When you are looking to pick up your fist bottles for your new born it can understandably get very confusing very quickly. Which bottles should we buy? (Check out our baby bottle guide here) Which teats will they need? Will these teats work with the bottles we have been bought? These are just a few of the questions many new parents are faced with. Continue reading to find out everything you will need to know about the different types and flows of teats.

Some parents find that their babies refuse to drink from certain teats / bottles and you can end up buying quite a few different types before you find the perfect on to settle on.

What are the different types of teats?

When looking at the different teats that are available for bottles you will find they all come in different shapes, sizes, textures and materials.

The two main types of teats you will find will be made from either latex or silicone. Each have their own pros and cons and you should be able to make a guided decision using the information below.

What is the difference between latex and silicone teats?

  • Silicone
    Silicone unlike latex is synthetically produced, this allows them to be heat resistant, age resistant along with being very easy to clean. The main downside to a silicone teat is that it is not as flexible as latex and is know to crack, if this happens the teat should be replaces immediately and not used again.
  • Latex
    Latex is a natural material that is flexible, durable and tear resist. They have a soft feel in the mouth which some babies prefer. The downside to latex teats is that some babies may have a reaction if it turns out they are allergic to latex.

What are the different flow rates in teats?

Most teats tend to come in three (3) different flow rates slow for 0+ months, medium for 3+ months and fast for 6+ months. Although these are usually marketed with certain age ranges in mind its important to know that each baby is different and will need to move up teat flow rates at different stages. There are also variable flow teats available that allow you to change the flow of the teat when needed, these are great for when your baby is in between stages.

When should I change teats?