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My baby is 9 weeks old and fully formula fed.
For the last few weeks my daughter has regularly been talking 4oz feeds at most feeds, but just recently her feeding decreased. She started only taking between 1 and 3oz feeds and would refuse to carry on or fall asleep. At first I thought maybe she was just feeling a little unwell or had a loss of appetite, but this carried on for almost a week. I decided she must be working too hard with the number 1 teats, and she may need something that delivers her milk a little faster and easier.
Despite being recommended for ages 3month+ I decided to go an buy some number 2 teats to see if this helped.
When I went to the shop to buy the number 2 teats I spotted the variflow teats and noticed they were recommended from birth, so I decided to try those.
All my bottle feeding equipment is Tommmee Tippee, so all I needed to do was purchase new teats for the bottle lids that I already have. You just pop the plastic section out and put the new teat in.
Firstly, I was surprised that the variflow teats are recommended from birth yet number 2 teats for 3 months +. The Variflow teats have the normal hole, plus a cross shape cut into the teat so that the baby can control the flow of their milk. The teat is also bigger than the other Tommee Tippee ones.
This teat flows very fast, my baby went from taking 2 minutes on a couple of ounces and stopping to around 10 minutes with the variflow on a 5oz feed.
These teats take a while for your baby to get used to, and I had to stop and start a lot or she would just pour a whole ounce down without a thought.
My baby has terrible reflux and I was worried that drinking so fast would end up in her bringing her feed back up again, but it did not. This teat has also meant she is sucking much less air in, and is struggling a lot less with wind.
My little girl now drinks between 3 and 5 ounces per feed and is gaining weight much better.
These teats are great for babies who are getting tired or struggle with slow flowing feeds, but be careful with younger babies, they can get carried away! so you need to help them control the flow.
These easy flow tears are the latest addition to the Tommie tippie teat range and most defiantly my saving grace.
I have brought a tommee tippee steralised bottles and accessories for our new baby as these were what I used with the last two and found them to be fantastic. When you buy the bottles they come with number one teats on them which is the first size,you can then buy size two which is from three months old and size three which is from age six months if you need too but I never found a need as my other two children were happy with the first size for the full twelve months of use but we encountered a problem this time.
With jamie being born six weeks early and being tube fed on neonatal she doesn't have as strong a suck as a full term baby so was sucking like mad on a bottle for around half an hour which then had worn her out and she had fallen to sleep but only taken a tiny amount of milk so we started looking for another option of teat other wise I was going to have to syringe feed her untill she got stronger.
I saw these teats and thought they were worth a try as they don't just have a hole in them like other tests but have a cross cut over the hole too so that the milk flows really easily and freely when jamie sucks on the bottle but doesn't run out on its own if she isn't sucking so never floods into her mouth making her cough. These teats cost me £6·99 for a pack of two and I had to buy three packs so cost me as much as the bottles did in the first place but have been our saving grace as jamie drinks easily from these so can take her bottles without getting exhausted.
These are quite pricey so I wouldn't recommend changing them just for the sake of it but if your baby is a lazy feeder or doesn't suckle very well they are fantastic and well worth it.
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easivent Variflow Teats
At the moment my daughter is mixed feed, which means that I both breastfeed her and supplement her with the odd bottle of formula here and there. So far it seems to be working well for us, but it has meant that we have had to invest in some decent bottles. It was by accident that we initially stumbled across the Tommee Tippee closer to nature range when I was desperate for a breast pump and ever since then we have remained a regular customer because I have found them to be good and more importantly my little one seems more than happy with them.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easivent Variflow Teat is designed to work by allowing the baby to determine the flow of milk, i.e., the harder they suck the faster and more milk they will get. But that's also the main problem we have when using the teats. The variflow teats have been designed to be suitable from birth but I have found that even at 5 months old my daughter hasn't quite got the hang of using them and always seems to take to much milk, making her spit it out and look uncomfortable. I have been trying to introduce the teats again and again from about two months onwards but I really think it's time to draw a line and put them away for good. I definitely don't think that the teats should be marketed as suitable from birth and from reading other reviews I don't think my little one is alone in struggling with them.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easivent Variflow Teats are more or less identical to the slow number 1 teats that come as standard with every Tommee Tippee bottle, but they do have a slightly larger teat head. It is a difference that my daughter hasn't seemed to mind. The teats as with all the Tommee Tippee teats are also very soft and flexible and have been designed to compliment and mimic breastfeeding (to a degree) and so far we have had no problem switching back and forth between the breast and bottle.
