When I originally put together my baby registry, I didn’t think much about bottles. I had naively planned on nursing only and didn’t see the point of buying items that would sit unused. Fast forward 12 months and I am now exclusively pumping and bottle feeding has become a daily event. I tried most major brands of bottles on the market, but was ultimately disappointed when they leaked, contributed to gas problems or were difficult to clean. I finally ordered a couple Comotomo Natural Feel Bottle as a last ditch effort and they have quickly become our favorite.
The soft feel and squeezable design of the Comotomo bottle is no mistake: it was made to mimic the feel and function of nursing. The round, wide nipple base allows baby to latch on properly, which is so important if you continue to nurse in addition to bottle feed. The silicone bottle can be gently squeezed at the beginning of feeding to give baby a “let down” experience, which makes the breast-to-bottle transition pretty seamless. This “let down” feature is also a lifesaver if you have a hungry, fussy baby who needs to be immediately soothed.
The bottles are medical-grade silicone and made without BPA, PVC or phthalate materials, making them eco-friendly, safe for the dishwasher and very sturdy. The bottles come in five or eight ounce sizes and the nipples are available in four flow stages. Many other bottle brands boast an anti-colic vent, but Comotomo’s are double-vented to prevent gas and colic. The bottle is virtually leak-free and durable.
Washing these bottles is a snap. The round design and flexible material allow you to properly clean the inside of the bottle, with or without a traditional bottle brush. Milk solids do not stick to the inside either, so there is no need to soak bottles before washing. I shake out the bottle parts before drying so that no water hides in the vents and then they are ready to go.
While aesthetically pleasing, the frosted silicone material makes it difficult to read the measure marks on the outside of the bottle. This can be particularly frustrating during middle of the night feedings. One way around this is to pre-measure formula or milk before adding it to the bottle so you know exactly how much baby is fed.
As mentioned above, once warm milk is in the bottle, it stays at an even temperature for a good thirty minutes. However, these bottles take a long time to heat up in a traditional bottle warmer, which is maddening when you have a screaming, hungry baby. What has worked well for us is heating the milk separately in a breast milk storage bag in warm water and then adding the milk to the bottle.
Lastly, because of the bottle’s shape, it can be knocked over rather easily. While the bottle and nipple themselves do not leak, spilling can be a problem when filling the bottle if not set it on an even surface.
This bottle is definitely not the cheapest on the market ($13 on Amazon), but it’s truly perfect for the breastfed baby. The durable material, wide nipple base and “let down” feature make this a great transition bottle. For formula feeders, the double vents prevent excess tummy bubbles and the silicone is easy to clean. A winner by all standards!