Closer to Nature Bottle Nipples Support
Find some answers to the most frequently asked questions about your Closer to Nature® Baby Bottle Nipples
Where should the valve be when I’m feeding my baby?
The best place for the valve is at the top, near your baby's nose.
Why is the nipple 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 nipple 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 nipple 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 nipple, they may want more milk than they’re able to get. If that’s the case, you could try a variflow nipple or jump up to the next flow rate.
Can I use Easi-Vent Nipples on Anti Colic Bottles?
The simple answer is no, and we’re really sorry about that. Most of our products are made with interchangeable parts to make life as simple as possible. But the Easi-Vent nipples have a built-in air valve, and wouldn’t work properly on our Anti-Colic Bottles.
Can I buy bottles with faster flow nipples?
Sorry, nope. All our bottles come with slow flow nipples as standard, as they’re best for newborns. The only exception is our 340ml Closer to Nature added cereal bottle - this comes with a Y flow nipple (6mth+). You can however, buy nipples separately as you need them.
Can I put bottles and nipples 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!
How long do nipples last?
Our bottles will last as long as your baby needs them, but nipples take a little more hammering, and should be changed regularly if you can. We suggest about about every 8-weeks for variflow and every 12-weeks for Easi-Vent and Ultra nipples.
When will my baby be ready for a faster nipple?
There’s no single answer to this as every baby is totally different. We do a medium flow nipple which most babies are ready for at around 3 months, and a fast flow nipple which is usually best from around 6 months. Another option is to consider our variflow nipples which have an X cut at the end so your baby can dictate flow rate. Most babies will let you know in their own way when they’re ready to feed more quickly.
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