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GETTING STARTED

Great to see that you’ve purchased our Advanced Anti Colic bottles. To help you get started and to keep your product working effectively, we’ve added all the guidance you should need within this area, as well as some handy hints and tips and troubleshooting advice.

The Advanced Comfort patented air vent sucks air through the tube from the base of the bottle bypassing the milk, reducing the air taken in during feeds.

 

Parts Guide

Here’s a handy step by step guide to all the component parts and how they can be fitted together.

 

 

Quick Start

Before you use your bottles for the first time, please:

  •  Disassemble all parts and place in boiling water for 5 minutes, this is to ensure good hygiene
  • Wash all parts in warm soapy water
  • Rinse using clean water and sterilise
  • Assemble your bottle as per the diagram
  • When assembling your bottle, it’s important that you check the valve (C), holding it to the light to check that the slit in the silicone hasn’t sealed closed. If it has, pinch it gently between your fingers to re-open. If the valve has sealed closed, your bottle won’t vent properly.
  • After use, wash all parts in warm soapy water, rinse in clean water, ready to sterilise once more

How to use the Advanced comfort Bottles.

*Inspect before each use and pull the feeding teat in all directions
** For safety and hygiene reasons it’s recommended that the feeding teat is replaced every 2-months or sooner if damage or weakness is noticed

Tommee Tips

Make sure your valve is open before and after sterilising.

Make sure your valve is open before and after sterilising.

Many health professionals recommend serving milk at body temperature (37C / 98.6F). The heat strip in these bottles turns blue to pink at 41C / 105.8F). If after 5 seconds, the heat sensing tube turns blue to pink it means that the milk is too hot to serve. This is for your reassurance, but it’s important that you also always check the bottle temperature before serving.

 

What happens if i put the tube in straight after I've made a feed?

When making up a feed – we would advise to leave boiling water to cool for the usual 30-minutes (if using a kettle), then to leave it for a further 15-minutes, if not cooling using other means e.g. putting the bottle into cold water, before placing the heat sensing tube into the bottle. 

If the tube is placed into boiling water, it won’t damage it, but the tube will naturally turn bright pink to warn that it’s too hot.

What’s the best way to test the milk with the heat sensing tube?

There’s no need to put the tube all the way in – simply dip the tube into the milk, removing it to see the colour of the tube tip. About an inch into the milk should be all you need to test the temperature.

Can I use closer to nature teats on advanced anti colic bottles?

The simple answer is no, due to the different valves techniques. Most of our products have interchangeable parts to make life as simple as possible, however the Closer to Nature teats have a built-in air valve, and don’t work with our Advanced Anti Colic bottles. The valve in your Advanced Anti Colic bottles is situated inside the bottle, attached to the end of the tube. So, it’s important that you make sure you match the right teat to the right bottle.

Can I store breast milk in bottles?

Yes, our bottles love to look after your breast milk. We even have special lids that you can pop on to store your milk in the fridge or freezer. If you’re expressing and storing breast milk, our Express and Go™ range may be handy too - it features a clever pouch that you use to express, store, warm and feed (it’s our all in one show). This means there’s no need to transfer milk at any stage, so you’ll never lose a precious drop.

How long do teats last?

Teats take quite a lot of hammering from little gums and teeth, so they need to be changed regularly. We recommend replacing teats every 2-months or at the first sign of any damage or weakness.

Can I buy bottles with faster flowing teats?

All of our bottles except the 340ml version currently come with slow flow teats as standard, as they’re best for newborns and most parents generally stock up on bottles before baby arrives. Our 340ml bottle comes with a medium flow teat.

As your baby grows and can feed more quickly, you can buy faster flowing replacement teats.

We have medium flow teats, which most babies are ready for at around 3 months, and a fast flow teat which is best from around 6 months. The 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.

I've heard bad things about BPA - Is it in your bottles? (& What is it anyway?)

