Baby Bottles

What does PP and PPSU mean?

PP and PPSU refers to the type of plastic the bottle is made from. Select between the two based on budget and anticipated level of usage.

PP stands for polypropylene. Bottles made from PP are light in weight, slightly opaque in colour and intended for low to regular use.

PPSU stands for polyphenylsulfone. It is a medical grade plastic that is naturally honey toned and quite hard wearing. Intended for higher use.

Do Pigeon bottles come with teats? If so, what size are they?

Yes, all Pigeon bottles are supplied with a teat. Refer to the below tables for the sizes.

SofTouch™ Bottles

Material

Volume

Teat Size

PP

160mL

SS

 

240mL

M

 

330mL

L

PPSU

160mL

SS

 

240mL

M

 

330mL

L

Glass

160mL

SS

 

240mL

M

 

Flexible™ Bottles

Material

Volume

Teat Size

PP

120mL

S

 

240mL

M

Crystal

150mL

S

 

250mL

M

PPSU

160mL

S

 

240mL

M

Glass

120mL

S

 

240mL

M

 

My PP bottle has gone cloudy. Is this normal?

Yes, with use, PP bottles can become cloudy. This does not affect the performance of the bottle, nor does it mean the bottle isn't clean.

Can I recycle my bottles?

Yes, all Pigeon bottles can be recycled as can the collars and hoods.

The teats are made from silicone and cannot be recycled.

How should I sterilise my bottles and teats?

Pigeon bottles and teats 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 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.

UV Sterilisation: Pigeon does not recommend UV Sterilisation be used on Pigeon products made of plastic and silicone material such as nursing bottles and teats. Ultraviolet (UV) rays found in UV Sterilisers accelerate the deterioration of silicone teats, resulting in the degrading of the silicone and hardening which may cause cracks and tears. Plastic parts such as bottles and bottle caps may also deteriorate due to UV rays. 

How often should I change my bottles?

How often you change your bottles depends upon the type of bottles you have and how frequently they are being used.

For example, if you use the same bottle 6 times a day you will need to change it more than if you used 6 different bottles throughout the day.

We generally recommend changing PP bottles every 6 months and PPSU bottles every 12 months.

Glass bottles can last indefinitely.

Are your bottles BPA and BPS free?

Yes, all Pigeon bottles are free of BPA and BPS. They are also free of formaldehyde and phthalate.

How should I clean my bottles?

Immediately after each use, bottles should be rinsed in warm water and washed with Pigeon Liquid Cleanser.

Can I buy replacement hoods and collars for my bottles?

Yes, replacement hoods and collars are available for both the Flexible™ (slim neck) and SofTouch™ (wide neck) bottles.

Go to the Shop tab and navigate to the appropriate page for the product you need.

Bottle Teats

What is the Air Ventilation System (AVS)?

The Pigeon Air Ventilation System (AVS™) is a feature of Pigeon SofTouch™ Peristaltic PLUS teats.

The AVS™ helps to adjust air pressure inside the bottle. It consists of specially designed projections at the base and the top of the teats which allow milk to flow smoothly into the baby’s mouth.

The adjustment of the air pressure inside the bottle minimizes air intake when feeding.

The AVS™ does not need to be covered with milk.

Which teat should I use, Flexible™ (slim neck) or SofTouch™ (wide neck)?

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

You can read more about both types of bottles on our dedicated Bottles & Teats page.

        What teat size should my baby be using?

        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 -

        1. 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
        2. 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.

        SofTouch™ range

        Teat Size

        Age

        Hole Shape

        SS

        Newborn

        Round

        S

        From 1 month

        Round

        M

        From 3 months

        Cross Cut

        L

        From 6 months

        Cross Cut

        LL

        From 9 months

        Cross Cut

         

        Flexible™ range

        Nipple Size

        Age

        Hole Shape

        S

        Newborn

        Round

        M

        From 4 months

        Round

        Y

        From 6 months

        Y Cut

        L

        From 9 months

        Round

         

        What is the difference between teats with a round hole and those with a Y or cross cut hole?

