Whether you’re breast or bottle feeding, a selection of baby bottles is a staple product in most households.
And while there are a multitude of high-quality bottles and teats available, it’s important to know when it’s time to replace them.
Generally, bottles will last longer than teats, so it’s important to keep an eye on both items separately.
It’s important to check out your bottle teat regularly, at least every couple of months, for signs it’s time to toss it out, and replace it with a new one.
One of the biggest tell-tale signs is the speed in which the liquid comes out of the teat.
If breast milk or formula is pouring out in a stream, rather than dripping steadily out of the nipple, you’ll need to replace it. Liquid rushing out is a sign the hole in the teat is too big and your baby will be guzzling!
What to look for:
Look for discolouration, which is a sign of deterioration, as is thinning. A thinning teat could mean a weak teat.
To check: pull hard on the bulb. If it rebounds and returns to its original shape, the teat is okay.
Another sign of deterioration is stickiness or swelling, so keep an eye out for this sign after washing.
Of course, any teats with cracks, tears or breaks should be replaced immediately, as broken pieces can become a choking hazard to your bub.
Thankfully, if you’ve purchased a good quality bottle, it’ll last a while, and you can easily replace teats in the meantime.
If you spot a crack, chip or break, you need to replace the bottle immediately, as your bub could hurt themselves, particularly if the bottle is glass.
Look after your baby bottles by washing and sterilising them regularly and keeping them in a safe place.