All Tommee Tippee bottles are BPA-free. They’re 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’s believed to mess around with your hormones. It’s generally not good, so we don’t use it.

Can I recycle my bottles when I'm done?

Yes. Our Closer to Nature and Advanced Anti-Colic bottles are made from polypropylene (PP) that can happily be recycled.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Tommee Tips

Bottles and teats may become stained if they come in to contact with oil based or strong coloured foods such as tomato sauce and carrots. If they do get discoloured there’s nothing to worry about - they’re perfectly safe to use. To prevent this, wash all items in clean soapy water separate to dirty plates/ bowls etc

Product stains, strong food

Dos

  • Before first use, disassemble all parts and place in boiling water for 5 minutes, this is to ensure good hygiene
  • Clean before first and each use
  • Always wash the product immediately after each use
  • Clean in warm soapy water or in dishwasher (top shelf only)
  • Ensure that you take apart the venting wheel (D) venting tube (E) and Valve (F) clean the venting wheel and valve with warm soapy water, be careful to wash the valve gently by rubbing with your finger and thumb.  Clean the venting tube with warm soapy water and the brush provided.  DO NOT leave the valve on the bottom of the venting tube during cleaning as the brush could damage the valve.
  • For cleaning other bottle parts, use a TT bottle and teat brush
  • Sterilise all parts of the bottles after cleaning and before use (all bottle parts are suitable for sterilisation by steam (electric or microwave), boiling or cold-water tablet/liquid solution.
  • Inspect before each use and pull the feeding teat in all directions
  • Throw away at first sign of damage or weakness
  • For safety and hygiene reasons it’s recommended that the feeding teat is replaced every 2-months

 

Don’ts

  • Do not clean with solvents or harsh chemicals
  • Do not allow product to come into contact with oil-based foods e.g. tomato based sauces or carrots
  • Do not turn the teat inside out for cleaning as damage could result
  • Store or leave in direct sunlight or near a source of heat, or leave in disinfectant (“sterilising solution”) for longer than recommended as this may weaken the teat
  • Do not store with or allow to come into contact with solvents or harsh chemicals
  • Not suitable for use in a conventional oven or a combination microwave with the grill feature switched on
  • Do not heat in a microwave with the bottle sealed. Remove the teat, screw ring and bottle hand first

Tommee Tips

Do not use a regular bottle brush or any other implement to clean the Advanced Comfort Teat as damage such as splits and tears may occur. We recommend hand washing in warm soapy water with a specific teat cleaning implement like this or pop them on the top shelf of the dishwasher

Do not use regular brush

 

WARNINGS

FOR YOUR CHILDS SAFETY & HEALTH WARNING!

  • ALWAYS use this product with adult supervision. Accidents have occured when babies have been left alone with drinking equipment due to the baby falling or if the product has been dissassembled
  • Always check food temperatures before feeding. Heating in a microwave oven may produce localised high temperatures. Take extra care when microwave heating.
  • Always stir heated food to ensure even heat distribution and test the temperature before serving.
  • When making up a feed, follow the formula milk manafacturer's instructions and allow the freshly boiled water to cool before pouring it into the bottle
  • NEVER use feeding teats as a soother.
  • Continouse and prolonged sucking of fluids will cause tooth decay. Tooth decay in young children can occur even when non-sweetened fluids are used. This can occur if the baby is allowed to use the bottle for long periods through the day and particularly through the night, when saliva flow is reduced or if it is used a soother.
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 nice.

Can I recycle my bottles when I'm done?

Yes. Our Closer to Nature and Advanced Anti-Colic bottles are made from polypropylene (PP) that can happily be recycled.

Troubleshooting

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 the water which was poured in was still too hot. Doing this can cause a vacuum effect, where the bottle sucks inwards, making it a very odd shape indeed. 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.

If you haven’t already looked at our Perfect Prep machine , which makes your bottle in under 2-minutes at just the right temperature, now may be the time to do so. Perfect Prep means no misshapen bottles……

My teats don't seem to last very long?

