Choose and maintain baby bottle nipples.
The essential element of the bottle, the pacifier is often complicated to choose: comfortable, physiological, practical and resistant, it is the quadrature of the circle!
Even if it seems natural, choosing a pacifier for baby’s bottle is not an easy task: once the rare find, she will accompany your child until the age of two and a half! It is rare to find a nipple that is perfect for your child and allowing a smooth transition from breastfeeding to mother’s breast to bottle. Discover here all our tips for choosing a pacifier.
The material of the pacifier
There are two leading families of pacifiers: rubber teats and silicone teats.
Brown rubber teats are the most versatile nipples, especially recommended for babies who have trouble sucking. Their disadvantage is their lifespan: unlike silicone teats, they soften to sterilization and do not support the dishwasher.
Silicone nipples, they are a little less flexible than rubber nipples: suck therefore require a little more effort … Smooth, odorless, transparent to be able to control the cleanliness of the nipple and the volume of milk ingurgitated, … Silicone nipples seem to have all the advantages … Apart from the price: silicone teats are on average twice as expensive as their rubber equivalent.
Whatever the material you choose, the key is that the pacifier is accepted by baby, it is hypoallergenic, flexible, odorless and tasteless. Finally, before buying, check its compatibility with your bottles! If the bottles that a family has are different brands, the clamping rings are often different: you will need teats of different brands …
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The shape of the pacifier
Whatever its material, texture or shape, a pacifier will never taste, smell and heat of a breast: despite all your efforts, your baby will not be fooled during weaning …
Teats with so-called “physiological” tips are not the only solution: sometimes, infants adapt better to “cherry” teats, with round toes.
In any case, it will be better, at least initially, to choose a pacifier with a broad base: your child has been accustomed to open the mouth during the period of breastfeeding. It will naturally be less disoriented by a full pacifier.
The flow of the pacifier
The most critical element of a pacifier is its flow: it depends on the size of the hole or holes in the pacifier. So, if the holes are too small, your baby will run out of steam and get tired while suckling. It may even swallow air or vomit. If on the other hand, the hole is too wide, your baby may choke because the milk flow will be too fast. To reach the ideal flow rate, only widen the nipple hole with a hot needle. You can consider that the optimal flow of a baby bottle is achieved when the milk flows at a rate of one drop per second when you return the bottle.
An alternative to this may be the variable flow nipples: the slot at their end allows you to choose between three flow speeds. Set the pacifier on the first (slowest) speed, before you can accelerate after a while when your baby is used to it. No need to go too fast: a baby has enough suctioning needs. A bottle-feeding must, therefore, last at least 10 minutes …
Valve nipples are a solution that may seem ideal: they can effectively regulate air intake and milk flow, as well as reduce the regurgitation caused by air absorption. The problem is that valve teats are harder to clean and maintain than simple teats.
The best is still to choose the teats with the T-slot: the flow is automatically adjusted according to the suction force of your child. They are more expensive but are very practical.
Tips for maintaining teats
Pacifiers age faster than other parts of the bottle: there are some rules to respect so that your teats last longer …
The rubber nipples, when they grow older, expand. The holes in the rubber nipples may become clogged, and prevent or slow down your suction. Be sure to change rubber teats often: they tend to soften during successive sterilizations.
Silicone nipples tend to harden during repeated sterilizations. As silicone is a material that can tear when it loses its flexibility, these nipples sometimes tend to crack, under the effect of successive sterilizations or first baby teeth …
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