Teats

Peristaltic and Peristaltic PLUS Teats

General Notes

  • The teat opening and ventilation hole can become clogged.
  • Clogging can lead to teat collapse.
  • Keep the teat opening and ventilation hole clear.
  • The tip of the teat is very delicate. When using a teat brush to clean it, gently press the tip with the tip of your finger while washing to prevent the brush from breaking through.
  • Inspect before each use and pull the teat in all directions to ensure no damage.
  • The teats may be worn by biting. Special attention is needed for teething children.
  • Throw away at the first signs of damage or weakness.
  • Do not leave a teat in direct sunlight or heat, or leave in disinfectant/sterilising solution for longer than recommended, as this may weaken the teat.
  • When not in use, keep in a dry, covered container.

 

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What are they made from?

SILICONE RUBBER

What are the Sterilisation Methods I can use?

Microwave, Steam, Boiling, Chemical
Heat Resistance: 120 degrees C.

How do I know when to change to the next size of teat?

We recommend that you get the cues to change size from your baby rather than the teat packet. Age recommendations for teats are very difficult because each baby develops at a different rate.

Ways you can tell that you should move up a size:

– your baby is fussing every time they feed – this could mean that they are getting frustrated with the flow of milk from the bottle as it’s not coming fast enough.

– the teat keeps collapsing when the baby is drinking, (and it’s not because the air flow valve is blocked). This can mean that the baby is sucking too hard for the size of the hole in the teat and a vacuum is being created, hence the teat collapses. The baby is trying to drink faster than the size of the teat will allow.

What is the difference in the openings of the different teat sizes?

SofTouch Peristaltic PLUS teats (Wide Neck)

In an SS and S teat, the teat opening is a round hole. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down, milk will drip out without any sucking needed. This is perfect for young babies who have little jaw development yet as they don’t have to work too hard to get their milk.

In the M and L teats, the opening is a cross cut. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down no milk will drip out, as the baby is required to suck on the teat in order to open the cross cut tip. This is perfect for babies as they get older and have stronger jaw muscles. A cross-cut also enables the baby to vary the flow of milk themselves – the harder they suck, the larger the cross-cut opens.

 

Peristaltic teats (Slim Neck)

The Slim Neck teats have a slightly different sizing system of ‘S’, ‘M’, ‘L’ and ‘Y’

In the S, M and L sized teats, the teat opening is a round hole. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down, milk will drip out without any sucking needed. The hole size increases from small to large, to match the ongoing milk flow requirements of a growing baby.

In the teat, the opening is cut in the shape of a ‘Y’ or ‘cross cut’. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down no milk will drip out, as the baby is required to suck on the teat in order to open the cross cut tip. A cross-cut also enables the baby to vary the flow of milk themselves – the harder they suck, the larger the cross-cut opens. This also means that it can be used for a wider range of ages compared to a round hole which cannot expand and contract.