Welcome to our baby feeding advice and download centre where you will find a wealth of information at your fingertips. From information about our baby feeding products and accessories to downloadable guides about caring for your baby and their development - you'll find it here.
Vital Baby Download Centre
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Are the plastic materials used to manufacture Vital Baby® products safe?
What is BPA?
Are the Vital Baby® products BPA free?
Can I purchase spare lids for Vital Baby® Cups?
Can I purchase spare non-spill valves for Vital Baby® Cups?
How do I clean my Vital Baby® products?
How do I clean my non-spill valve?
I’ve lost my instruction leaflet. Can I get a new one?
Do Vital Baby® Nurture™ Breast-like Teats & Silicone Teats come in different flow rates?
Are Vital Baby® Nurture™ Breast-like & Silicone Feeding Bottles available in different sizes?
How do I sterilise my Vital Baby® Nurture™ Airflow™ Silicone Feeding Bottles?
Are all Vital Baby® Trainer Cups spill proof?
The soft tips on my baby’s spoons have changed colour. Is this normal?
Why is my Un-believ-a-bowl™ not sticking down?
Are there Un-believ-a-bowl™ accessories available?
Can I store breast milk in Vital Baby® Press ‘n’ Pop™ Freezer Pots?
Can I defrost and feed directly from my Vital Baby® Press ‘n’ Pop™ Freezer Pots?
Where can I purchase Vital Baby® products?
Are Vital Baby® hand and face wipes suitable for sensitive skin?
I have a new idea for a product or an idea to improve an existing product. What should I do?
A – Yes. All our Vital Baby® feeding Accessories* are microwave safe so you can microwave sterilise your bottles, cups, spoons or bowls and warm your baby’s food with peace of mind. However, if you do decide to use a microwave to warm your baby’s food, make sure that you thoroughly mix the food well to avoid and localised “hot-spots” and ALWAYS test the temperature before feeding your baby.
Vital Baby® Teethers cannot be put in the microwave with the exception of our Triple Stage Teether.
*Except our Stainless Steel Baby Cutlery Set and the Un-believ-a-bowl suction pad due to their metal components.
A - To start with you have to remove the bowl from the base to take out the instructions (in-between the base and bowl) and be able to clean the bowl before use. To do this follow the insturctions on the sticker stuck to the bowl.
Place the bowl (with suction pad attached) on a table top or smooth surface (kitchen worktop or high chair for example). Then, whilst gripping the bowl with both hands, lean on the bowl to apply some pressure to it and at the same time twist anticlockwise. This will seperae the two components and release the care and instructions leaflet enclosed. Now you can use your Unbelievabowl for the first time.
Using the Unbelievabowl is simple - just follow these 4 steps below making sure the suction pad is on a smooth surface.
A – Yes. All materials used in our products have been tested to be safe for use on baby products. Every item within our range has been independently tested in accordance with British and European laws. We are proud to say that we pass with flying colours!
A – In recent times there have been many media reports around BPA (Bisphenol-A) and the damage that this chemical could be doing to babies. BPA is a chemical that is found in baby feeding bottles that are made of Polycarbonate plastic material (a material that has been widely used in the industry for many years). Although no definitive studies have been carried out, it is thought that BPA can leach out of Polycarbonate plastic bottles into baby’s milk and cause problems such as diabetes, breast cancer and hyperactivity in the baby’s adult life.
A – Yes. Without exception, every one of our new Vital Baby® and Vital Baby® Nurture™ products have been designed to be manufactured with quality materials that do not contain BPA.
A – At the moment we do not currently have spare lids available. However, we are looking into this and Vital Baby® will respond to consumer demand accordingly.
A – Yes. You can purchase spare or replacement valves from us directly. Please CLICK HERE to take you to the correct area in our secure on-line shop.
A – We recommend that you wash your bottle, bowl, cup, spoon or teether before using it for the first time and after each use. Firstly you should disassemble the product and all its components. You should then wash them in warm soapy water, rinse well in hot water and air dry. Vital Baby® feeding accessories are top rack dishwasher safe and can be sterilised by all approved sterilising methods (chemical, microwave* or electric steam sterilisation). Vital Baby® Teethers cannot be sterilised with exception of the Triple Satge Teether.
