Thinkbaby - Nipple Stage B 6 to 12 Months with Venting - 2 Pack
Thinkbaby Nipple Stage B 6 to 12 Months with Venting 2 Pack are free of Bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET, and biologically harmful chemicals.
- No Spill nipple!!! Features thinkbabys cross cut design. The design mimics natural breastfeeding as it requires your little one to nurse to receive fluid.
- New design: thinkbabys vented nipple helps reduce incidence of gas and spit up.
- Unique one-piece design eliminates cleaning headaches and tricky assembly.
- No extra parts to lose.
- The new design allows for greater airflow into the bottle to help reduce chance of nipple collapse during feeding.
- Extra soft, medical grade silicone - Provides easier transition from breastfeeding to bottle feeding.
- Recommended age ranges: Stage A - 0 to 6 months, Stage B - 6 months to 12 months, Stage C - Sippy Cup Spouts 9 to 36 months, Stage D - thinkster straw bottles 12 to 48 months.
- The transformational line - The thinkbaby system allows parents to transform baby bottles to our award winning Sippy Cup through purchase of the Conversion Kit. The system saves parents money and the environment from discarding baby bottles when its time for the next stage in feeding.
- Dishwasher safe (Top rack recommended).
Frequently Asked Questions
Why a baby bottle?
When they introduced the thinkbaby over 4 years ago 95% of the baby bottles on the market were made of polycarbonate which contains BPA. Initially, they attempted to convince the major companies to move off of polycarbonate, but after being unsuccessful they launched thinkbaby and thinksport to address the concern of chemicals leaching from consumer products. They started with the baby bottle because polycarbonate was ubiquitous across the industry. As little ones systems are still in a state of development they have very little defense against foreign chemicals.
While many companies have emerged to offer BPA Free baby bottles, many bottles not only still contain BPA despite saying BPA Free (see Health Canada study), but many companies have also landed on untested materials just because the material claims to be free of BPA. thinkbaby utilizes the precautionary principle in the creation of all of their products. They dont jump to new materials without doing the requisite testing to ensure that they havent landed on another BPA-like material. When they target a product segment that concerns us, they ask the question, How can they make the product line Safe. Functional. Sustainable. thinkbaby and thinksports focus has led us to be the first company to span safe consumer products ranging from baby to adults.
How is the thinkbaby bottle different?
Simply creating a baby bottle that was safe just wasnt enough. They went the extra mile to create a bottle that solved many parental complaints. For example, most bottles on the market contain venting systems. Their system is built right into the nipple. So there are no extra pieces to clean or potentially lose.
They then made the nipple No Spill through their cross cut design. This eliminated a large amount of mess that occurs during feeding. It also mimics the way children feed during breastfeeding, as it requires them to apply pressure and nurse to receive fluid. hey also used a little forward thinking and designed the bottles to be convertible into their award winning Sippy Cup. Most parents have between 8 to 16 baby bottles. And when it comes time to move to sippy cup they have to go out and spend a lot of money to acquire them, while also having to toss out all of the old baby bottles which are then destined for landfills. With the conversion kit, parents can simply convert their existing baby bottles into their Sippy Cup which not only saves them money but it also saves the environment from excess waste. Once parents are ready to move on to regular cups, the baby bottles can simply be recycled after use, as they are made from No. 5 plastic.
You may also notice that they do not use clear plastic windows with their products. They have found that these windows are made from PET or PVC. It doesnt make sense to take a safe baby bottle and put it up against something that can off gas onto the product.
How do I care for my thinkbaby nipples?
Thinkbaby bottles are dishwasher safe (Top Rack recommended). They also recommend making sure that the dishwasher is not set to a super hot setting or dry setting, as this will reduce the longevity of the spout. When washing the nipples in the dishwasher, thry recommend using a detergent that is free of chlorine. Most of the natural detergents on the market from Eco Lever to Seventh Generation should be free of toxic chemicals. If hand-washing, the American Pediatrics Association suggests using warm soapy water, but only if you live in an area with treated water systems.
Before first use:
They recommend sterilizing the nipples in boiling water for 2 to 5 minutes before first use. They do not recommend utilizing sterilizers, as thry cannot guaranty that the ones on the market were made with safe materials. To prepare the nipple for first use, please squeeze the top of the nipple and the venting tube between your fingers. This will ensure that both open properly. When tightening down the collar of the bottle, do not over tighten, as this will reduce the amount of airflow into the baby bottle.
What else you might want to know....
What type of materials do you use in your thinkbaby nipple?
The nipple is made from medical grade silicone.
What nipple flow should I use?
thinkbaby baby bottles come outfitted with Stage A nipples. The nipples are designed for newborns to 6 months. The flow rates are determined by averages. Depending on your little one you may need to adjust which flow rate that you purchase. The chart below should provide help in determining which to purchase.
Childs Age Suggested Flow Rate
0 to 6 months Stage A Nipples
6 + months Stage B Nipples
9 to 36 months Sippy Cup Spouts
Baby bottle nipples and spouts made from silicone will typically last 2 to 3 months prior to needing replacement. If you notice tears or breakage, discontinue use and replace.
How does the venting system work?
The venting systems work by allowing air to travel back into the baby bottle. Movement of air back into the baby bottle allows the bottles internal pressure to reach equilibrium. This reduces the amount of suction required to get fluid out of the baby bottle. Research shows that having a venting system reduces the incidence of gas and spit up, as children take in less air when drinking when venting systems are present. While most modern baby bottles have some sort of venting system, the advantage to thinkbabys system is that it is build right into the baby bottle nipple. So there are no extra parts to deal with and its easy to clean.
