Nutrition

Baby Bottles and Teats

Advice on purchasing baby bottles and teats.

 

 

 

 

Things to check closely when buying a bottle

1. Is the scale clear to read?

2. Is the bottle easy to hold?

3. What is the cost of the replacement parts such as teats, bags and vent inserts?

4. What material is the bottle made from?

5. Does the bottle have a temperature guide for the feed?

6. How does the bottle claim to protect your baby against feeding problems such as colic

 

 

 

Guide to Baby bottle types, features and brands.

 

Bottle Type

Good Features

Less good features

Most common Brands available

STANDARD NECK

• Usually the lowest cost option

 

• Easy to hold in smaller hands

 

• Can use latex or silicone teats

* More difficult to clean and fill

Asda

BabIes r us

Boots

Mothercare

Nuk

Superdrug

Tesco

TIgex

Tommee TIppee

Vital Baby

WIDE NECK

* Easy to fill and clean

* none of the products can be used with a latex teat

Asda

Avent

Boots

Dr. Brown's Natural Flow

Maws

Mothercare

Tesco

ANGLED

* Helps to keep teat full of milk

• More difficult to clean

 

• Scale is more difficult to read

Heinz

WITH BAG

Easier for freezing breast milk

* need a new bag each time it is used (costs around 10 pence each)

Avent

SINGLE USE

Each bottle is pre sterilised. Easier for travel

Six bottles per day (50 pence each) would cost up to £18 per week

Boots

SterI-feed

Vital Baby Nurture

FULLY VENTED

• Remove vacuum and bubbles from the milk during feeding

 

• Medically acknowledged to reduce the risk of middle ear infection

 

• Only bottle available in material guaranteed to be free of Bisphenol A

* extra job of cleaning the vent after each feed

Dr. Brown's Natural Flow

 

 

TEAT TYPE

MAIN FEATURES

CHERRY SHAPE FOR STANDARD NECK BOTTLE

• Usually the lowest cost option

 

• Available in a wide range of hole sizes in latex and silicone

ORTHODONTIC SHAPE FOR STANDARD BOTTLE

• Claimed by some users to aid dental development but there is no medical evidence of this

 

• Available in both latex and silicone

WIDE NECK TEATS

• Anecdotal evidence that some babies find the shape more comfortable than the teats used on standard neck bottles

 

• Only available in silicone. Some varieties have small molded slits to reduce vacuum build up

Things to look out for with teats



1. Which material would your baby prefer? LATEX teats are considered to be softer but not as long lasting as silicone teats.



2. You can only use silicone teats with wide neck bottles



3. Some types of formula milk need a larger than usual hole size



4. In your calculation of overall costs for the bottle you choose remember an average teat will last around 6 to 8 weeks depending on the type of sterilization used and the strength of your baby.



 

  

 

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