*Except our Stainless Steel Cutlery Set and the Un-believ-a-bowl suction pad due to their metal components.
A – To clean the non-spill valve effectively, remove it from the cup as soon as possible after use by pulling gently on the “fin”. Once removed, carefully slide the clear silicone strap covering outlet hole to the side. You should then wash them in warm soapy water and, using a bottle brush, gently brush the valve ensuring that you do not break the silicone strap. Rinse well in hot water and air dry. Replace the silicone strap and your valve is now ready for use.
A – Yes. You can download a new instruction leaflet from our website. Simply select the correct leaflet below;
Vital Baby® Nurture™ AirFlow™ Silicone Teats
Vital Baby® Nurture™ Single-use, Sterile Disposable Bottles
Vital Baby® Soothers
Vital Baby® Pots & Bowls
Vital Baby® Un-believ-a-bowl
Vital Baby® Cutlery
Vital Baby® Trainer Cups
Vital Baby® Straw Cup
A – Yes. Vital Baby® Nurture™ Breast-like Teats & Silicone Teats are available in Slow, Medium or Fast flow rates. As a rough guide your baby will need slow flow when they are newborn and move onto medium flow when they are about 3 months old. They will then be ready for the fast flow rate at about 6 months. As all babies are different their requirements will not all be the same. Therefore these age indicators are a rough guide only.
A – Yes. Vital Baby® Nurture™ Breast-like Bottles are available in two sizes, 150ml/5oz and 240ml/8oz, and Vital Baby® Nurture™ AirFlow™ Silicone Feeding Bottles are available in both 150ml/5oz and 250ml/9oz sizes.
A – You can sterilise your Vital Baby® Nurture™ AirFlow™ Silicone Feeding Bottles by any approved method – chemical, microwave or electric steam sterilisation – please follow the steriliser manufacturers instructions carefully to ensure complete sterilisation. CLICK HERE to download the instruction leaflet for complete instructions on how to sterilise your Vital Baby® Nurture™ AirFlow™ Silicone Feeding Bottles.
A – Yes. Every Vital Baby® trainer cup comes complete with a smooth flow non-spill valve that regulates that flow of liquid and avoids messy leaks and spills. The valve actually self adjusts with the age of your baby. The stronger baby such the faster the flow of liquid.
Having said this, one of the unique features of our cup range is that you can also use every cup as “free-flow” by simply removing the valve.
2 in 1 no-spill or free flow – THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
You can check out our range of BPA free no spill trainer cups here.
A – Some foods that you may choose to feed your baby contain very strong natural colours. Foods such as carrot and tomato are great examples. Occasionally, you may find that after feeding foods like this you may notice a discolouration or staining of the spoon tip. This discolouration is totally harmless and we are pleased to confirm that all materials used in our products have been independently tested and conform to relevant British and European safely standards and legal requirements.
A – The Unbelievabowl™ is the ultimate super strong suction bowl when used correctly. If your Unbelievabowl™ is not sticking down correctly the most likely cause is that the suction pad has attracted some dust, the surface you are trying to stick the bowl to is not totally clean or the surface is not smooth. To rectify this, ensure that the surface you are trying to stick the Unbelievabowl™ to is smooth (wood grain or a textured surface will effect the function of the suction pad) and simply wipe the surface and bottom of the suction pad with a clean damp cloth.
A – Yes. There are packs of 2 spare Unbelievabowls™ available separately although this does not include the Unbelievabowl™ Suction Pad.
A – Absolutely! Our Press ‘n’ Pop™ Freezer Pots have been design to be used to freeze either breast milk or first weaning puree’s and foods into convenient 1oz/30ml or 3oz/90ml portions which reduce food or breast milk wastage. The soft Press ‘n’ Pop bases make it easy to pop the frozen food or breast milk cube out ready for defrosting.
A – Sure! You can take your Vital Baby® Press ‘n’ Pop™ Freezer Pot straight from the freezer to the microwave to defrost and feed directly from the pot.
A – Vital Baby products are available from an ever increasing number of retail outlets. CLICK HERE to see which stores currently stock items from our range. Alternatively you can shop on-line with us.
