I asked for the opportunity to review the Similac Simply Smart Bottle because I thought it was innovative and exactly what I needed. They graciously agreed to send me one to try out. I received it yesterday and have already put it to good use and I have to say, I love it!
And, the bottle came with a HANDWRITTEN NOTE. HANDWRITTEN people. Talk about a lost art form. And from a corporation no less. Made me smile right out of the box. One point for Similac's media relations team.
The Simply Smart bottle is new, and I haven't seen it on any store shelves yet. But it is available at Similac's online store as well as Walmart and Target online.
The features I liked best were the formula "mixer" inside the bottle and the optional formula dispenser cap. As most of you know, both of my girls have had medical issues and have been on formula since they were very young. The rubber portion in the bottle, does indeed, help to mix and de-clump the formula and I LOVE that although removable, it is firmly attached. I tend to use a bottle once, rinse it out, set it on the drying rack and use it again for the next bottle. The rubber part stays in, even upside down. It might seem little, but its big because its one less step, I don't have to take it out and put it in each time I use the bottle. But it does come out for easy deep cleaning.
I was a little disappointed that the bottle I was sent did not include the optional formula holder cap. I understand that this is purchased separately, because the added feature would mean added cost and I wouldn't want that added on to every bottle. But, I figured for review purposes, the optional top would also be included. I am looking forward to getting my hands on one of these caps and trying it out, I think it has the potential to be the best feature yet.
I also really like that the numbers, measuring the ounces, on the bottle, are in dark blue. Some of the other bottles have lighter numbers that are hard to see in the daylight, let alone under running water or at night. These numbers are large and dark and super easy to see.
Ellison is quite picky about her bottles and LOVES her Nuk bottles. I don't like that they have a shaped nipple, so it has to go in her mouth a specific way. Kind of a pain in the middle of the night, and we have PLENTY of middle of the night feedings still.
But, medically, she is required to have cereal in her bottles, which makes it hard to flow through some nipples. That was the case with this nipple, on our first attempt, she couldn't get anything out. I merely took a kitchen knife and "adapted" the nipple hole size and we were in business. She had no fussing about the different shape of the nipple (SCORE!) and she had no problems getting every last bit out.
So, all in all, my only issue with this bottle is that I wish I had the other part, and more of them :-) Overall, I think this bottle has the potential to become our new go-to bottle.
Important stuff: I was sent a Simply Smart bottle to try out. They did not tell me what to tell you about this bottle and they even said I didn't have to write at all if I didn't want to. And Nicole was fabulous to work with!