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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Review

Lightweight and economic bottle that is easy to use and has a breast-like nipple
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Price:   $8.00 List | $4.01 each (in 4-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight, durable, breast-like nipple
Cons:  Plastic, volume markings fade quickly
Manufacturer:   Tomme Tippee
By Juliet Spurrier, MD, Abriah Wofford  ⋅  Apr 8, 2019
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The Skinny

The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature is an affordable and favorite plastic bottle. It is a simple 3-piece plastic bottle that is easy for parents to assemble and clean. We especially like the wide nipple mound that allows baby to get a better latch, and the wide neck makes transferring liquids and mixing formula a breeze. While we aren't so keen on the use of plastic in baby bottles, it does make the Closer to Nature bottle more durable and less expensive, making it a good option for travel or daycare use. Overall, we are happy with the ease of use and functionality of this bottle and would recommend it as a part-time friend for babies on the go.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Tommee 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 appreciate its usability and breastlike nipple.

Performance Comparison


With only three parts  the Closer to Nature bottle is intuitive and easy to assemble.
With only three parts, the Closer to Nature bottle is intuitive and easy to assemble.

Likes


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 squat contoured shape allows you to get a good grip on the bottle without much trouble.
The squat contoured shape allows you to get a good grip on the bottle without much trouble.

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 nipple on the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature has a single anti-colic vent.
The wide nipple is marked with a number around the edge to indicate the flow level.

Dislikes


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.

The volume markings are easy to read  but they may wear off with use.
The volume markings are easy to read, but they may wear off with use.

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.

Our little tester was able to get a good latch on the wide nipple.
Our little tester was able to get a good latch on the wide nipple.

Conclusion


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