Correct Teat Sizes

Fiona-Jane Kenworthy, Marketing Manager for Dr Brown’s frequently receives queries from mums regarding correct teat sizes to use, so here are her comments:

While there are age recommendations listed for each of our teat levels, there really is no right or wrong time to change your baby’s teat level. Every baby is different; some babies will be perfectly content using level one throughout their bottle feeding days, while others are more aggressive eaters and need to advance to the next level. Your baby will let you know if and when the time comes to change levels. Below are some signs to look for from your baby. When you notice any of these signs, it usually means that the baby is not getting a fast enough flow and it is time to move up a level. Please remember, if these signs never occur then there is no need to change anything and it is always best to check with your Healthcare Professional.

•Baby is taking longer to finish eating.

•Baby becomes fussy or irritated while eating.

•Baby falls asleep during the feeding.

A range of 6 teat sizes/flow speeds are available to grow with your babies needs:

–        Preemie Flow

–        Level 1 – Birth to 3 months (on every bottle)

–        Level 2 – 3 months to 6 months (most popular speed)

–        Level 3 – 6 months +

–        Level 4 – 6 months + Hungry Babies

–        Y Cut Teat-Allows thicker feeds which would block the hole of a normal teat.

Share your experiences with your fellow mums and to purchase your Dr Brown’s teats or to find out more information please log on to www.drbrowns.co.uk

 

World Prematurity Day

Do you know that it’s World Prematurity Day on 17th November 2012?

This year 15 million babies will be born prematurely around the world; 60,000 right here in the UK

What gestational age was your baby born – why not let us know your story?

Care for premature or small babies in Special Care Baby Units is amazing these days, but premature babies can unfortunately experience  some problems with feeding. Premature babies are  often fed naso-gastrically and before preterm babies receive oral feeds they are generally subjected to a suck test, which consists of offering a special dummy to stimulate non-nutritive sucking. This simple measure is performed to ensure that the baby has the ability to co-ordinate breathing, sucking and swallowing of saliva at the same time without a marked change in the baby’s heart rate and breathing patterns.

One of the big issues for bottle fed babies is that when these premature babies are fed using a traditional or restrictive vented bottle, a vacuum tends to develop and so babies have to suck progressively harder on the one hole in the bottle to obtain the liquid – imagine how much energy a premature baby will utilise fighting this vacuum.

Help is at hand as Dr Brown’ offer  a 60ml/2oz standard neck preemie bottle, which is widely used in Neonatal Units around the country.  The preemie bottle features the unique Dr Brown’s patented system with an internal vent which eliminates the vacuum in the bottle, so allowing the milk to flow freely and the baby doesn’t have to fight the vacuum and suck as hard, so can use its energy for important things like GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT.

Go to www.drbrowns.co.uk to see a fully animated explanation of how the Dr Brown’s Natural Flow feeding bottles work

What Old Wives Tales have you been told?

I was never quite sure what to believe, but “my mum told me not to be out with my babies when its windy because it will make them colicky. Whenever one of my babies is crying and its windy outside, my mum always says “ohhh she must be colicky from the wind.”  !!!

This got me thinking – does the wind really have an effect on babies? If so, I’m not sure about the science behind it – its not like the wind blows down their throat and gives them gas…. to me this is purely an old wives tale!

So what does cause colic then?

What is true is that 78% of Healthcare Professionals agree that the most common cause of colic in young babies is caused by digestive or feeding problems, including swallowing air when feeding, but there is a solution:-

The Dr Brown’s Natural Flow baby bottle features a patented system with an internal vent designed to create a “vacuum free” environment, so providing the following benefits:

The unique internal vent eliminates the vacuum and air bubbles in the feed, so it helps colic relief for babies and reduce burping.

Over half of those changing to Dr Brown’s Natural Flow saw an improvement in 3 feeds or less, outperforming any other brand.  For more information and to see a fully animated explanation log on to www.drbrowns.co.uk – and this isn’t an old wives tale!

 

Jasmine, from the Dr Brown’s Team offers: Tips to minimise leaking from your Dr Brown’s Natural Flow Baby Bottles.

Dr Brown’s Natural Flow is recommended by 9 out of 10 Healthcare Professionals for colic relief and boasts a unique, patented design, which babies from all over the world benefit from.  However I do advise that care should be taken when using the bottle to minimise the possibility of leaking.

I explain to mums that the reason for this is that the Dr Brown’s Natural Flow bottle is an open drinking vessel. It is designed in this way to remove the vacuum and the air (ingested bubbles) that contribute to colic and wind related problems, experienced when babies drink from traditional baby bottles that only has one hole.

