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The best way to your baby’s heart is definitely through his stomach. A baby bottle is the second best way to deliver food to your little one. Whether you breastfeed or not, there is a very high chance there will come a time when you need to use a baby bottle.

The problem is that there are so many different baby bottles on the market it can be difficult to know where to begin. It can be surprisingly difficult to find a baby bottle that won't leak and is just as easy to use as it is to clean (and even then your baby still might reject it). The whole process of buying a baby bottle can be a be a bit daunting to a new parent.

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To solve this problem I have created the most detailed baby bottle guide in existence. I will walk you through everything you could ever need to know about baby bottles including the different types, features, what to look for when buying and even examples of the best baby bottles on the market.

By the time you have finished reading this guide you will be a baby bottle expert.

This is an absolute monster of a guide. I have crammed in every possible thing you could ever need to know about baby bottles on this one page. Use the links below to navigate to your desired section.

Alternatively, you can read the guide from top to bottom. It’s all great information!

Gone are the days when there was only a single type baby bottle available. Modern baby bottle designs range from plain to just plain weird. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of baby bottles you may come across.

If you were to close your eyes and think of a baby bottle then chances are this is the image that jumped into your head. A standard baby bottle has no bells or whistles and is little more than a lid and nipple attached to a bottle (and maybe a cover to protect the nipple). Standard baby bottles are also known as straight-neck bottles. Standard bottles are cheap. You can pick them up for as little as a couple of dollars and are found just about anywhere. If you need a bottle in a hurry then you should be able to pick one up at your local pharmacy. Standard bottles have a basic shape, making it easy to fit a bottle warmer, a bottle sterilizer, or a bottle carrier becuase they are all designed to fit this common shape.

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Also known as angle-neck bottles; these baby bottles have come with a very visible bend in the neck of the bottle. The bend is designed to keep the nipple filled with milk (or formula) while preventing air bubbles getting trapped in the nipple. The result – your baby swallows less air, which is only a good thing.

Pediatricians recommend that you bottle feed your baby in a semi-upright position as it may help prevent ear infections. Angle necked baby bottles promote feeding in this position and are easier for the parent to hold.

Angled bottles do come with a learning curve, you will need to hold the bottle sideways to fill it up or use a funnel. While the first few times filling an angled baby bottle can be messy, you will soon get the hang of it.

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As the name suggests, the neck is wider than that of a standard baby bottle. Because the opening is wider, so is the nipple that attaches to the bottle.

The wider nipple resembles the look and feel of your own nipple. The similarity in nipples may prevent nipple confusion. As a result, wide neck bottles are a suitable option >;for mothers who wish to switch back and forth between breast and bottle feeding.

The wider neck also makes cleaning than narrow-necked bottles. Once you remove the nipple and collar you will find that the mouth of the baby bottle will easily accept the largest of bottle wands.

It used to be that wide neck bottles were shorter and squatter than regular bottles. Nowadays they come in all shapes and sizes but they all share one thing in common. A wider neck.

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When your baby sucks on the nipple of a baby bottle a vacuum is formed. This vacuum can cause air bubbles to become trapped inside the nipple.

If air is in the nipple then it is one step away from being swallowed by your baby (resulting in colic or gas). A vent prevents the air from becoming trapped or mixing through the milk and swallowed by allowing air bubbles to back towards the base of the bottle.

Vented baby bottles are also known as natural flow bottles (named after the popular vented bottle by Dr. Brown) or anti-colic bottles. Baby bottles can be vented from the nipple, by use of a straw (pictured above) or by a valve in the base of the bottle. In order from worst to best, the venting systems are as follows:

If your baby is fidgety after feeding and suffers from gas or colic then it is well worth your time trying a vented baby bottle. While vented baby bottles do not work on every gassy baby there is a huge army of parents that swear by them.

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Disposable baby bottles are designed to beused when traveling or in other situations where you are unable to clean up your regular baby bottle. Rather than clean these bottles, you simply throw them in the trash when feeding time is over.