        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.

        How should I sterilise the teats and bottles?

        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.

        UV Sterilisation: Pigeon does not recommend UV Sterilisation be used on Pigeon products made of plastic and silicone material such as nursing bottles and teats. Ultraviolet (UV) rays found in UV Sterilisers accelerate the deterioration of silicone teats, resulting in the degrading of the silicone and hardening which may cause cracks and tears. Plastic parts such as bottles and bottle caps may also deteriorate due to UV rays. 

        What should I do when the teat my baby is using is too slow, but the next size up is too fast?

        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.

        My baby's teat keeps collapsing. Why?

        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 - 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.
        • The teat opening has become too small for the strength of your baby's suck - a vacuum is created that collapses the teat. Move your baby up to the next sized teat.
        • If your baby is on thick formula, the teat opening may be too small and it may collapse as the baby sucks hard to get the milk to flow - the next size teat for the baby's age is recommended if this is occurring.
        • If 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.

        Material

        Heat Resistance

        Part

        Silicone rubber

        120 ◦C

        Teat

        Please note, it is our recommendation that silicone teats be replaced 2 months after first use.

        What are the teats made from?

        Pigeon teats are made from silicone rubber

        How do I know what teat size I have?

        The size is embossed on the underside of the base of the teat.

        Can I use the slim teats with the wide neck bottles and vice versa?

        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.

        Can the teats be recycled?

        No, as the teats are made from silicone, they cannot be recycled at this time.

        Please dispose with your normal household refuse.

        General Information

        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.

        Breastmilk

        How long and in what ways can I store my expressed breastmilk?

        Breastmilk

        Room Temperature

        Refrigeration

        Freezer

        Freshly expressed into a closed container

        6-8 hrs (26C or lower). If refrigeration is available, store milk there.

        No more than 72 hours. Store in the back where its coldest.

        2 weeks in freezer compartment inside refrigerator (-15C)
        3 months in freezer section of refrigerator with separate door (-18C)6-12 months in deep freeze (-20C*)

        Previously frozen – thawed in refrigerator but not warmed

        4 hours or less (ie the next feed)

        Store in refrigerator 24 hours

        Do not refreeze

        Thawed outside refrigerator in warm water

        For completion of feed

        Hold for 4 hours or until next feed

        Do not refreeze

        Infant has begun feeding

        Only for the completion of the feed, then discard

        Discard

        Discard

        *Chest or upright manual defrost deep freezer that is opened infrequently and maintains ideal temperature

        Information reproduced from National Health and Medical Research Council 2012, Infant Feeding Guidelines NHMRC, Canberra p59

        Bottle Cleaning and Sterilising

        Why do I need to sterilise my baby’s bottles?

        During the first year of your baby’s life, they are at their most vulnerable to infections.

        It is important to sterilise all parts of the feeding equipment prior to each use to protect them.

        What do I need to do first?

        Before you sterilise, you should clean and rinse the used bottles and teats with a cleaning agent like Pigeon’s Liquid Cleanser.

        Check teats carefully and throw out any which are split or cracked. Bacteria can stay in damaged surfaces and potentially survive the cleaning and sterilising process.

        How do I sterilise my baby's accessories and equipment?

        There are several methods you can use to sterilise your baby’s feeding equipment.

        1. Electric - Steam Steriliser or Microwave

        2. Boiling

        3. Chemical

        Pigeon does not recommend its bottles or teats be sterilised using UV sterilisation. Ultraviolet (UV) rays found in UV Sterilisers may accelerate the deterioration of silicone and plastic material and lead to the hardening of these materials which may cause cracks and tears on the products.


        1a. Electric - Steam
        Electric steam sterilisers are quick and efficient, taking 8 to 12 minutes, plus cooling time. Many steam sterilisers can hold up to six bottles at a time, and have a rack for smaller items such as teats and dummies at the top. Make sure bottles, teats and other equipment are placed with their openings face down.