There are basically 4 things that can happen to cause leaking, which are easy to avoid:

1.    If you heat your bottle with the white screw collar securely in place, the liquid will be forced up into the vent as it expands. To avoid this; either heat the bottle without the teat collar or loosen the teat collar one-half turn after heating to allow the pressure to  equalize. DO NOT tighten the teat collar if there is leakage because the more you tighten, the more it will leak. Always fit the collar onto the bottle just enough to close.

 2.    If you use a powdered formula and mix by shaking the bottle, liquid can get into the reservoir tube and vent. The solution for this is to mix the formula by stirring with a spoon rather than by shaking.

3.    If you overheat the liquid in the bottle, the vapor will rise and condense in the vent. To prevent this, avoid warming the liquid beyond body temperature and/or warm the bottle without the vent reservoir or insert.

 4. As per the instructions we recommend you do not heat the liquid above body temperature 37 oc

However, I also find it useful if you consider the following too:

The patented vent provides an air passage way that allows air to enter the bottle which allows the baby to feed without fighting the negative effects of the vacuum found in other baby bottles. Under certain conditions the milk or formula can exit through the vent. For example; if the liquid is overheated the expanding air inside the bottle pushes the liquid through the vent causing leakage; or if the bottle is shaken to mix formula, the liquid may enter the vent causing the bottle to leak.

Also, if the bottle isn’t held properly and the end of the reservoir tube is submerged in the liquid, leakage may occur. If the bottle is laid on its side, it can cause leakage around the teat collar

because the reservoir tube is submerged in the liquid which causes the internal system to push this liquid up through the reservoir tube and because the baby is not sucking on the teat the liquid goes through the teat collar. When a baby is sucking hard on the teat trying to get more liquid, this is a sign that the baby may need for a faster teat flow; if the baby is sucking too hard trying to get more of a flow it could cause the seal where the teat connects with the collar to break which will result in leaking.

Once mums are aware of these points and they understand how to use their Dr Brown’s bottles effectively, I find they are delighted with the results and actually over half of those changing to Dr Brown’s Natural Flow see an improvement in 3 feeds or less, outperforming any other brand – let us know how Dr Brown’s has helped your “little one”.

To  see a full animation of how Dr Brown’s Natural Flow feeding bottle work, so please log on to www.drbrowns.co.uk

 

Spooky! Halloween Competition over at Dr Brown’s

 

Are you and your little ones getting all dressed up for Halloween? If so, the  Dr Brown’s Team would love to see your little ‘pumpkins’ kitted out in their gorgeous Halloween costumes! Upload your images to our Facebook page @DrBrowns Natural Flow UK between now and the witching hour on the 31st October and you could win  a Dr Brown’s Starter Kit RRP £19.99 comprising:

  • 2 x 4oz / 120ml bottles
  • 1 x 8oz / 240ml bottle
  • 2 x Level 2 Teats
  • 2 x Level 3 Teats

We’ll pick our favourite outfit and the lucky winner will be sent a Dr Brown’s Starter Kit as their Halloween Prize! It’s as simple as that!

Happy Halloween & Good Luck! Visit www.drbrowns.co.uk to see our full range of baby feeding bottles and accessories.

Baby Sleeping Tips

British Summer Time is officially over this Sunday, and with the dark nights upon us you cannot help but think about sleep, so what are your top tips for a good night’s sleep for your baby? See below some advice from the American National Sleep Foundation.

Sleep and Newborns (1-2 months)

For newborns, sleep during the early months occurs around the clock and the sleep-wake cycle interacts with the need to be fed, changed and nurtured. Newborns sleep a total of 10.5 to 18 hours a day on an irregular schedule with periods of one to three hours spent awake. The sleep period may last a few minutes to several hours. During sleep, they are often active, twitching their arms and legs, smiling, sucking and generally appearing restless.

Newborns express their need to sleep in different ways. Some fuss, cry, rub their eyes or indicate this need with individual gestures. It is best to put babies to bed when they are sleepy, but not asleep. They are more likely to fall asleep quickly and eventually learn how to get themselves to sleep. Newborns can be encouraged to sleep less during the day by exposing them to light and noise, and by playing more with them in the daytime. As evening approaches, the environment can be quieter and dimmer with less activity.

Sleep Tips for Newborns

  • Observe baby’s sleep patterns and identify signs of sleepiness.
  • Put baby in the crib when drowsy, not asleep.
  • Place baby to sleep on his/her back with face and head clear of blankets and      other soft items.
  • Encourage night time sleep.

Sleep and Infants (3-11 months)

By six months of age, night time feedings are usually not necessary and many infants sleep through the night; 70-80 percent will do so by nine months of age. Infants typically sleep 9-12 hours during the night and take 30 minute to two-hour naps, one to four times a day – fewer as they reach age one.

