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Price: $13 list | Available for $5.50 each (in 3-pack) from Amazon
Pros: Sturdy, wide mouth and nipple base, simple in a good way
Cons: Extra "tip" required to get all the milk out
Bottom line: A durable, hassle-free bottle that made mom and baby very happy, and is attractively priced
Manufacturer: tommee tippee
Out of the box, the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature baby bottle is nothing fancy. It's a short and sturdy little bottle, which we've seen before, albeit a far cry from it's eye-catching comrades, like the ComoTomo Natural Feel or the mimijumi. But that's ok. In fact, it's great. In this case, that simplicity is complimented by high scores in function and useability, and when it comes to a baby bottle, that's all we ask for.
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BabyGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
Tommee Tippee got it right with this super-simple baby bottle. In fact, it earned our Best Value award based on its combination of great performance and reasonable price. In our testing experience, it proved leak-free and easy to clean, assemble and fill. The wide nipple base and flexible nipple gave baby a good latch. It was also comfortable to hold, as it's indented a bit on the sides; we felt relaxed, even during a late night feed.
As most bottles do these days, it claims "anti-colic" and "anti-gas" on it's packaging. What we love though, is that this claim doesn't come with extra parts or valves or rings or straws which add hassle to cleaning and assembly. Their approach is simple; just a little vent hole in the side of the nipple base, which we felt was adequate enough.
We like that it is BPA and phthalate free with a silicone nipple, our favorite choice in nipple material. This bottle is lightweight, yet sturdy, and fit into both our car and stroller cup holders despite it's plump appearance.
We liked that the Tommee Tippee was easy to clean, assemble and fill with a wide mouth and no extra parts to keep track of. In fact, it edged out one of our other favorites, the Comotomo Natural Feel, because it's smooth plastic was easier to get clean than the silicone material of the Comotomo.
We didn't have any trouble with leaking during feeding or travel. The travel cap "locks" on well and stayed put on the go.
It lands in the low-middle price range of the bottles we tested, and it's durability and ease of use combined with that low cost also gave our highest scoring bottle our Best Value Award!
We did have to give it an extra "tip" to get all the milk down into the nipple.
A few times, the nipple collapsed a bit, but this didn't effect the milk flow for baby.
One other thing worth mentioning is that on the packaging, the bottle looks very shiny and clear, when in fact, it's more of a dull, frosted plastic in person.
Tommee Tippee made us happy with their easy-to-use, mess-free bottle. We didn't mind that it lacked striking colors or fancy vents, we just like that it worked well. In the BabyGearLab baby bottle line-up, this one sure "tipped" the scales!
— Lindsay Ellis
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Most recent user review: August 26, 2014
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