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Guide to buying baby bottle accessories

Must have baby bottle accessories around the home

Types of baby bottle

There are a wide range of different baby feeding bottles to choose from and it may take a bit of trial and error to find the right one for your baby.

Baby bottles are made from glass, plastic or silicone. If you’re using plastic bottles, check that they’re BPA free. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning, sterilising and warming any baby bottles.

Newborn babies can feed anywhere between 8-12 times over a 24-hour period. So, if you’re bottle feeding a newborn, then it’s a good idea to opt for 4-6 bottles and teats to get started with,and see how you go from there.

Check out our range of baby bottles

Bottle teats

Bottle teats come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and flow speeds. You usually get teats with your bottles, but it’s a good idea to have a few extra in case they get damaged or lost.

Go with the flow

We offer different flow rates to keep up with your growing baby. Every baby is different but as a guide we suggest slow flow for 0+months, medium flow for 3+ months and fast flow for 6+ months. Closer to Nature teats are only compatible with Closer to Nature bottles.

Teats take quite a lot of hammering from little gums and teeth, so we recommend replacing teats every 2 months or at the first sign of any damage or weakness. You may want to change the flow rate as your baby grows and feeds more too.

Tommee Tippee teats have been designed by breast-feeding experts to provide a ‘just-like-mum’ feed. The breast-shaped teats support a natural feeding action and makes latch-on easy for babies.

Learn more about our range of bottle teats

Sterilising equipment

Babies don’t have a very strong immune system. Bottles and feeding equipment can soon pick up bacteria that can lead to tummy bugs and sickness. That’s why it’s really important to sterilise all your baby’s feeding equipment including bottles, teats, soothers and breast pumps before first use and then after every single use.

In the UK, the NHS recommends sterilising all baby’s feeding equipment each time you use it for at least the first 12 months of your baby’s life. [1]

Our guide on how to sterilise baby bottles outlines different methods of sterilisation you can use.

Many parents find using a microwave or electric steam steriliser is the quickest, easiest and chemical free free way to make sure baby feeding equipment is hygienically clean.

Check out our range of baby bottle sterilisers

Bottle preparation equipment

If you're expressing breastmilk, you’ll need a breast pump and sterile storage bags for keeping milk in the fridge or freezer.

You may also want to get a bottle warmer which gently warms chilled milk to body temperature.

Although it’s better to make up bottles of formula as needed, if you do need to prepare them in advance keep the water and formula separate until you have reheated the cooled boiled water, a warmer can help ensure that baby gets their bottle at the right temperature quickly and safely. Check out our guide to heating a baby bottle the right way.

If you’re using formula milk our Perfect Prep machine delivers a fresh feed at body temperature in just 2 mins any time of day or night. 

Find out more about Perfect Prep

Bottle cleaning tools

It's important to ensure any scrub away any leftover milk inside your baby's bottles or teats is thoroughly removed however, but some places are hard to reach. As teats can easily be damaged by tough cleaning, using a bottle and teat brush can help you ensure your baby's feeding equipment is thoroughly cleaned in hot soapy water before you sterilise it whilst avoiding damage.

NCTs How to sterilise baby bottles, breast pumps and other feeding equipment

Essential baby bottle accessories when out and about

Travel sterilisers

Sterilisers come in lots of different shapes and sizes, meaning that some are easier to take on the go with you than others.

A microwave steriliser can be a useful piece of kit if you’re staying with family or in some holiday accommodation (just check they have a microwave first!). Simply add water to the base and pop in the microwave.  Be careful when removing from the microwave to avoid scalds from any escaping steam.

Our Essentials 2-in-1 steriliser fits two bottles and can be used to steam sterilise in a microwave or cold sterilise using a sterilisation tablet or liquid.

Our single bottle travel steriliser is compact and lightweight enough to fit easily into your baby changing bag so you can sterilise a single baby bottle on the go through steam or cold water sterilization.

Travel bottle and bags

Getting out and about may feel like a major adventure with baby, but it’s easier if you know you can safely prepare their feed on the go.

Our Travel Bottle and Food Warmer lets you heat breast milk, formula or baby food anywhere and it fits neatly in your changing bag. Just fill it with boiling water before you leave the house and use the lid as a vat for heating the bottle.Our Insulated Bottle Bags keep baby’s bottles warm or cold and come with a handy strap to attach to a changing bag or pushchair.

Milk storage bags

If you’re breastfeeding, then milk storage bags make it easy to transfer your liquid gold from fridge or freezer to bottle and they save space too.

Milk storage Lids

Store your breastmilk safely and conveniently with Closer to Nature® milk storage lids, which fit all sizes of Closer to Nature® baby bottles, transforming them into handy 


How many bottles should a newborn have?

With a pretty constant cycle of feeding, cleaning and sterilising, it’s always good to have a sterile bottle ready for making up a required feed  – especially when they’re letting you know very loudly that they’re hungry.  We recommend starting with 4-6 bottles and teats so there’s always one clean, sterile and ready to go when you need it.

What size baby bottles should I have for a newborn?

Tiny babies have tiny tummies so for very small babies (premature up to about 8 weeks) you may wish to choose a 150ml bottle.

Our standard bottle size is 260ml and is suitable for use from birth, just increase the volume with your baby’s appetite.

Can you put bottle teats in the dishwasher?

Always check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your baby bottles or teats.

You can clean Tommee Tippee bottle teats in a dishwasher. We recommend that you clean them on the top shelf as 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 nice

And don’t forget to sterilise your bottles and teats after cleaning. A dishwasher doesn’t always get hot enough to kill any bacteria present on baby bottles and teats.

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