Closer to Nature Bottle Support
Find some answers to the most frequently asked questions about your Closer to Nature® Baby Bottle.
Is it ok to put bottles in the dishwasher?
Of course! Pop them on the top shelf though. As with all white and clear plastic things they can get a bit stained and yucky-looking in the dishwasher (blame that bolognese sauce or carrot soup you had last night). If they do get discoloured there’s nothing to worry about - they’re perfectly safe, they just don’t look as inviting!
I hear bad things about BPA - is it in your bottles? (& what is it anyway?)
All Tommee Tippee bottles are BPA-free. They are made of a plastic called polypropylene that’s lightweight, easy to clean, and completely safe. BPA - that’s (CH₃)₂C(C₆H₄OH)₂ for you science geeks - is a chemical that’s been used in some plastics since the 1960s and it can mess around with your hormones. It’s generally not good, so we don’t use it.
Can I store breast milk in bottles?
Can I recycle my bottles when I’m done?
Yep. Our Closer to Nature® bottles are made from polypropylene (PP) that can happily be recycled.
Can I buy bottles with faster flow teats?
Sorry, nope. Most parents stock up on bottles before baby arrives, so all our bottles come with slow flow teats as standard. They’re best for newborns. As your baby grows and can feed more quickly, you can buy replacement teats. We do a medium flow which most babies are ready for at around 3 months, and a fast flow teat which is best from around 6 months. These ages are only guides though - you know your baby better than anyone and will be able to tell when they’re ready for a faster flow.
Why is my bottle misshapen?
Our bottles have a unique ‘waisted’ design that makes them cute and easy to hold. If your bottle has lost its shape, it could be that you’ve poured boiling water in then put the lid and teat on a bit too soon. Doing this can cause a vacuum to build up, which can suck the bottle inwards into a bit of an odd shape. The best bet (as endorsed by WHO - World Health Organisation) is to let freshly boiled water cool for around 30 minutes before making up a feed. This will make sure your Tommee Tippee bottle keeps its cute waisted shape.
Why is the teat collapsing when my baby is feeding?
This probably means air is not flowing smoothly through your bottle. But don’t worry, it’s easy to fix. You just need to re-open the slit at the tip of the valve by gently manipulating it between your finger and thumb. You should see it open easily, and air can then flow again, preventing the teat from collapsing. To be clear, this shouldn’t happen often. It is due to the specially designed silicon we use - it is so soft and sheer that it can sometimes stick the slit together if the teat isn’t used for a little while. Nothing to worry about:)
It’s worth a quick thought that if your little one is sucking really hard on the teat, they may want more milk than they’re able to get. If that’s the case, you could try a variflow teat or jump up to the next flow rate.
Learn more with our Tommee Tippee Product Support Videos.
Please click on the link below and download the Closer to Nature Baby Bottle Product Manual.