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First Essentials Silicone Bottle Review

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Price:   $3.00 List | $2.99 each (in 9-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  low price point, few parts, didn't leak
Cons:  low score on eco-health, tiny nipple, flimsy
Manufacturer:   Gerber
By Lindsay Ellis ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 23, 2012
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SCORE
  • Nipple - 25% 2
  • Ease-of-cleaning - 20% 7
  • Leakage - 30% 9
  • Ease-of-use - 10% 8
  • Eco-health - 15% 2

The Skinny

The Gerber First Essentials is a very popular bottle that bottoms out on cost, but in this case, we feel you get what you pay for. This is a tiny bottle with an even tinier nipple, and to top it off, that nipple is made of latex, one of our least favorite baby-friendly materials. If you're just looking for a very basic bottle, we'd suggest something like the Tommee Tippee or Medela BPA-free.

Now with Silicone Nipple
Gerber has modified their design to now include a silicone nipple on the First Essentials bottle. This is a welcome improvement to older versions of the bottle that used a latex nipple.


Our Analysis and Test Results

The first thing that we notice when looking at the Gerber First Essentials bottle was the TINY latex nipple perched on top. It looks like it could be used as a toy for a doll and the flow is so…very…slow. We liked that this bottle didn't leak, but think the super slow flow is the compromise there.

Likes


Not much to mention. It didn't leak and doesn't contain special venting or extra pieces to worry about.

The price point is wonderfully low for a baby bottle.

Dislikes


A cheap bottle that looks and acts the part. The measures are difficult to see and did we mention that tiny latex nipple?! It's our last choice for nipple material as the rubber breaks down very quickly and must be replaced often, please refer to manufacturer's instructions. Also, we don't recommend putting latex in the dishwasher. To be fair, you can purchase silicone nipples to use with this bottle, and we'd suggest doing that.

Conclusion


We recommend looking closely at competing bottles. While the price is attractive, there are other affordable bottle options such as the Medela BPA-free or our Best Value award winner Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature that don't cost that much more, yet offer a much better value. Spend a little extra and get a more substantial, latex free bottle for your little one.


Lindsay Ellis