Cleaning and sterilizing your Closer to Nature® Nipples
- Always wash the product immediately after use and clean and sterilize before each use.
- Wash in warm soapy water and rinse in clean water or use a dish washer (top shelf only).
- For cleaning other bottle parts, use a Closer to Nature® brush.
- Once you have cleaned your bottles, they're ready to sterilize.
- All bottle components should be sterilized.
- All bottle components are suitable for sterilization by steam (electric or microwave), UV light, boiling or cold water tablet/liquid sterilization.
- Do not clean with harsh chemicals.
- Do not allow product to come into contact with oil based foods (e.g. oil / tomato based sauces) as staining will occur.
- Do not turn the nipple inside out for cleaning. Damage could result.
- Do not use a nipple brush or any other implement to clean the feeding hole in the end of the nipple or valve as damage such as splits and tears may occur.
Closer to Nature® Nipple FAQs & Troubleshooting
Where should the valve be when I'm feeding my baby?
The valve will work wherever it’s positioned but the best place for the valve is at the top, near your baby's nose.
Closer to Nature® nipples look the same, can I use them on Advanced Anti-Colic bottles?
No, you can’t use Closer to Nature nipples on Advanced Anti-Colic bottles. Closer to Nature nipples have a built-in air valve, and don’t work with our Advanced Anti Colic bottles. The valve in your Advanced Anti Colic bottles is situated inside the bottle, attached to the end of the venting tube and is shaped like a star. It’s important that you make sure you match the right nipple to the right bottle.
How long do nipples last?
Nipples take quite a lot of hammering from little gums and teeth, so they need to be changed regularly. We recommend replacing nipples every 2-months or at the first sign of any damage or weakness.
Can I buy bottles with faster flowing nipples?
All our bottles except the 340ml version currently come with slow flow nipples as standard, as they’re best for newborns and most parents generally stock up on bottles before baby arrives. Our 340ml bottle comes with a medium flow nipple.
As your baby grows and can feed more quickly, you can buy faster flowing replacement nipples.
We have medium flow nipples, which most babies are ready for at around 3 months, and a fast flow nipple which is best from around 6 months. The ages are only guides though – you know your baby better than anyone and will be able to tell when they’re ready for a faster flow.
The nipple is collapsing during a feed – why?
There are two reasons why a nipple will collapse, one is an indication that your baby is ready for a faster flowing nipple, or that the valve has reformed within the nipple.
Our Closer to Nature® nipples are made from a very sensitive soft silicone, therefore they may reform when not in use for long periods of time, for example, when in storage.
You will have noticed a small tent like vent on the inside of the nipple; this should have a small slit along it, which allows the air to flow through the bottle. If this valve reseals, it will cause the nipple to collapse during a feed.
Please gently rub the end of the valve inside the nipple to allow this to pop open.