I’m fairly certain my quest for the best, most natural baby bottle has come to and end with the Joovy Boob. Making boob to bottle transitions seamless, this bottle is really for everyone, whether you are all bottle or partially bottle. Some have raised their eyebrows at the name, but there really is no better suited title for this next-best milk provider. It is, the Other Boob.
My 3 month old just had cleft lip repair surgery performed, and needless to say, eating afterwards has been challenging. Because of the nature of the surgery, a bottle works better than a boob, but no matter the nipple shape, he was struggling to latch. It was the last thing I needed, after nights of lying awake, anxious and crying with my son in my arms, and then a long panic filled day at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles while he was in the OR for over 2 hours… Not being able to feed my now ravenously hungry son was just too much. The thing with cleft lip and palate is that no two are identical. It can affect the nose and gums as well, each case unique. My son had a microform cleft lip that was fused to his gums, requiring quite a bit of reconstruction. Without surgery, he would have never been able to speak correctly.
In the end, he was left with a modified nose and stitches in his lip and gum, a pretty hostile environment for a bottle feeder! Because of the mind-blowing skill of his surgeon at CHLA, my son was able to bottle feed normally as soon as he woke up. But just because he could, didn’t mean it was easy or comfortable. He was so frustrated, and that was really hard to watch. Just. Heartbreaking. The issues I noted were due to the shape of the nipple, and the length. None worked for him until he tried the Boob. How amazing is it that Joovy sent me Boobs to review and they arrived the day after his surgery? It’s just kismet!
24 hours after surgery with the Boob
My son’s favorite bottle before the Boob had a short, narrow nipple, but after surgery, he was having a lot of difficulty latching on. Like a gift from above, the Joovy bottles arrived just in time. I had nothing to lose, so I popped the bottle in his mouth and watched him try to figure it out. Within, I’d say, 2 minutes, he was fully latched and chugging away — He finished the whole 5 oz bottle! *tears of joy* Here’s where I quickly removed all other bottles to make room for my new prized possessions.
The Joovy Boob is sophisticated, and in true Joovy form, it is a bottle full of improvements on the current market.
PP Boob in clear, PP Boob with insulator
The Boob operates with a CleanFlow vent system, consisting of a vent ring that has 4 vent slots. This prevents a vacuum from forming, which is affiliated with colic and ear infections, and it works no matter what position you hold the bottle. It is an easy to clean piece, which is more than I can say for other vent systems. It is just one ring and does not require any thought process for installing. It goes onto the bottle, and is then covered by the nipple and collar.
The nipple has a natural shape, hence the name, Boob, making transition from boob to bottle and easy one. A soft yet resistant feel, the nipple is so comfortable for baby to coax milk out… or at least it seems from my perspective. I’ve learned from Joovy that competitors simply “cut” the different nipple flows from one mold, whereas Joovy molds each size flow separately. Attention to detail! Speaking of which, these nipples are also baked, which prevents nipple collapse, one of my son’s most hated occurrences. The Boob nipples come in four flow rates, slow (newborn) medium (3+ months) fast (6+ months) extra fast (6+ months for thicker fluids).
2 pack nipples in pretty cases
The wide neck bottle is a must for me. At 3 AM, bleary-eyed and a bit delirious, I need the widest possible opening to pour milk in. If you are preparing formula, a wide neck is the only way to do so without spilling it everywhere. The wide neck allows the nipple to have a wide base as well, so it mimics the breast more.
The bottles are great, perfect probably, but the accessories really sweeten the deal. Joovy offers a universal breast pump adapter, mandatory if you are pumping, the insulator and also a sealing cap. The insulator is designed to keep liquids near their starting temperature for longer. I love that the insulator is clear so you can still track the amount of breast milk left in the bottle, a small but important detail. The insulator works with all attachments (nipple/collar, sealing cap and breast pump adapter). The sealing cap is crucial for storing and freezing pumped breast milk. If you are traveling with a frozen breast milk, utilizing the insulator (see above) and sealing cap is the way to go as it will lengthen the defrost time. Plus, I’m pretty sure its the best way to keep air from getting into the milk (definitely better than a nipple).
PPSU Boob Baby Bottle with sealing cap
A real gem in the Joovy Boob line is their bottle brush. If you’re going to have the perfect bottles, you are going to need the perfect bottle brush. Once again, Joovy has taken a good idea (round bottle brush) and improved upon it, making it a great idea. The Joovy Boob Revolving Bottle Brush is a pioneer. It is fast and efficient, utilizing nylon bristles and little scrubby guys (technical term) to get your bottles clean. Also included is a bossy nipple brush, nothing like those other dinky ones that look more like a bristly pipe cleaner! Both of these have hanging holes for drying.
The Boob comes in two forms, PP and PPSU. PPSU is a superior plastic that is extremely durable and will not absorb odors or colors. All Boob Baby Bottles are BPA free, phthalate free and PVC free and are manufactured in a clean room environment.
The Boob and all accessories can be purchased at Joovy.com. The premium bottle does come at a premium price of $9.99, the PPSU at $16.99 without insulator. You get what you pay for, and in this case, you are getting quality in material and construction, and peace of mind you are giving your precious baby the best. There is NO better bottle than the PPSU Boob. That is a fact, Jack. Both the PP and PPSU are available in 5 oz. and 9 oz. The Joovy PP Boob is available in blue, clear and purple.
Product was provided by Joovy to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.