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TEATS

General Notes
  • The teat opening and ventilation hole can become clogged.
  • Clogging can lead to teat collapse.
  • Keep the teat opening and ventilation hole clear.
  • The tip of the teat is very delicate. When using a teat brush to clean it, gently press the tip with the tip of your finger while washing to prevent the brush from breaking through.
  • Inspect before each use and pull the teat in all directions to ensure no damage.
  • The teats may be worn by biting. Special attention is needed for teething children.
  • Throw away at the first signs of damage or weakness.
  • Do not leave a teat in direct sunlight or heat, or leave in disinfectant/sterilising solution for longer than recommended, as this may weaken the teat.
  • When not in use, keep in a dry, covered container.
SILICONE RUBBER
Microwave, Steam, Boiling, Chemical
Heat Resistance: 120 degrees C.
We recommend that you get the cues to change size from your baby rather than the teat packet. Age recommendations for teats are very difficult because each baby develops at a different rate.
Ways you can tell that you should move up a size:
your baby is fussing every time they feed – this could mean that they are getting frustrated with the flow of milk from the bottle as it’s not coming fast enough.
the teat keeps collapsing when the baby is drinking, (and it’s not because the air flow valve is blocked). This can mean that the baby is sucking too hard for the size of the hole in the teat and a vacuum is being created, hence the teat collapses. The baby is trying to drink faster than the size of the teat will allow.
SofTouch Peristaltic PLUS teats (Wide Neck)
In an SS and S teat, the teat opening is a round hole. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down, milk will drip out without any sucking needed. This is perfect for young babies who have little jaw development yet as they don’t have to work too hard to get their milk.
In the M and L teats, the opening is a cross cut. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down no milk will drip out, as the baby is required to suck on the teat in order to open the cross cut tip. This is perfect for babies as they get older and have stronger jaw muscles. A cross-cut also enables the baby to vary the flow of milk themselves – the harder they suck, the larger the cross-cut opens.

Peristaltic teats (Slim Neck)
The Slim Neck teats have a slightly different sizing system of ‘S’, ‘M’, ‘L’ and ‘Y’
In the S, M and L sized teats, the teat opening is a round hole. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down, milk will drip out without any sucking needed. The hole size increases from small to large, to match the ongoing milk flow requirements of a growing baby.
In the Y teat, the opening is cut in the shape of a ‘Y’ or ‘cross cut’. This means that if you hold the bottle upside down no milk will drip out, as the baby is required to suck on the teat in order to open the cross cut tip. A cross-cut also enables the baby to vary the flow of milk themselves – the harder they suck, the larger the cross-cut opens. This also means that it can be used for a wider range of ages compared to a round hole which cannot expand and contract.
Both our Slim and Wide Neck teats have been designed to allow your baby to use their natural feeding motions used in breastfeeding – Peristaltic motion. Whether you decide to use Slim or Wide neck teats comes down to personal choice and whichever your baby prefers.There are a couple of reasons that may influence your decision though:
  • The majority of bottles used in hospital are slim neck as the pre-made formula comes in slim neck bottles, so if your baby needs to be bottle fed in hospital for whatever reason they will generally use a slim neck bottle with a slim neck teat. Once a baby is used to one style of teat and is happy with it, it’s usually best to leave them on that style
  • If your baby has palate-related feeding issues, health professionals usually recommend using slim neck for the best success
  • Some mums are influenced by their local health professionals and some will prefer slim over wide and vice versa for their own reasons

Wide neck teats are a different design to the slim neck because they are specifically shaped to be more like a breastfeed to avoid nipple confusion.

The lip position on slim vs wide is different. With Wide you get the same ‘Special K’ shaped lip position that you get on a breast. This is why the design of the teats is different. The slim neck teat (Peristaltic) has not been specifically made to look/feel like a breast like the wide (SofTouch Peristaltic PLUS), but both are designed to mimic the same feeding motion that babies use when breastfeeding.

These are only recommendations and unfortunately there are no hard and fast rules with babies so some may be happy to continually switch between slim and wide, whilst other breastfed babies will be perfectly fine to use slim neck bottles/teats etc. These are just guidelines to help you select the style most likely to be best but there may be some trial and error required to find out which suits your baby. The best teat style is the one that your baby feeds happily from.

BOTTLES

PPSU, or Polyphenylsulfone, refers to the type of plastic that the bottle is made from.  This plastic type is very hard-wearing, highly durable and long lasting and is yellow-toned in appearance. It is a medical-grade plastic and has a very high heat resistance. This type of bottle is perfect for a high level of daily usage.