A – Yes! Our Vital Baby® hand and face wipe shave been specially formulated to be suitable for delicate hands and faces. Their sensitive formulation has been dermatologically tested and is hypoallergenic, alcohol and Paraben free.
A – Tell us! We would be more than pleased to hear your comments or suggestions on how to improve an existing product or help make you famous by taking your new idea to market!
A - Breastfeeding is best for your baby. However, it is not always possible to breastfeed naturally. Vital Baby® Nurture™ Breast-like Feeding Bottles have been specially designed with the most natural shaped, super-soft and flexible teat to mimic mum’s breast and natural breastfeeding action.
Click here to view our video showcasing the full features of the bottle.
Advanced Anti-colic AirFlow™ system
• Sensitive venting
• Less risk of baby swallowing air during feeds
• Most natural shape - just like mum’s breast
• FlexZone™ mimics natural stretch flex during feeding
• Super-soft silicone teat
• Super-wide neck for filling and thorough cleaning
• Perfectly contoured and comfortable to hold
• Clear and durable measurement markings
• Made from 100% BPA free polypropylene (PP)
• Conforms to BS EN 14350
A - Yes. Our unique teat design is specially contoured to mimic the shape of mum’s nipple making the natural latch-on and feeding action easier. This, in combination with its soft stretch and flex (just like mum’s breast),gives baby a more natural feed by mimicking the natural breastfeeding action, making it easier to combine breast and bottle feeding.
To make it easy to feed breast milk to your baby we have designed our Breast-like Bottles to be fully compatible with the range of breast pumps available from Medela®. This allows you to efficiently express your nutrient-rich breast milk confidently. Contact us to claim your free adapter.
A - Both our Breast-like Bottles and AirFlow™ Silicone Bottles will fit into any other manufacturers steriliser, however, the number of bottles you can fit into a steriliser may vary depending on the manufacturer.
A - Yes. Other makes of bottles will fit into our Microwave Steam Steriliser. You can also use our steriliser for other items such as soothers, cups and Trap-a-Snacks™.
Always check manufactures instructions to ensure it can be sterilised using this method.
A - Our Microwave Steam Steriliser is quick and simple to use.
1 – Add Water. Use a washed bottle to add 200ml of water to the base of the steriliser.
2 – Load. Load bottles, teats, collars, covers and tongs into the basket and place into the base of the steriliser.
3 – Microwave. Place lid on, ensuring it is properly closed and locked, and place in the microwave for the required time.
Caution – to prevent scalding allow to cool for 3 minutes before opening the lid and we recommend the use of oven gloves. If the sterilise is left unopened its contents will remain sterile for 24 hours.
Click here to download our full instruction leaflet and parts list.
A - No. Our steriliser uses steam to sterilise the contents so no sterilising solutions are necessary.
A - Yes. Our Digital Bath & Room Thermometer is waterproof and floats happily in the bath with the temperature being clearly displayed on the bear’s belly. When not being used in the water this thermometer can sit on baby’s bedside and display the room temperature. Download the instructions for more information and details of the optimum bath water and room temperatures.
A - Newborn babies are not able to regulate their own body temperature. It is therefore very important that the temperature of their surroundings are monitored to make sure that they are not too cold or too hot so that you can adapt their bedding, change their clothing or alter the temperature of their room accordingly.
A - Measuring baby’s bath water is important for baby’s safety and comfort. A newborn baby’s skin is very sensitive and delicate and can react much more quickly to temperature changes than toddler or adult skin.
It is therefore very important to test and monitor the temperature of baby’s bath water before and during bath time to make sure that the temperature is not too hot and does not fall too low. With our Digital Room & Bath Thermometer you can easily check if the water temperature is correct.
Digital Bath & Room Thermometer: 1 x CR2032 lithium battery
FlexiSafe™ Rapid Alert Thermometer: 1 x CR2032 lithium battery
FlexiSafe™ Fever Alarm Thermometer (from the Health & Safety Kit): 1 x 1.5VDC (LR41) Alkaline
A - Turn on the thermometer by pressing the power switch. You will hear a ‘beep’, the display screen and backlight will turn on and the words ‘Last Memory’ will be displayed along with the last recorded temperature reading.
