The history of the feeding bottle


Banana Bottles (Valve & teat)

The banana bottle is often referred to as the hygienic bottle, and is aptly named. It was the savoir of many hand reared babies in the early years of the 20 century. The ease of cleaning was a major breakthrough in nursery hygiene. The basic design was around for about 50 years and saw off many other models to retain its place at the top of the popularity tree, and rightly so.

They first made an appearance at the close of the 19th century around the mid 1880's. The first true banana feeder with a teat and valve was invented in 1894 by Allen & Hanbury's. In the next 15 years the model was modified over a series of four slightly different models. In 1910 the final design, 'The Allenbury Feeder' was to remain unchanged for the next 50 years. to be continued

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Arcos feeder, made in Japan

Allenbury feeder 1910 with teat and valve


snippet from 'the British Journal of Nursing July 1902


’We have much pleasure in directing the attention

of hospital authorities and monthly nurses to the

excellent feeder made by Messrs. Allen and Hanburys

Limited, Plough court Lombad Street,

E.C. The danger of feeding bottles for infants in

connection with which long rubber tubes are used

is well recognised, and Messrs. Allen and Hanbury

have now devised a bottle which is most easily

cleansed, which has a  pure rubber teat which can

be turned inside out, which has a valve air inlet, by

which air is admitted behind the column x milk,

and through which, on the removal of the valve, a

stream of mater can be passed. The feeder is

graduated so that the amount taken by the infant

can be accurately estimated.


Hygienic double ended feeder 1920's-50's