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Pigeon History of Nursing Bottle


Doufu-Boueki, the predecessor of Pigeon Corporation, was established. First nursing bottle (A-type) with a wide neck was introduced in Japan. This pioneering design was more hygienic than previous bottles with a connected nipple.


A-type nursing bottle — prototype of the current design — was introduced.


B-type nursing bottle with a narrow neck was introduced.


C-type improved nursing bottle with a connected nipple was introduced.


S-type polyethylene nursing bottle was introduced in Japan. The hexagonal shape not only helped babies grasp it easily but the new material also brought dramatic product improvements.


F-type glass nursing bottle with an appealing illustration was introduced. This promoted the concept of baby products designed to make infant care more enjoyable.


Pigeon Corporation was established.
L-type high-density polyethylene nursing bottle was introduced. This was designed to withstand boiling during sterilization, a weakness of traditional bottles.


AN-type polyamide (nylon resin) nursing bottle was introduced.
A-D silicone nipple was introduced.
Isoprene rubber nipple, which resists wear compared with natural rubber, was introduced.


Polycarbonate (PC) nursing bottle was introduced. Made to withstand sterilization, this tough, transparent, and lightweight design fulfilled all requirements for nursing bottles.
R-8-type nursing bottle was awarded the Tokyo Invention Prize, and was recommended by Japan Red Cross Hospital.


A-type glass nursing bottle was introduced, becoming a best-selling product for 15 years.


W-8-type nursing bottle was introduced. Thanks to improved bottle-mouth molding, the bottle's flat mouth inner surface simplified cleaning for enhanced hygiene.


Exporting to global markets started.


Nursing bottle with a cap was approved by the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee and awarded the JIS Mark.


Pigeon's market share for nursing bottles in Japan reached 80%.


P-type nursing bottle was introduced. This was specially designed for proper feeding of babies with a cleft palate or inadequate sucking strength.


K-type nursing bottle was introduced. With its wide-end and rounded-corner square-bottom design, this uniquely stable shape was easy to hold and keep clean, and also simplified formula mixing.


Innovative MagMag bottle with four interchangeable tops was introduced. Designed to match baby's progressive development, this adaptable bottle was welcomed by consumers.


Pigeon Basic Research group identified peristaltic motion in baby's natural sucking action. This research has contributed many studies of infant growth to pediatric healthcare institutions, etc.


Nursing bottle and nipple (Bonyu-soudan-shitsu) were introduced to promote education in breastfeeding.


Concern about endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the environment led to media focus on polycarbonate (PC) nursing bottles.


Unbreakable MagMag made of polypropylene (PP) was introduced.


Glass nursing bottle sales shipments rose to 80% of market share.


Five major manufacturers prepared and presented guidelines for safe use of polycarbonate (PC) nursing bottles.
Polyethersulphone (PES) nursing bottle was introduced.


Based on extensive research in breastfeeding, a nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan) with a soft, elastic, flexible nipple was introduced. This helped babies to open their mouths wide and supported natural sucking action.


Polyethersulphone (PES) nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan) was introduced. This lightweight bottle design allowed convenient portability.


Polyphenylsulphone (PPSU) nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan) and nipples in four sizes were introduced.


The nursing bottle (Bonyu-jikkan), which aids in raising babies on breastmilk,has been even further improved.
It aims to help babies reproduce the necessary actions of latching on, sucking, and swallowing.

Nursing bottles and nipples by Pigeon

Nursing bottles and nipples by Pigeon have been helping the growth of numerous babies around the world including Japan for more than 50 years since the release of these products.
Though PIGEON itself cannot become a mother, we will continue our research and development in order to turn our management philosophy, “love,” into a shape.

* Pigeon gives aid to child-rearing by breastfeeding.
Let’s give a baby breast milk which is said to be an ideal nutrition for healthy growth of his or her mind and body!