My granddaughter is now six weeks old, and when she was two weeks old we started looking for baby bottles that would allow my daughter some freedom at night and when she had appointments during the day. After trying three brands that did not work (and one of those was very expensive), we fell in love with the Nuby Natural Touch Softflex Silicone Nurser with the Breast Size Nipple.
My daughter picked this up at Target for $20.00, which included two five ounce bottles, two breast size nipples, and two clear covers. These bottles are unlike any I have ever seen, and I am so impressed with them. Our little one turned her nose up at all the others, but she is now taking the bottle when we use the Nuby Natural Touch Softflex Silicone Nurser.
What makes this baby bottle different? It is not a hard sided bottle, but rather it is made from soft silicone that is free of BPA. Even though it is soft, it can be boiled, or washed in the top rack of a microwave or even microwave steam sterilizer safe. The nipple is made of soft silicone as well, and it is designed with a special anti-colic feature, which is intended to allow baby to nurse without ingesting air.
The bottle is clear, with one, two, three, four, and five ounce markings on the side. There are two oval sections on each side, and you hold your fingers on these when feeding your baby. The nipple is super soft and stretches, imitating a mothers nipple. This breast size nipple version is designed for babies zero plus months of age.
When I feed my granddaughter, I place the nipple in her mouth slightly, allowing her to feel it with her tongue and mouth. When she gets used to it, I gently squeeze the soft sides on the bottle and allow a small amount of my daughters pumped breast milk into her mouth. When she gets a taste of Mommy’s milk, she usually starts to suck, and I have been able to get her to take almost three ounces at a time.
A big problem with the other bottles we tried was that the milk came out too fast, and it scared our baby. I am sure she felt like she was choking or drowning! The Nuby Natural Touch Softflex Silicone Nurser has the breast size nipple for infants, which are slow flow nipples. We placed water in the bottle and squeezed the end of the nipple, and it came out in a flow that was just like mommy.
The edges of the nipple have small bumps that are supposed to massage a babies gums as they get older, but I can’t say if this works or not. All I can tell you is that our infant would not take any other bottles, and finding the Nuby Natural Touch Softflex Silicone Nurser has been a huge blessing for our family. The protective cover assures that the nipples will remain clean, especially if you are packing this in a diaper bag. The lactation nurse at the hospital told my daughter that breast milk stays good for several hours without being refrigerated, so we often pack a bottle and take it along on shopping trips.
The Nuby Natural Touch Softflex Silicone Nurser really does, in my opinion, mimic a mother’s breast. As baby grows, the nurser grows with them. You can buy handles that make it easy for a baby to hold by themselves. You can also purchase soft silicone spoons that attach to the bottles, you simply squeeze baby food out of the bottle and onto the spoon. There is a “No-Spill Spout” that is similar to the nipple, allowing a baby to learn to drink instead of suck from the bottle. Next is a “No-Spill Flip-It” spout, which adds a flip up straw. Last, there is a drinking rim that attaches to the bottle and basically turns it into a cup.
The Nuby Natural Touch Softflex Silicone Nurser is a great product for an infant, but there are so many possibilities as baby grows! I have been in the childcare business for 30 years, and the Nuby Natural Touch Softflex Silicone Nurser is the nicest designed nurser I have ever used, and the fact that my six week old granddaughter will take this over all the other bottles we have tried speaks volumes. I am very glad to recommend the Nuby Natural Touch Softflex Silicone Nurser.