- The teat opening and ventilation hole can become clogged.
- Clogging can lead to teat collapse.
- Keep the teat opening and ventilation hole 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.
- Inspect before each use and pull the teat in all directions to ensure no damage.
- The teats may be worn by biting. Special attention is needed for teething children.
- Throw away at the first signs of damage or weakness.
- Do not leave a teat in direct sunlight or heat, or leave in disinfectant/sterilising solution for longer than recommended, as this may weaken the teat.
Microwave, Steam, Boiling, Chemical
Heat Resistance: 120 degrees C.
We recommend that you get the cues to change size from your baby rather than the teat packet. Age recommendations for teats are very difficult because each baby develops at a different rate.
Ways you can tell that you should move up a size:
– your baby is fussing every time they feed – this could mean that they are getting frustrated with the flow of milk from the bottle as it’s not coming fast enough.
– the teat keeps collapsing when the baby is drinking, (and it’s not because the air flow valve is blocked). This can mean that the baby is sucking too hard for the size of the hole in the teat and a vacuum is being created, hence the teat collapses. The baby is trying to drink faster than the size of the teat will allow.
SofTouch Peristaltic PLUS teats (Wide Neck)
In an SS and S teat, the teat opening is a round hole. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down, milk will drip out without any sucking needed. This is perfect for young babies who have little jaw development yet as they don’t have to work too hard to get their milk.
In the M and L, LL teats, the opening is a cross cut. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down no milk will drip out, as the baby is required to suck on the teat in order to open the cross cut tip. This is perfect for babies as they get older and have stronger jaw muscles. A cross-cut also enables the baby to vary the flow of milk themselves – the harder they suck, the larger the cross-cut opens.
Peristaltic teats (Slim Neck)
The Slim Neck teats have a slightly different sizing system of ‘S’, ‘M’, ‘L’ and ‘Y’
In the S, M and L sized teats, the teat opening is a round hole. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down, milk will drip out without any sucking needed. The hole size increases from small to large, to match the ongoing milk flow requirements of a growing baby.
In the Y teat, the opening is cut in the shape of a ‘Y’ or ‘cross cut’. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down no milk will drip out, as the baby is required to suck on the teat in order to open the cross cut tip. A cross-cut also enables the baby to vary the flow of milk themselves – the harder they suck, the larger the cross-cut opens. This also means that it can be used for a wider range of ages compared to a round hole which cannot expand and contract.
Both our Slim and Wide Neck teats have been designed to allow your baby to use their natural feeding motions used in breastfeeding – Peristaltic motion. Whether you decide to use Slim or Wide neck teats comes down to personal choice and whichever your baby prefers.
There are a couple of reasons that may influence your decision though:
- The majority of bottles used in hospital are slim neck as the pre-made formula comes in slim neck bottles, so if your baby needs to be bottle fed in hospital for whatever reason they will generally use a slim neck bottle with a slim neck teat. Once a baby is used to one style of teat and is happy with it, it’s usually best to leave them on that style
- If your baby has palate-related feeding issues, health professionals usually recommend using slim neck for the best success
- Some mums are influenced by their local health professionals and some will prefer slim over wide and vice versa for their own reasons
Wide neck teats are a different design to the slim neck because they are specifically shaped to be more like a breastfeed to avoid nipple confusion.
The lip position on slim vs wide is different. With Wide you get the same ‘Special K’ shaped lip position that you get on a breast. This is why the design of the teats is different. The slim neck teat (Peristaltic) has not been specifically made to look/feel like a breast like the wide (SofTouch Peristaltic PLUS), but both are designed to mimic the same feeding motion that babies use when breastfeeding.
These are only recommendations and unfortunately there are no hard and fast rules with babies so some may be happy to continually switch between slim and wide, whilst other breastfed babies will be perfectly fine to use slim neck bottles/teats etc. These are just guidelines to help you select the style most likely to be best but there may be some trial and error required to find out which suits your baby. The best teat style is the one that your baby feeds happily from.