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- Why I Bought -
I had always planned to breast feed my son but as I wanted the option to express milk I did also stock up on bottles, milk storage pots, steriliser and bottle brushes. In fact I was so well prepared that from looking at the huge selection of feeding equipment we had you could easily have thought we were intending to bottle feed formula. I was keen to purchase most of the feeding equipment from the Philips Avent brand as I knew it was popular and widely available. We purchased three 125ml bottles which each came with a classic newborn flow silicone teat and three 260ml bottles which each came with a slow flow silicone teat.
- The Teats -
The newborn flow teats (stage one) and slow flow teats (stage two) are made from extra soft transparent silicone which is BPA free. The stage one teats have one hole so that the baby gets a controlled amount of milk which avoids them drinking too much. The stage two teats have two holes to deliver milk at the correct speed for babies of one month plus. The teats are designed to work with the ring that sits at the neck of the bottle to limit colic. According to the Avent website this works because the teat has a 'unique skirt' which flexes to allow air into the bottle instead of into the baby's stomach. The unique shape of the teat is meant to give baby an easy latch too. Avent claim their unique design reduces fussing and discomfort. The teat is easy to attach to the bottle.
There are other teat stages available but I haven't experienced using them. There is a medium flow teat with three holes (stage 3) for 3 months plus, fast flow teat with four holes (stage 4) for six months plus and a variable flow teat for thicker liquids for 3 months plus. While the stage one teats come with the 125ml bottles and the stage two teats come with the 260ml bottles, every stage of teat can also be purchased separately in packs of two. All the teats are interchangeable with the different sizes of Avent bottles.
- In Use -
I first used the 125ml bottles with the newborn teats when my son was only a week old. I wanted to increase my milk supply and try out my breast pump so I had expressed some breast milk. My son had had to have a bottle of formula in hospital as his blood sugar levels had been low. I think this helped him take to the Avent bottle and teat very quickly. We made sure there was milk on the teat so that he knew what it was and he started sucking straight away. He seemed to be getting the perfect amount of milk through the newborn teat and it looked comfortable in his mouth. From then on we mostly used the bottles and newborn teats for expressed milk when I was away from the baby. We never experienced any colic, just a small amount of wind. We used these until 125mls wasn't enough and we moved onto the 260ml Avent bottles with the stage two teats. The stage two teats seemed perfect for my son at this stage. We used these with breast milk until my son was six months old when he started to have formula if I wasn't there to breast feed him. The bottles and teats worked well with both breast milk and formula. When my son was 12 months old he moved onto a beaker. Overall I found these easy to attach to the bottle and use. My son took to them easily and we never experienced any negative effects from using them.
- Cleaning -
As with the bottles, these teats are dishwasher and microwave steriliser safe. It is important to completely take the bottle apart before cleaning it to ensure that all milk residue is thoroughly removed. This is very easy to do and I usually washed them by hand with a bottle brush. I sterilised them before use in our Avent steriliser. They still looked good after between three and nine months of use, however this was occasional use compared to someone who is bottle feeding formula several times a day. It is important to remember that the teats can start to crack and may need replacing before you are finished with the bottles.
- Price and Availability -
I will give the prices for all of the stages of teats from Amazon as they are fairly competitive. However, they are also available from other shops such as Boots and John Lewis. I think these prices are reasonable, not the cheapest available but then you are paying for quality and a trusted brand.
Newborn Flow (stage 1) £4.36
Slow Flow (stage 2) £4.79
Medium Flow (stage 3) £4.95
Fast Flow (stage 4) £4.00
Variable Flow £3.46
You also get a newborn teat with every 125ml bottle you purchase and a slow flow teat with every 260ml bottle.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend the Avent silicone teats as we found them to be easy to use and clean, long lasting, high quality and most importantly my son took to them straight away. I would certainly buy these again in the future.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Teats to fit Avent baby feeding bottles. The teats come in different flow rates for newborn babies or older babies but will all fit the two sizes of bottle made by Avent.
The teat that goes in baby's mouth is very upright compared to other brands of teat, the shape helps babies who are not confident feeders to grip the teat in their mouth and attain the art of sucking.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD?
