Notre avis d’expert pour choisir une tétine physiologique efficace ! - Élhée

Our expert opinion on choosing an effective physiological pacifier!

Are you looking for a bottle with a physiological teat? It is true that not all baby bottles are necessarily equipped with them… In addition, not all physiological teats have the same characteristics.

  • But actually, what is a physiological pacifier?
  • What are its benefits for your baby?
  • Are there any essential things to know before purchasing a physiological pacifier?

Let's find out all this together!


What is a physiological pacifier?

A physiological pacifier is a bottle nipple designed to mimic the shape of the mother's breast and the sensation felt by the child while breastfeeding . It is ergonomic and very flexible, which allows the baby to breastfeed in a more natural and comfortable way. It is often recommended for newborns and breastfed babies.

The shape of a physiological pacifier

The shape of the physiological pacifier is often asymmetrical , with a wider base and a finer tip, to reproduce the shape of the maternal breast. Note that this is not always the case, however.

What material is a physiological pacifier made of ?

The physiological pacifier is generally made of silicone or natural rubber.

These two materials provide great comfort and are easy to clean. However, the rubber pacifier will have a shorter lifespan than the silicone pacifier . It may also emit a strong taste or odor to your child when first using it.

Physiological or anatomical pacifier: what is the difference?

If the physiological pacifier has a slightly inclined shape, with a flatter base and a more rounded tip which allows baby to position his tongue in the same way as when breastfed, this is not the case with the anatomical pacifier.

The latter indeed has a more symmetrical and round shape . It looks less like the maternal nipple but can also be suitable for a breastfed baby. The anatomical teat allows relatively free sucking, without specific orientation of the tongue.

Why choose a bottle with a physiological teat?

There are several reasons why you might choose a bottle with a physiological teat:

  • Reduce the risk of colic and regurgitation

The shape and flexibility of physiological teats allow better air circulation during feeding, which reduces the risk of digestive disorders. Most physiological pacifiers on the market today are equipped with an anti-colic valve.

  • Provide comfort to the child and encourage a more natural feeding

As this pacifier is designed to best imitate a natural suckling, the child is comfortable every time you feed him! The flexibility and softness of the physiological pacifier offer, as we said above, great comfort to the baby during feeding. Not only because of the material it is made of but also because of its shape which makes it easier to hold in the mouth.

Its suction will be similar to that produced at the breast. Getting him to accept the bottle will also be easier!

  • Facilitate the transition between the mother's breast and the bottle

If you are considering mixed breastfeeding or weaning your baby, using a bottle with a physiological teat will make the transition from breast to bottle easier. Your child will in fact be less disorientated with a form of pacifier which gives him the same sensations as when he suckles at the breast.

💡 Good to know: First of all, it is important to choose a physiological pacifier that suits the age and needs of your baby. There are many brands and models of baby bottles with physiological teats on the market. Making the right choice seems simple. In reality, it is often a completely different story!

How do you know if the physiological pacifier used has become too small?

Are you wondering when to change the size of your physiological pacifier? Start by identifying signs that your current size may no longer fit your baby.

  • If you notice that your baby seems irritated, agitated or shows some discomfort when feeding, this may be a sign that the pacifier has become too small.
  • In addition, if he has difficulty suckling correctly and struggles to obtain enough milk or food, this constitutes a second indicator suggestive of an unsuitable and too small pacifier. Difficult sucking and insufficient intake of food will result in obvious frustration during mealtimes.

How can you be sure that the physiological pacifier is suitable and not too big?

Note that a pacifier that is too large puts excessive pressure on your baby's mouth , making feeding uncomfortable. Your baby's nose may also appear “crushed”. It is best to avoid feeding your baby with a larger pacifier, thinking that the child will grow and that this will only last as long as he or she will be well tolerated.

Did you know ? 

A pacifier generally lasts between 2 and 4 months once the first teeth come out! The stock of pacifiers must therefore be renewed at least twice in a baby's life.

How to recognize a bottle sold with a physiological teat?

To find out if a bottle is sold with a physiological teat, you can simply check the product specifications on the packaging or on the product's technical sheet online.

A physiological pacifier is often described as "soft" or "flexible".

If you are not sure whether you are making the right choice, you can also contact the manufacturer or seller to be certain that the pacifier is indeed a physiological pacifier. Note that today, most pacifiers on sale are physiological pacifiers. However, not all of them have the same characteristics (material, shape, flow, etc.)

Presentation of the bottle with Elhée physiological teat

Elhée's innovative Bib'Rond is a bottle with unique features that help babies breastfeed more easily and reproduce a natural feeding experience. It is designed to mimic the shape and feel of the mother's breast, and therefore facilitate the gradual transition from exclusive to partial breastfeeding.

Our bottle has a soft and flexible physiological silicone teat that adapts to your baby's mouth for a more comfortable and natural sucking. The teat allows optimal air circulation; it is in fact equipped with a patented ventilation system which reduces the risk of colic and regurgitation.

Made of medical grade silicone, the Elhée BibRond has a unique design, which makes it perfectly sealed against the diffusion of plastic microparticles.

If you are looking for a high quality baby bottle equipped with a physiological teat loved by babies and designed to meet their needs, quickly visit our store !

In summary

Physiological pacifiers offer multiple advantages:

  1. Reduced risk of colic and regurgitation in babies,
  2. Better comfort during meals,
  3. Easier transition between the maternal breast and the bottle.

To definitively validate your choice on a specific product, it is important to take the following criteria into account:

  • The age of your baby which determines the size of the pacifier,
  • The flow rate of the pacifier, often correlated to the size (a slow flow rate for a newborn, an average flow rate for a three-month-old baby, a fast flow rate from six months old)
  • The desired material and shape of the bottle,
  • Possibly: ease of maintenance (easy disassembly, absence of odor after cleaning, dishwasher safe, etc.)

The physiological pacifier from Elhée is compatible with our BibRond. Adapted to all stages of growth and equipped with patented ventilation technology, its tip allows your child to suck effectively. It is therefore ideal for starting baby's eating life in good conditions and gently!

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