When it comes to bottle feeding your baby, it can be tricky to figure out which date calculator age
type and size to choose, or when it might be time to move up to the next nipple level.
We’ve put together this handy ‘ asked và answered ’ guide for parents Khủng help you understand the different sizes, styles, và flow rates of baby bottle nipples .
How many bottles and nipples should I have?
How many bottles và nipples you need depends on how often you kế hoạch mập use bottles béo feed your baby. If you’re only going béo be using bottles once a day or just on occasion, then you might decide Khủng just buy one main bottle & nipple & maybe one extra as a backup. It’s probably best bự have at least two so sánh that if lost, damaged or unclean you have a backup
However, newborns can feed anywhere between 8-12 times kết thúc a 24 – hour period. So, if you’re bottle feeding a newborn, then it’s a good bet mập opt for four phệ six bottles và nipples lớn get started with, then see how you go from there .
What nipple size should I be using for my baby?
Most baby bottles offer varying nipple levels for different age ranges ( usually slow flow for 0 + months, medium flow for ba + months, và fast flow for 6 + months ), meaning you can approximately judge which nipple form size might be the best based on your baby’s age .
All Tommee Tippee bottles come with a kích thước một slow flow nipple, designed phệ suit a newborn baby phệ help them get used Khủng drinking milk from a bottle. Having said that, every baby is different, so sánh it’s a good idea lớn base your decision on a phối of the above, & your baby’s own chất lượng eating habits .
Different types of nipple for different circumstances
The flow rates of each nipple refers Khủng the form size or number of holes in the tip, affecting how quickly milk flows into your baby’s mouth .
Baby bottle nipple categories tend mập fall into one of the following categories …
- Extra slow
- Slow flow
- Medium flow
- Fast flow
- Variflow ( flow rate can be changed )
How do I know when to change bottle nipple size?
You can use the age brackets of each nipple form size Khủng gauge when it’s thời gian béo move up a form size và / or flow rate, but your baby will also let you know when it’s phút giây bự change, or even if you’ve moved up too quickly .
Signs that it’s time to move up a nipple size…
- Becoming impatient or aggravated when eating
- Taking longer than trăng tròn mins bự finish a feed or they fall asleep on the bottle
- Sucking hard và / or the nipple collapsing in on itself
Signs that the nipple you’re using is too big…
- Gulping or hard swallowing
- Excess milk dripping out of the mouth
- Refusing béo eat
Why is it important to sterilise both bottles and nipples?
Sterilizing your baby’s bottles is vital, particularly for babies under một year because during this thời gian they are even more vulnerable bự harmful bacteria .
Be sure lớn clean all baby bottles và nipples thoroughly in hot soapy water after each use before you sterilise them .
Does nipple size really matter?
To some babies, yes nipple kích thước matters. This is because the form size & flow rate of different sized nipples might not always suit your baby’s feeding habits. But it’s pretty common for a baby bự be perfectly nội dung with one nipple form size the whole thời gian they’re bottle feeding, but the flow rate will need béo change end giây phút as they develop. All Tommee Tippee nipples are the same kích thước, but with different flow options .
Can a faster flow nipple make reflux worse?
If the hole in a baby bottle nipple is too large & the flow rate is too fast for your baby, then it is possible for excess air Khủng flow through with the milk & increase the likelihood of reflux .
How long do nipples last?
Nipples take quite a lot of hammering from little gums và teeth, so sánh they need phệ be changed regularly. We recommend replacing nipple every 2 months or at the first sign of any damage or weakness .
Can I buy bottles with faster flowing nipples?
All of our bottles except the 340 ml phiên bản come with slow flow nipple as standard, as they’re best for newborns và most parents generally stock up on bottles before baby arrives. Our 340 ml bottle comes with a medium flow nipple. As your baby grows và can feed more quickly, you can buy faster flowing replacement nipple .
We have medium flow nipples, which most babies are ready for at around three months, và a fast flow nipple which is best from around 6 months. The ages are only guides though – you know your baby better than anyone & will be able Khủng tell when they’re ready for a faster flow .