Community Curated • Updated 03, 2019
Baby bottles are an indispensable part of baby accessories once your little one arrives in this world. Whether, you’ll opt out for bottle-feeding your baby exclusively, or your baby bottle only occasionally during the months of breastfeeding, it’s still an item that’s indispensable - and it’s part of every newborn checklist.
Baby bottles come in different shapes and sizes, and there are several types of them: basic/regular bottles; anti-colic bottles; sterilizer bottles; disposable sterilized bottles; glass bottles. You can find more information about them (pros and cons) in the FAQ section below.
Bottles must be used with teats as well, and these also come in various shapes, sizes, and materials (usually silicone and latex), as well as different flow sizes.
For more baby essentials, make sure to check out this article. And now, let’s dive in and see what are our top picks for baby bottles, taking in mind both quality and price
Also one of the better known names out there, the Dr. Brown bottles are known for their patented air venting system, which means that this is another one of those great bottles that manages to prevent and reduce colic, spit up, gas and burping in babies after their feeding sessions. The special thing about this bottle also contains one of its drawbacks though – namely, the venting system has more parts that will need to be washed, and crevices in this bottle are tinier and narrower than in others (like the Philips or the Comotomo, for example). This means that you will probably need the Dr. Brown special brush for a better, thorough cleaning of the bottles (no worries though, it comes free with the set of bottles). For some people, however, this can be rather annoying, especially when it comes to feedings late in the night, as well as for parents that are more often on the go and want to have clean bottles in no-time and without too many parts, bells and buckles. While pretty effective when it comes to colic prevention, there have been some reviewers complaining of bottle leakage. In some cases this might have to do with improper use, so next time you purchase one of Dr. Browns baby bottles, make sure you follow the instructions carefully and in detail – you certainly don’t want to see your precious breast milk spilled on your infant’s clothes rather than being in its tummy where it belongs!
Even though the Flipsi baby bottle is one of the most expensive bottles on the market, it’s definitely worth the extra splurge. The great thing about this bottle is that it uses a pretty ingenious, valve-free design to prevent excess of air in the bottle during feedings. The team behind this product has come up with a silicone reservoir where you put the milk, which you then place into the bottle itself and screw on the nipple top. When the nipple cap is screwed a very nice seal is formed and the silicone sits firmly over the upper edge of the bottle. The silicone is made to be very flexible and it shrinks or expands depending on the amount of milk in the bottle. Thus the anti-colic effect is achieved by preventing vacuum (or negative back-pressure) from occurring in the inside. That’s why they manufacturers also advice to push the air outside the bottle before each feeding, by taking it from the bottom and sides. This way there’s no need for venting mechanisms, which can be annoying to clean, require more parts and sometimes even cause leaks. The silicone reservoir also makes this bottle very simple to clean – the flexibility of the silicone makes it easy to turn upside down, which means you can totally do away with the bottle brushes! The nipple shape is carefully designed to reduce nipple confusion. Depending on your baby’s age, there are different nipple flow rates available: the newborn-flow (which is included with the bottle), the 3-6 month medium-flow, the above 6 months fast-flow, and the 9+ months Y-Cut for thicker fluids. The Flipsi bottle silicone is free from all the chemicals you definitely don’t want in touch with your little one’s food: you won’t find any of the BPA, BPS, phthalates, latex, nitrosamines, lead, PVC & PET in these bottles. There aren’t really many downfalls to this bottle, besides being rather pricy. One of them might be the tad larger size than other bottles we have on this list, but this is largely because of its unique anti-colic design. If you want to try something new and effective when it comes to baby bottles, and are prepared to spend more on a good quality product, then this is definitely the bottle for your little one!
The Comotomo Baby Bottles are probably the best ones you can find on the market, which is also very telling by the amount of positive reviews on Amazon. Making both Amazon’s choice list and Amazon’s best seller list, these are bottles that definitely don’t need a better introduction. This is indeed a very special bottle, designed to make the transitioning period from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, smoother, easier and more comfortable. The Comotomo baby bottle manages very successfully to mimic the process of breastfeeding with the top of the bottle shaped as a natural nipple with a wide mound, while the base is made out of soft silicone that resembles the delicate and unique texture of skin. This allows the baby to have a better grip on the bottle - squeezing it as they see fit - as well as a better feeding experience that feels more natural to the initial breastfeeding stages of nurture, mimicking the mother’s breast milk flow. Another great thing about these bottles is that they’re simply a joy to clean (this might sound a little weird, but trust us, it isn’t!) – made with a wide neck opening, you can clean them as you please – with your own hand, a washcloth or a sponge, either way it’s done in no time. The Comotomo team has put special care in making sure that your baby has the best feeding experience without unwanted colic-producing effects in babies. In fact, the bottles contain two anti-colic vents that enable proper air circulation, which in turn helps reduce common discomforts like gas, burping, colic and spit up. Several other features include: safe silicone material free from the scary chemicals like BPA, PVC and phthalate; heat resistance that allows you to safely put the bottles in boiling water, as well as the dishwasher and the microwave; no-leakage system that will make sure none of your precious breast milk or formulas will go to waste; features that allow for different milk flow according to your baby’s needs and preferences, as well as the nature of the fluids. Although a bit expensive for the amount of bottles you get (only two), this is a great bottle nevertheless, a favorite of many parents everywhere.
