Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Review
Pros: Lightweight, durable, breast-like nipple
Cons: Plastic, volume markings fade quickly
Manufacturer: Tomme Tippee
Our Analysis and Test Results
Tomme Tippee is a manufacturer of baby products that began in the UK and has been in business for over 50 years. They produce some well-known products used by parents around the world. The Closer to Nature is one of the few plastic bottles to make it into our review, and we chose to give it an Editors' Choice award based on its usability and breastlike nipple.
This bottle has only three parts, and a wide neck opening, making it very easy to clean and assemble. The dark volume markings are located directly on the side of the bottle and are very easy to read no matter the lighting conditions. The lighter weight of this plastic bottle will be appreciated when packing up a diaper bag, and its durability makes it a perfect choice for daycare or use during longer trips.
The unique, short and squat shape of the Closer to Nature gives it distinct advantages. The wide neck makes it easier to pour liquids or mix formula, and it provides the base for a large nipple mound, one we find to be breastlike and comfortable for baby to latch on. The nipple has a single vent that allows air in so the baby gets fewer bubbles and less colic. We also think that the contoured shape is more natural for babies to wrap their hands around once they are able to hold their bottle.
The biggest downfall of this bottle is the material. Plastic is something we prefer to avoid, especially when it comes to feeding. It can retain strange odors and colors, and potentially leech harmful chemicals into baby's food, particularly when used for storage purposes. The shape of the Tommee Tippee is contoured in a way that helps baby and parents to use it more easily, but it also makes cleaning more difficult, particularly in the 5 oz version. It is so squat that the upper rim is a bit difficult to get to, and it may take a bit of maneuvering when feeding to get the last few drops of milk over the lip of the bottle.
Users have found that the volume markings wear off quickly from normal wear and tear, which lead us to believe that it isn't meant to last through multiple children, but as it is PP plastic, you should probably be replacing these bottles every six months anyway. Thankfully it isn't too pricey, so you can stay on budget.
For ease of use and functionality, the Closer to Nature bottle cannot be surpassed. It is unfortunate that it is plastic, but even this has its advantages, making it a smart choice for on the go use. Thanks to its breastlike nipple and overall simplicity, this bottle became one of our favorites, so if you choose to go with plastic, the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature is the way to go.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD, Abriah Wofford