There is almost nothing more important for new parents than the performance of the baby bottle you choose for your little one. Whether you’re opting to completely bottle feed or supplement feed, a quality and baby-friendly bottle will make feeding time easier and help keep your little one healthy and happy with a full tummy.
What to Look for in Baby Bottles
With such a wide range of baby bottle products to choose from, it can seem daunting to choose the right one. They all boast different results. There are colic-reducing, spit-up-reducing, nipple-confusion-reducing, slanted, glass, and plastic bottles, and the list goes on. So how do you know which one will be best for your baby?
Honestly, you won’t be able to pick the perfect bottle until your baby tries and approves it: ask any parent who’s been there. But taking a few simple things into consideration may help you make a good initial purchase. Keep these suggestions in mind when you’re looking for baby bottles:
- Shape and Size: Wide-necked bottles will be easier to clean, and bottles with a slant or curve to their shape often help ease colic. When it comes to size, opt to purchase the larger bottles. Babies start eating more milk pretty quickly and may outgrow a smaller bottle just after you’ve started using it.
- Venting: If your baby seems to have a lot of trouble with gas, finding bottles with venting technology can help ease this by reducing their air intake.
- Measurements: A bottle that already has measurements (oz, mL) preprinted on the side will mean no guessing when mixing formula or trying to determine how much your baby is eating.
- Bottle Warmer Compatibility: If you have a bottle warmer or are preparing to purchase one, make sure the bottle you choose fits inside.
Now that we’ve covered the top components to consider when purchasing a bottle, here are some of our recommendations for where to start.
Best for Newborns: Tommee Tippee Newborn Baby Bottle Feeding Gift Set
These stylish bottles have a natural shaped nipple that mimics the feel, flex, and movement of breastfeeding, making them awesome for switching between bottle and breastfeeding. The natural shape of the nipple makes it easy and comfortable for your baby to latch on. In addition to that, there is an anti-colic valve on the nipple for less air intake while your baby is feeding, which is always a good thing. The pink heat-sensing strip will warn you if the milk is too hot, and Tommee Tippee Bottles are also BPA- and phthalate-free, so you can feel good knowing they are safe for your baby.
This set comes with a travel bottle warmer, five bottles, a brush for cleaning, slow and medium flow nipples, milk powder dispensers, removable bottle handles, and a couple of newborn pacifiers, so it makes a superb gift for new parents.
Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti-Colic Newborn Baby Bottle Feeding Gift Set, Heat Sensing Technology, Breast-like Nipple, BPA-Free
These bottles have a natural feel, so they're great for newborns to reduce nipple confusion.
Best Anti-Colic: Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottles
The vent system in the Dr. Brown bottles is unlike any other. It eliminates airflow in the milk or formula, making your baby less likely to spit up, get colic, or have gas. You can use them with or without the inserted vent system. They have also been shown to better preserve nutrients in breastmilk and formula and aid in digestion to help with a good night’s sleep for everyone. The nipple on these bottles is engineered for a consistent flow, and the soft silicone makes latching on for breastfed babies easy. Dr. Brown’s BPA-free bottles can be a lifesaver if your little one struggles with gas or colic.
Dr. Brown’s Anti-Colic Options+ Narrow Baby Bottles, 0m+ Level 1 Nipple - Baby Bottle to Reduce Colic (4 Pack), 8 oz
These bottles have a venting system that help reduce gas, reflux, and colic for bottle-feeding babies.
Best Glass: Philips AVENT Natural Glass Baby Bottles
These Philips AVENT glass baby bottles are made from pharmaceutical-grade, BPA-free, heat-resistant, shock-resistant borosilicate glass, so you can safely store them in your fridge or heat them. They’re also easy to sterilize and are compatible with Philips AVENT nipples of varying flow speeds to progress with your baby’s growth, so these bottles are a great investment. This purchase comes with four slow flow nipples that have a wider shape for a natural latch. You can also feel good about the anti-colic venting technology in these bottles to minimize air intake during feeding.
Philips Avent Natural Glass Baby Bottle, Clear, 8oz, 4pk, SCF703/47
These bottles are made of premium-quality glass and are compatible with varying nipples to change with your growing baby.
Also Consider: Comotomo Baby Bottles
These baby bottles roll a whole bunch of great features into one design. These bottles offer a wide neck for easy cleaning. They have vents on both sides of the nipple, decreasing the chances of air intake. This bottle closely mimics breastfeeding with soft, 100% hygienic silicone and a wide nipple for an easy latch and less nipple confusion. They are also safe to insert in the microwave, boiling water, and dishwasher. This bottle is free of BPA, phthalate, lead, and latex.
Comotomo Baby Bottle, Green, 8 Ounce (2 Count)
These bottles are safe in the microwave, dishwasher, and boiling water. Plus, they provide a wide nipple for an easy latch.