Little Rascal Reviews was excited to be approached to review an innovative new baby bottle which seems to be causing quite a stir in the marketplace. mimijumi is a new company providing simple, safe and natural baby products. Their award winning bottles are designed to combat a breastfed baby’s refusal to take a bottle and/or to switch between breast and bottle, so particularly useful for those who are expressing breast milk, combination feeding or transitioning to bottle feeding.
The nipple is shaped, coloured and textured to more closely resemble a breast than many others on the market. It has an integrated ventilation system which helps to reduce colic. The bottles also have a handy non-slip base preventing them sliding across the counter when being filled and are also top shelf dishwasher safe. You can buy the 8oz (240ml) “Very Hungry” bottle for £14.99 and the 4oz (120ml) “Not So Hungry” bottle for £11.99 direct from mumijumi.
But that’s enough from me so please read on to find out how the Not So Hungry bottle coped when being put through its paces by our panel of testers.
Our first tester is Danielle Askins, a mother of 2 boys. You’ll find her “motherly ramblings”, craft and baking escapades at her blog The Handmade Mum:
First off the packaging makes it a ‘stand out’ product compared to other bottles on the market, with simple, bright and somewhat elegant design. I get a bit excited when things come in nice packaging-it usually means the product inside is going to be just as brilliant. I wasn’t disappointed, the bottle itself is very well made, simple in design with an ergonomic shape. It is clear to see that the bottle has been designed to be as close to a breast as possible-even down to having a skin coloured teat.
The bright red lid and rubber (removable) bottom again make it stand out from the main bottle brands, the rubber bottom also helps when needing to make a bottle up one handed (which I am sure is something many Mum’s (and Dad’s) have had to do with a screaming hungry baby in the other hand) which I think is a great and very helpful idea! The bottles are BPA, latex and EA free, and exceed EU safety standards, they are also dishwasher safe (top rack) again helping busy parents. Because of the simple design I found them very easy to clean and use, especially with the teat all being one piece.
The only small gripe I had with the product was that the lid didn’t always seem to stay firmly in place, but once I’d fiddled about a bit it seemed to clip on and stay put, which isn’t too much of a problem but a pain when rushing about. I would certainly recommend this product to any new Mother, especially one who either wants to combination feed like I did with both my boys, or for those making the transition from breast to bottle. The bottles come in 8oz or 4oz sizes and different flow teats are also available.
Our second tester, Marie Cully, is mum to a colicky 6 week old daughter:
I was very excited to receive this bottle as I believe trying new things is good for us all. Starting with the packaging, this is very pleasing on the eye tailored to resemble an old fashioned milk carton but with a modern twist I would certainly buy this bottle just from that first look as it comes with a brilliant ‘invitation to buy’. My first impression of the bottle after removing from box was “wow” it’s very trendy and would look good in anyone’s changing bag and I’m happy to be one of the first to be trying it out!
After being out for the whole day with my husband and girls I couldn’t wait to get in and prepare the bottle to try it out with my 6 week old baby. At first I was a little disappointed that it was only for 4oz/120ml bottle as since my daughter was approx 3 weeks old she has fed on a min of 5oz per feed, and have so far used two other branded bottles with a 5oz allowance in their babies first bottles range, although I’m aware that there is the larger size bottle I believe a 5oz would be more beneficial.
Following the formula’s instructions I made up the milk, the first downside is the teat, as it doubles up as the screw top you are handling the teat, the one piece that needs to remain sterile before the feed. I then tried to put on the lid and struggled as it slips about and you have to force it on the 2 very small lips inside the lid, it doesn’t secure at all. I then shake carefully only to be covered in hot milk as the lid is so poor fitting and milk leaks from the teat whilst you’re shaking to mix the formula. First feed included lots of sucking noises and squeaks from my baby as she tried to get used to the teat, after a few mins she was getting used to it and fed quickly and without the milk pouring out the sides of her mouth, this soon changed as lots of bubbles started forming in bottle therefore allowing lots of air to go into my babies tummy and make her spray the milk from the sides of mouth, we paused to wind her and she burped very loudly, we carried on until she finished the milk and again had a massive burp from all the wind she took in along with the milk.
After using the bottle for a few more feeds nothing really changed as we still have the same issues with too much air getting into the bottle and the lid is so frustrating as will not stay on…….although the bottle looks good, after being able to ‘try before I buy’ I would now not go out and buy it unless the design is changed to rectify the two issues. I will continue using the bottle but just for my baby’s water.
Our third and final tester, Jo Inglis-Lyons, is the owner of Baby Castings Direct:
- Looks funky
- Good concept
- Too many leaks
- Needs a lid that seals
All testers were provided a 4oz Not So Hungry Mimijumi bottle by mumijumi for the purpose of an honest review. Their reviews have been published as provided to Little Rascal Reviews.