FEATURES AND BENEFITS:
- The flow control valve allows your baby to control milk flow.
- Milk only flows when your baby creates a vacuum.
- Mimics natural feeding behavior: your baby can feed, pause and breathe, similar to breastfeeding
Reviewed by: Meg B
Resident Mom™ Says: I absolutely love the Medela Calma bottle. I have a nine month old and it would be an understatement if I said she is very picky when it comes to bottle feeding. She took right to it and had no problem feeding from it, even if it breaks my heart that she would rather hold the bottle herself trying to be a big girl. It has a completely redesigned nipple that at first looks somewhat alien, but its performance is like no other. No mess and easy clean up are always a plus in our household along with just about everyone else’s. Another great thing about this bottle is the flow speed goes according to your little one, there is no buying high flow or slow flow nipples anymore.
Pros: Mess Free, Multiflow nipple
Cons: A lot of parts
Resident Mom Rating™: A+
Reviewed by: Shawnna
Resident Mom™ Says: Every outing without my breastfed 4 month old was planned to avoid feeding times and the guaranteed refusal of a conventional bottle. The Medela Calma is better than a conventional bottle but has glitches. Breastmilk is only released when a vacuum suction is created but then it seems to stream out in large quantities which caused my baby to spit out a lot of breastmilk. Due to the vacuum suction I also had to put breastmilk on the nipple every time to get my daughter to initiate sucking which was a hassle. There are 3 separate parts that make up the top of the bottle which added to the cleaning time for my already busy schedule. Even with the downfalls, I still find the bottle to be useful since my daughter will accept it. I also like that that the nipple is always the same so there won’t be more parts to buy in the future.
Pros: One size nipple; No leaks when turned over.
Cons: Pricey; Releases breastmilk in large quantity; Multiple parts
Resident Mom Rating™: C
Reviewed by: Catrece C
Resident Mom™ Says: This was a little different for Emily, having been the first time on a bottle. The nipple was on the bottle was pretty close to what she had been use to using so this made it a little easier as the set up what basicly the same. The bottle itself is easy to hold in one hand and has a good shape that makes it easy for emilt to try to hold as well. As we only had 1 bottle for reviewing we had used another brand for the 2 nd feeding it did not go as well as the first, much harder for her to latch on to and the basic bottle design was a bit more bulky for her.
Pros: Easy to use and great nipple.
Con: Hard to wash and no package deal available to get several bottles.
Resident Mom™ Rating: Grade B+
Reviewed by: Tiny Dancer
Resident Mom™ Says: I was really excited about this product because I own a Medela pump and feeding kit but hate the nipples on the bottles that came with the pump. They let the milk flow so fast that my daughter will gulp 5 ounces down in seconds flat and howl for more not realizing she is actually already full. I like how the nipple on the Medela Calma Bottle has vacuum suction making bottle feeding more like breastfeeding. It slows down her feeding, she doesn’t suck in any air, and we had no spit ups! Hooray! I also love that since this was Medela I could pump right into the bottle and the nipple was interchangeable and could be used on the bottles I already had. However the nipple itself is a little complicated to put together and has too many parts to assemble, disassemble and clean. Don’t think you’re going to quickly throw this nipple on top of a bottle when baby gets hungry. The three parts that are supposed to snap together are like a puzzle and with a screaming baby you better be Grace under pressure trying to get this bad boy together fast. My first time using this bottle I didn’t put the nipple together correctly causing two ounces of my hard earned breast milk to land right in my lap. Gasp! Breastfeeding mothers know that’s like tossing gold in the trash. I ended up assembling the nipple in advance and leaving it like that so I could just quickly throw it on top of a bottle when I needed it. After a while it did become easier though. Then to wash it you have to take all the pieces apart and wash them separately. That’s four things to wash in place of two. Maybe I’m a little lazy but no thank you on the extra work. If they could find a way to make this product (which I actually did love) less complicated to put together and wash, this would be our bottle of choice.
Pros: Slow feeding, Vacuum Suction, Works with Medela pumps and bottles
Cons: Complicated, Too many parts to assemble, disassemble, and wash
Resident Mom™ Rating: B
Reviewed by: Mary C.
Resident Mom™ Says: My little man is pretty stuck on the Medela products, and the Calma bottle is as great as I was hoping for! Due to being tongue tied when he was born, we used the Medela Special Needs Feeder for the first couple months as we were trying trying to breast feed. The Calma bottle is quite similar to the Special Needs Feeder, but with a much improved design. There are more pieces than some traditional bottles, but it’s so much easier to use than the special needs feeder and doesn’t leak like the special needs feeder so easily does. I love that he controls the flow and amount of milk he gets, just like if he was nursing. The shape of the nipple really promotes a proper latch, even better than Breast Flow or the Special Needs Feeder! I really believe if this bottle had been available sooner, we might have been able to successfully nurse!
Reviewed by: Wendy
Resident Mom™ Says: With 3 small kids under the age of 4, having a bottle this convenient was a blessing! My 4 month old loves this bottle and I loved that she only got the milk that she needed! There was no difficulty with her learning how to use this bottle. Also, there wasn’t another mess to clean up. This is a great bottle for any little one.
Pros: Baby gets milk only when she wants it,shape of the nipple
Resident Mom™ Rating: B
Reviewed by: Mary
Resident Mom™ Says: My little man is pretty stuck on the Medela products, and the Calma bottle is as great as I was hoping for! Due to being tongue tied when he was born, we used the Medela Special Needs Feeder for the first couple months as we were trying trying to breast feed. The Calma bottle is quite similar to the Special Needs Feeder, but with a much improved design. There are more pieces than some traditional bottles, but it’s so much easier to use than the special needs feeder and doesn’t leak like the special needs feeder so easily does. I love that he controls the flow and amount of milk he gets, just like if he was nursing. The shape of the nipple really promotes a proper latch, even better than Breast Flow or the Special Needs Feeder!!! I really believe if this bottle had been available sooner, we might have been able to successfully nurse!
Pros: The vacuum system allows less air to pass through from bottle into the belly, nipple shape promotes latch, infant-controlled flow, no leaking, compatible with regular Medela bottles
Cons: Cannot use nipple brush to clean parts, larger hole in nipple can allow extra air in anytime mouth is removed from bottle
Resident Mom™ Rating: A-
INTERESTED IN BEING A RESIDENT MOM AND REVIEWING PRODUCTS (AND KEEPING THEM?!) CLICK HERE.