The Tommee Tippee has probably the most natural baby bottle nipple that we’ve seen in these types of products. This makes it the perfect bottle for babies that find it troubling to smoothly transition from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, so if your little one is one of them, fret no further because this is the bottle for you. Shaped like a breast and with a very flexible mound, the Tommee Tippee baby bottle enables a more natural latch – and along with the anti-colic valve, as well as the compact shape allowing for 3 holding positions – it makes the feeding comfortable both for the baby and the parents. It also offers different flow rates that manage to keep up with the growing process of your baby – you’ve got the slow flow rate recommended for babies 0+ months old, the medium flow for 3+ months and also the fast flow usually suitable for babies older than 6 months. What’s more, these bottles are one of the easiest to clean – they only have 3 parts (plus one more if you count the bottle cap), and the rims are just the right size so you won’t be annoyed by the brush getting caught on the sides. Some reviewers have been complaining that the writing on the sides of the bottles comes off after multiple hot temperature washes. Nevertheless, the Tommee Tippee products are a good combination of easy-maintenance, affordable, flexible and effective bottles, making up one of the best baby bottle choices you can find out there.
The Munchkin Latch is another type of baby bottle that offers all the essentials you’ll need in one. The 4 oz plastic bottle is BPA-free, coming with two stage (slow and medium) flows. The Munchkin bottle features a pretty interesting, unique design of the nipple and mound that allows the infant a better latch and a better control of milk flow. The nipple is ultra-flexible and stretchable and it moves along with the baby, pumping just like a real breast for an easy and natural feeding experience. The bottom of the bottle holds an anti-colic valve that’s intended to fight colic and reflux, making your baby less gassy and less fussy, which, in turn, will positively affect its sleeping pattern as well. The bottles can also hold a pump adapter with is compatible with some of the better known breast pumps on the market, like the Lansinoh, Medela and Evenflo. Unfortunately the pump adapters don’t come with the bottles, so you’d have to get them separately. The Amazon reviews for the Munchkin bottle have been generally favorable; some have complained, however, of a slightly more demanding cleaning sessions because of the anti-colic valve at the bottom of the bottle.
The Playtex Ventaire are one of the most affordable bottles on our list, making it a good deal for budget-tight families. The Playtex company has been around on the baby products market for several decades now, and they definitely have a lot of credibility to their name. This model is particularly interesting because it has an innovative angled shape of the bottle, making for a comfortable and easier hold that will allow you to better tilt the bottle when feeding your little one. Similar to the Munchkin bottle, the Playtex one also uses an air flow valve at its bottom to prevent formation of vacuum during the baby’s feeding sessions. One bigger note of difference, though, from other bottles on this list, is that the nipple is not as wide as the Comotomo or Tommee Tippee bottles, nor does it feel as natural (although it does use a nipple texture, similar to the Dr. Browns bottles); nevertheless though, reviewers still have been pretty content with it – their babies latched well, didn’t reject it and didn’t experience much of a nipple confusion as they feared they might. The bottle is easily disassembled and simple to wash, dishwasher safe with all the removable parts able to be cleaned separately and thoroughly. The usual pack comes with slow-flow nipples, suitable for infants from 0-3 months of age, but according to your needs, you can purchase separately the medium flow and fast flow nipples. A generally well thought out and good quality product, some people have reported flaws with the venting mechanism and have complained of leakage. So if you’re afraid of leakage by purchasing bottles with venting mechanisms, search for the anti-colic ones that use alternative methods on our list, like the Flipsi or the Joovy Boob one.