How do I convert the thinkbaby bottle into the Sippy Cup?
One of the great things about the thinkbaby system is that you can convert the baby bottles into their award winning Sippy Cups. Simply purchase the thinkbaby Conversion kit from your local retailer or online. To convert, remove the baby bottle nipple and replace with the Sippy Cup spout. Then place the Sippy Cup handles around the top of the baby bottle and push down over the neck of the bottle. Tighten the collar with spout around the neck of the bottle and.presto chango you have their award winning Sippy Cup!!!
How to prevent nipple collapse?
With cross cut nipples it is important that you have the right nipple flow for your childs age. The suggested age range is listed above. This is the number one reason for nipple collapse across baby bottle lines. Please note that these numbers are based on averages. If you have an especially fast or slow feeder on your hands, you may need to adjust your movement between flow levels.
Do not over tighten the collar, as this will restrict the airflow.
Do they conduct animal testing?
They do not conduct animal testing on any of their products. All of their testing is either chemical testing or biological testing (on cells). They utilize third-party globally certified laboratories to conduct their testing.
Research has linked many chemicals in common use to cancer and hormone disruption. The effects of hormone disruptors have been linked to a myriad of problems in laboratory studies. The effects range from breast cancer, Type II diabetes, obesity, changes in sexual maturation, infertility to developmental disorders. And while many governments are beginning to take action there remains a strong resistance from big industry to take precautionary steps in introductin products and chemicals into the environment and destined for consumer usage.
Prior to launching thinkbaby and thinksport the founder worked for a lab funded by the national institutes of health to explore the possibility of designing an effective testing protocol using non-animal studies to identify the amount of endocrine disrupting chemicals leaching from common materials. It was this knowledge that led the founder to create a company with the sole purpose of creating alternatives to products commonly available. There is a lot o media attention on chemicals like BPA in the news. Below is a two part overview into how these chemicals work. The first is a high level view for those in a hurry, The second is a bit more in depth...
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Endocrine disrupting chemicals are foreign chemicals which have the ability to mimic hormones in the body. These foreign chemicals, known as xeno compounds, have ability to bind to receptors, both on the external membrane of cells or on receptors on the nucleus. In some instances the xeno compounds block your body's natural hormones from doing their job. In other instances, they cause they cell to initiate the hormonal receptor's particular function. What troubles scientists is not only the increased rate at which cells are being triggered, but the timing, as the processes that take place in the body are highly sensitive.
Recent scientific research is changing previously held notions that the "Dose Makes the Poison". The earlier held thought was that if a little is bad, alot is much worse. Instead, laboratory studies show hormone disrupting chemicals.exhibit the opposite phenomenon. Whereby, minute quantities of these chemicals cause adverse effects in laboratory animals, and large amounts can have smaller effect. Industry has completed roughly 15 studies attempting to discredit worldwide research (over 100 studies) which show alarming effects on laboratory animals. Conducting conclusive studies would require testing on pregnant mothers and infants which would be unethical. instead of waiting for more science, parents are switching to alternative products.
With a team of physicians and scientists focused on the latest chemical and biological science, thinkbaby and thinksport continue to lead in the usage of safe materials for consumer products. Their efforts are further energized by working to with their leading child advocacy partners and like-minded individuals who seek alternative products.
It became clear during his work within a biological testing lab (non-animal) that products on the market were fraught with issues. it didn't matter if the product was made in china, the US or Switzerland, there were chemicals leaching that had the potential to cause endocrine disruption, cancer, and reproductive harm. It also became quickly clear that governmental regulation was not on the near horizon. So thinkbaby and thinksport set off to create alternatives. The company first identified baby bottles, as 95% of the bottles on the market were composed of Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that is suspected to disrupt the endocrine system. They then proceeded to target other products within the baby feeding realm and where led by parents to design a sports bottle. thinkbaby and thinksport approaches each product category with the same criteria. Safe. Functional. Sustainable.
The first line in the sand that they draw surrounds material safety. They don't jump new materials just because they are free of one chemical. The reason for that is the potential for landing on some other potentially harmful chemical exists. instead they stay keenly focused on the latest emerging studies. They should ass that they understand the difference from valid science and industry-funded science. they won't work with scientists or doctors that endorse specific products. You can buy doctors like that anywhere, and its bad medicine in their opinion.
They then ask is the product functional? They don't want to create the same old tired thing in the market place. For example, they looked are the surplus of single-walled sports bottles in the market. While they have the potential to be safe, you can't cold fill them or hot fill them. They could create a really safe metal box, but why? So they look at the problems within a category and look to improve upon the category. They also put economical into the functional category. The goal is to have product that is pocket book friendly, it doesn't make sense for us to produce product that only a few affluent individuals can afford. if they are going to help the world, they need to make sure that the world can obtain safe solutions.
Finally they look to make their products sustainable, and they do this in two ways. Either the product needs to have an extremely long use life or it needs to be recyclable. The truth is that they try to do both. Their baby bottle line can be transformed in to their award wining sippy cup. This ability alone allows a parent to save their 8-10 bottle and use them for at least another year. This saves both parents money, but more it saves the environment from excess waste. All of the baby bottles are made from No. 5 plastic and can be recycled. When they built their complete BPA Free feeding set, they lined the products with stainless steel. they not only last the first child's use, but the second as well. They always hear from parents about how much they like using them.
Their mission as a company is to provide safe consumer products. They don't wait for a material to make headline news in order to make a change. They will continue to expand their products suite to offer alternatives to existing products on the market. They hear more and more folks refer to them as a lifestyle brand focused on safe products and that is truly the goal.