They are the best teats, they slot into the space in the collar of the bottle easily and do not have crinkled sections to make cleaning them harder. You must make sure the teats are pulled through correctly because I've noticed with these that when I shake my baby daughter's bottle the milk will fly out if the teat isn't pulled through enough. Once they are in position there will be no leaks or drips even if you tip the bottle upside down.
My daughter is seven weeks old and she couldn't suck through the newborn teat so I moved her up a level and with the larger holes she can now drink her milk without having to work too hard. My middle daughter also used Avent bottles and teats and even when she had teeth and was biting she didn't manage to bite a hole in the silicone, she bit through some Tommee Tippee teats so badly that she nearly choked on the end piece when it came away so quickly.
You can turn the teats inside out to make sure they are clean before sterilising, this is important at this time of year because any milk you've left on the teat can breed germs very quickly in the heat. They can be used with all sterilisers and because the teat is narrower than Tommee Tippee they will fit into smaller sterilisers without having to force them and lose space.
Avent teats come in packs of 2 and cost about £4, that sounds expensive but it's still a lot cheaper than replacing the bottles if anything happens to the teat.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
When I was having my second daughter we bought an Avent sterilisers which came with a couple of bottles as for all I planned on breast feeding I had hoped to dual feed after a month or so, unfortunately things didn't go to plan and Emily ended up on formula and bottles.
We bought some extra bottles to go with our sterilisers and we decided it would be best to stick with the Avent brand so ended up with 6 bottles in total which all had stage 1 teats on them.
The teats to buy on their own costs around £4.50 for a two pack and you can buy them in newborn flow, slow flow, medium flow, fast flow and variflow. The teats comes packaged in a small plastic box which is great for keeping spare dummies in when you go out.
The teats vary the flow by the number of holes that are in the teat, newborn has one hole, slow flow has two holes, medium flow has three holes, fast flow has four holes and variflow has a cross shaped cut in the centre of the teat so the baby controls the flow with their sucking.
One thing I found r4eally good about the teats when we were in the process of introducing the next stage was that on the teat there is a number on with a little circle around it so you knew what stage teat you were using. The variflow teats have little lines around the base, there is one line then a little further round two lines and then a little further again three lines, you had to lines the number of lines up with your babies nose for how fast you wanted the teat to work so if you wanted a fast flow through the day and a slower calmer flow on an evening you could get this with one teat.
The teats are made of silicone which is BPA free and they have a base which is designed to flex as the baby drinks to allow air into the bottle and prevent your baby suffering colic.
We found our daughter took really well to these teats, we had a little trouble with her at 5 weeks old which we thought was colic and was beginning to think the teats weren't doing very well however it turned out she had reflux and as soon as she was put on special milk and Gaviscon this was sorted. She moved though the stages easily although we went from slow flow to fast flow and then variflow as there was no need to go through every stage in the correct order for her.
The teats were easy to wash and sterilise and then easy to fit onto the bottles with very little touching and they must have been comfortable for my daughter to use as she loved her fees once we sorted the reflux problem out. The teats are very strong and we didn't have a single one wear out and split in the time we used them and the variflow ones were used for quite a few months. I would recommend these teats in fact I would recommend the whole Avent feeding system as I didn't have a problem with any of it.
==Avent Silicone Teats=
After digging out all of Jacks old feeding milk bottles in preparation for our next little bubba due in a few months time I realised that the old teats we had saved did not stand the test of time as well as the bottles themselves did and we would of course need to buy new teats to go with the bottles.
As we have both a selection of Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Bottles and the Avent Bottles I thought I would have a look at how much I would need to be spending with each bottle with a view to getting new teats for both. I remember Jack not taking to the Tommee Tippee at all and after a short while of trying them on him we went with using the Avent bottles so I am really not sure whether to just start the new baby off on the Avent bottles or the Tommee Tippee ones. I would like to try breast feeding this time as I was unable to with Jack but do hope to express some milk so that Himself can be involved with some of the feeding.
The Avent Silicone teats can be bought in a variety of different places from Boots and Superdrug to Tescos and Morrison's. The prices seem to vary slightly but not too much. It seems that if you shop online there is a greater price saving but this of course has to be done in plenty of time and not last minute like it was when we had Jack which meant we had to rush to Boots to get some for that day so shopping online just wasn't possible.
