Are wide-neck bottles better for newborns?

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asked Apr 17 in Baby/Newborn by Withmyphone (1,940 points)
Are wide-neck bottles better for newborns?

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answered Apr 22 by Coffeemomma (35,220 points)
Wide neck bottles or wide neck bottle nipples are better for newborns as they are shaped more like a breast and offer a wider sloped nipple.

The wide neck bottle nipples are great for babies that are breastfed or for babies that have a wider latch.

The best bottle nipple shape for most babies 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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