There are two different types of disposable baby bottles.

A pre-sterilized baby bottle that comes complete with a nipple and lid. Sold in multiple packs, simply add breast milk or formula and throw the whole bottle in the trash after use.

These bottles come with small plastic pouches that sit inside the bottle. Your milk or formula is added to the plastic pouch and never comes into contact with the bottle itself.

Each liner is usable for a single meal. As your baby drinks, the liner collapses, leaving less room for air bubbles.

While you have to initially buy the bottle that holds the pouch, disposable liner bottles are cheaper in the long run. A plastic pouch is much cheaper to buy than a whole disposable bottle. Extra pouches are sold separately.

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This section will focus on all the different features you will need to consider before choosing the right baby bottle for you. Pay attention! Many of these features are taken for granted and can easily be overlooked.

Because many bottles and nipples can be interchanged, I have broken the buyers guide into two separate sections:

Let’s start off by taking a look at the bottle…

The bottle holds the milk and formula before it enters the nipple and then your baby’s mouth. Seems simple, right? Do not be fooled, there are many different choices to be made surrounding the bottle. Like the material for instance…

Baby bottles can be made from one of three different types of materials; Plastic, glass or stainless steel. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each material.

By far the most commonly used material in baby bottles. Plastic is cheap, lightweight and easily molded into different shapes. Plastic baby bottles won’t break if dropped and also don’t sweat (That small layer of condensation that forms on the outside of the bottle when you put cold liquids inside).

While parents may warn you that plastic baby bottles contain BPA, water bottles are now composed of bpa-free plastic.

FDA has amended its regulations to no longer provide for the use of BPA-based polycarbonate resins in baby bottles and sippy cups.

That is business speak. Simply put; theFDA banned the use of BPA in baby bottles in 2012. Since then all plastic baby bottles sold in the USA have been BPA-free bottles.

If you are using an old bottle or in doubt then you can determine what plastic your baby bottle is made from by the recycling symbol on the bottom. You now have the peace of mind that you can truly get a bpa-free plastic water bottle.

Unfortunately, it’s not all roses for plastic baby bottles. Because plastic is the softest of all baby bottle materials it can easily be scratched so be sure to stick to softer bottle brushes and cloths when cleaning. Why don’t you want scratches? Bacteria can hide in scratches and can be missed during the cleaning process.

While plastic baby bottles may look smooth the surface actually has tiny little indentations (as shown in the magnified picture above).

You know what that means?

These indentations are great for capturing milk and formula. As a result plastic baby bottles are the most difficult to clean and can even start to smell after continued use. Not a problem, read my guide toremoving bad smellsandcleaning baby bottles to easily overcome these issues.

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Believe it or not, glass baby bottles have been around longer than plastic baby bottles. They are beginning to make a big comeback thanks to the BPA controversy a few years back.

Glass bottles have an entirely smooth surface. This means that greasy milk or formula has nowhere to stick to and makes cleaning glass baby bottles an incredibly easy task. If you have ever spent more than 10 minutes scrubbing a plastic baby bottle then you will know what a blessing this can be.

Eco-conscious parents rejoice! Glass is a fairly natural material (made from superheated sand, soda ash, and limestone). As a result, there is no worry about unknown chemicals leeching into your babies meal.

If you use boiling water to sterilize your baby bottles then you will be pleased to know that unlike plastic, glass does not break down when exposed to hot temperatures. In fact, a glass bottle will last forever unless you break it. Speaking of which...

If you drop a glass bottle, particularly on a glass floor, then there is a good chance that it will shatter. Not only is this a chore to clean up but if you fail to clean up every last piece then your baby may cut himself while crawling around on the floor.

Fortunately, many manufacturers sell glass bottles in removable silicone sleeves (or more annoyingly sell them separately). The silicone sleeve helps cushion the glass bottle in the event that it falls, potentially saving it from breaking. The silicone sleeve will also help stop the glass from sweating, a common problem when holding cold liquids.