The NUK baby bottles are one of the most affordable ones on our list and will definitely satisfy the basic needs of your baby during the bottle feeding months. The NUK bottles have a simple design, without many parts, making them pretty easy to clean. They’re also intended to mimic the mothers breast and nipple, while the extra-soft silicone is made to feel, as they say, like the ‘real-deal’. These are also anti-colic bottles that make sure your baby doesn’t ingest air while suckling. The system is inbuilt, thus saving you from any extra parts that you’d have to clean otherwise. The ergonomic bottle is Tritan TM plastic, BPA free, odor and stain resistant, that you can easily toss in the dishwasher without fearing it will wear out! It comes with three flow rates: slow with three holes, medium with 6 holes and fast with 9 holes, making the feeding experience for the baby enjoyable and suiting to their own needs throughout their growing up times.
The Joovy Boob bottle is also one of the priciest bottles on our list, but it does make one helluva good product. It actually comes in three varieties: glass, PPSU, and PP. The one that we’ve chosen is the PPSU (standing for polyphenylsulfone) variety, a special type of transparent plastic with a grey tint that is commonly used in medical devices because of its durability, and temperature and impact resistance, making it perfect for baby bottles as well. It’s also much less prone to discoloration, and it doesn’t absorb color or odor. It’s PVC, BPS, BPA phthalate and lead free. Look at them sort of like glass bottles, but lighter and less prone to breakage. The anti-colic method of this bottle is a venting ring that goes on the bottle’s opening, before the nipple is screwed on. Reviewers have claimed it works great in preventing gassiness, spit ups and colic. The contours of the bottle also help with maintaining proper feeding positions that help the baby suckle and latch better. The soft silicone nipples are also carefully designed to prevent nipple confusion and enable a smoother transition from breast to bottle. The parts are made to be easily assembled and disassembled which in turn makes them easy to clean (and this goes for the vent ring as well) – they’re also dishwasher and sterilization safe, so you won’t have to worry about damage to the bottle under high temperatures. The only possible drawback of this bottle is that you’d have to put the vent ring every time before screwing the nipple on, which means before each feeding. This might be a deal breaker for some parents who opt for something simpler instead, especially during night feedings when everything’s in a jumble, juggling baby with one hand and bottle with the other, while also attempting to remain conscious. But otherwise, this is a great bottle, albeit more expensive than most of the other ones on our list, definitely worth a shot with your little one.
One of the most famous names on the market in general, as well as part of the Amazon’s choice list, the Philips baby bottles haven’t been as popular with Amazon reviewers, although they still manage to generate predominantly positive reviews, which definitely says something. The Philips Avent Anti-colic baby bottle is precisely what it says it is – a bottle specially designed to prevent colic and other similar nuisances that babies sometimes experience during feedings. The Philips Avent does this by having an integrated valve into the bottle’s soft silicone nipples, which flexes enough to allow air to enter the bottle, and not your baby’s little tummy. Another great thing about this product is that the anti-colic nipples can be used on other Philips Avent bottles – it has a compatible design that allows it to be applied to breastfeeding and toddler cups which are part of the Philips Avent products. Very simple to clean, with only four parts, the wide bottle neck and rounded corners allow for a thorough and easy clean, making the bottle ready to use at all times. It’s a compact, low-profile bottle which you can carry everywhere with you, considering it doesn’t take up much space and it has a narrower, more straightforward design than a lot of other baby bottles. It also has clear markings on the sides so you can see how much liquid is inside the bottle, as well as how much your little one has already eaten so far.
Another baby bottle brand on Amazon’s choice list, the MAM Newborn Gift Set is indeed a good deal and value for its price. This product includes two 5 oz. anti-Colic bottles, two 9 oz. anti-Colic bottles, as well as two newborn pacifiers. Like other bottles on our list the MAM ones also include their own patented vented base to make sure air stays out of the babies’ tummies during feedings. Coming in six easily assembled and disassembled parts, these are one of the easiest bottles to clean, and also to fill. The pacifier has a special anti-slip surface that will keep it steady and comfortably in your baby’s mouth. Taking in mind the symmetrical orthodontics of the baby’s mouth, the silicone nipple is designed to fit perfectly inside at any angle, providing a smooth transition from the mother’s breast onto a bottle. Some reviewers have claimed that these bottles might be appropriate for babies that like to eat and suckle in faster rhythms though. MAM baby bottles also feature a unique self-sterilizing base design, which means that you can sterilize the bottles in the microwave (for exact number of degrees check and more details on how to do this, check the instruction manual or guide). This makes for a very easy sterilization option, although some parents are uncomfortable sterilizing bottles in the microwave, often because this method can cause chemical leakings into the bottle. Nevertheless, there’s nothing to worry if you don’t do it too often and it’s definitely a pretty handy feature for a quick and easy sterilization when you don’t have much time for longer cleanings. These bottles have very cute designs, coming in a variety of colors and patterns, so they will surely catch the eye of a more stylish mommy that likes both good quality and a little extra in the design of baby gear. And the MAM bottles offer just that!
