Choosing the Best Nipple Flow Rate for Your Baby

If you are a new or expecting parent, you may still be familiarizing with all of the nuances of proper feeding. For instance, did you know that you need to adjust the nipple size of the bottles you are using as your baby grows? Most nipple sizes are tied to an age range; however, this can adjust with the feeding style of your baby. Knowing when to move to the next nipple size is important. It is an essential part of creating a comfortable and happy feeding experience, and it can help your baby feel more comfortable after feedings, too. The proper nipple size will prevent baby from swallowing too much air while they feed, and that is one of the issues that has been linked to colic. Fortunately, the baby bottle blender comes with five different nipple sizes for different flow rates—among other features that are designed to keep baby’s digestive system happy and healthy. baby bottle blender

How do you know which flow rate is right for your baby?

While most nipple levels are tied to an age range, every infant has its own feeding style, which is not necessarily a reflection of their age or size, and there is no timeline to changing your baby’s bottle blender nipple level. Your baby will offer signs if it is time to switch levels on your baby bottle blender, though.

For instance, it may be time to increase the nipple flow rate on your baby bottle blender if baby is:

• Taking longer to finish eating;

• Becoming fussy or irritated while eating; or

• Falling asleep during feeding.

Additionally, You may want to try a slower flow (lower level) nipple on your baby bottle blender if your baby is:

• Gulping;

• Hard swallowing;

• Coughing;

• Choking;

• Dripping milk from the mouth; or

• Refusing the bottle.

Of course, adjustable flow rates aren’t everything

Changing the flow rate to meet your baby’s needs is an important step in proper feeding, but the flow rate alone isn’t the only cause of digestive discomfort. You can have the exact right nipple size for your baby’s age, size, and feeding style and the baby can still be feeling heightened discomfort post-feeding and more susceptible to bouts of colic. Why? Because your baby might not just be gulping air during the nursing process. The way you mix your formula could be introducing air bubbles into the baby’s meal. That’s where a baby bottle blender becomes extra important.

The Benefits of a Baby Bottle Blender

Unlike a regular bottle, a baby bottle blender mixes baby formula or breast milk right in the bottle and without any need for shaking or stirring—and that reduces the amount of air bubbles that get worked into the liquid in the process. Reducing those air bubbles significantly reduces post-feeding symptoms, like gas, spit-up, and colic; and the baby bottle blender is additionally equipped with easy latch-on breast-like silicone nipples (made of BPA-, PVC-, and Phthalates-free plastic), and it features five flow levels:

1. Slow Flow is designed for when you are switching between breast and bottle because it mimics the slower flow of breastfeeding. The design also works wonderfully for premature babies and babies who have a slower feeding preference.

2. Medium Flow is designed for when infants take a long time to feed from a Level 1 nipple. If your baby is accepting early solid foods or if your pediatrician has recommended thickening their formula, your baby is probably ready for a medium flow nipple.

3. The Fast Flow nipple is for babies who have already begun to sit up and eat solid foods. As their coordination develops, they can handle the flow of milk better than a newborn—and they are ready for more substance per feeding.

4. The Sippy Spout is for older babies who are consistently feeding with no difficulties and requiring more per sip to feel full. It’s a sippy-cup hybrid with a simple-to-sip, spill-proof spout that allows your baby to gradually learn and improve coordination while still getting the proper nutrients with minimal air bubbles.

5. The sippy cup conversion adds grip handles specifically designed for little hands and a sippy spout so your older baby can sip while holding their bottle.

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