Baby bottle nipples are all different from each other. They’re not just one size fits all – they can all be different depending on your baby’s age and preferences. Some nipples are meant for normal babies while some are intended for babies who are more prone to colic, gas, and spit-ups.
Colic and gas problems can be quite dangerous for your kid since it can be annoying and can disrupt their sleep schedule. However, those problems can be resolved if you have the right baby formula that is easy to digest, as well as a nipple size that is just right for your baby, with the right amount of flow speed.
Therefore, it is important to choose the right size of nipples for your baby, especially if you are using the Philips Avent bottles and nipples for the regular feeding of your baby formula. Just having a good baby formula is not going to prevent colic and spit-ups – you need to combine it with a good nipple size.
Which Size Philips Avent Nipple Should You Be Using?
Here are the most common baby nipple sizes that you should know about when choosing from Philips Avent nipples:
1. First Flow – this one is ideal for babies who are newborns, preemies (premature babies) and any baby who has an age of up to 1 month old.
2. Newborn Nipple – this one is also applicable for newborns, but can also be used for up to 3 months of age. It can also be great for babies who want to split breastfeeding and bottle or formula feeding.
3. Slow Flow Nipple – this one is intended for those who are at least 1 to 3 months old. Babies who are newborns and breastfed can work well with the slow flow nipple, especially for babies who are more prone to colic or gas problems.
4. Medium Flow – this one, as the name implies, has a little faster flow than the slow flow nipple. It is intended for older babies from 3 to 6 months old.
5. Variable Flow – if your baby is older than 3 months, this is a good choice. You can get various flow rates by using the same nipple, so it is quite adaptable to different babies as well.
6. Fast Flow – for much older babies, let’s say those who are at least 6 months or older, this would be a great choice. This is because older infants have more developed sucking tendencies so they can drink faster from a baby bottle.
Best Philips Avent Nipple For Breastfed Baby
Here are our top picks for the best Philips Avent nipple for your baby when breastfeeding:
Philips Avent BPA Free Natural Fast Flow Nipples
This set of nipples are variable in flow – you can choose between fast flow, newborn flow or medium flow, depending on your child’s preferences and age. It is made with special anti-colic valves that prevent air in your baby’s tummy. This can result in less colic and gas tendencies, which can help your baby to sleep more soundly.
The breast-like shape makes it easy for your baby to adapt and change between breastfeeding and formula feeding, which can be convenient for moms as well. To avoid nipple collapse, which happens with other regular nipple bottles, this one has unique petal design increases flexibility. It is also BPA-free and dishwasher safe so it’s easy to clean and safe for your baby without compromising durability.
Philips Avent Variable Flow Natural Nipple
This variable flow nipple set is also great for breastfed babies due to the natural shape. Like our previous pick, this one also has anti-colic valves help reduce colic and spit-up problems. Because the material is made with silicone that resists discoloring and stickiness, it does not give off a strange odor or flavor that may affect your baby’s feeding.
The slot shape in the opening allows a better flow rate that adapts to your baby’s needs. The silicone material is also durable while still soft and natural enough for your baby to feed on without harsh BPA. The material is also easy to clean, sterilize and run through any dishwasher like most Avent nipples.
Philips AVENT BPA Free Natural Newborn Flow Nipples
This 2-pack nipple bottle product is intended for newborns as it can keep air in the bottle and out of babies’ stomachs due to the anti-colic valves that lie in the nipple design. It also takes the shape of a breast, and its soft enough to be easily fed on by babies, so it will be adaptable for babies who are breastfed regularly as well.
It is also BPA-free so it is not going to have a strange smell or taste. Its silicone material is durable and safe for babies – you can also clean it up in the dishwasher easily. It has a slower flow rate that is ideal for newborns, so it is a great gift for someone who’s just had their first or second baby.
Philips AVENT BPA Free Natural Slow Flow Nipples
This nipple set is a BPA-free (Bisphenol A Free) product so it is safe for babies, while the wide breast shaped nipple makes it very natural to latch on for most newborns as well. It also has petals make nipples more flexible for your child to use it. The twin anti-colic valves also help to prevent colic or gas problems.
As a dishwasher-safe nipple set, this one can be used with any Philips Natural bottle. Since it is made of silicone, it is easy to sterilize with any steamer or boiled in hot water as well, and it won’t lose its shape and softness for your baby to feed on.
Philips Avent Natural Nipple First Flow
This set of 6 nipples can be a great pack that you can give to a newborn baby or a first-time parent who has little baby supplies at hand. It is ideal for preemies and newborns due to the first flow size. Because the style is similar to the shape of a breast, it will be easy for your baby to adapt if he or she is currently being breastfed.
The soft silicone will be easy for your baby to feed on while the petal design keeps your baby from having nipple collapse. The anti-colic valves also help to keep away the tummy aches like colic and gas problems.
Philips Avent BPA Free Natural Medium Flow Nipples
For much older babies, this is a great choice, since it is ideal for 3 months old and above due to the medium flow design. It has a silicone material that is BPA-free so it is safe to use for your baby, easy to clean in the dishwasher, boiled or steamed, and can still maintain its durability and softness.
The odorless and flavorless taste of the silicone material makes it a great choice for first-time moms and babies with sensitive stomachs and tastes. If your baby also has colic or gas problems, the two anti-colic valves prevent air in your baby’s tummy as well. If you want baby nipples that allow you to have no trouble at all going between breastfeeding and baby bottles, this is a good choice for you.
Philips Avent Classic Newborn Flow Nipple
For those who want a classic newborn baby nipple, this is a good choice. It is made with silicone and anti-colic valves due to the Airflex Venting to keep away gas problems. It can be used with all Philips Avent Classic+ bottles and it is also great for newborns due to the slow flow.
The soft and durable silicone material is also BPA-free to keep it safe for your baby, which can also be steamed, boiled for 5 minutes or put in the dishwasher for cleaning. Because they have a variable flow, you can also use them for feeding baby cereal other than regular baby formula or milk.
To wrap things up, Avent nipple sizes for Philips bottles can be confusing at first, but once you know which bottle nipple is the best for your baby, you will be able to shop wisely and give the right flow for your child, which can save them from colic, gas, spit-ups and other tummy problems when feeding.
If you’re a breastfeeding mom (or know someone who does) then you should definitely have a look at this article. We hope you enjoyed our mini-guide for choosing the ideal Avent nipple sizes for your Philips baby bottles!