Baby bottle nipple tips and types of material

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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.

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Types of baby bottle nipples

Traditional nipples: 

These are the bell-shaped, usually latex nipples that come with most baby bottles.

Orthodontic nipples: 

Designed to protect baby’s palate, these nipples have a bulbous top and flatter base.

Flat-topped nipples: 

Shaped more like the breast, these have a bigger base bulb and a flatter top.

Anti-vacuum nipples: 

Designed to prevent colic and gassiness.

Multi-flow nipples: 

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.

Disposable nipples: 

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.

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