Now, onto the review.
These are awesome. So awesome. Tommee Tippee figured out how to make a breathable bottle without too many parts. There are only three here. Bottle, nipple, nipple ring. No gaskets, no extra pieces, just a bottle with the same number of parts as the simple, non-breathable ones. Awesome!!
Let's talk about the valve. It lets air in, so that the nipple doesn't collapse, causing you to have to take a break from feeding to let it come back to its normal shape. It lets air out so that your baby doesn't swallow it and get fussy. Awesome! There's a caveat here though. Every now and then, the valve will get stuck. If you notice the nipple collapsing, simply squeeze the valve. It'll pop right open. That's all you have to do.
It's a big bottle, holding 9 ounces. It doesn't feel like a big bottle though. It's wide and short. It fits right in the diaper bag. It's shaped to fit your hand, and your baby's hands easily, so holding it is quite comfortable.
Cleaning! Because of its wide mouth, the bottle is easier to clean than most. Even the bulkier bottle wands fit easily in this. It's curved all over, so there are no sharp corners for formula or milk to hide in. If you've ever spent far too long trying to clean dried formula from the corner of a bottle, you know that this is a big plus.
And now, for the biggest pro of all. These: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Formula Dispensers . (Again, buy them elsewhere. They're $4.99 in other places). You just fill the pod with formula powder, fill the bottle with the appropriate amount of water, screw the pod into the bottle and go. No more lugging around cans of the stuff, no more worrying about your bottles spoiling. Amazing. Seriously.
I've tried them all...
I have in my cupboard: Tommee Tippee, Playtex Ventaire, Phillips Avent, and the new Similac brand bottles. I also tried Dr. Browns with my firstborn, but Hated them. I will preface that my babies were exclusively bottle fed, so there is no breast to bottle compatibility issues here. Also, none of the bottles had leaking issues- the following comparisons are on a 'all else being equal' basis.
Tommee Tippee: Only 3 pieces. The thing I didn't like, is they are short and squat shaped, so I can't balance the bottle with my chin during a feeding if I need to free up a hand briefly.
Playtex Ventaire: 5 pieces. My only complaint is that the neck is very narrow, so every time I make a bottle, I spill powered formula all over the counter. I believe they make a wide mouth version though.
Phillips Avent: 4 pieces. There are so many measurement ticks, that it is too hard to read. There are tick marks for mL, UK oz, and US oz. And between each whole ounce mark is a sideways teardrop shape marking, but the rounded fat side of this is about 3 millimeters in size, so where the heck am I supposed to fill to- the top or bottom of this round shape?
Dr. Browns: 7 pieces. Two of these pieces need to be cleaned with a pipe cleaner so they are absolutely not dishwasher friendly. Biggest complaint- the measurements are not in marked in paint, they are clear raised up bumps. Imagine stumbling to the kitchen at 3am with your eyes half shut and trying to measure a bottle by tiny texture bumps only!
Similac: 3-4 pieces. The stir stick part is optional. In my opinion, the perfect bottle. Ergonomic shape, clearly labeled measurement ticks, wide neck... works perfect for me.
As I mentioned, I did not have any trouble with leaking. I also didn't have trouble with my baby not latching properly or not liking any of these. This review is pretty much strictly from a comparison of the design standpoint.
I went back to work at 12weeks and had to take my newborn to daycare. I had been giving him bottles off and on starting at about 5 weeks, but then he decided to boycott all bottles at 10 weeks. Needless to say, I called his pediatrician and asked for suggestions on what to do. She told me he was begin stubborn and he would eat at daycare. Short story was....he didn't. Daycare kept trying and trying (different people holding him, different temperatures), but nothing worked. I was going on my lunch hour and feeding him, but he was only getting one meal for 8 hours. We even started rice cereal early so he could get something in his belly. My pediatrician ended up referring me to a pediatric speech pathologist who told me as long as he can nurse fine, he can take a bottle. She told me I had to try different bottles and that hopefully he would take one. She suggested Tommee Tippee, and lo and behold, he sucked it dry!! I don't know what it was, and I know all kids are different, but this brand worked for him.
