Parenting is the most beautiful experience ever. But it is a challenging task as it comes with its own set of responsibilities. Things become little tricky when you try and introduce something new. When you are planning to shift your baby from breast milk to bottle, you need to be very careful.
If your baby isn’t ready to accept the transition, then it can get very frustrating. You can actually try combining the two different feeding ways and take it slow. Someone has rightly said that ‘The teat is for baby, the bottle is for mum!’
You need to ensure that you do not try to push things and always remember that every kid is different.
Read on to find out the simple tips that can make the entire process simple and safe.
- Select the right size:
It is of utmost importance and you need to pick up a size that will go well with the age of the baby. You will be amazed to see that there are innumerable sizes as well as ‘flow rates’ available in the market. There is no need to get confused and be clear about the demand of your newborn. You need to keep in mind that a small hole will restrict the flow of the liquid. On the other hand, the larger holes will ensure that the liquid flows down at a much faster rate. So select after considering these two important factors.
- What kind of liquid you want to feed the infant?
It is also equally important as the breast milk is thinner in comparison to all other options. If you are planning to introduce formula milk, then you must opt for medium flow. Similarly, thicker feeds would require larger holes.
- What’s the speed of milk intake of your newborn?
Now that you are clear about what you wish to feed your child, you need to pay close attention to this aspect. For instance, the baby who prefers to drink the breast milk at a faster rate would be requiring medium holes. On the other hand, the slow drinker would stick to small holes.
- The Material of NUK Teats:
The markets are flooded with clear silicone teats. You must always for the higher quality ones as these are heat resistant and can be cleaned with great ease. Just in case your kid is not accepting this one, then maybe you can try the latex teats. These ones have a ‘skin-like’ feel and a lot of babies actually love it. You need to pay attention to the fact that latex has a different smell and get rid of it boil in normal milk for about 5 minutes initially and you are good to go.
- Shape of Bottle:
Well, you can choose from the wide neck or the narrow neck. Every shape has its own advantages and in the end everything depends on the requirement and preference. The bottles with narrow neck are easier to hold. On the other hand, the ones with wider necks can be cleaned with great ease. To reduce the risk of colic, ensure that you choose a bottle that supports good ventilation system.
- NUK Teat shape:
The best part about the NUK teat first choice+ Teat is the fact that these have a very natural feel, just like mother’s teats. These are asymmetrical and are rounded on the top. So it can easily fit in the mouth of your little one without much effort. The tongue can also move freely as these are flat at the end. If you select these teats then you can be sure of one thing that the risk associated with nipple confusion is considerably reduced.
What can be better than this, both for the mother and child!