  • POLYPHENYLSULFONE (PPSU) – Bottle
  • POLYPROPYLENE -Cap, Hood, Teat Pin
  • SILICONE RUBBER – Teat

Microwave, Steam, Boiling, Chemical, Autoclave

Heat Resistance: BOTTLE 180 degrees C

Parts which CANNOT be autoclaved TEAT, CAP, HOOD 120 degrees C

Both our Slim and Wide Neck teats have been designed to allow your baby to use their natural feeding motions used in breastfeeding – Peristaltic motion. Whether you decide to use Slim or Wide neck bottles comes down to personal choice and whichever your baby prefers.

There are a couple of reasons that may influence your decision though:

  • The majority of bottles used in hospital are slim neck as the pre-made formula comes in slim neck bottles, so if your baby needs to be bottle fed in hospital for whatever reason they will generally use a slim neck bottle. Once a baby is used to one style of bottle and is happy with it, it’s usually best to leave them on that style
  • If your baby has palate/mouth-related feeding issues, health professionals usually recommend using slim neck bottles for the best success
  • Some mums are influenced by their local health professionals and some will prefer slim over wide and vice versa for their own reasons

Wide neck teats are a different design to the slim neck because they are specifically shaped to be more like a breastfeed to avoid nipple confusion.

The lip position on slim vs wide is different. With Wide you get the same ‘Special K’ shaped lip position that you get on a breast. This is why the design of the teats is different. The slim neck teat (Peristaltic) has not been specifically made to look/feel like a breast like the wide (SofTouch Peristaltic PLUS), but both are designed to mimic the same feeding motion that babies use when breastfeeding.

These are only recommendations and unfortunately there are no rules when it comes to what a baby will like – some may be happy to continually switch between slim and wide day to day, whilst other breastfed babies will be perfectly fine to use slim neck bottles etc. These are just guidelines to help you select the style most likely to be best but there may be some trial and error required to find out which suits your baby. The best bottle style is the one that your baby feeds happily from.

PP, or Polypropylene, refers to the type of plastic that the bottle is made from.  This plastic type is a lighter whilst still being durable and is ‘whiteish’ in appearance. This type of bottle is perfect for a regular to low level of daily usage.

  • POLYPROPYLENE (PP) Bottle, Cap, Hood, Teat Pin
  • SILICONE RUBBER Teat Sterilisation Methods – Microwave, Steam, Boiling, Chemical, Autoclave Parts which CANNOT be autoclaved
  • Heat Resistance: BOTTLE 110 degrees C
    TEAT, CAP, HOOD, TEAT PIN 120 degrees C

General Notes

The glass is breakable if dropped, or subject to an impact.
Handle with care.

Materials

  • BOROSILICATE GLASS – Bottle
  • POLYPROPYLENE – Cap
  • SILICONE RUBBER – Teat

POLYCARBONATE – Hood

Microwave, Steam, Boiling, Chemical, Autoclave Heat Resistance: BOTTLE 600 degrees C Parts which CANNOT be autoclaved TEAT, CAP, HOOD, TEAT PIN (Max Temperature 120 degrees C)

CLEANING AND STERILISING

During the first year of your baby’s life, they are at their most vulnerable to germs and bacteria. That’s why many health professionals advise to sterilise all parts fo the feeding bottle prior to each use.

Before you sterilise, you’ll need to carefully clean and rinse the used bottles from any residues of milk or formula with a cleaning agent like Pigeon’s Liquid Cleanser.
You can also use a dishwasher to wash your baby’s bottles. You may want to wash the teats separately though, to be sure they’re totally clean. Check teats and bottles carefully and throw out any which are badly scratched, split or cracked. Bacteria can stay in damaged surfaces and survive the cleaning and sterilising process.

There are several methods you can use to sterilise your baby’s feeding equipment.
Microwave and electric steam sterilising are the most popular.
However you can also choose more traditional methods, such as boiling and chemical sterilising.
Hospitals use the autoclave method (a big steam steriliser).

Electric steam sterilising 
Electric steam sterilisers are quick and efficient, taking 8 to 12 minutes, plus cooling time.
They can keep bottles sterilised for up to six hours if you leave them in the airtight steriliser with the lid closed.
Many steam sterilisers can hold up to six bottles at a time, and have a rack for smaller items such as teats and dummies. At the top.
Make sure bottles, teats and other equipment are placed with their openings face down.

Microwaving 
Many baby bottles can be sterilised in the microwave on their own. It takes just 90 seconds to sterilise a single bottle (according to your microwave’s power). The microwaves kill bacteria and germs.
Never put bottles with their screw caps and teats on – pressure could build up inside them during the heating process and they can get deformed or break.

You can also buy steamers for microwaves. This will add the power of microwaves to the heat of steam and sterilise your bottles in just a few minutes.
However always remember that you can’t put any metallic utensil in the microwave.
Be careful when removing the lid of microwave steam sterilisers, as the inside can become very hot.
The items remain sterile for three hours if you keep the steriliser lid closed.