Thank God for Tommee Tippee
So far this has been the only bottle my exclusively breastfed 2 month old has accepted, and thank good because I was starting to worry I'd never be able to work again. Bottle is comfortable to hold and the nipple lets the liquid out slowly, which is important for breastfed babies
Returned by Dr. Brown ASAP once I got these!!
I am breast feeding and want to give the baby one bottle a day of breast milk - these are the perfect bottle. The nurses in the hospital told me to get them. I bought them and she immediately took to them and I returned the Dr. Browns I registered for ASAP. I bought the 9 oz ones too as she'll be getting more milk as she gets older. WILL be only using these! Cleans super easy since it's a wide opening.
My baby refused to take any bottles. At 2.5 months I got desperate and bought these since they seemed the most like breastfeeding. Well, he started sucking and took the whole bottle. No gagging or screaming! Thank you, Tommee Tippee!
Easy to clean bottle for preventing colic
These Tommee Tippee bottles are both high end and easy to clean. The Tommee Tippee bottles special feature is a one way valve that lets air into the bottle as milk leaves. This is the "no colic" feature and different high end bottles do it differently. Without it, as the baby drinks milk, air doesn't get into the bottle and then the baby has to let go to let air suck back into the bottle through the nipple. Or, maybe the baby won't do that and will swallow some air and then cry. My baby wasn't colicy, but I still appreciate that he can keep this bottle in his mouth during a feeding, and doesn't have to come up to let the bottle suck in air.
The one way valve on the Tommee Tippee bottles is great. I also had Dr. Brown bottles, which have a whole bunch of parts to let air back in the bottle as baby drinks. I only cleaned the Dr. Brown bottles once, and it was too much work. The Tommee Tippee bottles one way valve does the same thing, but with the same number of parts as a regular bottle: the bottle, the nipple ring, the nipple, and the cap that covers the nipple when the bottle is not in use.
Easy to clean: These bottles don't have any extra parts compared to normal bottles, and all the parts fit in a Munchkin dishwasher basket and top rack of a dishwasher. One drawback is that after a dishwasher wash, I do have to wash the one way valve, because it collects residue in the dishwasher. But that's not that much extra effort. The bottle, nipple, and nipple ring are also wide mouth compared to a regular bottle. This makes the bottle on this Tommee Tippee one easier to clean by hand. I can reach fingers and a washcloth inside, and don't ever have to use a bottle brush.
Special features for baby: The one way valve on these lets air into the bottle as the baby drinks milk. So he doesn't have to take the bottle out of his mouth and let the bottle suck in air during feedings. The bottle is also short and stout and that distinctive shape makes it easier for the baby to hold the bottle and tip it around. The nipple on these is also supposed to feel more like a human nipple. I don't notice my baby preferring these to regular Evenflo bottles, but he started daycare at 2 months, and would have starved if he were picky about what he drank from.
Drawbacks: Because the nipple ring and mouth of the bottle are wide compared to regular Evenflo bottles, the parts on these are not compatible. The bottle part is also not compatible with breast pump flanges. So, you have to get all Tommee Tippee brand or you have to do more sorting after you wash bottles. And if you pump, you can't pump directly into the bottle for these, so that's one more thing to wash later.
Overall, this is a good bottle to prevent colic from baby swallowing air. What makes it better than other bottles with that feature is that it is easier to clean. It has the same number of parts as a regular cheapie Evenflo bottle, and all the parts will go in a dishwasher.
Seamless transition between breast and bottle
My one week old baby can barely tell the difference between this bottle and the breast. He refused every other bottle out there (or they made him gag, get gas, etc). He never struggled with this bottle in the slightest. He absolutely loves it. I am trying to build up my milk supply and needed a bottle that would allow such a tiny infant to switch back and forth from breast to bottle without confusion or refusing one or other other. This bottle is a DREAM! I've had 5 children before this baby and both breast-fed and bottle-fed all of them and have tried out many other bottles in the process. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING COMPARES TO THIS BOTTLE!!! It's simply amazing! (Note: to prevent leaking & nipple collapse, simply make sure the wide nipple is placed properly in the ring the whole way around, and squeeze the tip of the vent to release any trapped water droplets which create a kind of seal preventing air flow. It will work flawlessly.)