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The iiamo go is a self-warming baby bottle. It does as it promises and looks cutting edge, but it has some niggles that mean it’s not as user-friendly as you’d hope.
A feeding bottle that demands attention, the sleek and curvy iiamo go (or just iiamo, as it’s called by John Lewis, its exclusive UK retailer) certainly stands out from the crowd. And, it’s not just a pretty bottle. With the ability to warm itself and no cord or electricity needed, it’s quite useful too.
For the iiamo go to warm your baby’s milk, you just pour in the milk, insert the heating element (called the iiamo warm) and turn the bottom of the bottle. Using the natural warming effect of salt and water, it can heat your baby’s milk up to 37 degrees in just four minutes without a microwave or kettle in sight. The iiamo warm can be used once (it’s a disposable heater).
Made from the plastic material Polypropylene (PP), which is touted as the most environmentally friendly plastic material available, the iiamo’s Danish maker is actively working towards a completely organic and environmentally friendly bottle.
The teat (called the iiamo flow) is BPA-free and made of silicone. It has a built-in anti-colic ventilation system, to add to the bottle’s list of tricks.
What we love
The iiamo go looks the business. You really feel like you’re buying into something different. From the design, logo and young hip man demonstrating how to use it on the funky website, everything about it screams cool. There’s even a picture of the designer on the website looking very pleased with himself in his pale pink suit. Yes, the design is great, and I do feel quite smug pulling it out of my changing bag, although the heating element has raised a few eyebrows. If you fancy being centre of attention for a while, give it a try.
But does it work? A bottle that warms itself is a great idea. How many times have you found yourself somewhere with a hungry baby and no way to warm the milk feed? Fortunately, I never gave Heidi (my second baby) the luxury of warm milk, but for those who do heat their milk feeds, this could be a lifesaver.
It works as the instructions suggest. Just pour in the milk, insert the heating element and screw the bottom on. Wait four minutes and hey presto! I admit I felt quite surprised when the bottle started heating up the first time.
Heidi seems to enjoy feeding from the bottle, and it’s easy to wash.
What to watch out for
I’m not sure how practical this is as an everyday bottle. It’s quite big and bulky, and if you’re going out for the day, fitting three or four of these in your bag could be an issue as far as space is concerned.
I find the lid comes off too easily, so carrying it in your changing bag with milk already in it could be a problem. The sealing lid at the top is a bit tricky to fit on, too.
Even though you can sterilise the bottle, it’s far too big to fit in a lot of conventional sterilisers, so again, it isn’t the most practical of bottles.
Make sure you fill it right up, otherwise the milk could get too hot.
Who is the iiamo go self-warming bottle best for?
Parents who like funky design and babies who demand warm milk.
The iiamo go is a fun, funky bottle that looks great and does a good job of heating your baby’s milk all by itself. However, it is bulky and quite fiddly to put together, so while it may not be ideal as an everyday bottle, it’s a great concept and very useful if you’re nowhere near any heating facilities.
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|Model||go self-warming bottle|
|Component parts (excluding teat)||3 – Heating element, lid, sealing disc|
|Made from||PP (Polypropylene), non-BPA|
|Optional extras||Replacement heating elements, different teat sizes|