We are giving baby bottle nipple tips for new mothers. Baby bottles usually include nipples. But nipples can also be purchased separately and come in a variety of shapes and types. It is especially helpful for babies with special feeding needs.
Types of baby bottle nipples
These are the bell-shaped, usually latex nipples that come with most baby bottles.
Designed to protect baby’s palate, these nipples have a bulbous top and flatter base.
Shaped more like the breast, these have a bigger base bulb and a flatter top.
Designed to prevent colic and gassiness.
These are designed to be able to provide multiple stage flows (Stage 1 and 2, for example) in the same nipple. Adjust the positioning of the nipple to control the flow.
Sterile, individually wrapped nipples are come in handy for easy clean up, but must be tossed after a single use.
Types of material used for nipples
More traditional, latex has a soft, pliable feel to it, but needs to be replaced frequently as it deteriorates quickly. Also, some babies are allergic to it.
Food-grade silicone nipples are firmer and more durable, and often have a silky feel to them. They are handy if baby has allergies, and last longer than latex nipples, though they should also be replaced every few months.
Baby Bottle Nipple Tips: Baby bottle nipple sizes and stages
Nipples for baby bottles come in stages, or levels, that are defined by their flow — flow means how fast or slow the milk comes out, which is controlled by the size of the hole in the nipple.
Stage 1 nipples:
Newborns usually start with Stage 1 slow flow nipples, meant to slowly distribute milk as the baby’s mouth compresses.
Stage 2 nipples:
After a few months, babies usually move on to Stage 2 (or higher) as they can handle a quicker and larger flow of milk.
Stage 3 nipples:
Some babies do just fine with Stage 2 nipples indefinitely, but by around 6 months, if your baby seems to be pulling hard on Stage 2 nipples, she might be ready for the next stage.