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GETTING STARTED

Great to see that you’ve purchased our Closer to Nature 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.

 

Parts Guide

A step by step guide to all the component parts and how they can be fitted together.

Closer to nature parts guide

 

Quick Start

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

  •  Disassemble all parts and remove the star valve and venting wheel from the venting tube. Place all parts in boiling water for 5 minutes. This is to ensure good hygiene and to encourage the star valve to open. You may still need to gently pinch the star valve to open it.
  • Then follow the special cleaning instructions for Advanced Anti-Colic bottles.
  • Check that the slit in the star valve is open by holding it up to the light. If it has sealed shut, pinch it gently between your fingers to re-open.

 

Special cleaning instructions for your Advanced Anti-Colic bottles

  • Disassemble all parts and remove the star valve and venting wheel from the venting tube. If using for the first time, please separate all parts and place in boiling water for 5 minutes. This is to ensure good hygiene and to encourage the star valve to open. You may still need to gently pinch the star valve to open it.
  • Wash all parts in warm soapy water or place in the top shelf of a dishwasher.
  • DO NOT leave the star valve on the venting tube when cleaning. DO NOT use the venting tube cleaning brush to clean the star valve. These actions can damage the valve and cause your bottle to leak.
  • Rinse all parts using clean water. Reassemble the star valve, venting tube and venting wheel and sterilise. 
  • Check that the slit in the star valve is open by holding it up to the light. If it has sealed shut, pinch it gently between your fingers to re-open.
  • Allow the venting tube with heat sensing strip to return to room temperature before testing the temperature of a feed. 
  • After use, wash all parts in warm soapy water, following the special cleaning instructions, rinse in clean water, ready to sterilise once more.

 

Making up a bottle of forumla for your baby using the Advanced Anti-Colic bottle

The Advanced Anti-Colic bottle is different from other bottles because of its unique anti-colic features. That means you have to make up a bottle in a slightly different way than you may be used to. Don't worry, it will soon become routine.

Using boiling water to prepare formula with Advanced Anti-Colic bottles

  1. Clean all parts of the bottle and anti-colic venting system thoroughly. Please follow the special cleaning instructions. 
  2. Boil water in a kettle or pan and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the cooled, boiled water to the anti-colic bottle base and add the appropriate amount of forumla. 
  4. Avoid shaking the bottle to mix the formula, as this can add air into the milk which can increase colic symptoms. We suggest that you stir the formula gently with a spoon to mix the feed.
  5. We recommend reassembling the anti-colic venting system before sterilising, so it should already be assembled. If not, please refer to the diagram to connect the star valve, venting tube and venting wheel together. Check that the slit in the star valve is open by holding it up to the light. If it has sealed shut, pinch it gently between your fingers to re-open. 
  6. Make sure that the venting tube is at room temperature before testing the temperature of the feed. Dip the tube for 10 seconds. If the heat sensing strip shows solid pink, then the feed may be too hot. Allow the feed to cool further before feeding your baby. 
  7. Once your feed is at the right temperature, finish assembling the bottle by putting the connected star vavle, venting tube and venting wheel inside, then placing the hood on top of the anti-colic teat with screw ring and attaching to the bottle base. DO NOT shake the bottle.

Always check the temperature of the formula mix before feeding your baby.

 

Using Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep to prepare formula with Advanced Anti-Colic bottles

There’s no need to boil and cool water when making up a bottle of formula using Perfect Prep. It measures out the right volume of water for different amounts of formula and serves it at the perfect temperature to feed your baby in just 2 minutes.

 

If you are using Perfect Prep Day & Night:

  1. Clean all parts of the bottle and anti-colic venting system thoroughly. Please follow the special cleaning instructions. 
  2. Turn machine on by pressing select button.
  3. Select the feed size you require using the forward and back buttons and follow the directions on the screen.

