A soon-to-be-mommy that I’ve known for years noticed that I didn’t have an entry about nipples for bottles 0n here, so I figured if she’s curious about it, so are others.
But here’s the beauty of it – there really isn’t much to write because the bottle manufacturers do the nipple thinking for you. You pretty much can only buy nipples that match the brand of bottles that you buy, otherwise the nipples won’t fit. But what you should know, the nipples come in different levels of milk flow that are appropriate for your child’s stage. A light trickle for newborns to three months, and then the flow intensity increases per stage. So be sure to pay attention to the stages that are marked on the nipples. Most bottle kits come with the first stage nipples. Which is actually kind of a pain when your baby is older and you’re looking into getting new bottles, but convenient for a baby shower registry.
You do want to make sure that the nipples are BPA free, and to boil them in hot water before using them for the first time. Also never put them in the dishwasher, otherwise they might rip. As soon as a nipple rips, you must toss it, because small particles of rubber can get into your child’s milk.
Also, you may want to hold off on going crazy on buying bottles and nipples if you are contemplating breast feeding. That’s because if you breastfeed and are with your babies most of the time, you really only need one or two bottles for when you absolutely have to leave them for more than a few hours. And even then, the breastfed baby might still refuse bottles. And if you are a breast feeding mom that works, you still want to hold off on buying too many bottles until you figure out which kind of bottle has a shape and nipple that is pleasing to your breast fed baby’s picky palate.
So at that point, you may want to look into nipples that have shorter tips to avoid bothering the sensitive gag reflexes that a breastfed baby is usually equipped with. I had good luck with this one. You will also see at the bottom of that entry that a friend of mine suggested a more inexpensive alternative for a bottle for breastfed babies.
Hope this helps, because to be honest if you Google “nipples for bottles,” the results aren’t that appropriate to your search…if ya know what I mean! Because I was trying to search for what kind of questions someone may have regarding them, and my eyes are a bit tainted now. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, if any of you have any other questions about nipples for bottles, feel free to ask on here, and I will be happy to answer them!