Advice of experts

bibi® works very closely together with mothers and renowned experts as well as midwives,  mother consultants, speech therapists, dentists and approved laboratories.

Feeding

Can bibi® baby bottles and teats be cleaned in the dishwasher?

Yes, all bibi® baby bottles can be cleaned in the dishwasher. We also recommend boiling all the individual parts from time to time in hot water for 5 minutes, or sterilising them in a bibi® microwave steriliser.

Why do bibi® teats have a valve?

When drinking, a vacuum is created within the bottle. To prevent babies having to suck hard to overcome it and thereby swallow air, all bibi® teats feature a valve that allows air to flow and compensate the vacuum in the bottle. Thanks to the valve, the risk of swallowing air is reduced and babies feel more comfortable.

Can separate blind caps (white caps) be bought later?

Yes for our standard glass bottles only – if one gets mislaid, please contact a bibi® point of sale where they can be obtained. If that point of sale does not have any replacements on stock, please ask the sales staff to order the missing blind caps for you.

Can persistent sucking on the bottle cause caries?

During persistent sucking the teeth are constantly moistened by the beverage from the bottle. Saliva can cause sugar to form in carbohydrate-based food and beverage residues, including those from unsweetened beverages. Consequently, bottles should always be given under supervision and only for feeding (not as soothers or for playing). To calm babies, never use bottles, but rather only soothers.

What materials are bibi® bottles made of?

Baby’s health has absolute priority!
For this reason, bibi® baby bottles are made of glass, polyamide (PA) or polypropylene (PP). These materials are free of harmful substances. This in contrast to polycarbonate, from which the controversial bisphenol A (BPA) can leach.
If BPA is ingested into the infant’s body, it acts in a similar way to the hormone oestrogen. Immature hormone systems exposed to it can react particularly sensitively. Moreover, there are concerns that BPA can cause overweight, obesity, diabetes, cancer and genetic defects.
Using polyamide (PA) and polypropylene (PP), bibi® relies on materials that are not only impact resistant and boil-proof, but also considered absolutely harmless to health.

How often should bibi® teats be replaced?

Silicone teats are highly resistant to ageing. However, with regular use, and for hygienic reasons, we recommend replacing bottle teats every 2 months.

How do I as a mother recognise that material?

On every bottle there is a triangle inside which the material is declared, either as an abbreviation (e.g. PA) or as a code (e.g. 5 for PP). To obtain a quick and convenient overview of the most commonly used bottle materials, please refer to the listing.

What is bisphenol-A?

A chemical component of polycarbonate (PC). Polycarbonate (PC) is widely used in packaging that is in contact with food products (e.g. internal coating of food and beverage cans).
Under certain circumstances, it can leach from the material -> favoured by: heating in the microwave, keeping warm over long periods, cracks/scratches/damage to the material surface.
Detectable in the organism of 95% of all humans.
Concerns about the influence on / disruption of (oestrogen type effect) the hormone balance of infants and small children.
Possible effects: Sterility in boys, premature puberty in girls, overweight/obesity, hyperactivity, diabetes, leukaemia and prostate cancer.

Calming

Why do some soothers have a ring and others not?

Infants find it easier to pop the soother in and out of their mouth if it is a model with a ring. Soothers without a ring are highly suitable for falling asleep. Here, a ring could be bothersome if it is flipped up and pressing on the baby’s nose.

Is the use of soother holders dangerous?

No. All bibi® soother holders are tested to the European standard 12586 and are designed to ensure that they do not represent a safety risk to infants. When used properly, soother holders can only be seen in a positive light. They prevent soothers from getting dirty and thus ensure greater hygiene. Nevertheless, they should only be used during the day – when the child is awake and supervised. It is an urgent recommendation that you only buy dedicated soother holders that have been tested to the EN standards. Because home-made (mostly too long) soother holders can be very dangerous. In the worst case, infants can strangle themselves on such cords or ribbons.

Can my baby swallow its soother?

No, because the shape of the soother shield has been designed to EN 1400 to prevent babies from swallowing their soothers. If at any time your baby should get the entire soother into its mouth, remain calm and gently remove the soother. There is no danger of choking because there are air holes in the soother shield that allow your baby to still continue breathing.

How often do soothers have to be cleaned?

Prior to its first use, the soother must absolutely be boiled in hot water for 5 minutes, and then thoroughly rinsed before every other use. If the soother is really dirty, boiling it is recommended. Before giving it to your baby, allow it to cool thoroughly and then squeeze the teat to remove any residual water!

What if there is water in the teat after boiling?

Any residual water can easily be removed simply by squeezing the teat. When soothers are boiled regularly, there is no risk of bacterial contamination even if there is residual water inside the teat.

Why do bibi® soothers have a valve?

To ensure optimal sucking comfort. Soother teats made of silicone remain soft and elastic, so that the teeth do not sense excessive resistance. Any residual water can be removed easily just by squeezing the teat.

Why do bibi® soothers have two holes in the shield?

These two holes enhance air flow and child safety. Even in the unlikely event that an infant does happen to get the whole soother into its mouth, the holes allow a constant exchange of air. NB: these air holes must not be blocked by attaching cords or ribbons as this would limit air flow in the problematic situation described above.

Can the ink used for printed soothers become a danger?

No – bibi® only uses food-safe inks that are completely harmless for infants, even if they happen to scrape them off with their teeth.

Miscellaneous

What if I can’t find a bibi® product in my shops?

If you are unable to find any product that you have seen on our website or in a bibi® brochure in your local shops, please contact us and we will inform you where the outlet closest to you is located. If necessary they can order the product for you.

Do bibi® products contain plasticisers?

No, bibi® products do not contain any plasticisers. We specifically do not use PVC, or only phthalate-free PVC in our products.

Do you have any questions?

Please ask our experts.

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