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Comotomo Review

Comotomo
Top Pick Award
Price:   $13.00 List | $11.42 each (in 2-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Silicone, let down action, latch nipple
Cons:  Unstable when standing, longer to warm
Bottom line:  Unique silicone bottle that is simple & easy to use.
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Manufacturer:   Comotomo

The Skinny

The Comotomo is a unique bottle like nothing else in this review. It is made entirely of silicone and ranked third winning a Top Pick award for innovation. This bottle has a squeezable shape and breast like nipple and bottle shape. The opening is super wide for easy cleaning and milk transfer. The bottle is easy for mom and dad to use and for baby as well. This bottle is one with few downfalls and is one we would recommend to a friend who is looking for something a little different.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Friday
July 1, 2016

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The Comotomo baby bottle is made of primarily silicone.
The Comotomo baby bottle is made of primarily silicone.
Comotomo bottles have a unique silicone body and a naturally shaped nipple with a wide mound for easier latching. The skin-like silicone material offers a better grip for smaller hands and provides a calm feeling similar to holding mother's breast. This bottle has a super wide mouth for easy cleaning by hand without a brush and is safe in the microwave, boiling water, dishwasher and sterilizer. The nipple and body are made of 100 % hygienic medical grade silicone with a dual anti-colic vent system so air goes in and only milk comes out. This vent reduces colic, spit up, burping, and gas. Comotomo bottles are designed to mimic actual breastfeeding for less bottle rejection.



Performance Comparison


The chart below shows the overall scores for the products tested in this review. The Comotomo bar is blue for easy comparison. Given its higher rank and unique properties it makes sense that it won an award.


The sections below detail Comotomo's performance during testing. The information provided includes our likes and dislikes of this product, which helped determine the overall score and rank.

Most babies have an easy time latching in a natural fashion to the wide-mouthed nipple of the Comotomo.
Most babies have an easy time latching in a natural fashion to the wide-mouthed nipple of the Comotomo.

Likes


There is a lot to like in this interesting bottle that has a design and features like no other. This bottle did not leak during transport, but the cap does pop off easily. Transport is when leaking can be the most annoying because it gets messy and baby doesn't get a chance to feed on the full amount. This bottle does have some leaking while baby feeds around the nipple, but this is sort of a natural result of breastfeeding and happens with mom as well. Some parents might find this annoying, but we can easily forgive it as a sign that the nipple closely matches that of mom.

The nipple on the Comotomo is wider and has more of a breast type mound to the design for easier latching. It also has dual vents in the nipple that claim to decrease the amount of air available for baby to ingest.
The nipple on the Comotomo is dual vented to help avoid colic  gas  and spit ups.
 

We really like the nipple on this bottle and consider it to be one of the best in the bunch. The nipple and mound itself are the closest thing to a real breast that we found in this review. The soft silicone has a very natural feel and allows for an easier transition from breast to bottle than the rest of the competition. The dual anti-colic vent valves don't interfere with feeding and the silicone bottle can be manipulated by baby or parent to squeeze milk out for a similar effect to milk let down in mom. Our baby testers really seemed to enjoy this nipple.

Top Pick Comotomo is easy to clean with few parts and a wide mouth for easy access.
Top Pick Comotomo is easy to clean with few parts and a wide mouth for easy access.

The Comotomo is also very easy to clean and is clearly thoughtfully designed to be so. The super wide mouth neck can be hand washed without a bottle brush and the limited number of piece mean it will be a quick process without a lot of trouble or effort we found in some of the competition that had a lot of pieces or hard to reach nooks and crannies. There are some plastic parts, which can retain smells and be difficult to clean, but overall cleaning this bottle is relatively painless.

4 month boy drinking from Comotomo bottle with slow flow nipple.
4 month boy drinking from Comotomo bottle with slow flow nipple.

This bottle is easy for babies to use, even if parents might struggle a little (see our dislikes below). The bottle itself is ergonomically shaped and the squishy silicone material is easy for baby to clasp and massage as desired. We like that it isn't made of plastic but there is still no risk of it breaking, even if it is dropped or thrown by older babies; it almost bounces when it falls! It also has no complicated venting system inside the bottle that requires assembly or cleaning and the dual vents on the nipple work well and still allow for beneficial circulation of air.

The Comotomo is a unique bottle with a body made of silicone that is easy to grip and squeeze for easy milk let down.
The Comotomo is a unique bottle with a body made of silicone that is easy to grip and squeeze for easy milk let down.

We do like the silicone materials for the bottle body over the plastic options in this review, but we still think glass is a better choice with fewer chances for health related problems.

The silicone body of the Comotomo is somewhat unstable when attempting to transfer liquids.
The silicone body of the Comotomo is somewhat unstable when attempting to transfer liquids.

Dislikes


Our dislikes of the Comotomo are few, but should nevertheless be considered when making a bottle purchase. The wider nipple design and latching will cause some leaking while baby is feeding. Depending on your baby it can be significant, it is usually on par with breastfeeding, but we imagine some parents would consider it a deal breaker if their goal is 100% no leaking.

The rounded bottom on the Comotomo can cause some problems  but they are minor and easy to avoid.
The rounded bottom on the Comotomo can cause some problems, but they are minor and easy to avoid.

While this bottle is easy for baby to use, which is arguably the most important part, it isn't the easiest for parents to use. The same ergonomic shape we like for baby means the bottle has a tendency to tip over while filling it and we found you almost have to hold the body while filling to avoid spilling. The base of the bottle is also unsteady thanks to shape and the softness of the silicone. This makes screwing the collar on over the nipple more difficult than most of the firm body bottles made of plastic or glass, thought the Philips AVENT Natural Glass bottle is hard to thread than this one.

Other ease of use dislikes are minor, but include slower warming times due to the silicone material of the body, it can only be used with special bottle warmers designed for wide-mouth bottles, it is heavier than the plastic bottles (though still lighter than glass), and the markings are hard to read. The volume markings on this bottle while difficult to read, are etched into the silicone so cannot be washed or rubbed away over time like many of the plastic bottles we looked at.

While we prefer the silicone body over plastic for eco-health, we still like glass better for many reasons you can read about in our article on plastic in bottles and sippy cups. This bottle is made in Korea and we prefer those made in the USA or Europe.

The Comotomo bottle is easy for older babies to hold.
The Comotomo bottle is easy for older babies to hold.

Conclusion


The Comotomo is a special little bottle that is easy for baby to hold, use, and latch onto. The unique silicone body and nipple help create a breast like feeding experience that seems to help baby transitions easily back and forth from bottle to breast without trouble. This bottle has zero risk of breaking and is a good value compared to glass options in this review. It is an innovative bottle that is tough to compare to the rest of the group given its lack of similarities in design or materials. Overall we think it is a nice user friendly bottle in a stylish package with only minor downsides that affect parents more than baby.

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