While I have breastfed four of my five children (and plan on doing so with my next), bottles have played a very important role in giving them the nutrition they need while still providing me flexibility in my personal life and career. A good bottle can be the difference between seamlessly transitioning between breast and bottle and giving up on one option completely. My favorite bottle, the Mimijumi, has given me an amazing amount of freedom to feed my child as I see fit.
How I Chose the Mimijumi
With so many bottles on the market, I was not completely convinced that any one of them was particularly better than any other. When I was gifted a small 4 oz. Mimijumi, however, it was immediately apparent that this bottle was like no other. The look and feel of the bottle nipple was strikingly similar to "mom," and so I gave it a try right away. My positive experience led me to abandon all other bottles in lieu of this simple yet unique design.
What's Great About It
Looking at the bottle, it's pretty apparent that the designers went all out to make this as much like a mother's real breast as possible. Not only does this make it great for moms who choose to breastfeed their infant while occasionally using the bottle, but it has all the features of a good bottle for full-time formula fed babies, too.
The bottle is made of BPA-free, food grade silicone and plastic, so there are no worries about it breaking. As a recent convert from glass bottles, I've dropped the Mimijumi a few times with no issues, and the nipples seem to last many months without cracking or tearing. (Babies with teeth will obviously go through one more quickly.)
It's Easy to Keep Clean
I love the top that comes with each bottle. It snaps on tightly, keeping out dust and dirt. It also keeps the bottle from leaking in a diaper bag or on your clothing. Since the bottle is very wide, you can easily stick your hand in it to clean, even without a bottle brush.
It's Very Natural Feeling
I've always wondered why traditional bottles were skinny, long, and made of hard plastic parts, when mothers obviously do not resemble this design. The Mimijumi nipple is made of very soft silicone, rounded to feel more like a mother's breast, and you'll never find red "rings" left around your infant's mouth after using the comfy bottle.