When I had a couple of months left of my pregnancy, having decided I was not going to breastfeed, we started looking for bottles/steriliser etc. Last time we used the Philips Avent set but I had not been overly impressed with it.
Having looked at all the different brands available we decided on Tommee Tippee. We decided to purchase the starter kit which has everything we needed in it rather than purchasing all of the different items separately.
In the set you get:
- Electric Steam Steriliser
- Travel Steriliser
- Electric Bottle and Food Warmer
- 2 x 150ml Closer to Nature Easi-Vent Bottles with Slow Flow Teats
- 4 x 260ml Closer to Nature Easi-Vent Bottles with Slow Flow Teats
- 2 x Medium Flow Teats – 3-6m
- 2 x Fast Flow Teats – 6m+
- 4 x Milk Storage Lids
- 6 x Milk Powder Dispensers – 0m+
- 2 x Insulated Bottle Bags
- 1 x Bottle and Teat Brush
We have found the electric steriliser works really well and has a very quick cycle (around 5 minutes). It is not too large or bulky and you can fit 6 of the smaller bottles in comfortably with a dummy case and a couple of dummies (though we haven’t moved onto the bigger bottles yet I don’t think we will have any problems space wise).
We have used the travel steriliser a few times. It is very handy when you just need to sterilise one bottle/dummy. You just pop in some water and put it in the microwave for 8 minutes (although our microwave has broken at the moment so not much use!).
The bottle warmer is also very good quality. There are three temperature settings. We have it set to the highest setting and it takes 5 minutes to warm a 4oz bottle straight from the fridge to the right temperature.
As for the bottles themselves they are really nice. They are a great shape making them really comfortable to hold. Little Miss A has recently started grabbing the bottle and it looks like she will be able to get a really good grip on them. They are easy to take apart to clean and put back together again! They fit really well in the accessories you get with this set.
The other accessories are great. You get two of the insulated bottle bags which are really good quality and fit both the small and large bottles. The bottle brush is good as you can pull it in half and the ‘handle’ part can be used to clean the teats properly.
My only complaint is that you only get 2 of the small bottles. We bought 4 more just so we wouldn’t have to have the steriliser on all day! The only other thing is you only get 2 of the second stage teats and two of the third stage teats. Again, we have now had to buy 4 extra of the second size teats.
Since buying the Tommee Tippee set, as well as adding the extra bottles and teats, we have also purchased the Travel Bottle and Food Warmer. I found, when out and about with Little Mr A, most eating places were unwilling to provide me with hot water to heat his bottle and would only allow me to give them the bottle to warm. This was OK but not ideal, especially when it was busy and you had to try and get someones attention to get the bottle back!
This product is great. You fill it with boiling water before you go out then, when it is time to heat the bottle, you pour the hot water into the container that the flask goes into for carrying, place the bottle into the container then, when you have heated the bottle put the hot water back in the flask. The water stays hot for around 6 hours and we have managed to heat two bottles during the course of a day out with the same water.
For the price I am really pleased with the quality of these products. The fact that the additional items are so readily available is also really handy! I would recommend the Tommee Tippee products to anyone looking for bottles/accessories.