After blogging about the new Tommee Tippee The Day Baby Was Born web application, I contacted the company to see if I could review some of their other products. I was quickly sent a closer to nature 5 oz feeding bottle for my newborn boy Bryce and a set of two explora truly spill proof drink cups for my 2-year old daughter Lydia.
The uniquely-designed nipple on the closer to nature bottle was created to mimic the natural feel of breastfeeding. It has a wider nipple for better latching and is BPA and phthalate-free.
When Lydia was about 7 months old, I returned to work full-time for 2 months. She had never used a bottle before, but obviously I had to pump while at work and send a bottle with her babysitter. Unfortunately, I didn't know about the Tommee Tippee line of products, and I had a hard time finding a bottle that was appropriate for a child who had only been breastfed until that point. Because the creators of this bottle thought about children who are exclusively breastfed, they designed a product that is perfect for moms who have to go back to work or who need the occasional babysitter, but still pump so that their children can be fed breastmilk. These bottles are available in 5 oz and 9 oz sizes and nipples are available in slow, medium, and fast flow. From my experiences, I recommend using a slow flow nipple on a smaller bottle with all breastfed babies, regardless of age.
The explora cups come in 5 different stages to safely and comfortably transition children from a bottle/breast to a cup. The truly spill-proof drink cups we were sent are Stage 5, for children 24m+.
Lydia has a tendency to take her cups and pour her drink from one cup into another. Quite often, this ends up making a puddle on the floor or a sticky juice mess on our table. Well, when we handed Lydia this cup by Tommee Tippee, she tipped it over...she shook it...she tried every way possible to pour out her drink into another cup. As they say - this cup is truly spill-proof. Lydia was unable to get even a drip of the water to come out of her cup. This means the cup is great for throwing in a diaper bag because you don't have to worry about a big wet mess later on when the juice spills out everywhere. We have gone through so many toddler cups that leak everywhere, we are so happy to have found this product. Another great feature is that they are so easy to clean up. Some toddler cups have 3 - 4 pieces that have to be washed separately. With this cup, you just take the top off and throw both pieces in the dishwasher.
BUY IT! The closer to nature bottles come in different stages: 0m+, 3m+, and 6m+. A single 5 oz bottle can be purchased for $8.99 and a 3-pack is just $19.99. A 2-pack of the explora truly spill-proof drink cups is just $8.99. They are now available at your local Babies R Us.
* I received the aforementioned product for free to review. The opinions expressed are honest and provided without monetary compensation.