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Pros: Sleeve, latch, easy to clean/assemble, eco-health
Cons: Potential for breaking, hard to clean
Bottom line: Great glass bottle that is easy to use
The Lifefactory bottle offers simplicity in a well working bottle that limits baby's exposure to plastic. Everything in this bottle works well and looks good. This bottle has a limited number of parts that are easy to assemble and clean. The nipple is one babies in our tests took to easily and we like that this bottle can grow with baby by changing nipple tops to sippy options. The bottle is made of quality components that should stand the test of time if taken care of. This is one of the few glass options we looked at that comes with a silicone sleeve (Philips AVENT Natural Glass does not) and doesn't have a complicated venting system that is hard to assemble and clean (like Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Glass). This bottle has a simple design, easy grip sleeve, and few plastic parts, none of which come in contact with the contents. We like this bottle a lot and would recommend it to a friend.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
Lifefactory glass bottles are made of thermal shock resistant borosilicate glass with a silicone sleeve for better gripping and added protection from occasional dropping. The nipples and caps come in a variety of shapes and flow rates useful for baby to toddlers and beyond. All materials are FDA approved, BPA and phthalate free, made in the US or Europe and assembled in the US. The nipples are medical grade silicone, dishwasher safe, and made in France. The bottles are compatible with most major brand breast pumps for easy breast to baby transitions. Lifefactory bottles are durable, but not unbreakable so care should be taken to avoid dropping and throwing. These bottles can be moved safely from freezer to boiling water without the fear of breakage, and are a good choice for families that want to minimize exposure to plastic.
We like just about everything about the Lifefactory bottle with very few dislikes arising during testing. This bottle did well in our tests for leakage with no leaking in the diaper bag or otherwise in transport or usage. The stopper piece inside does fall off fairly easily when you open the bottle, but this didn't cause us any problems while using it. The nipple also does its job well at protecting from leaks, even though it is smaller than some of the competition we had no leaks during feeding unlike some of the competition that has more breast like nipples that resulted in leaking while eating.
The nipple on this bottle is smaller in size and not as mound like as some of the more breast like competition. However, the smaller nipple made it easy for baby to latch onto and we didn't have any babies in our tests have difficulty feeding from this option. The nipples are longer and narrower than the wider mouth options, but it can be interchanged with the Dr. Brown's nipples and some other average side products in the event that your baby isn't a fan of the standard Lifefactory choice that comes with the bottle.
Comotomo bottle. The bottle is straightforward, uncomplicated, and requires no instructions for assembly or use. The bottle has a minimal number of parts, is easy to prep and use and the collar and nipple screw on easily with no threading problems like those we experienced with the Philips AVENT. The bottle feels durable and survived several intentional drops on the floor. It is heavier than plastic bottles, but lighter than the Dr. Brown's bottle. The Lifefactory venting is in the ridges located on the nipple; tightening the collar too much will prevent the venting from working properly and could cause nipple collapse. We didn't have this problem, and instead found the threading and tightening to be easy and no reason to overdo.
The nipple on this bottle is smaller in diameter and the mound around it is as well. This is less breast like than the competition and might cause baby to pause when using the bottle. However, in our tests babies latched on and fed easily without any problems even if the latch is less natural.
We didn't like that there are no measurements on the bottle itself. The volume measurements are on the silicone sleeve only, rendering the bottle essentially useless for this skill should the sleeve become lost or damaged. The bottle also heats up faster than plastic, which may or may not be a negative, but it is important to note. In addition, it is probably best to handle a hot bottle with the sleeve on to avoid discomfort or injury.
Other Versions and Accessories
There are also a variety of accessories available with this bottle including sippy caps, travel and storage flat caps, and ring and stopper sets with a dome cap. No accessory is needed for use with most major brand breast pumps and it fits in many major brand bottle warmers with ease.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team
Most recent user review: June 25, 2016
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