Despite the professionals at the Cow & Gate helpline assuring us that the best bottles for bottle feeding (regardless of colic, tongue tie or need for boobie similarity) are the cheapy ‘straight up and down’ ones you get from the chemist, there seem to be a plethora of new, super-sciency ones out on the market at the moment.
Our Slick Mummy testers gave the following the once over (with three and six month old babies):
Munchin Latch System
This one is meant to mimic the breast, rather than look like one. The teat is much larger and less ‘pert’ than most and comes in three flow speeds. The bottle has a built in anti-colic valve and the bottle comes in two sizes.
Pros: our tester thought the bottle performed well – especially with the faster teat – and the design (including the pretty blue valve) was lovely.
Cons: the base arond the valve is hard to clean.
Available at Boots, £6.99 per bottle
Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Advance Comfort System
The Tommee Tippee bottles have the appearance of the sort of breast that would neatly nestle into a champagne saucer (wouldn’t ours all?) but this new addition to the range includes an air venting system (a bit like a cocktail swizzle stick) which prevents bubbles. Again, these come in two bottle sizes.
Pros: our tester thought the product performed well and was compatible with the regular TT accessories (bottle warmer etc)
Cons: our tester advised that one screw the lid on a bit tighter just before feeding as hot water cooling seems to contract the seal a little bit.
Available at Boots £13.99 for two bottles.
Dr Brown’s Natural Flow System
These claim to reduce colic and also preserve vitamins through preventing oxidation (who knew milk oxidized?) and they come in a variety of colours, sizes (including preemie) and teat flows. Recommended by 9/10 midwives.
Pros: our tester liked the colourways and the fact that they were easy to clean and didn’t cloud.
Cons: a bit fiddly to put together and prone to leaking if not done properly.
Available at Boots £19.99 for starter kit.