        1b. Electric - Microwave
        Microwave sterilisers allow you to use your microwave to effectively sterilise baby bottles, teats and accessories. As with the electric steam steriliser, bottles and teats should be separated and facing down. Metallic products cannot be placed in a microwave steriliser.

        2. Boiling
        To sterilise using boiling, fill a large pot with water and submerge everything. Make sure there are no trapped air bubbles inside the bottles and teats. Be careful not to crowd the pan as bottles will be damaged if they touch the sides of the pan. Bring the water to a boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes to complete sterilisation.

        3. Chemical
        For chemical sterilisation, you will need to use a solution of water and a chemical made specifically for baby bottles, teats and accessories. Follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. Chemical sterilisation may fade the bottle markings over time.

        How long should I continue sterilising nursing bottles and nipples?

        You should sterilise your baby's feeding equipment for at least the first 12 months of their life.

        Babies have little resistance to infection and sterilising helps to protect them.

        Should I sterilise nursing bottles and accessories after each use?

        Yes.

        Breast milk and infant formula are full of rich nutrients, and are ideal breeding grounds for micro organisms.

        You should sterilise all feeding equipment after each use for at least the first year of your baby's life.

        How do I use Pigeon Liquid Cleanser?

        1. Put Pigeon Liquid Cleanser onto a washing brush or sponge

        2. Clean the feeding bottles, teats and accessories

        3. Rinse in running water

        Can I use Pigeon Liquid Cleanser to sterilise?

        No, Pigeon Liquid Cleanser is a cleaning agent only. Use it to remove milk stains or dirt that can accumulate on baby bottles, teats, toys and accessories after use.

        Sterilisation can only be achieved via electric (steam, microwave), boiling or chemical processes.

        Go-to Videos

        How To - Clean Milk Valves

        Milk Saver Pump

        How To - Bottle Cleaning

        How To – Compact Steam Sterilizer

        How To – Manual Breast Pump

        How To – Multi Function Steam Sterilizer

        How To – Electric Breast Pump Pro

        How to - Attaching Teats

        BREASTMILK STORAGE GUIDELINES

        Breastmilk Room Temperature Refrigerator Freezer
        Freshly expressed into a closed container 6-8 hours (26oC or lower).
        If refrigeration is available, store milk there.
        No more than 72 hours. Store in the back, where it is coldest

        2 weeks in freezer compartment inside refrigerator (-15oC)

        3 months in freezer section of refrigerator with separate door (-18 oC)

        6 – 12 months in deep freeze (-20 oC)*

        Previously frozen – thawed in refrigerator and not warmed 4 hours or less (ie the next feed) Store in refrigerator 24 hours Do not refreeze
        Thawed outside refrigerator in warm water For completion of feed Hold for 4 hours or until next feed Do not refreeze
        Infant has begun feeding Only for the completion of the feed, then discard Discard Discard

         

        *Chest or upright manual defrost deep freezer that is opened infrequently and maintains ideal temperature

        Reproduced from National Health and Medical Research Council 2012, ‘Infant Feeding Guidelines’, NHMRC, Canberra p59.

        BREASTFEEDING

        Breastmilk is the most precious gift a mother can give her baby, providing nutrients necessary for healthy growth and antibodies that protect your baby from disease. The time spent breastfeeding also helps to foster a stronger bond with your baby.

        The benefits are so great, that Health Professionals recommend that your baby should be fed exclusively breastmilk from birth to six months, and then that breastmilk be given in addition to solid foods until at least 12 months.

        Breastfeeding is such an important part of the amazing journey of motherhood. Our colleagues in Singapore have put together a comprehensive website that covers a variety of topics relating to breastfeeding, including:

        • Learning about the wonders of breastmilk
        • Hints for continual Breastfeeding
        • What should I do? (Mother’s edition)
        • What should I do (Baby edition)
        • To First Time fathers

        Pigeon Breastfeeding Advisor (opens a new tab)

        PDF LINK: Click Here for the Pigeon Breastfeeding Book which you can read on screen, print or download!