Does my baby need a faster flow teat?
Slow flow is generally preferable for newborns, while you’re both learning to feed. A flow that is too fast might make your baby cough or splutter, or struggle to keep up with the flow of milk so it dribbles to the side of their mouth.
How do you know when a teat is too slow?
Your baby will tell you the bottle nipple flows TOO SLOWLY when you see:
- Sucking 3 or more times before swallowing.
- Pulling off the nipple and crying after a few sucks.
- Biting and tugging on the nipple.
- Losing interest in sucking.
- Falling asleep during feeding without being satisfied.
When should I use fast flow teats?
We have medium flow teats, which most babies are ready for at around 3 months, and a fast flow teat which is best from around 6 months.
When can babies have fast flow nipples?
Most manufacturers follow this guideline: Slow flow: 0-3 months. Medium flow: 3-6 months. Fast flow: 6-12 months.
Can too slow teat cause wind?
A general rule of thumb is that newborns will need a slower flowing teat, which comprises of just one small hole as bigger holes can result in them gulping too fast and having excessive wind.
Can teat size cause reflux?
The wrong size and shape teat can make reflux much worse. Too fast and your baby will gulp and take in large air bubbles, too slow and more air than milk is sucked in.
What happens if bottle teat is too slow?
Alternatively, if the flow rate is too slow a baby could tire and fall asleep before completing the feed. Manufacturers of teats generally provide recommendations regarding suitability for age on the packaging. However, these are a guide only; babies of the same age differ in their size and sucking ability.
When should I use size 2 teats?
Tommee Tippee has categorised their teats by age: Size 1 for 0-3 months, size 2 for 3-6 months and stage 3 for 6 months+. These ranges are simply for guidance and your baby should let you know when they need to move up to the next stage.
When should I move to size 2 teats?
Level 2 Teat, 3 months+
As a baby’s feeding develops and they are taking a longer time feeding from a Level 1 teat, many parents choose to move up to a Level 2 teat. Consider Level 2 if your baby is accepting early solid foods, or if their Healthcare Professional has recommended thickening their milk.
What number are fast flow teats?
We offer different flow rates to keep up with your growing baby. Every baby is different but as a guide we suggest slow flow for 0+months, medium flow for 3+ months and fast flow for 6+ months. Closer to Nature teats are only compatible with Closer to Nature bottles.