 

If you are using Perfect Prep original:

  1. Clean all parts of the bottle and anti-colic venting system thoroughly. Please follow the special cleaning instructions.
  2. We recommend re-assembling the anti-colic venting system before sterilising, so it should already be assembled. If not, please refer to the diagram to connect the star valve, venting tube and venting wheel together. Check that slit in the star valve is open by holding it up to the light. If it has sealed shut, pinch it gently between your fingers to re-open.
  3. Select the feed size you require on your Perfect Prep. Place your sterilised Advanced Anti-Colic bottle base under the dispenser. Bottle neck should sit close to the outlet. 
  4. Follow the instructions for your machine to dispense the initial hot shot, then carefully remove the bottle from the stand and measure the correct amount of formula you need to make up your feed.
  5. Screw a sterilised milk storage lid onto the bottle and ensure that the lid is tight. Shake well to mix the formula. As shaking can add air to the feed, do not shake again once the remaining water has been added. Be careful when handling hot liquid.
  6. Remove the milk storage lid and place your bottle back onto the bottle stand.
  7. Follow the instructions on your machine to dispense the remaining water to make up the feed. DO NOT shake the bottle with a full feed.
  8. Finish assembling the bottle by putting the connected star valve, venting tube and venting wheel inside, then placing the hood on top of the anti-colic teat with screw ring and attaching to the bottle base. DO NOT shake the bottle again. 

Always check the temperature of the formula mix before feeding your baby.

 

Important note

Only Advanced Anti-Colic teats will work with Advanced Anti-Colic bottles. Check that your teat says anti-colic on it. 

DO NOT USE Closer to Nature teats on Advanced Anti-Colic bottles.

Using the wrong teat on your Advanced Anti-Colic bottle will reduce the effectiveness of the anti-colic system and may cause your bottles to leak.

Tommee Tips

Make sure your valve is open before and after sterilising.

Make sure your valve is open before and after sterilising.

Tommee Tips

Don’t turn the teats inside out whilst cleaning as this could damage them – there’s no need to ever do this.

Don't turn teats inside out

How to use Tommee Tippee Baby 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

Where should the valve be when I'm feeding my baby?

The valve will work wherever it’s positioned but the best place for the valve is at the top, near your baby's nose.

Can I use Advanced Anti-Colic teats on closer to nature bottles?

The simple answer is no, due to the different valves. Most of our products have interchangeable parts to make life as simple as possible. But the Closer to Nature Teats have a built-in air valve, and don’t work properly on our Advanced Anti-Colic bottles.

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 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.

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

 

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)
  • For cleaning, 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.

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
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: First thing to check is the type of teat you have. You should be using an Advanced Anti-Colic teat on your Advanced Anti-Colic bottle. To help you know the difference all of our anti-colic teats have anti-colic stamped on them. Do not use Closer to Nature teats on Advanced Anti-Colic bottles.

If you are using the correct teat, then the small slit in the star valve may be closed. It’s really easy to fix. Hold the star valve up to the light and if you can’t see the slit, pinch it gently between your fingers to re-open. If the star valve has sealed closed, your bottle won’t vent properly.

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 decoration/ 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 star valve at the end of the venting tube has no slit in?

When you first take it out of the pack, the slit in the star valve may not be visible. That’s why it’s important to separate all parts including the venting wheel, venting tube and star valve and place them in boiling water for 5-minutes, then to wash them in warm soapy water before first use. This is not just for hygiene; it will also help open the slit in the star valve.


Check the star valve every time you clean it and before you make up a feed. If the slit in the star valve is sealed shut, pinch it gently between your fingers to re-open.

Why is the heat sensing strip on the venting tube turning pink every time I feed?

Make sure that the venting tube is at room temperature before testing the temperature of the feed. Dip the tube for 10 seconds. If the heat sensing strip shows solid pink, then the feed may be too hot. Allow the feed to cool further before feeding your baby.


When making up a feed, we advise you to leave boiling water to cool for 30-minutes (if using a kettle) and follow our step by step guide on making a feed with the Advanced Anti-Colic bottles.

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