If you want to use glass baby bottles be sure to check that your daycare accepts them. Many daycare centers will only allow you to use plastic baby bottles because glass can be dropped, break and harm children.

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Stainless steel is by far the least common of the three materials used in baby bottles. If you can imagine a thermos with a nipple then you pretty much know exactly what to expect from a stainless steel baby bottle.

Stainless steel has amazing insulating properties that some manufacturers take advantage of. What this means is that it can keep warm milk warm or cold milk cold for a longer period of time than the other two baby bottle materials.

Unfortunately not every stainless steel baby bottle was designed with temperature management in mind. Those that aren’t will still have a special benefit. They allow you to easily feel the temperature of the formula or milk inside through the bottle itself. But be careful! If your baby’s formula or milk is super hot then the stainless steel will be incredibly hot as well

Stainless steel is the most durable of the three materials. Treat it as rough as you likegeometric cushion covers, breaking it will a stainless steel baby bottle will be incredibly difficult. It is even incredibly resistant to scratches. Stainless steel is also super easy to clean.

But wait right there… It’s not all praise. Stainless steel is a difficult material to work into shapes during the manufacturing process. As a result, stainless steel baby bottles are often very boring and simple designs. They are also the most expensive out of all the different baby bottle materials.

If you are a parent who painstakingly measures each and every baby meal to the exact drop then you are in for a disappointment. Since stainless steel is not transparent, you will have difficulty measuring the amount inside unless you use a separate measuring cup and that’s one more thing you have to clean up.

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Let’s consider your little baby’s hands for a moment. It can be easy to forget just how small your baby’s hand is. This picture will jog your memory.

Newborns will happily let you hold the bottle during feeding time. As your baby gets older he will become more independent (they grow up so fast) and very likely want to start holding the bottle himself during feeding.

If your baby enjoys holding his own bottle then you will have to be prepared to frequently pick it up off the ground. The rounded shape of a bottle is difficult for your baby’s small hands to hold and will be dropped often.

That’s where handles come in. Your baby can wrap his whole hands around the handles of a baby bottle allowing your little one to get a better grip.

Baby bottles with handles are also known as trainer bottles.

When it comes time to feed your baby you will no doubt measure out how each of your baby’s meal. Baby bottles with measuring lines will make your job much easier.

Using measuring lines you will be able to quickly and accurately measure out breast milk or formula. Measuring lines can be found on baby bottles that are transparent (glass or plastic).

Baby bottles also come in different sizes. Size is measured by the amount of formula or milk the baby bottle can hold. Baby bottles generally come in two different sizes:

So how do you choose the right size for your baby? Generally, infants and preemies will go with smaller sizes (smaller babies have smaller tummies) and older babies will go with larger sizes.

You can use this guide tochoose an appropriate baby bottle based on how much your baby bottle drinks. You can find the full table and feeding frequencyhere.

This is simply a loose guideline and many parents recommend you feed your baby smaller meals more times a day to prevent bloating. If you go this route then you will only need a smaller baby bottle (4 ounces would do it).

Parents on a budget:If you are looking to save money then you can get away with only buying large bottles. While your baby is young you only fill the bottle to halfway. By doing this you will not need to spend money on a small baby bottle that is quickly outgrown.

Wow… you see that?

This baby bottle is made up of 6 different pieces. (some baby bottles have more pieces again!) Each piece is a piece that needs to be cleaned can break or worse, can go missing; rendering the whole bottle useless.

See where I am going with this? Less is definitely more when it comes to baby bottles. Look for a baby bottle that is functional but uses as few pieces as possible. A fiddly baby bottle with lots of pieces can drive a parent insane.

Generally speaking, the more parts a baby bottle has, the more likely it is to leak (whether its because the bottle was incorrectly assembled or one of the parts has worn down).

Isn’t it wonderful when everything just works together? Wouldn’t it be great if you could pump milk from your breast directly into your baby’s favorite bottle? Depending on your breast pump, you may be able to do just that!