After two seconds the display will show ‘Lo°C’ and the symbol ‘°C’ will begin to flash. PLEASE WAIT FOR THE ‘°C’ SYMBOL TO FLASH AT LEAST THREE TIMES BEFORE TAKING MEASUREMENT.
You are now ready to take your baby’s temperature (please refer to the ‘Where To Take Temperature Readings’ question for safe and accurate readings). After about 8-10 seconds you will hear and see one of two alarms:
a. ‘Normal Alarm’ – the sound ‘beep beep... beep beep... beep beep’ will be heard along with the backlight display glowing GREEN and the actual temperature reading being displayed. This indicates that the temperature detected is below 37.6°C.
b. ‘Fever Alarm’ – the sound ‘beep beep beep... beep beep beep... beep beep beep...’ will be heard along with the backlight display glowing RED and the actual temperature reading being displayed. This indicates that the temperature detected is above 37.6°C.
For best results and to maintain the accuracy of each measurement please allow at least 3 minutes between each measurement taken. To turn the thermometer off, press the power on switch or simply leave for a few minutes to ‘auto-off’. For more details download the instruction leaflet.
A - The Vital Baby® Nurture™ FlexiSafe™ Rapid Alert and Fever Alarm Thermometers are suitable for oral, underarm or rectal use at any time of the day or night by following these simple instructions.
To ensure hygiene, cleaning and sterilisation of the thermometer is required before every measurement.
For Oral Use:
For best results the mouth should be closed for 1 minute and, where possible, do not eat or drink 15 minutes prior to the reading to create a stable and accurate temperature reading.
Ensure the thermometer is clean. Turn the thermometer on and follow the above instructions. Then simply place the probe under the tongue, close the mouth and wait for approximately 8 seconds for the reading to be displayed (wait 30 seconds if using the Fever Alarm Thermometer).
Our FlexiSafe® Fever Alarm Thermometer has been designed to be safe and easy to use for all the family. Its 3-in-1 use makes it suitable for oral, underarm or rectal use at any time of the day or night. The 30 second reading provides reliable and accurate results to minimise your stress at times when your baby may be unwell. The built-in memory function displays the pervious reading taken to help keep track of body temperature changes over the course of the day.
For Rectal Use:
Please follow these instructions very carefully making sure not to over insert the probe beyond the metal tip.
Ensure the thermometer is clean. Turn the thermometer on and follow the instructions for safe care and use. Then simply insert the metal tip into the rectum. A small amount of lubricant such as petroleum jelly may be used if necessary. Wait for approximately 8 seconds for the reading to be displayed (wait 30 seconds if using the Fever Alarm Thermometer).
For Under-arm Use:
Ensure the thermometer is clean. Turn the thermometer on and follow the instructions for safe care and use. Then simply place the probe under the armpit ensuring that the probe is trapped between the arm and the upper body. Wait for approximately 8 seconds for the reading to be displayed (wait 30 seconds if using the Fever Alarm Thermometer).
1. Holding the decongester as shown push the bottom of the bulb base inwards with your thumb. For best results hold the nasal decongester as shown, pushing the base with your thumb rather than squeezing the sides.
2. Whilst holding the base inwards with your thumb, gently place tip of the decongester into baby’s nostril and tilt it to the side. Be careful not to over-insert the decongester. Do not push past the relevant insertion limit.
3. Slowly release the bulb allowing the suction to draw the mucus out of baby’s nostril.
NEVER use the Nasal Decongester to force air into baby’s nostril. Be careful not to over-insert the decongester. Do not push past the over insertion limit. For more details download the instruction leaflet.
A - Yes – our Fishy Friend™ teethers, My Little Star™ teethers and Squeak’n’Peek™ teethers can call go in the fridge to help soothe sore gums. For best results place in fridge for 30 minutes to cool prior to use. Do not place in the freezer compartment.
A - No. Our range of Nurture™ Teethers are not suitable for microwave, steam, boiling or cold water sterilisation or suitable for use in the dishwasher. Except for our Triple Stage Teether which is top rack dishwasher safe and can be sterilised by all sterilising methods including microwave steam sterilisation.
A - Wash in warm soapy water, rinse in hot water and air dry before using for the first time and after each use. Our Triple stage teether is dishwasher safe but our other teethers are not.