Advanced Anti-Colic Bottles Support
Thank you for purchasing our Advanced Anti-Colic baby bottles. To help you use your product effectively, please read through our Dos, Don’ts and FAQ’s. The Advanced Anti-Colic bottle operates with unique technology to reduce colic symptoms. Because of this, a little extra care is needed to ensure proper functioning.
- To clean your bottle upon first use or when preparing a feed, please remove the star valve from the venting tube. Please note that using a brush or abrasive cloth on the star valve can cause it to split.
- Please clean the venting tube with warm soapy water, and other bottle parts with a Tommee Tippee bottle and nipple brush.
- Sterilize all parts of the bottle and anti-colic venting system after cleaning and before using. All bottle parts are suitable for sterilization by steam (electric or microwave), boiling, or cold-water tablet/liquid solution.
- After sterilizing, 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. This is crucial for proper anti-colic bottle functioning.
- If the slit in the star valve has split all the way across, it may be damaged. Please Contact us for a replacement.
- Inspect all parts before each use, and gently pull the nipple in all directions. Throw away at the first sign of damage or weakness.
- Avoid shaking the bottle to mix the formula, as this can add air into the milk. We suggest that you stir the formula gently with a spoon.
- 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.
- Once your feed is at the right temperature, 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.
- Wash the product immediately after each use.
- For safety and hygiene reasons we recommend that you replace your anti-colic nipple every 2 months.
- DO NOT make up a feed with boiled water straight from the kettle. Please allow water to cool to room temperature before filling the bottle.
- DO NOT shake a full bottle of feed. This can add air bubbles to the milk and force milk up the venting tube, causing your bottle to leak.
- DO NOT fully secure the anti-colic nipple with screw ring to the bottle base when the feed is too hot or when reheating a feed.
- DO NOT leave the star valve on the bottom of the venting tube during cleaning. DO NOT use a brush or abrasive cloth to clean the star valve. These actions can damage the valve and cause your bottle to leak.
- DO NOT turn the nipple inside out for cleaning.
- DO NOT use Closer to Nature nipples with Advanced Anti-Colic bottles. Using the wrong nipple on your bottle will reduce the effectiveness of the unique anti-colic venting system and the nipple may collapse.
Find some answers to the most frequently asked questions about your Anti Colic 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!
Why is the nipple collapsing when my baby is feeding?
The Advanced Anti-Colic bottle’s round dome valve, which fits onto the bottom of the venting tube, is very sensitive, as it is made of especially designed silicone material. Due to its natural properties, the valve closure can sometimes stick together.
To ensure proper bottle functioning, after cleaning and sterilizing your bottle, please check the valve at the base of the stem by holding it to the light see if the slit in the silicone has sealed closed. If it has, please pull apart gently with your fingers to re-open. If the valve is closed, your bottle will not vent properly.
Another option is to check the type nipple you are using. You should be using an Advanced Anti-Colic nipple on your Advanced Anti-Colic bottle. To help you know the difference, all of our anti-colic nipples have anti-colic stamped on them. Please do not use Closer to Nature nipples on Advanced Anti-Colic bottles.
If none of the above apply, your little bundle of joy may be drinking faster and ready for the next stage nipple. There are 3 more stages to choose from in our Advanced Anti-Colic nipple 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.
Anti Colic Valve with slit illustration
Why do my Advanced Anti Colic Bottles leak?
There are a couple of reasons this could happen. The first is simple. Take a look at the domed valve and you’ll see a small slit running across it. 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, it 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 cooling time.
The second reason your bottle could leak around the screw ring is that the round silicone valve at the base of the straw is torn. If that’s the case, please call our Careline on toll free number 1 877 248 6922 or send a message through our contact page. They will provide a replacement if your product is damaged.
Anti Colic Valve with slit illustration
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.
The valve at the end of the tube has no slit in it?
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.
Anti Colic Valve with slit illustration
Can I buy bottles with faster flow nipples?
Sorry, nope. Most parents stock up on bottles before baby arrives, so all our bottles come with slow flow nipples as standard. They’re best for newborns. As your baby grows and can feed more quickly, you can buy replacement nipples. We do a medium flow which most babies are ready for at around 3 months, and a fast flow nipple 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.
Can I get spare parts for my bottles?
Absolutely! Drop us a message through our contact us page and we’ll review that for you.
Can I recycle my bottles when I’m done?
Yes. Our bottles are made from polypropylene (PP) that can happily be recycled.
Can I store breast milk in bottles?
Our bottles would love to look after your breast milk. We even have special lids you can pop on to store your milk in the fridge or freezer. If you’re expressing and storing breast milk, our new Pump and Go™ range may be handy too - it features a clever pouch that you use to express, store, warm and feed. This means there’s no need to transfer milk at any stage, so you’ll never lose a precious drop!
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 nipple 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 Organization) 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.
At what temperature will the tube turn pink – indicating that the milk is too hot?
The tube will begin to turn a purple color from 95F and when getting up towards 105.8F it will change to pink, indicating that the milk needs more time to cool.
What happens if I put the tube in straight after I’ve made a feed?
Placing the venting tube into boiling or hot liquid won’t damage it, but it may force liquid up the tube which can cause your bottle to leak when assembled. We would advise to allow boiling water to cool to close to room temperature, before placing the heat sensing tube into the bottle.
What’s the best way to test the milk with the heat sensing tube?
Make sure that the venting tube is at room temperature before testing. 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.
There’s no need to put the venting tube all the way in – simply dip the tube into the feed and remove it to see the color of the heat sensing strip. About an inch into the feed should be all you need to test the temperature.
Always check the temperature of the feed before feeding your baby.
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