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The original Tommee Tippee (TT) was invented by a California plastics company in the 1960’s. The weighted cup had a picture of the owner’s dog (Tommee). The concept: the weighted cup would be harder to tip over, making it easier for toddlers to use.

While Tommee Tippee got its start in California, it was its success in Great Britain that made the brand famous. The cup spawned an entire line of infant and toddler feeding products that are still best-sellers today in the UK.

The brand  staged a return to North America a few years ago, as part of a infant feeding system dubbed Closer to Nature.

The basic Closer to Nature First Feeding bottle is a 5 oz. clear plastic bottle with an Easi-Vent valve that is supposed to help conquer colic (pictured). Price: $9.76 for two. The nipple, shaped to be similar to a breast for easy latching, is made especially for newborns and preemies. Tommee Tippee also makes a larger Closer to Nature Feeding bottle in a 9 oz. size with the same nipple as the smaller bottle. Bottles are sold in two-, three-bottle and four-bottle sets and there is also a starter set for $81 that includes a microwave sterilizer, insulated bag, bottle warmer and more.

FYI: Tommee Tippee also makes a glass baby bottle.

Tommee Tippee Ultra Feeding Bottle

Tommee Tippee’s new Ultra bottle has an angled, off center nipple so baby can sit upright and still drain the bottle.

Tommee Tippee also makes specialty bottles like the Anti-Colic bottle, the Added Cereal bottle, and the Ultra bottle. This design comes in an all new shape with an extra wide neck. TT claim the new silicone nipple replicates a more natural feeding action because it “moves in multiple directions.” Next the nipple has a “contour zone” which “allows baby to form a secure seal” so baby isn’t sucking in air. Finally, the new nipple is angled so baby will be able to sit in a more upright position when feeding. The new Ultra runs $23.50 for a set of three 9 oz. bottles. Since the Ultra is so new, we have no parent feedback on it yet, but it looks promising.

For the most part, Tommee Tippee bottles work well, say our readers. A few parents note that these bottles have a lot of parts and can be a pain to clean. The extra slow flow nipple comes in for criticism for not being slow at all, bathing babies in breast milk or formula. But the range of “special purpose” bottles is unique and the markings on the bottle are large enough for grandma or grandpa to see easily.

Given the reader feedback, we’d say that Tommee Tippee bottles are good, but not great. The wide shape of the bottle top/nipple base isn’t very ergonomic. While most folks are happy with the bottles, more than few noted the bottle design doesn’t allow for the bottle to empty completely . . . and wasted breast milk is a major no-no. While the price puts Tommee Tipppee bottles in the middle of the pack, there are better choices out there. Rating: B