The Avent teats come in a variety of different flows ranging from newborn feeding, slow feeding, medium feeding to fast feeding. These are characterised by the amount of holes that are in the tip of the teat allowing for more or less milk to be passed through as the baby sucks. Too much too quick for a newborn will result in the baby being sick as they suck too hard and take in too much milk for them. Each pack will always have an age range on to go along with the flow rate but of course each baby is different and some younger babies may need a fast flow so go with what your baby needs.
The teats can be sterilised but need to be washed and rinsed before being put into any steriliser and of course at the first sign of any damage such as cracking or breaking the teats should be disposed of and replaced. They are not suitable for the dishwasher or the microwave. The teats are generally pretty easy to clean as the rubbery silicone can be turned inside out with ease and then fresh water pushed through with a finger to get any left over milk out.
I never had any real trouble with the teats splitting or perforating and I now only need to buy new ones because the ones I have are over 5 years old now so are not really ideal to use for the new baby.
On Amazon at the moment for a pack of two newborn teats you will be looking at paying £4.42p compared to boots which have them for sale at £4.99p and I am sure when I saw them in Morrison's they were slightly above the £5 price although my local Morrison's didn't have the newborn flow available when I had a look. As far as price goes there really isn't much in it but it is worth looking around especially when I have so many bottles to put new teats on.
There is not really anything negative I can say about these teats from Avent. Jack took to using them far better than the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature teats so this is another plus for these teats rather than the other brand. I think a top score of 5 out of 5 stars is in order and I would give them a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Once I had decided breastfeeding wasn't for me, I set out to find the best feeding equipment I could. I seen the avent brand and after hearing a lot about them from friends and family I decided to get everything I needed from avent.
I started off just using the teats I got with the newborn starter pack as these dispensed the right amount of milk that my daughter needed at the time. As she got older she was demanding more milk and the newborn teats were simply not providing her with enough milk that she wanted.
I set out to buy the normal teats for the next age up but I came across the avent silicone teats and I thought the whole idea was simply amazing and I had never seen anything like them before. I immediately bought a pack of 2 to try them out before I bought any more. A pack of 2 costs around £4.50, which isn't too bad considering the price of some of the others, from different brands.
The teats themselves are designed to allow baby to feed at their own pace. There are 3 settings on the teat 1, 2, and 3. This allows the milk to come out at different flows depending on how much the baby wants to drink at once. The teats come with different age ranges but due to the allowance of different speeds of milk consumption they are generally suitable for ages 3 months + however you may find that as they get older even the setting 3 won't be enough. My daughter was 4 months when we got these and she used the setting 2 straight away, so it really just depends on the baby and how quickly they want to drink. These teats are great for growing and advancing with the baby.
The shape of the teat is the same as most of the avent branded teats so there should be no problem with baby refusing the teat. They are also easy to fit to the avent bottles as they are designed for this brand. I don't know if they would fit onto another bottle as I have never had to try this, but from seeing other bottles I don't think they would.
They are easy to sterilise I had the avent steriliser so I think it would be guaranteed to be easy, but i wouldn't have thought it would have mattered what steriliser you have.
The thing i found most useful about these teats was the way you can change the flow setting. It's very simple to do also, all you have to do it turn the bottle so that the number you require is facing upwards. I don't quite know how it works but when you have the teat facing different ways different amounts of milk come out of the hole. As I have already said when I got these teats my daughter started with the number 2 setting but at night time and sometimes through the day, I would use the number one setting. I would usually do this if she was half asleep, I didn't want her to choke, or if I thought she was drinking too much too quickly I would reduce the setting.
I would definitely recommend these teats, they make feeding a lot easier and in the long run they save you money as they last through the different stages. I would say though that if the teats start to show any wear or tear then to replace them with new ones. One or two of ours needed replacing, but this wasn't to do with the quality of the teats, my daughter was simply teething and after many of feeds chewing on the teat it eventually took its toll.
I became a mum in December 2008 and knew before my little girl was born, that I wouldn't be breastfeeding her. So I got myself some Dirfrax bottles (another brand that is sold much in Holland) but my daughter didn't wanted to drink from these bottles. My friend adviced me to try Avent bottles with silicon teats, so I did. And it worked! My daughter still was a slow drinker, but at least she was finishing her bottle without too much crying. I spend a fortune on these silicon teats, as they come in many sizes and varieties. I will tell you a bit more about the Silicone Teats in the next paragraph.
