Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Review: Minbie bottle and teats

For some (my husband is one of them) bottle feeding associated with formula and valuable bonding between father and a child. I beg a differ,  I'm not saying it is incorrect or I don't believe in this, I think that regardless of the feeding method a father can always bond with a child if he has a desire to do so. I am a breastfeeding mother and I am convinced it is the best feeding method for my little one, but it seems that my husband is left behind. I here you ask "Why?". Well, our lovely bundle of joy refuses to take a bottle. 

To be truly honest with you I hate expressing, I will never forget how my new Dutch electric pump refused to work when we brought L home meaning I was forced to hand express. It was convenient at that time for us as I wasn't really comfortable with breastfeeding on public and we decided that it would be best if I have a bottle of expressed milk with us. First few weeks L didn't mind a bottle, I had tried few brands, in one of them my milk suddenly became curdled, second one had a fast flow even though it said it wouldn't and my baby was choking whilst drinking and the third one was just fine, until L decided that she doesn't like it. In total I think we tried 5 different brand none of them worked L refused any bottle given to her and only accepted my breasts. 
Whilst I hate expressing I would love if my husband can get involved with feeding as well. He can help me out a little bit when I give her solids but it seems that he needed that early days/weeks bonding. When I came across Minbie I thought that it could be a new start, they can finally have their moment together and even if I hate expressing I can do it for them both. It took me a while to convince my hubby to try bottle feeding again but we are slowly getting there.

Minbie’s bottle teats promote the all-important instinctive breastfeeding technique, so if you switch between breast and bottle, your baby’s natural breastfeeding technique can remain undamaged. Minbie teat designed to support your newborn’s instinctive breastfeeding technique. This means that when newborns feed from Minbie they practice the instinctive latch and feeding-action for nurturing breastfeeding. This is a significant breakthrough in matching breast and bottle-feeding techniques and preventing feeding-confusion.

Minbie features:
  • Supports your baby's instinctive feeding technique
  • Nurtures instinctive latch and breastfeeding action
  • Helps release natural digestive enzymes
  • Supports mother-baby bonding
  • Air-vent adjusts to your baby's feed rate
  • BPA-free biocompatible soft-silicone teats

As L was born not knowing how to latch properly and I have seen lots of other mums struggling with exactly the same problem I'm not sure how Minbie can work it's magic for newborns but the website states "allows to bottle feed with the instinctive breastfeeding technique that they are born with because why shouldn't they be able to feed intuitively with the technique that is developmentally right for them".

I have received a Minbie plastic bottle and a set of teats for 3+ months. 

You will be very surprised to know that Minbie bottles (120 ml, glass bottle or plastic bottle 180 ml, £4.65) which are 120ml are made of glass, which is not very common in the UK.  
The bottle comes with the silicone seal for storing in a fridge and looks like a normal bottle but with only blue rim.

The Minbie teat (prem, 0+, 3+ £9.83) is made of a silicone and is compatible with standard wide-neck baby bottles, but to avoid disappointment it is recommended to use both products together. The pack comes with the storage pot which can be used as a bottle lid.

I am not a bottle pro and I am happy to receive and use what we have but thinking about other mums it would be great if Minbie had a bigger variety of sizes.

L is still a little bit fussy with the Minbie bottles but she takes them every other time which is already a small progress. I have also noticed that she has to work at the feed which she used to do with the bottle she preferred when was smaller.

Needs improvement:
- the lid is not closing properly (doesn't click), which means it can be easily removed, lost in a bag or when in a cup holder
- it would be nice to see additional products- anti-slip holder for a glass bottle and anti-colic bottles
- variety of bottle colours suitable for both genders

Disclaimer: I was sent the above items for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. I am liking the look of these bottles and will bear them in mind if we need a bottle with this baby. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested