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Which teat does my baby need?!

Most bottles offer various teat levels that are tied to an age range (for example, 3 months+), but every infant has their own feeding style that is not necessarily a reflection of their age or size.

The majority of Dr. Brown’s bottles come with a level 1 teat, which is a slow-flow teat for newborn babies and older. That level may be too fast or too slow for your baby and you may need to adjust. It’s also common for baby to graduate to a faster flow as their feeding develops. There is no “right” time to change your baby’s teat level. Every baby is different; some babies will be perfectly content using level one throughout their bottle feeding days, while others are more aggressive eaters and need to advance to the next level. Your baby will let you know if and when the time comes to change levels.

Below are some signs to look for from your baby. When you notice any of these signs, it usually means that the baby is not getting a fast enough flow and it is time to move up a level. Please remember, if these signs never occur then there is no need to change anything and it is always best to check with your Healthcare Professional.

  • Baby is taking longer to finish eating
  • They become fussy or irritated while eating
  • They fall asleep during feeding
  • Here are also some signs that the teat flow is too fast:
  • Gulping
  • Hard swallowing
  • Coughing
  • Choking
  • Milk dripping from the mouth
  • Refusing the bottle

  • The Dr Brown’s range of teats available from Baby-Central offers a range of 6 teat sizes/flow speeds are available to grow with your baby’s needs:
  • Preemie Flow
  • Level 1 – Birth to 3 months (on every bottle)
  • Level 2 – 3 months to 6 months (most popular speed)
  • Level 3 – 6 months +
  • Level 4 – 6 months + Hungry Babies
  • Y Cut Teat - Allows thicker feeds which would block the hole of a normal teat

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