Where should the easi-vent valve be when feeding my baby?
We recommend the valve to be at the top, near baby's nose.
Can I put bottles and teats in the dishwasher?
Absolutely, our bottles and teats are dishwasher safe when placed on the top shelf.
Be sure not to put baby bottles and teats in the dishwasher with strong coloured or oily food as the colour and residue from the food can transfer. We also advise that you sterilise the bottles and teats in Closer to Nature sterilisers.
Why is the teat collapsing when my baby is feeding?
The Closer to Nature Easi-Vent teat is very sensitive as it is made of specially designed silicone material which can sometimes stick the slits together when not used for periods of time. This is perfectly natural. If this occurs, you can reopen the slit at the tip of the tent like valve by gently manipulating the valve between your finger and thumb until you see the slit open. This allows the air to flow into the bottle, preventing the teat from collapsing.
The Closer to Nature teat of our Advanced Comfort bottle's round dome valve, which fits onto the bottom of the venting tube is also very sensitive as it is made of specially designed silicone material. This can also stick together at times when not used for periods of time. To ensure the slit in the dome valve is open before use, flush through with water, gently manipulating the valve between your finger and thumb until you see the slit re-open.
Another point to note is that your little one may want more milk than they are able to get. Try either a variflow teat or the next flow stage teat.
Do tommee tippee bottles contain BPA?
We're pleased to advise that our best-selling, award-winning Closer to Nature bottle range is in indeed BPA free, with all bottles in the range made in top quality polypropylene. This material is light to hold, easy to clean and gives great results – but contains no Bisphenol A.
Can I use easi-vent teats on advanced comfort bottles?
We're afraid not. The Closer to Nature easi-vent teats have an air valve which will prevent the advanced comfort bottle system from working the way it should. You should only use our compatible Closer to Nature advanced comfort or vented teats with advanced comfort bottles.
Can I use the microwave to heat up the bottle?
We strongly recommend that you do not heat milk in a microwave as this produces localised hot spots. You should also never boil breast milk as this destroys valuable nutrients in the milk. Try using our electric bottle and food warmer or our travel bottle warmer instead.
More detailed information about heating breast milk can also be found in our advice section.
Can I store milk in the bottles?
You can store breast milk in your Closer to Nature bottle in the main section of your fridge (not in the fridge door as temperatures can vary) or your freezer. In both cases, be sure to use a sterilised air tight container (you will need to use milk storage lids).
Check out our advice section for more information about storing breast milk as well as storage times and other best practice tips.
Why have my bottles shrunk?
If boiling water is poured directly into the bottles with the lids and teats placed straight back on, a vacuum builds inside the bottle, which sometimes causes the bottle to suck inwards and misshape. Please ensure that you allow the water to cool for at least 30-minutes before adding to the bottle.
Can I buy bottles with faster flow teats?
As most bottles are bought before birth, we always include stage 1 teats (for 0-3 month old babies). However, the 340ml Closer to Nature Bottle comes with a stage 2 teat (for 3-6 month old babies). This is largest bottle we sell. Faster flow teats are available sold separately. View our teats for more information.
What if milk flow is too fast or slow? When should I change teats?
Our teats are staged as size 1 for 0-3 months, stage 2 for 3-6 months and stage 3 for 6 months plus - these age stages are however just for guidance. You can usually tell when baby is ready for the next stage and it may happen quicker than expected. If your baby is comfortable with their current flow rate then be rest assured that you do not have to change.
If you find the milk flow in the stage 1 teat is too fast, you might want to consider variflow teats, which have an X cut at the end allowing your baby to dictate flow rate. Your baby may also be ready to move on to a sippy cup, such as our first sips cup.
No matter what flow rate your baby is comfortable with, you should replace all your teats regularly to ensure they are in good condition, we recommend every 8-weeks for vented and advanced comfort whilst every 12-weeks for easi-vent. The bottles themselves will last until baby is fully weaned off the bottle.
Are the Closer to Nature bottles recyclable?
Yes, the Closer to Nature bottles are made from polypropylene (PP) which can usually be recycled where facilities are available.