**Avent Silicon Teats**
There are different types of teats available for your baby or toddler, each used for different fluids and at different ages.
1. Teats with 1 hole are used best for the first few months after a baby is born, milk doesn't come throught that quickly so your baby won't be drinking too quickly (and there is less change he/she will give back milk after drinking). I used this 1 holed teat the first month and a half. But because my daughter fell asleep while feeding, it sometimes took me over an hour for her to finish a small bottle. So I got myself the 2 holes teats. For all Avent teats it can be said they are colic reducing.
2. These 2 holes teats are useful when your baby is a very slow drinker or falls asleep during drinking (like my girl). They can be used from the age of 1+ months. The milk floaths through a bit quicker but not too quick. Your baby won't choke while drinking. This teat can be found under the name "slow flow". The number 2 is printed on the side of the teat.
3. The "medium flow" teats with the number 3, have 3 holes and can be used from the age of 3+ months. I started using this one when my girl was very tired and had a large bottle of milk coming up. I at least was pretty sure that when using a medium flow teat, she would finish her bottle. Also of course, the older your baby gets, the more milk they drink and the faster they can drink it, so I would advice to switch from a number 2 to a number 3 teat around 4-5 months.
4. This teat is also named the "fast flow" and can be used from the age of 6 months up untill your child stops drinking from a bottle. I still use this teat from time to time especially when my girl is thirsty and the only thing around is an Avent bottle she sometimes gets her limonade from this bottle. This number 4 teat makes sure she doesn't get impatient because her milk isn't coming quick enough.
5. Variable flow teats can be used from the age of 3+ months and the great thing about this teater is that you can turn it into different floating positions. I loved this teat because I could use it for feeding milk but also for giving my girl some thick juice like orange juice (of course when she was a bit older not when she was really tiny).
All Avent teats are made of soft silicon, easy machine washable cost between 2.50 Pounds to 3.50 Pounds. Most times these teats come in packs of two. On the packing of the teats you'll find some information about the size of the teat. The Avent teats are all BPA free. And a bit more about the reduced colic problems, this was tested by Avent and it was clinically shown that babies fed with these silicon teats got a lot less colic than babies that were fed with other teats.
A great product, Avent really thought of this and designed a well working teater than can be bought in different variaties. They all can be easily clicked on the bottle (I do advice to combine the teater with an Avent bottle as they fit best). I used these teats for 18 months now and only the real old ones (size 1 and 2) were thrown away because I didn't needed them anymore. And after using them a lot, they do tend to get a bit more difficult to clean and they get a bit too much souplesse. The numbers on the sides are useful too, so you won't mistakingly use the wrong "flow"for your baby.
I have three children and have used Avent bottles and teats for them all. Generally I find the Avent range to be good quality and do exactly what they are expected to do. The Avent range is designed to help reduce colic.
My youngest child is now nine months and although taking some solids he still requires formula milk. I am currently using the variable flow teats for him, although I have used the new born and 3 month teats. The reason I use the variable flow is because I can adjust the speed that he takes his milk, if he is too greedy I try to slow down his intake so as he does not choke and does not get full of wind.
There are a number of teats to choose from in the range:
0m+ extra soft silicone teat for newborns, this has 1 hole for the milk
1m+ silicone teat, 2 holes for the milk, slow flow
3m+ silicone teat, medium flow, 3 holes
6m+ silicone teat, fast flow, 4 holes
3m+ variable flow for thicker liquids, flow rate can be varied.
Avent teats are made from soft silicone and they have a built-in airflex valve which is supposed to help reduce colic.
The teats come in packs of 2, they are in a clear plastic container with Avent clearly printed on the label and the size if the teat is very clearly printed. It is recommended that you change a baby's teats every 3 months. The teats can be sterilised using a steam steriliser or other steriliser, or if you don't have a steriliser the instructions say the teat should be boiled for 5 minutes. The teats can also be washed in the dishwasher.
I have been using these teats for all my children and will continue until my son no-longer takes milk from a bottle. I do find that the Avent teats are quite expensive. ranging from £2.80 to £3.60 for a pack of two. I usually buy mine in Boots but they are widely available from supermarkets and chemists.
Proven to reduce colic. Medical grade silicone teats are shaped to mimic the breast in form & function. Available in different flow speeds.