Product Type: Dr Brown's kids equipment
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Dr Browns Teats For Baby Bottles
Dr Brown's Teats
Member Name: k2705
Dr Brown's Teats
Advantages: Well made
Disadvantages: None for us
As you may see from a recent review we have changed Jayden's bottles from Avent to Dr Brown to see if it will improve the amount of air he swallows when drinking his milk. Whilst there was a small improvement with the new bottles he was still gulping down a lot of air with his milk. I mentioned this when I took him to be weighed etc at the clinic and it was suggested that we tried the next level teat, whilst these are designed for babies a few months older than Jayden the idea was that the milk would come out of the teat faster for him meaning he would just swallow the milk and not have to keep sucking at the bottle to get the milk and in the process swallow air. I went to my local Boots to look for some new teats for his bottle as this was where I had purchased them from originally, luckily they had some in stock so I purchased enough for each bottle in the hope that they would solve the problem as swallowing the air does make him uncomfortable when feeding especially if he does not wind very well.
The Dr Brown Level Two Teats come attached to a square card, the background is white with a blue stripe going across the top, written in this is the size of the teat, how many the pack contains and also the age group that they are supposed to be for. The Dr Brown name is written down the right hand side of the card in different shades of blue and down the left hand side are stripes again in different shades of blue, the age group that the teats are for is repeated again at the bottom of the card. The amount of information on the front is quite limited, in the centre are the teats, these are covered and protected by a stiff plastic, this is moulded around the teats to form the shape of them. All of the main product information is written on the back of the card, the background again is white with black writing on it. The information consists of what to do before the first use, what to do after the first use and what to do before each use, also the information includes warnings about the product and a list of the different sized teats that Dr Brown do and what age group they are aimed at. All of the information is clear and easy to understand.
The Dr Brown Teats are silicon teats which are BPA free which basically means they are free of Bisphenol-A, I have never heard of this before but I assume it is a good thing that the teats do not contain this. Appearance wise the Level Two Teats look just like any other bottle teats, although these ones are described as wide neck which is the case with the bottles, these too are wide neck. When I compared the Level Two teats to the Level One ones which had come with the bottle they didn't actually look any different making me question whether the correct ones had been put inside the packet, however before I went back to the shop to say I thought the teats were wrong I did a bit of research online and discovered that the teats still have just the one hole in them (I was expecting two as this seems to be what a lot of teats have when you go up a level) but the hole is a little larger and it is the flow of milk that is different, the slightly larger hole allows the milk to flow faster. The Level Two Teats work in exactly the same way and combined with the bottle help to reduce the amount of air your baby takes in which in turn reduces wind and colic and helps with winding. The teats feel of a reasonable thickness which gives them impression that they are strong and will not split easily, or at least I am hoping this is the case, however I have not had any problems with the Level One teats so far and these are made from the same material so I am hoping the Level Two teats will be just as strong. The Dr Brown Level Two Teats are actually aimed at babies 3 + Months, Jayden is only 6 weeks and has been moved onto these, however this is following advise from a professional I would not have moved him up to these without checking first.
Before the First Use
One the back of the packaging you will find instructions for what to do before you use the Teats for the first time, these instructions consist of
* Use clean hands and clean surfaces when handling
* Place teat in an open container of boiling water for 5 minutes, boiling for any longer could cause damage to the teat
Make sure the teat hole is clean
After First Use
Again directions for what to do after the first use can be found on the back of the packaging, this is quite self explanatory but tells you that the teats can be sterilised using an electric or a microwave steriliser or even the top rack of a dishwasher but the water should not exceed 60 degree. I personally after washing them put them in a microwave steraliser with all the other parts of the bottles and so far have had no problems in doing this.
Before Each Use
Again this is information that can be found on the packaging, this sections exaplains how you should pull on each teat to make sure it does not tear. If there are any signs of wear like cracking or change of shape they should be replaced immidatley as small pieces can be inhalled and cause serious injury. This section also states that you should remove the teat from your babies mouth when they are not feeding.
The warnings are the final section described on the packaging of the Level Two Teats. This consists of
* Always use under adult supervision
* Never use feeding teats as soothers
* Continuous and prolonged sucking of fluids can cause tooth decay
* Check food temperature before feeding
* Do not turn teats inside out
Price and Availability
Dr Brown Level Two Teats are available in various shops such as Boots and Superdrug as well as online. I purchased my pack of two teats from my local Boots as I knew they stocked Dr Brown products as this was where I bought Jayden's bottles from. Each pack of two teats cost me £3.79, I thought this was reasonably value for money especially if they worked and helped when it came to feeding time. The teats were a little more expensive than some brands you could purchase, however you have to use the Dr Brown Teats with the Dr Brown bottles as they bottles and teats may not work properly.
We have used the Dr Brown Level Two Teats for several feeds now and there is a definite improvement in the amount of air Jayden is swallowing with his milk. The first time we used them he did look a bit surprised I think because the milk came out faster than what he was use to, this did cause a few problems until he got use to them, however by the end of the first bottle he was managing fine with them. As I have said I expected there to be two holes in the teat but this is not the case, there is just one larger hole although when I squirted some water out of a Level One Teat and then out of a Level Two Teat I didn't really notice a lot of difference, although I assume there must be a difference if you are drinking from them. I would recommend the Dr Brown Level Two Teats if you use the Dr Brown bottles, however the Level Two Teats are for babies older than Jayden and I have only purchased them after being advised to, you should stick to the right teat to match your babies age, before moving onto the next level early you should check with your doctor or health visitor first, but in terms of quality I have been pleased with the Dr Brown Teats and would definitely say they are worth the money.
Summary: Good quality baby product
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