Until very recently I had never heard of this company. I've learned that Tommee Tippee has been around since 1965 and is the number one brand of infant and toddler feeding products in Great Britain. Their products are sold in 45 countries around the world. They've received tons of awards and accolades. That's pretty impressive in my book. This past January the company began selling their products in the U.S. at Babies R Us stores nationwide and will be available at Toys R Us beginning in March.
Tommee Tippee sent me the Closer to Nature bottles to try with Ava and the Stage 5 Explora Insulated Cups for Abby to try. Even though she's 6 years old, Abby isn't the most graceful child and I still like for her to use these types of cups in the car or if she's drinking in other places besides the kitchen.
We'll start with the bottles. The first think I noticed and liked is the size and shape. I like that they are wide. We are having to do formula. With the wide opening, you are much less likely to spill powder on your counter. The nipples are silicone, and the base is wider. Looking at it does make me think that the way it feels to the baby must be closer to the feel of a real breast against the mouth than a lot of nipples. Also, all of the bottles are BPA and phthalate free. I wasn't sure about these nipples, only because the only nipples I've ever been able to get Ava to take are the latex nipples. I don't know what it is about the silicone nipples, but she gets the funniest look on her face and just lets the formula run out of her mouth. Well, she did the same thing with this nipple, much to my disappointment. I tried the two different sizes that came with the bottle and she just wasn't having anything to do with it. I would think that this would be a great bottle to try with a baby who has been breastfeeding for awhile and may need to start using a bottle.
Next, we tried the Explora Cups with Abby. I let her do her own review. This was at breakfast so the hair is not combed and she is still in her mis-matched pajamas (pretty much how she looks on non-school days). She like the girly colors and I liked the size. I also like that they are insulated, because the spoiled child requires "fresh" drinks whenever her drinks are no longer cold enough. I meant to get her to try to shake them to see if they would leak, but forgot to do so. You'll notice I got her to try to drink with the valves in at first. She's way past trying to suck to get something out and definitely had to work hard to get anything. They describe these as truly spill proof, and so far it appears they are correct. These have been through the dishwasher a few times and so far still look new, with no peeling or breakdown of the plastic.
Overall, I'm happy with these products and would recommend them without hesitation. The company has a great reputation with products that are quite popular with moms all over the world.
Dear FTC: I was supplied with products from Tommee Tippee as a reviewer for the Mom Bloggers Club.