Puckered lips, tongue hanging out, hands pressed to chin: Hungry
This is a face you’ll become very familiar with in your baby’s first weeks. There is a longing, expectant look in your baby’s eyes that tells you it’s just about time to feed. If you’re on-demand formula feeding, that look is your indication that it’s time to start making a bottle.
Wide fish-mouth, lips tense, eyes open: Good feeding latch
A baby with a good latch will have a really wide mouth – not just gently sucking the tip of your nipple. A breastfed baby should have a lot of breast tissue in their mouth. A bottle-fed baby is still likely to have a more comfortable experience when they can perform this natural feeding posture, especially if you are transitioning from breast to bottle.
Take a look at the Tommee Tippee® Ultra Bottle. Its breast-like shape makes for a natural latch and easy switching between bottle and breast. The offset nipple provides a smooth milk flow to the last drop, and the ergonomic bottle shape allows for greater bottle control. The Ultra Bottle also has a secure seal around the nipple that helps reduce air ingestion and discomfort.
Closed eyes, soft features: Sleep
This is probably the most self-explanatory facial expression to recognize, but it’s still worth mentioning. You’ll learn to tell whether your baby is in a deep or light sleep, which will come in handy. Interrupting deep sleep can result in a very fussy baby.
Eyes darting, mouth agape, squealing or pointing: Alert
An alert face lets you know that your baby is ready for adventure. This is a good time to help your baby experience whatever they are interested in, like ripping up a paper bag then crumpling it to show how the shape can change. When your baby has an alert face, it’s time to explore.
On the verge of tears, a frown, furrowed brow: Distressed
You might find that your baby goes from smiling to crying to laughing in just a few minutes. It’s a big world out there, and their brain is still learning to process it all. If your baby gets overstimulated like this, think about what you can do to reduce the overload on their senses. Darkness, quiet, and gentle repetitive motions can all help calm your baby down.
Red face, hands in a ball, eyes squinting: Fussy
Yup, you’ve got a fussy baby on your hands. It’s all in the eyes: a baby who cries with eyes wide might just be experiencing some confusion, while a baby with closed eyes might be having a bit of a tantrum. Remember that your baby isn’t angry with you – they can’t even process what anger is yet. They’re probably just uncomfortable, so try to reduce some common baby stressors: stimulation, moisture or irritation from a diaper, gas, hunger, or interrupted sleep.
Another major cause of discomfort for babies is colic, which has been linked to ingesting air during feeding. Keep your baby happy and comfortable with a bottle designed to minimize the air your baby ingests during a feeding, like The Ultra Bottle from Tommee Tippee®. It has an innovative offset nipple that provides a more comfortable, upright feeding position for babies. Milk flows down the bottle evenly, ensuring the nipple stays full of milk throughout the feed.
The Ultra Bottle has everything you could look for in a bottle feeding solution. Whatever your feeding plan is, The Ultra Bottle from Tommee Tippee is likely to make your life easier.
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