Teats take quite a lot of hammering from little gums and teeth, so they need to be changed regularly. We recommend replacing teats every 2-months or at the first sign of any damage or weakness.

The teat is collapsing during a feed – Why?

There’s a few things we’d suggest you check here:

  1. First thing to check is the type of teat you have. If you’re using a Closer to Nature bottle, you need a Closer to Nature teat. If you’re using an Advanced Anti-Colic bottle, you need an Advanced Anti-Colic teat. It’s easy to mix them up but as they work in different ways, you need to stick with the compatible teat.
  2. If you are using water from a kettle, make sure that the water is cooled for 30 minutes before adding to the bottle as this can cause the teat to collapse. For our Advanced Anti-Colic bottles, we recommend waiting a further 15-minutes before adding the heat sensing tube.
  3. If none of the above apply, your little bundle of joy may be drinking faster and ready for the next stage teat. There are 3 more stages to choose from in our Advanced Anti-Colic teat range – medium, fast and vari-flow. The age guidance is purely a guide, so don’t worry if your little one is younger – go with what you feel as you know your baby better than anyone else. 
Why has the decoratin/ measurements rubbed off?

First of all – whilst we appreciate that this will be frustrating, please be assured that the ink used on our bottles is food grade certified, so it poses no harm to your little one if it ends up in their mouth, on their fingers or anywhere else.

We test all of our bottles and do our best to stop this from happening.

Here are a few things to think about, based on feedback from parents and real-world experience:

  • How long have you been using your bottle(s)?

We’d love our bottles to last a lifetime, but general wear and tear can occur after months of use, especially if you’re using, washing and sterilising the same bottle each and every day.

  • How are you washing your bottle(s)?

Hand washing in warm soapy water or placing into the dishwasher on the top shelf is ideal. Scrubbing or placing into the bottom of a dishwasher could damage the decoration/ measurements causing the ink to come away.

  • How are you sterilising your bottle(s)?

All methods of sterilisation are perfectly fine, although strong cold-water sterilisation, or keeping them in the solution for longer than needed could affect the decoration/ measurements and generally make your bottles and teats look a little cloudy.

Why are my bottles leaking?

This should be a quick one to review! First of all, take a look at the domed valve - you’ll see a small slit running across it.

ACB Teat

This allows air to flow up the straw and out of a small air hole. If water is too hot when you put it in the bottle, milk can enter the straw and travel up to the air hole on the screw ring, causing a leak. The solution is to let the water cool for a while after it’s boiled, before you pour it in. According to WHO (World Health Organisation) 30 minutes is the perfect kettle cooling time.

If your water’s been cooled for the recommended time and your bottle is still leaking, it could be that the slit in the valve has been damaged. Have a look to see if the slit has extended. If the split is all the way across, it’s likely to be the cause of the leaking and you’ll need to replace the valve. You can request a spare from our team of Product Pros, using the best contact channel for you Contact Us.

The valve at the end of the tube has no slit in it!

The key thing here is to place the bottle and all its parts in boiling water for 5-minutes, then to wash them in warm soapy water before first use. This is not only for hygiene, as it will also help open the slit in the silicone valve. The slit in the valve, when taken straight out of the pack, may appear to be closed, however following this process will help it open.

Before each use thereafter - when assembling your bottle, check the valve by holding it to the light, as the slit can close if not used regularly. Not to worry if it has sealed closed as you can pull it apart with your fingers to ease it open.

Why is the tube turning pink with every feed I make?

When making up a feed – we would advise to leave boiling water to cool for the usual 30-minutes (if using a kettle), then to leave it for a further 15-minutes, if not cooling using other means e.g. putting the bottle into cold water, before placing the heat sensing tube into the bottle. 

If the tube is placed into boiling water, it won’t damage it, but the tube will naturally turn bright pink to warn that it’s too hot.

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