When it comes to purchasing baby bottles, the necessary number varies and is dependant on whether you plan to breastfeed and occasionally bottle-feed, or whether you’ll be primarily bottle-feeding. Usually, you will need around 4-12 bottles, and you can start with the 4-ounce ones because they’ll be just enough for small quantities of breast milk or formula that newborn babies gulp in one sip. Afterward, you can move on to 8 or 9-ounce bottles, around the age of 4 months, or just whenever you notice that your little one’s appetite has significantly grown.
Although breastfeeding is the number one recommended option for feeding your baby, some women opt out for bottle-feeding for various health, profession-related or other reasons. Bottle-feeding your baby, whether it’s with breastmilk or baby formula (the safest alternative there is to breastmilk), is generally considered safe, but you need to take certain measures in order to ensure this:
Make sure your hands are clean, as well as the surfaces your baby’s things usually stand on.
Always thoroughly clean the feeding equipment (bottles, teats, caps and retaining rings) - make sure you sterilize it before each feed, otherwise the germs that remain on the bottle may cause vomiting and diarrhea.
If you use baby formula, make sure you thoroughly follow the instructions for preparation on the package of your brand of preference.
The milk in the bottle shouldn’t be either too cold or too hot.
Make the bottle-feeding experience comfortable - when you’re feeding your little one, slightly tilt the bottle so the teat is full of milk, and not air (air may cause colic).
As we mentioned in the introduction, baby bottles come in several varieties: basic bottles; anti-colic bottles; sterilizer bottles; disposable sterilized bottles; glass bottles. Baby bottles are most often made of plastic, glass, silicone and stainless steel.
Pros: they’re probably the most widely available bottles out there, and thus can often be used with conventional sterilizers, warmers, and carriers.
They’re not expensive and can be found almost everywhere
Most of the time they come with their own set of lids and teats.
Cons: because they’re oriented towards a bigger market, these bottles can’t provide extra protection against colic and thus it may make your baby more prone to swallow air while they feed from them.
These bottles are made to specifically target any excess air your baby may take in during feedings, which is considered as one of the main culprits behind the occurrence of colic. If your little one often has digestive issues and wind, it’s a good idea to try one of these bottles. You can choose between one that has an air vent or a collapsible bag for the milk.
Pros: designed specially to reduce the possibility of baby swallowing air while feeding, and thus reduce colic.
Cons: they’re often more expensive than regular bottles.
Cannot claim to reduce colic in all the babies that use them.
Can be a bit complicated when it comes to cleaning.
A bottle which can be sterilized in the microwave, thus saving you from purchasing any extra sterilization equipment. :
Pros: can be very convenient, because they’re so easy to sterilize.
Cons: they cost more than basic bottles.
They can become extremely hot while in the microwave, thus require you to be extra careful when handling them.
Disposable, sterilized bottles
Bottles which are already sterilized in production and come together with a teat and a lid. They just require adding breastmilk or formula and need to be thrown away after use.
Pros: they’re very convenient if you’re traveling somewhere or you just happen to be out without a necessary bottle in hand.
Cons: definitely aren’t friendly towards the environment.
Can be expensive if they’re used on a regular basis.
Glass feeding bottles
The glass in glass bottles is a toughened, heat-resistant glass. These bottles are often used by parents who have concerns over the chemicals which are used for the manufacturing of plastic baby bottles.
Pros: they’re environmentally friendly and you don’t have to worry about any unwanted chemicals.
Usually last longer than plastic bottles.
Cons: they’re heavier than plastic bottles and there’s a possibility to shatter if badly dropped.
More expensive than basic plastic bottles.
Aren’t as available as the basic plastic bottles.
Besides the bottles, you will also need:
Formula milk (if you formula feed)
Equipment for sterilization
Bottle and teat brush
As we saw, baby bottles exist in different shapes, sizes, and materials and there isn’t one particular type that’ll guarantee you a feeding from heaven. Some babies simply prefer to use one type of bottle that suits them perfectly for some reason and will not want to use another one (then you’ve stumbled upon the lucky combination!). Some bottles, even regular ones, will show as more convenient for your baby in terms of reducing spit-up, colic, and gas. And sometimes babies don’t have a preference at all, but you might have, if you notice that in some the nipple leaks or has simply too many little parts that will need to be cleaned, over and over again.
Sometimes it helps to try a couple of different bottles at the same time and see which one sticks best.
For an easier transition from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding, there are different types of nipples and bottles designed to mimic the feeling nursing produces, as well as different flow rates that can be of additional help. Here you may also want to try a few options and see which one will be most suitable for your little one.