What Philips Avent nipple should I use for my baby?
Philips Avent nipples are available at different flow rates for your growing baby. Here are some age guidelines you may want to use.
(0) The Newborn nipple with 1 hole is recommended for babies 0+ month that are both breastfed and bottle-fed
(1) The Slow Flow nipple with 2 holes is recommended for babies 1+ months that are both breastfed and bottle-fed
(2) The Medium Flow nipple with 3 holes is recommended for 3+ months
(3) The Fast Flow nipple is recommended for 6+ months;
We also offer a variable flow nipple for an extra fast flow and thicker liquids. It has a slot cut into it which provides an adjustable flow rate. The flow rate can be varied by turning the bottle to align the I, II or III markings on the nipple with the baby's nose. The variable flow nipple is suitable for babies aged 3 months and upwards. Next to this we offer a special thick feed nipple that is great for even thicker feeds. It is recommended for 6 months plus.
Ideas of when to change the flow rate:
If you are breastfeeding, we suggest staying with the Newborn nipple because it is designed to match the flow rate of the mother
If your child becomes frustrated at meal times. You may see them suckling hard then pulling away crying, suckling hard again or your baby is taking longer than 20 to 30 minutes to finish a bottle; this may be an indication that the flow is too slow. If this the case change to a nipple with a higher flow rate
If your baby has to let go of the nipple, is spilling milk, is getting too much milk too swallow or milk is dripping between the lips and the nipple, the flow rate might be too fast, change to a nipple with a lower flow rate.
You can also use the Natural nipples with screw ring in combination with the Classic/Classic+/anti-colic Feeding Bottles.