The teats are really easy to keep clean and maintain. If you do want to try the teats for your baby you can pick them up from most supermarkets, Mothercare, Amazon, ect, for under £5 for a packet of two.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easivent Variflow Teats as with all the Tommee Tippee teats do have an anti colic valve, but my little one hasn't had too much of a problem with colic so I really can't comment. But I can say that we have never seemed to have a problem with her getting trapped wind when using any of the Tommee Tippee range of teats.
One out of five stars.
Personally I wouldn't recommend the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easivent Variflow Teats, but I would recommend the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature range in general and I love the slow teats I just think that the variflow teats are probably a bit hit or miss and will depend largely on the individual baby.
I bought a few packs of these teats when I first started expressing milk to give in a bottle. I had already bought the closer to nature bottles so it made sense to buy the teats that went with the bottles.
I decided on these particular teats as they are designed to be the best type when you are doing combination feeding as I was.
The shape of the teat is made so that it is as close as possible to the shape and feel of the nipple.
I got these from Tesco and paid around £4.50, I did think that this was quite expensive as you only get 2 in a pack, I did think that overall they would still be better value though as the amount of milk that comes out varies depending on how hard the baby sucks so was relieved as it would stop me having to buy loads of different teats the bigger my daughter got.
When I used the teats I was really impressed with them, sometimes when I had used other brands with my previous children if the milk came out too quick it would all come dribbling out the side of their mouth but this was not the case with these teats it seemed that the right amount was coming through as my daughter was quite happy to just drink.
She did not at any time cry or make a fuss as sometimes babies do If they arnt getting the milk they need. I have continued to use these and my daughter is now 6 months old I have had no problems at all.
I have found the teats to be good quality as they have lasted without getting damaged despite going in the microwave sterilizer numerous times, I have also put them in the dishwasher and this does not seem to have affected them.
Overall I am really pleased with this purchase and would definitely recommend them
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easivent Variflow Teats didn't suit my daughter, hence why I'll be awarding them 1 out of 5. For me the purchase wasn't worth it, and therefore I do feel I wasted my money. Unfortunately with baby items so often you have to try things out to see if they suit your baby, but hopefully my review might help you decide whether you want to spend the money trying them out, or try a teat with a higher rating first.
**Price and Availability**
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easivent Variflow Teats are priced around £4 for a pack of 2, making them not the highest priced teats I've used, but certainly higher in the price scale.
They're widely available, in most larger supermarkets, Mothercare, Boots, Superdrug, and online including Amazon.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easivent Variflow Teats are designed in a soft silicone with a regulating teat which responds to how hard or soft your baby is sucking the milk. They are rounded rather than flat to the pallette, and initially I thought this would suit my baby as she was breastfed and I was using these teats with expressed milk in a first size Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle.
They fit well in the bottle and there is no leakage, and they seem well made and sturdy. They can be chemically or steam sterilised and contain no BPA. The variflow aspect of the teat is supposed to reduce colic.
**How my daughter responded to them**
My daughter never really got too much colic, but like all babies as a newborn she needed to be well winded after every feed. I found however that there were two aspects of this teat that she just couldn't get used to -
Firstly, the teat being round actually didn't suit her palate at all. She was breastfed from birth and never had a dummy, she always sucked her thumb. So rather than the teat emulate a nipple, I found that as she was breastfed it was more likely she flattened out the nipple when sucking the milk out, so she wasn't used to something so hard and round in her mouth. Also the flat sensation would be experienced when thumb sucking, so the teats were very unusual for her, and they don't have much give, with them being fairly thick silicone.
Secondly, the variflow actually seemed to cause MORE colic in my daughter, in fact from being a baby who rarely cried with colic, the few days we used the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easivent Variflow Teats we found that she was far windier than normal.
In the end we bought Asda own brand bottles and their matching flat teats - they were much softer, and suited her palate a lot better. They were also cheaper, and once we were satisfied that they suited her, we went ahead and bought more and that's what she's used ever since.
