Both Pigeon teat ranges, the Flexible™ (slim neck) and the SofTouch™ (wide neck) are the result of over 60 years of research and development. They allow babies to use their natural feeding motion, the peristaltic movement.
The Flexible™ or slim neck teat is the more traditional shape. Choose this teat when,
- Baby fusses at the teat
- Baby is very small
- Baby is not breast fed
The SofTouch™ or wide neck teat has been designed to mimic the shape of the mother’s breast to avoid nipple confusion. Choose this teat when,
- Combination breast and bottle feeding
- Weaning from breast to bottle
- Baby won’t take other bottle brands
Use the below table as a guide to teat selection.
Note though, it is only a guide. The cues as to when to change teat size should be taken from your baby.
Consider moving up a size if -
- A) Your baby is fussing every time they feed. They may be getting frustrated as the flow of milk may not be fast enough or
- B) The teat is collapsing when your baby is drinking (and it’s not because there is a block). This can happen if your baby is sucking hard to get the milk out and it is not coming fast enough for them. A vacuum gets created, causing the teat to collapse.
From 1 month
From 3 months
From 6 months
From 9 months
From 4 months
From 6 months
From 9 months
The difference between the round hole teats and cross cut or Y teats is essentially the shape of the opening at the tip of the teat.
Round hole teats have a ‘round hole’. If the bottle is held upside down, milk will drip out without any sucking needed. This is perfect for young babies who have little jaw development as they don’t have to work too hard to get their milk.
Cross cut or Y teats have an opening shaped like a ‘Y’. Unlike the round hole teat, milk is only released when the baby sucks on the teat. The Y cut is perfect for babies as they get older and have stronger jaw muscles. With a Y cut, the baby is able to vary the flow of milk themselves. The harder they suck, the larger the cross cut opening.
Cross cut or Y teats can be used across a wide age range due to the opening being able to expand and contract.
Pigeon teats and bottles can be sterilised via boiling, chemical or steam - microwave or electric.
They should be cleaned thoroughly before being sterilised.
After each use, rinse in warm water and wash with Pigeon Liquid Cleanser. If using a teat brush, take extra care to not accidentally push the brush through the teat opening. Place a finger over the teat opening when cleaning to ensure this doesn’t happen.
Boiling: Place in water. Bring the water to a boil and let boil for 5 minutes. Turn heat off and let cool. Take care to ensure the bottle components do not rest against the hot sides of the container.
Chemical and steam: Use sterilisation products made specifically for baby bottles and follow the provided instructions. Chemical sterilisation may cause the printing on the bottle to fade.
Heat resistance of the teats: 120 degrees C.
This sometimes happens, but be assured it won’t be a problem for long.
If you move your baby to the next size, but the flow is too fast, try further tightening the rim of the teat. This compresses the air valve which restricts the air flow and so, the flow of milk out of the teat.
Alternatively, slightly loosening the rim on the size that is deemed too slow can increase the flow of milk through the teat.
Teats can collapse for different reasons.
A block at the opening of the teat or in the air valve on the side of a teat can cause a collapse. It is important to check these openings regularly to ensure they are clear. If there is a block, use Pigeon Liquid Cleanser or a mild detergent to carefully wash and remove any build up. Remember, the tip of the nipple is a very thin layer of silicone, so take special care to not damage.
Another reason for collapse may be the teat opening is too small for your baby’s suck and in turn creates a vacuum that forces the teat to collapse. This indicates your baby may need to move up to the next sized teat.
Collapse may also occur when a teat has been regularly heated to very high temperatures during sterilisation. The material becomes less durable over time.
Check the temperature when sterilising the products. Please refer to the guide below.
Please note, it is our recommendation that silicone teats be replaced 2 months after first use.
Pigeon teats are made from silicone rubber
The size is embossed on the underside of the base of the teat.
No, the teats aren’t interchangeable.
Slim neck teats can only be used with slim neck bottles and wide neck teats can only be used with wide neck bottles.
No, as the teats are made from silicone, they cannot be recycled.
Please dispose with your normal household refuse.
The teat opening and ventilation hole can become clogged which can lead to teat collapse. It is important to keep these areas clear.
The tip of the teat is very delicate. When using a teat brush to clean it, gently press the tip with the tip of your finger while washing to prevent the brush from breaking through.
Before using a teat, inspect it well. Pull the teat in all directions to ensure no damage. If there is any sign of damage or weakness, throw the teat away.
Teats may be worn by biting. Special attention is needed for teething children.
Do not leave a teat in direct sunlight or heat, or leave in disinfectant/sterilising solution for longer than recommended. This may weaken the teat.
When not in use, keep in a dry, covered container.