Bottle Teat Buying Guide
Bottle teats specific to your babies age and needs are essential for feeding time.
What to consider
Angled nipples tilt into a baby's mouth to allow for easy latching. Vented nipples have a hole to allow the release of gas and minimize colic. Orthodontic nipples are flattened to feel like a breast.
Silicone or Latex?
Silicone nipples are most common because they are durable, heat-resistant, and clear. Latex nipples are softer but less long-wearing and a potential allergen.
Some nipples are wide to better mimic the shape of the breast, while others are slim. Make sure your nipple fits your baby bottle if it is wide-necked!
If your baby is prone to colic or gas, opt for a colic reducing nipple.
As your baby grows, they will require faster flowing nipples. Make sure to switch to larger size-nipples periodically.
|Popular brands||Pigeon||Dr. Brown||Medela||Mixie||Philips Avent||Tommee Tippee||NUK||Comotomo||Playtex||Pacific Baby|
|Model||Peristaltic Nipple||Teats for Standard Bottles||Spare Teat||Bottle Replacement Nipples||Natural Bottle Nipple||Closer to Nature Teat||Silicone Teat||Nipple||Natural Latch Nipple||Wide Neck German Nipples|
|Fit||Wide & regular options||Wide & regular options||Regular||Regular||Regular||Wide||Wide and regular||Wide||Petite, Angled, Breast-like, Natural Latch||Wide neck|
|Material||Silicone Rubber||Silicone||Silicone||Silicone||Silicone||Silicone||Latex and silicone options||Silicone||Silicone||Silicone|
|Features||Stretchable and soft||Internal vent system reduces colic, does not collapse, soft||Odorless, tasteless, soft||Vented to minimize colic||Twin valves minimize colic||Soft, anticolic valve||Anticolic, flexible, orthodontic||Dual anti-colic vents||Mimics breast shape||Anti colic, non-collapsing with reinforced Acti-flex|
|Sizes||S (0 months +)|
M (4 months +)
L (6 months +)
Y (fast flow)
Level 1 (0 months +)
Level 2 (3 months +)
Level 3 (6 months +)
Level 4 (9 months +)
Y (fast flow)
|S (0-4 months)|
M (4-12 months)
|Stage 1 (0-3 months)|
Stage 2 (3-6 months)
Stage 3 (6 months +)
|Newborn (0 months +)|
Slow flow (1 month +)
Medium flow (3 months +)
Fast flow (6 months +)
|Slow Flow Teat ( 0 months +)|
Medium Flow Teat (3 months +)
Fast Flow Teat (6 months +)
Fast Flow Y-Cut Teat (6 months +)
Size 1 (0-6 months)
Size 2 (6-18 months)
Small (breast milk, water)
Large (thick liquids)
|Price||5.9 (two)||6.9 (two)||10.9 (two)||6 (two)||6.37 (two)||10.9 (two)||9.2 (two)||15.9 (two)||8 (for two)||7.95 (for two)|
|Where to buy||Fairprice||Pupsik||Motherswork||Kulily||iHerb||Mothercare||Mothercare||Motherswork||Playtex Baby||Pacific Baby World|
- Check the bottle nipples every few months for discoloration or leaks, and make sure to replace them!
- Make sure the nipples fit your bottles prior to purchase or opt for the same brand.
- Although there are vented and colic reducing nipples, they make less of a difference than the bottle itself. If your baby struggles with colic opt for a colic reducing bottle.
- Make sure to closely supervise the first few feeds when switching to a faster-flowing nipple as babies are prone to choking while adjusting to the increased flow.
- Switching nipple sizes involves trial and error, your baby should feed at a steady pace and not grow exhausted or be impatient/frustrated.
- If your baby does not latch onto the nipple, try a wide nipple or a latex one as they are softer and resemble the shape of a breast.
- If the nipple is frequently collapsing or your baby is very fussy and frustrated during mealtimes, try switching to a larger nipple size.
- To reduce gas, make sure the nipple is always filled with milk. If your baby is sucking loudly, it may mean she's sucking in too much air.
- Avoid artificial nipples for the first 3-6 weeks to avoid nipple confusion. Make sure your baby is comfortable with breastfeeding before bottle feeding.
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