When infants are put to bed drowsy but not asleep, they are more likely to become “self- soothers” which enables them to fall asleep independently at bedtime and put themselves back to sleep during the night. Those who have become accustomed to parental assistance at bedtime often become “signallers” and cry for their parents to help them return to sleep during the night.

Sleep Tips for Infants

  • Develop regular daytime and bedtime schedules.
  • Create a consistent and enjoyable bedtime routine, such as bath time followed by story reading.
  • Establish a regular “sleep friendly” environment.
  • Encourage baby to fall asleep independently and to become a “self-soother.”

 

Here’s your full explanation!

You’ve spotted the differences, but how does the Dr Brown’s Natural Flow feeding bottle work?

Dr Brown’s Natural Flow baby bottles have a patented internal blue vent:

The Dr Brown’s Natural Flow baby bottle features a unique, patented system with an internal blue vent designed to create a “vacuum free” environment.

Traditional and restrictive vented bottles tend to develop vacuums because babies have to suck progressively harder on the one hole in the bottle to obtain the liquid.  This causes the teat to collapse and baby has to stop feeding.  Air enters the bottle when the teat re-inflates: this air is ingested and can cause colic symptoms.

Eliminating the vacuum and air bubbles in the feed helps to reduce colic and burping.  78% of Healthcare Professionals agree that the most common cause of colic in young babies is caused by digestive or feeding problems, including swallowing air.

To see a full explanation log on to www.bestbottle.com

Dr Brown’s Teats

Dr Brown teats are made from the softest, highest grade silicone available so you will never experience teat collapse.

A range of 6 teat sizes/flow speeds are available to grow with your babies needs:

–        Preemie Flow

–        Level 1 – Birth to 3 months (on every bottle)

–        Level 2 – 3 months to 6 months (most popular speed)

–        Level 3 – 6 months +

–        Level 4 – 6 months + Hungry Babies

–        Y Cut Teat-Allows thicker feeds which would block the hole of a normal teat.

 

Over half of those changing to a Dr Brown’s Natural Flow bottle saw an improvement in 3 feeds or less, outperforming any other brand, so take advantage of the 20% discount offer and try the unique bottles for yourself today– visit www.drbrowns.co.uk

Can you spot the difference?

Do you know what the design differences are between these two baby bottles?

Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below – A full explanation will be posted at 4pm – you’ll be surprised!

Don’t forget you can find a full explanation of how Dr Brown’s Natural Flow bottles work from our website www.drbrowns.co.uk, but on this occasion that could be classed as cheating!!!

Why Choose Dr Brown’s?

At Dr. Brown’s, our focus has always been to create innovative feeding products to promote good health and optimal nutrition for your baby.

Designed by a doctor, Craig Brown in 1996 and patented in 1997, Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow® is the only baby bottle to feature an internal vent system that: helps preserve vitamins C, A, & E by minimising oxidation of breast milk and formula.  It also provides positive-pressure vacuum-free feeding similar to breastfeeding; which helps reduce colic and wind by eliminating negative pressure and air bubbles.

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow® baby bottles are BPA-free, and have received numerous design awards and acclaim from the medical community.  9 out of 10 Healthcare Professionals recommend Dr Brown’s Natural Flow for colic relief.

To find our more and to see how your baby could benefit  from using Dr Brown’s Natural Flow log on to www.drbrowns.co.uk.

Remember we’re still offering 20% off the whole Dr Brown’s range on line – offer ends midnight Saturday 20th of October, so hurry!

20% off on all Dr Browns Products online, until the 20th of October!

Due to the disappointment for some of you Prima Baby Subscribers, we are offering an exclusive 20% off discount on all Dr Browns products. This offer runs till the 20th of October!

Traditional and restrictive vented bottles tend to develop vacuums. This is because babies have to suck progressively harder on the one hole in the bottle to obtain the liquid. This causes teat collapse and baby has to stop feeding. This is when air enters the bottle when the teat reinflates; and air then becomes ingested by the baby which can cause colic. 78% of Healthcare Professionals agree that the most common cause of colic in young babies is caused by digestive or feeding problems, including swallowing air.

Dr Browns Natural Flow baby bottle, is recommend by 9 out of 10 Healthcare Professionals. It is also the only vacuum free feeding bottle.

We stock a range of products including sterilisers, trainer cups and our limited edition pink and blue natural flow baby bottles!

All you have to do, is choose any Dr Browns products that you would like to order, and then enter the promotional code PB151012 at the checkout! It’s easy!

20% off Dr Browns Baby

So what are you waiting for!?