Feeding time is important baby. While breastfeeding is recommend for babies, when you have been advised to bottle feed it's important to know what's right for baby. It doesn't have to be a daunting or overwhelming process so to help you out we've taken to answer some popular teat questions.

How do you choose the right feeding nipple for your baby? The ideal feeding time is 10-15 minutes for your child. With this in mind, a nipple with the proper hole size should be chosen.

  • Slow Flow: 0-3 months
  • Medium Flow: 4/5 months +
  • Variable Flow" 6/7 months +
  • Fast Flow: When baby is not satisfied with a Variable Flow teat

My baby doesn't like the new nipple. What's wrong? Your child will grow comfortable with a certain nipple, and may object when you try changing to a new size or just simply when replacing a aged nipple. Rotate the use of 2 or more nipples to help the change with your baby and when it comes time to replace one do this alternatively.

When should I replace the teat? Replace nipples about every 2 months. If necessary, replace them earlier without regard to how many times that have been used If the nipple opening is clogged or the nipple hole size is not suitable for your baby an longer it's time to replace it. Using a clogged nipple, or an inappropriate nipple for your child's age, could cause the pressure inside the bottle to rise and result in the nipple to collapse. Your baby's lip might get caught in the gap so exercise caution.

Nipple can become warn from biting so inspect it regularly! Inspect the nipple before every use by pulling it in every direction to look for any signs of age such as small tears. Throw away at the first sign of damage or weakness.

Nipple care don'ts:
  • Do not leave nipples in direct sunlight or heat.
  • Do not leave in disinfectant or solution for longer than recommenced.
Cleaning must-do's:
  1. Before use be sure to wash and sterilise the teat thoroughly.
  2. Wash your hands with soap before cleaning, sterilising and feeding.
  3. After each use rinse the teat in warm water and wash with cleanser for nursing bottles.

How do I sterilise a teat? First start by thoroughly washing the nipple. Then completely submerge in boiling water for 5 minutes to sterilise. Only use sterilisation products made specifically for baby bottles to avoid any chemicals not suitable for your baby to digest. Follow the directions for these products.

What about storing the nipple. How do I do that? When not in use, store your nipples in a dry, covered container. Do not keep used nipples for extended periods of time as they will disintegrate over time. Remember to alway check that the nipple is suitable for your child's age when you go to use it again, and there are not signs of damage to the teat.

What type of nipples do you use for feeding your child? We'd love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below. Should you have any further questions about bottle feeding consult your health care professional.

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