A few weeks ago we were contacted to potentially share our experiences with Tommee Tippee bottles. Since we haven't found a bottle we are completely in love with, and since more and more of you guys are becoming pregnant, have young babies (and are still trying to figure it out like me), or know someone with a baby I figured it would be a win win for all of us! We get bottles, and you get my honest opinion!
Previous to receiving the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles we were using Playtex VentAire bottles that I received as a baby shower gift. We had two frustrations with them as Dean transitioned from breastfeeding to being solely bottle and formula fed. The first gripe was that people who weren't familiar with the bottle had know idea how to hold it. Because of the angle, my grand father ended up trying to feed Dean with the bottle upside down leaving Dean frustrated that nothing was coming out. The second issue was that milk was always escaping the nipples and finding it's way in his neck rolls, which gone unnoticed turned into a smelly situation rather quickly! Not fun. Despite these things, we stuck with the bottle because we thought that this was all still pretty normal.
From the unboxing of the bottles we received I was pretty hopefully. Dean's first feeding went very well! No milk leakage to clean from his chins. Actually, the shape of this bottle highlighted things I didn't even realize I hated about the previous one we were using. Because the opening on the Tommee Tippee bottles is flat, I didn't have to worry about if the formula or water was going to over flow over the ridge. It's a little thing that makes a big difference when making bottles quickly for a hungry baby!
While we are on the topic on hungry babies, Dean will still have a little leakage from the nipple on occasion. However, I think this is more mama error on my part by waiting till he's too hungry to slow himself down (because working from home full time and being Dean's daycare doesn't always make for a speedy mama). That being said, when I'm feeding Dean before he's mad, leaks are few and far between and he remains my sweet smelling baby!
Along with bottles, the Tommee Tippee crew also sent over pacifiers for us to try. We have been using Gumdrop brand pacifiers because that's what they sent us home with from the hospital. In the early days we ordered extras on Amazon so that you can't go more than a couple feet without having one in reach. I will say, although the nipples on the Tommee Tippee pacifiers and the Gumdrop ones differ, he takes them both the same without an issue! The only issue we have is that the ones we were sent and that also came in a pack of the bottles are clear. So outside of the design that was on a few of them they are pretty hard to see compared to the bright orange and green Gumdrop pacifiers. They will definitely be added to our collection and used around the house just like the Gumdrops though!
Overall, I think we have definitely been converted. They are affordable so that getting more doesn't feel like you're going to go broke. They are easy to clean with less parts than other bottles on the market (nipple, ring, bottle, lid.. that's it) and are definitely Dean approved! If you're in the market these are definitely worth a shot!
This post was sponsored by Tommee Tippee and we were given their products in exchange for a review. However, all opinions are our own and were determined after a few weeks of exclusively using their products!