Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature baby bottles tick off all the crucial boxes: They're easy to wash, simple to assemble and very durable. Even more important, parents say their babies like the soft, flexible nipple that encourages latching. The bottles also has a valve that promotes better airflow to reduce gas and colic.
Easy to assemble, clean, hold. Reviewers say Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles really shine here, with an easy-to-clean, wide-neck design that accommodates bottle brushes or hand washing. There are also three easy-to-assemble parts, rare for a "breathable" anti-gas or colic bottle, one reviewer notes. The bottles are dishwasher-safe and measurements are clearly marked on the exterior. While a minority of users report leaks if the ring isn't screwed on correctly, most say that is not a problem. The squat, rounded design is well liked, with experts saying slight indentations make these bottles easy to hold for both parents and older babies. However, some find that it's necessary to really tip the bottle upside down to get to the last of the milk or formula.
Lightweight polypropylene stands up to heat. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles are made of polypropylene, a plastic polymer common to food storage containers, that can withstand high temperatures before warping. It also resists breakage better than other plastics. Reviewers say the bottles are sturdy but lightweight, with a well-fitting travel cap that makes them ideal for on-the-go use. Parents can choose from four nipple speeds to accommodate babies as they grow and become more efficient drinkers.
Good for breast-feeding babies, but beware of collapsed nipples. Tommee Tippee says its Closer to Nature bottles are designed to be "just like mom," with a wide nipple and base that encourage easier latching. The nipples have a valve that promotes better airflow and aims to reduce gas and colic; the soft silicone is designed to flex like a mother's breast.
Most reviewers say these features make the bottles a particularly good choice for babies who both breast- and bottle-feed, but warn that the soft feel may frustrate bottle-feeding pros who are used to more rigid nipples. Several users complain that the nipples collapse too easily. These BPA- and phthalate-free bottles come in 5- and 9-ounce sizes, and in clear, blue and pink versions. Tommee Tippee also makes a range of compatible accessories, including bottle warmers, formula dispensers, breast pumps and pump adapters.
Tommee Tippee bottles rank second in reviewers' tests for value, sturdy construction, ease of use and baby-friendly nipples. They also praise the lightweight, leak-free design. However, the wide mouth means the bottle requires an extra-deep tip to get all the milk out, and the nipple collapses occasionally.
Review: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Review, Lindsay Ellis, Sept. 30, 2012
Tommee Tippee bottles garner the Best Bottle Overall title in Babble's roundup, earning praise for leak resistance, ease of use and durability. But nipples can collapse, and the slow flow can be too slow for some babies.
Review: Babble Blogger Favorites: Best Baby Bottles of 2013, "Katie", April 10, 2013
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle gets Bestcovery's nod as one of the best breastfeeding-friendly bottles because of the flexible, easy-latch nipple. It's also easy to assemble and hold, the reviewer notes.
Review: Best Baby Bottle, "Jamie C.", Oct. 3, 2013
Blogger and The Wise Baby founder Lindsey praises Tommee Tippee bottles for their breastfeeding-friendly wide base and nipple, which make going from bottle to breast easier. She also likes the "easy vent" system for easing gas, but notes that some parents find the shape awkward and others say the nipple collapses.
Review: Baby Bottle Reviews, "Lindsey", Jan. 30, 2013
Tommee Tippee bottles get 4 out of 5 stars after more than 65 reviews. Users like the simple, three-piece design, wide nipple and sturdy shape. Some find that the nipple collapses too easily, and others say the anti-gas valve doesn't seem to work. A few add that it's hard to get the last bit of liquid out.
Review: Tommee Tippee Bottles, 9 ounce, 3-Count, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
Tommee Tippee bottles get 4 out of 5 stars in more than 350 reviews. Most users say the bottles are easy to clean and use, durable, leak-resistant and convenient. However, some dislike the nipples, saying they clog or collapse easily, and some say they leak during use.
Review: Tommee Tippee 3-Pack Closer to Nature Bottle 9oz, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of October 2013
Malika Lewis likes Tommee Tippee's Closer to Nature bottles for their breastfeeding-like feel for baby and comfortable hold for parents. She notes that Tommee Tippee makes pumps, so breast milk can be pumped directly into the bottles. The short review doesn't note any cons.
Review: Best Bottles for Your Breastfed Baby, Malika Lewis, June 25, 2013
Rebecca M. Gruber praises Tommee Tippee bottles for their squat, comfortable-to-hold design and flexible, stretchy, anti-gas nipples that help babies go back and forth from bottle to breast. Her short review doesn't include any cons.
Review: The 9 Best Bottles for Breastfed Babies, Rebecca M. Gruber, Sept. 30, 2013