Originally Posted On: May 11, 2015 By ImaMommy
Finding the Right Nipple Size for Your Baby
So why do we have different sizes of baby nipples? Well, it all comes down to flow rate, that is, the rate at which your baby will comfortably take in liquids without the concern of excessive burping or choking on the liquid. Remember that not all liquids are the same. Thicker liquids like breast milk and formula will stream at a slower rate than water or juice. And newborns cannot keep up with the flow of milk required by a six-months old.
So what’s the right size nipple for your baby?
Here’s the rule of thumb: Every baby has his or her own flow rate requirements. It’s not an exact science, so we measure nipple size by age as a general rule of thumb, but mom’s will need to adjust nipple sizes if their baby’s needs are slower or faster than the average – no worries here.
If a growing baby is not getting enough nourishment, or collapsing the nipple, this could be a sign that you need to increase the flow rate and move up a nipple size to increase the flow. Switching to a higher flow nipple will improve the intake for the little one and keep them satisfied.
If your baby’s bottle seems to have a fast flow that can choke the baby or cause excessive burping, you may want to switch to a smaller size nipple that will decrease the flow rate. So moving to a slower flow rate may result in a happy little eater.
“Sippy Nipple” offers 3 sizes of nipples to meet the needs of your child; 6-12 months, 12 to 18 months and 18+ months. The American Pediatric Association recommends that breast milk and formula provide all the liquids your baby needs, so you can hold off on giving water and juice until your baby is 6 months old.