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NUK Orthodontic Review

An affordable, basic bottle with a nipple shape your baby just might enjoy.
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Price:   $5.00 List
Pros:  simple, durable, nice orthodontic nipple shape
Cons:  leaks in travel, nipple must be positioned correctly
Manufacturer:   NUK
By Lindsay Ellis ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 24, 2012
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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Nipple - 25% 8
  • Ease-of-cleaning - 20% 9
  • Leakage - 30% 7
  • Ease-of-use - 10% 8
  • Eco-health - 15% 6

The Skinny

The NUK Orthodontic bottle has been discontinued.

The NUK Orthodontic offers a nice latch that we think most babies would be comfortable with, especially if they're already using the ever-popular NUK pacifier. We found it to be a good, basic bottle offering a baby-friendly twist with the shape of the nipple. We did however doc a few points for leakage, as we found the travel cap collected quite a bit of milk in our leakage tests.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The NUK Orthodontic bottle offers a special nipple that is designed to match the shape of baby's mouth, claiming to "stimulate a natural sucking pattern and aid in healthy teeth formation." This nipple definitely has a "top" and "bottom" but once in place, baby seemed to keep it there comfortably. Overall we like the design of this bottle with clearly marked measures that go up to 5 oz., which we like for when baby needs just a little more per feeding.

Likes


We felt the NUK nipple offered a good latch and can believe their claim that it would promote better teeth formation. It did cause this bottle to score a little lower in our "Ease of Use" test because you have to make sure the nipple is positioned properly in baby's mouth.

Cute designs with clear markings that go up to 5 oz.

Easy to clean with no extra parts/valves.

Dislikes


The nipple did collapse at times, but in our case, we didn't notice it effecting baby. Also, using this bottle in the dark might prove tricky as you must have the nipple "up" for milk to flow.

The NUK leaks really bad if tipped or inverted during travel.  The plastic travel cap also has two small slits in the sides (why???) that the milk comes out of when you turn it back up-right.
The NUK leaks really bad if tipped or inverted during travel. The plastic travel cap also has two small slits in the sides (why???) that the milk comes out of when you turn it back up-right.
The travel cap does not "touch" the nipple hole when in place, and this allowed for a lot of leakage while out and about. It does come with a disk you could use in travel but it's an extra step we're not always interested in taking.

Conclusion


A cute, durable bottle with a comfy latch for baby. Keep it upright in your baby's mouth, and during travel in your diaper bag, and you should be pretty happy.


Lindsay Ellis