Baby feeding first look reviews Chillipeeps Teat
The Chillipeeps Teat is a vari-flow teat that screws into the top of a ready-made formula carton or a bottle of water. It comes in a little plastic 'pod' case to keep it sterile. We gave it to a parent volunteer and their seven month old to try.
Simple but ingenious idea
The idea is so simple it makes you wonder why nothing like this has been done before. As our volunteer mum said, ‘there are so many things to remember with a baby that occasionally you might find yourself caught short without enough formula milk powder or a sterilised bottle’. The Chillipeeps teat can be kept in your baby’s changing bag to give you a back up plan. It’s also a compact alternative to a bottle.
The design has a vari-flow teat on one end (offering slow, medium and fast rate – you just need to position the teat with the I, II, or III sign towards your baby’s nose to change the flow) and a screw thread on the other end. This goes directly into the milk carton.
If you want to use the teat on a water bottle you remove the bottom pod and screw thread, and attach the top part directly to the bottle.
How easy is it to use?
Our volunteer tester appreciated the easy-to-read instructions on the packaging and found it simple to sterilise but would have liked it to have come already sterilised. There is a pre-sterilised version planned for 2012.
The inventor of the Chillipeeps teat says that you must be careful not to screw the teat into the carton past the point of resistance as this will widen the hole and could break the leak-proof seal. Our volunteer said that it did take some getting used to but once she had mastered it the seal worked well and there was barely any leakage. She did find a little milk leaked when she first punctured the carton but it wasn’t significant.
Our mum found that the teat didn’t fit on one type of bottle she tried but fitted well on another. Chillipeeps says there are two standard neck sizes to plastic bottles and the teat fits the larger size which is used by the several leading mineral water companies. The NHS provides further information on giving bottled water to your baby.
Our tester’s son used the teat comfortably and our mum was happy with the vari-flow’s effectiveness.
Overall, she thought it a useful and affordable product.
Buying the Chillipeeps Teat
Pros: Very compact, affordable, serves a useful purpose
Cons: Not pre-sterilised, may require a bit of practice to ensure there’s no leakage, only fits on one neck size of water bottle