When can you stop using Dr Brown bottles?

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asked Apr 17 in Baby/Newborn by Withmyphone (1,940 points)
When can you stop using Dr Brown bottles?

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answered Apr 22 by Coffeemomma (35,220 points)
You can stop using Dr Brown bottles by around 1 year or when they stop using the bottle.

Some babies stop using Dr Browns bottles or other bottles around 6 to 9 months of age.

Dr Brown bottles do help with gas as babies using the Dr Brown bottles don't take in air as they would with regular bottles so they are less gassy and less fussy and don't need to be burped as often.

You don't have to use the green insert in Dr Brown bottles as they are just a vent and can be removed.

The green thing in Dr Brown's bottles is a vent that can be removed.

The vent in Dr Brown's bottles prevents air from coming into contact with the milk in the bottle which prevents the baby from sucking in air and prevents colic and the need for burping which also reduces feeding problems for the baby.

The difference between green and blue Dr Browns bottles is the Green Dr Browns bottles is like the natural flow blue bottle but with the added option to use the bottle with or without the internal vent system.

The green vent in the Dr Brown's Options+ Bottle can be removed.

Some parents find that removing the vent from the Dr Brown bottle to be a convenient option when baby's feeding becomes more developed.

The options+ grows with your baby, allowing you to remove the vent when your baby develops beyond, or does not experience, feeding problems.

The 1 on Dr Brown bottles means it has a slow flow nipple that is meant for newborn babies until around 3 to 4 months of age.

Dr Brown bottles leak so bad because of the nipple flow level being too slow which causes the baby to suck harder and harder to get the milk.

This pushes the air into the vent and causes pressure to buildup which then causes the milk to push out of the collar and cause leaking.

Increasing the nipple flow level to the next size can solve the leaking issue of Dr Brown Bottles.

You can stop using the vent in Dr Brown's bottles by 4 months of age.

Removing the vent from Dr Brown's bottles can make it easier for the baby to feed once they are 4 months of age and older.

You can use Dr Brown bottles without the vent as the vent on Dr Brown's bottles can be removed.

Dr Brown nipples collapse because they come with a little plastic tube and rubber mechanism to avoid excessive air intake by babies.

There is really no way around the collapsing of the Dr Brown nipples because there is no way for the air to vent back into the bottle unless the baby unlatches.

The nipple may also be too slow for the baby so you may need to size up the nipple.

On average it should take a baby around 10 to 15 minutes to drink a 4 oz bottle fully.

On average it should take a baby between 15 minutes to 30 minutes to finish a bottle.

Some babies may finish the bottle sooner and some may only drink part of the bottle and then want the rest later but most babies finish the entire bottle at once when they are really hungry.

When the baby is full they will push the bottle nipple out of their mouth.

The best bottle nipple shape is the standard bottle nipple which has a long and narrow base which is easy for most babies to use.

Other nipples have a wider base with varying nipple length sizes which can be hard for some babies to use.

However most breastfeeding babies latch on more easily and more deeply to nipples that have wider bases with a gentle slope down instead of an abrupt widening to the base of the nipple.

You will know when to change your baby bottle nipple size by age and when the baby takes longer to finish the bottle, has problems sucking and swallowing more air and the bottle nipple may collapse or the baby may also get fussy when eating.

Babies start with a flow 1 nipple when born and use the flow 1 nipple until 3 months of age and then are ready to move to a flow 2 nipple.

Flow 2 bottle nipples are for babies 3 months and up.

Before 3 months of age you will need to use flow 1 nipples.

Bottle nipples are sized differently depending on the age the baby they are meant for.

For example size 1 bottle nipples have a small hole which are meant for newborn babies and those that don't require a faster flow which is for ages birth to 3 months of age.

Size 2, size 3 and size 4 bottle nipples have much larger holes and are good for older babies above 3 months of age.

Special bottle nipples for premature babies are also available.

A bottle nipple is sometimes called a teat which is a flexible part of a baby bottle that allow the baby to suck on to get milk.

The teat or bottle nipple on a baby bottle contains a small hole that allows the milk and fluids to flow through slowly as the baby sucks.

The collar of the bottle goes over the nipple and screws onto the bottle to seal the nipple to the bottle.

There are different flow rates for nipples depending on the baby's age.

You can get bottle nipples that have a slow, medium, or fast flow rate.

These nipples are often numbered, 1 is the slowest flow.

Infants usually start with a smaller hole and slower flow.

You will increase the size as your baby gets better at feeding and drinks more.

A spout requires a bit more finesse than a nipple to draw out liquid.

It also supports your baby's transition from a suckling to a sucking drinking motion, which typically happens around the 6-month mark.

To support those first sips, we created a soft spout that's flexible and soft on gums.

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