Dishwasher sterilising

You can sterilise your baby’s bottles in the dishwasher, but you need to use a hot programme of 80 degrees C or more. You’ll then need to fill the bottles with formula straight away. Bacteria can begin to form as soon as you take them out of the dishwasher.

Boiling

Another form of sterilising is boiling.
Thoroughly wash the teat, bottle, cap and hood. Fill a large pan with water and submerge all the feeding equipment completely. Make sure there are no trapped air bubbles inside the bottles and teats. Be careful not to crowd the pan as bottles will be damaged if they touch the sides of the pan. Bring the water to a boil, cover the pan with its lid and continue to boil for 5 minutes to complete sterilisation.
Keep the pan’s cover on until you need to use the equipment. Be aware teats get sticky and unusable more quickly from boiling, compared to other methods of sterilising.

Cold water sterilising

To cold water sterilise your baby’s bottle-feeding equipment, you will need to use a solution of water and some form of chemical able to kill bacteria and germs. Usually these chemicals contain harmful components so any object that have been soaked in this sterilising solution needs to be rinsed thoroughly and abundantly.

You can buy special sterilising units or you just a clean bucket or plastic container with a lid.
If you use a bucket or container, use something, such as a heavy plate, to keep the bottles and other equipment completely under the solution. You need to check that there are no air bubbles left in the bottles, and keep everything submerged for at least 30 minutes to sterilise everything.

Babies have little resistance to harmful micro organisms. Until your baby turns at least 3 or 4 months old, you must sterilise the nursing bottles and accessories. Even after that, you’ll feel safer if you sterilize the bottles and accessories when your baby is not feeling well, during the rainy season, when mould is likely to grow, and during the hot summer months.

Yes. Breast milk and infant formula are full of rich nutrients, and are ideal breeding grounds for micro organisms. Be sure to sterilise bottles and accessories after each use. There’s a tendency to get caught up in the routine of sterilising bottles, but you should think of the process in terms of a single cycle — from washing to sterilising to storage to preparation to feeding to washing. Wash the bottles clean, make sure that they’re sterilised, and store them correctly afterwards to avoid recontamination.

Until your baby is 3 or 4 months old, you should sterilise everything that goes into his or her mouth or that he or she can come into contact with. There are three methods for sterilising: boiling, steam sterilising in the microwave oven, or soaking in chemical sterilising solutions, but not all methods are suitable for all products. The following products cannot be sterilised using certain methods. Before you try to sterilise a product, refer to the instructions on the package and confirm that you are using the proper method for that product.
Boiling: Unsuitable for products that cannot withstand heat of 100°C or higher.
Steam sterilising in a microwave oven: (Use the special container for sterilising). Unsuitable for products that cannot withstand heat of 100°C or higher. And products made of materials that are not microwave-safe (metal, wood, natural rubber, glass that is not heat resistant, and some plastics).
Chemical sterilising solutions: Unsuitable for products with metal or wooden parts.

There are three principal methods for sterilising nursing bottles and accessories: boiling, steam sterilising in the microwave oven, or soaking in chemical sterilising solutions. Learn the pros and cons of each method before deciding which one is right for you. Using the microwave oven makes it easy to disinfect bottles and accessories. There are containers that let you disinfect several bottles at once, as well as space-saving bags.

As with other general household and kitchen detergents, you can apply it directly with a brush or sponge as well as soak items in it.

Once you have opened this product, be sure to use it up within one year.

Liquid Cleansers are used to remove milk stains or dirt that accumulates on baby items after usage. It does not sterilise the products. We recommend all baby items that come into contact with baby’s mouth be washed with Liquid Cleansers and then sterilised by the conventional boiling or steaming.

BREAST PUMPS

All parts can be sterilised.

  1. Disassemble and wash all pump parts
  2. Sterilise all pump parts
  3. After sterilisation, completely air dry before assembly and next use.
  4. Handle the milk valve with care, so the tip is not damaged
  5. Do not use a stiff brush
  • POLYPROPYLENE – Pump Body, Handle, Stem, Stand/Funnel Cover, Bottle, Cap, Hood, Wide Neck Bottle Adaptor
  • SILICONE RUBBER – Milk Valve, Teat
  • TPE (SEPS) – Sealing Disc, Handle Grip

Microwave, Steam, Boiling, Chemical, Autoclave – Parts which CANNOT be autoclaved – Pump Body, Handle, Stem, Stand/Funnel Cover, Bottle, Cap, Hood, Wide Neck Bottle Adaptor
Do not sterilise using dry heat, or ultraviolet (UV) rays.

POLYPROPYLENE – Main body, Flange, Main body cap, Bottle stand, Lid, Screw rim, Bottle base –
SILICONE – Comfort Properfit flange, Soft cup, Tube, Silicone valve,Teat, Sealing disk
ABS RESIN – Tube connector