The contoured teat of the NUK First Choice+ comes bristling with credentials: it’s often provided in hospitals, and was developed with orthodontists to promote healthy oral development. More importantly, perhaps, it has a good reputation as a bottle for stalwart bottle-refusers: as the teat fits the baby’s mouth more organically, the milk comes out without much effort (hence its frequent appearance in NICU awards). There’s an anti-colic valve on the side, and you can choose between silicone and latex teats, should your baby prefer one or the other.
That easy-flow teat has one disadvantage: with the hole on the side rather than the top, it makes for more accidental leaks and splashes than other bottles. Sealing discs are provided for transit, which should avoid a damp changing bag. The volume markings are also rendered in a grey that can be difficult to read in dim light.
Otherwise, though, this bottle is a sleek, pretty piece of kit. Tall, slimline and covered in a delicate pattern, it looks attractive and fits into changing bag pockets and sterilisers. The narrow neck means you’ll need a brush to scrub the inside (there isn’t one provided), but the teat is shallow, easily cleaned and just as easily assembled.
Here’s the final selling point: the NUK First Choice+ was the most inexpensive of all the bottles we tested, at £16.26 for four 300ml bottles (correct at the time of writing). Considering its solid performance, attractive appearance and impressive credentials, the price point is remarkable – making the NUK First Choice+ an obvious choice for our Best Budget Bottle 2017.
Bottles: available in a single 150ml volume (RRP £5.29), or a four-pack 300ml volume (RRP 19.99)
Teats: available in silicone or latex, in sizes 1 or 2 with three sizes of feed hole
Materials: polypropylene plastic, silicone, latex, BPA free
Available in various patterns, and compatible with NUK Jolie and Luna breastpumps.