Given our experiences with Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easivent Variflow Teats (a baby who wouldn't feed from them, and cried with colic whenever she tried) I can't recommend these at all. Given the fairly low score for them on here, I would think that I'm not the only one. I would actually recommend that you try out a flat teat especially if you're a breastfeeding mum, and at the least try out supermarket own brands because I went through a number of bottles and teats before finding one to suit her and to be honest I wish I'd tried the cheaper ones first as I wasted a lot of money.
Overall a 1/5 based on my experience, it might be one you try if you've tried a few and none suited your baby but I wouldn't put this at the top of the list personally, which is a shame as all other Closer to Nature branded items have been pretty good.
Tommee Tippee Variflow teats are suitable from birth. What sets them apart from other teats is that the baby can control the flow of milk by using their own sucking power. these teats have a cross cut into the top instead of the usual hole of the normal teats. They are made of soft silicon like all Tommee Tippee teats and are designed to make the transition from breastfeeding to bottle easier. They have a easivent hole which is designed to cut down on the amount of air the baby takes when feeding, reducing colic. They come in a pack of two and retail for around £4.00 to £4.50.
We purchased these teats when my son was beginning to take longer and falling asleep when feeding. After research, I found this was due to him outgrowing the size one teats provided with the bottles. While looking at the supermarket, I came across these and thought they would be an ideal solution as since he was able to control the flow himself, they would last longer as he was less likely to outgrow them. It was really easy to fit the teats into the bottle, you just pop the old one out and place the new one in. It takes seconds to do. The teat is a bit larger than the normal ones, and at first my son had trouble with them. Being so small, they filled his mouth and he took some getting used to the new faster flow. After a few days and several soaked bibs, he got used to them and now will happily take a bottle without falling asleep.
I found a downside to these was that sometimes the easivent hole blocks up and the teat collapses. This is not specific to the teats though as I have found the same with the other tommee tippee teats. It is no more than an inconvenience, although having to unblock it with a crying hungry baby can be annoying.
So far these have been a good purchase. We bought them nearly two months ago and there has been no signs of wear and tear and they sterilise very well. I would expect this though as they are quite expensive. At over £2 per teat, I think they may be a bit overpriced, especially as most people will need more than one packet. The normal teats are priced the same though, so I'm hoping that in the long term, these will be better value for money.
As I have stated in other reviews I am breastfeeding my son but he does occasionally take a bottle of expressed breast milk. With my first son he took eventually a Tommee Tippee bottle and teat and used the larger size teat. This time round I thought I would try the Variflo Closer to Nature easi-vent teat. Tommee Tippee claim that the teat has a great flex and stretch and the shape is designed to mimic the shape of the nipple and breast to help babies not have any nipple confusion. The top of the teat rather than a hole is actually a cross cut into the tip. The way this works is that the stronger the baby's sucking action is the wider the cross opens and the faster the milk flows. This means that it is suitable for babies' right from birth as baby is able to get as much or as little as he needs. The teat also features the easi-vent anti-colic feature which is supposed to reduce the risk of babies swallowing air with their milk which is thought to be one possible cause of colic.
The principle of the cross modifying the flow of milk to the baby seemed to a bit hit and miss for my son. I can attest for the fact that he does have a good suckle reflex but when using this teat it seemed to mean he was either flooded with milk or not getting the milk out quickly enough both of which would leave him frustrated. We tried this several times with him to see if it was a learning experience for him and would it get easier for him with practice but each time he found it hugely frustrating and would get upset so we decided not to persevere with them. So we returned to using the more expensive but successful Medela Calma bottle and teats which seemed to suit him better.
Another criticism is that the vent sometimes sticks after it has been steam sterilized, so that the teat collapses in when my son sucks I then have to allow air back in to the bottle by stopping him feeding. I have tried to unstick this when it comes out of the microwave sterilising bag but it still can get stuck.
Cleaning the teat is very simple to do but the teat is very fragile in a lot of ways and you have to be careful when cleaning the end of the teat. I have ripped the cross section on one of the pair of teats we had by too forceful cleaning making it an expensive mistake.
