I’ve always wondered why so many baby bottles look nothing like a baby’s natural food source; the breast. And yet, with this lack of similarity, we wonder why so many babies struggle with using bottles. Tommee Tippee has come out with a fantastic new baby bottle called “Closer to Nature.”
The name says it all. “Closer to Nature.” If you really think about it, wouldn’t it make sense to have a baby bottle shaped more closely to that of a baby’s natural food source; the mother’s breasts? Tommee Tippee made this connection, and in response to this need, developed the “Closer to Nature” bottle.
My son was exclusively breastfed until he was ten months old. This means he didn’t get any other foods, juices, liquids, purees, or anything until he was ten months old. He had exclusive breast milk until he was ten months. Now, the majority of the time he was directly nursed from the breast, however, there were occasions where he needed to be fed breast milk I had pumped from a bottle, like when I had my wisdom teeth pulled and the pain medications I was on were much too strong to be nursing a baby on. Even though these situations didn’t arise very often, they were very difficult when they did because my son didn’t tolerate a bottle very well.
The “Closer to Nature” bottle is designed to mimic the structure and the feel and motion of the breast, making transitioning from breast to bottle, or even going back and forth between breast and bottle, much easier on mom and baby.
The “Closer to Nature” baby bottle has a specially designed vent meant to help prevent colic and gas, which as many of you may know, are never pleasant for baby or mom and dad. This vented system helps to ensure that baby isn’t swallowing air that could upset his or her stomach later on!
Danny enjoyed the bottle, and I absolutely love the structure of it. I really enjoyed how it was shorter than most bottles, but still held the same amount of fluid. Also, the sides were slightly indented which made it easier for little Danny boy to hold the bottle himself, rather than trying to awkwardly balance and longer bottle.
My Overall Review
Based on five factors, each ranging from one star to five stars which are then averaged out, the Coddlelife baby bottle received 4.2 stars!
Fulfills Purpose Well – 5 Stars
The bottle was well designed, and is a great product for mothers wishing to preserve a breastfeeding relationship while bottlefeeding, but it’s also great for babies who are less tolerant of bottles because of it’s mimicking of the natural breast shape and feel.
Design & Visual Appeal – 5 Stars
I love the design of the bottle, especially with it’s shorter stature and indented sides. I really like how the sides are indented, making the bottle easier for the parents and baby to hold, and keep a good grip on. Not to mention, the packing was pretty too, with black and shiny silver accents!
Ease of Use – 5 Stars
The bottle was simple to use. You fill it up just like any other bottle, and hold it for the baby, or if they’re old enough, allow them to hold it themselves.
Affordability – 3 Stars
Now, the “Closer to Nature” bottle runs about average for specialty bottles, at $7.99. It’s not too high for a bottle of it’s caliber, and in my opinion, it’s priced in the fair range.
Earth Friendliness – 3 Stars
The bottle is made of pretty sturdy material meaning it’s less likely to break and end up in the landfill because of this breakage. It’s also got the option of just replacing the nipple should it tear or break, ensuring that you aren’t wasting an entire bottle just because the nipple was damaged.