Overall these teats did not suit my son he preferred the control that the Medela Calma bottles gave him as he found the milk came either too fast or too slow with these teats. They are a bit fragile and don't have a long life span which I found disappointing. At £4 for a pair from Boots they are the same price as all the teats in the range.
My plan was to breastfeed my daughter, however things didn't exactly go as planned and we had to introduce the bottle as well as breastfeeding. I have chosen Tommee Tippee bottles especially as the teat is designed to mimic natural flex and feel of a breast to make it easy for baby to switch between bottle and breast feeding.
***Why I purchased these?***
When my daughter was about 6 weeks old, she would get really upset when having bottle due to not getting enough milk through slow flow teat. Vari flow teats seemed like a good option to try as they are suitable from birth onwards. This teat is slightly different to slow, medium or fast flow teat as it has a cross cut (instead of a tiny hole) which allows baby to control how much liquid comes flow through the teat, so baby gets as much milk through as hard it sucks.
My daughter seemed to get on with them ok for a while and we kept using them until she was about 6 months, I then switched to fast flow teat which she didn't mind so kept it as that.
There are other Tommee Tippee bottle teats available if this one doesn't suit your baby such as:
Slow flow - suitable from birth onwards
Medium flow - recommended from 3 months onwards
Also Anti-colic versions are available in different sizes.
All teats come in pack of too and cost £4.09 (Boots), they are selling for £4.49 on Tommee Tippee website again for the pack of 2. The teats are also available from major supermarkets; price may vary depending where you buy it from.
These teats are made of silicon and are BPA free.
They are easy to clean using Tommee Tippee bottle/teat brush to make sure there is no milk left on it.
I would recommend trying variflow teat although they might not suit every baby. I am giving them 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars as it seemed to suit my daughter and definitely helped when she was a baby.
We were using the Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles and my little boy started on the stage one teats. By 9 weeks old though he seemed to be producing quite a lot of wind and he seemed to be struggling with getting the milk out of the bottle. After a bit of research I found it was due to the fact he needed the bigger teat size as the milk was no longer comng out fast enough for him.
So I headed out to the shops and found that for 2 teats I was looking at paying around £4.50, Quite expensive I thought, espescially if in another few weeks my baby had outgrown the stage two teats. This is when I noticed the vari-flow teats and they sounded perfect. They were the same sort of price for two teats however these promised that they were suitable for babies of all ages as the harder your baby sucked on the teat the more milk came out.
I got them home and had a closer look. The first thing I noticed was that the teat was quite a bit larger then the ones I had previously been using, and on the top rather then just a hole was a cross slit instead I guessed this opened up more the harder the baby sucked allowing more milk to flow through.
I sterilised the teats and then tried them on my boys next feed. This is where it all went wrong. Firstly my baby seemed confused as to why the teat was bigger then it was before and it was as though he struggled to keep it in his mouth. He then struggled sucking the teat and as he got used to it, it seemed the milk was just flowing out to fast for him as he was gagging and crying uncontrollably! I tried the teat a few more times to see if he just needed time to get used to it but he didn't. Each time he seemed to get frustrated and miserable.
I ended up back at the shop buying the stage two teats and one using these my baby was fine! He drank much better from this and was a lot more content. Because of this I would defiantly NOT recommend this teat!
I used Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles when my daughter moved onto formula feeds and thought they were brilliant. She started on level 1 teats but after a few weeks she was sucking so hard the teat was collapsing preventing any milk coming out. I tried level 2 but it seemed too much was coming out and it was coming out of the sides of her mouth. I saw these and thought they were the perfect solution. They stated they were vari-flow so the harder the baby sucks the more they get out and vice versa. My daughter didn't seem to be able to get anything out of them whatsoever even though she had easily managed with level 1 easy flow teats so it wasn't due to the fact she was unable to suck. The only reason I could think of is the actual teat is quite a lot bigger than the teats on the easy/medium/fast flow teats and it was too big for her mouth. I can't see any other reason. Nor can I see a reason why the teat needed to be bigger than all the others. I think these were used for a few days and then they went in the bin and I reverted back to level 2 medium flow teats and after a few days she seemed to adjust to the faster flow of milk just fine.
I think the main problem with these teats is the fact they are bigger than the others and perhaps hard to adjust to. And I certainly wouldn't think a newborn could cope with one even though they say from 0 months.