The majority of baby bottle manufacturers actually have a baby bottle that can fit directly to standard breast pumps. If you find yourself pumping frequently then you will save yourself a lot of time and energy (and stress) transferring milk between bottles.

Unfortunately, if your baby prefers wide neck or slightly unusual baby bottles then you may not be able to match your breast pump to the baby bottle.

If you exclusively formula feed then this feature will be of no use to you.

Your baby won’t be drinking out of his baby bottle forever. Yes, I know it’s sad but your little one won’t stay little for long. If you want to plan for the future then some baby bottles have the ability to turn into a sippy cup for when your baby outgrows the bottle.

The sippy cup lid will usually be sold separately (but you probably want to but it now in case the product is discontinued) and replaces your baby bottle’s nipple. Thanks to sippy cup lids, many parents report that their baby transitioned to a sippy cup easier because their little one was already familiar with the bottle.

The nipple is the other major part of the baby bottle. When sucked on; milk or formula is drawn through the nipple and into your baby’s mouth.

Like pacifiers, baby bottles can come with many different styles of nipples. Your baby will be less likely to reject a baby bottle nipple if it is the same as the nipple found on his pacifier.

Once you have settled on a baby bottle it is recommended that you buy the same brand of the nipple. While different nipples may fit, you may find that they leak or worse, pop off into your baby’s mouth.

Baby bottle nipples can be made from two different types of material; latex or silicone. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each.

Latex is a soft flexible rubber that closely mimics the feel of a nipple (which is why some babies prefer it). Latex nipples are easily identified by their golden brown color and are fairly opaque (a fancy word that means you barely see through them).

Baby bottle nipples made from latex wear quicker than those made from silicone. Over time you will notice tiny cracks and tears appear on the nipple. Fortunately, latex nipples are inexpensive and it will not break the bank when the nipple needs to be replaced.

Another problem with latex is that many babies are allergic to it. If your baby suffers from a latex allergy then you will have to avoid nipples made from latex. If you do not know whether or not your baby is sensitive to latex then you should still avoid these nipples. Better safe than sorry.

Silicone is a clear flexible material. While silicone is firmer than latex it is far less likely to trigger an allergic reaction (Silicone allergies areincrediblyrare) and is the go to nipple material in modern baby bottles.

Baby bottle nipples made from silicone will last 3-4 times longer than a latex nipple. If your baby is particularly rough with the nipple then this extra durability can be a blessing.

Silicone nipples are firmer than a latex nipple (and your own) and as a result, not all babies will take to them.

There are two different nipple shapes available. orthodontic nipples and round shaped nipples.

The most common baby bottle nipple available. Cheap and it does the job.

No, it’s not a baby bottle nipple that has half melted. This funny looking thing is known as an orthodontic nipple.

Orthodontic nipples have an asymmetric shape (that is if you were to fold it in half, one side wouldn’t match up with the other) and an angled top.

According toNuk, orthodontic nipples better suited for your baby than the standard round type:

These nipples are designed to fit the shape of baby’s palate and gums, giving the tongue and jaw more room to move naturally while sucking, promoting healthy oral development. The design also allows the milk to mix with baby’s saliva for better digestion.

So as you can see; while orthodontic nipples are more expensive and less commonly available, they offer unique benefits over the old rounded nipple.

Which type of nipple is better?

Round nipples have been around since you and I were born. We grew up just fine, didn’t we? Round nipples are cheap, easy to stock up on and can be found just about anywhere. While I’m not saying that orthodontic nipples are useless, I just figure if something works and it works well then why change?

Like baby bottles, nipples come in different sizes according to the stage of your baby’s development. In general, the size of the nipple determines the rate that milk or formula can flow from the nipple.

Depending on the brand your nipple will be sized under different names. The most common used sizing is flow, age or stage. Below is a sizing chart you can use when trying to match another brand’s nipple with the one you already have.

Preemies and newborns will start with the smallest sized baby bottle nipple. This is because their mouth is smaller and they are still learning the correct swallowing technique (milk flowing too quick will cause your baby to choke).

As your baby grows, he will “graduate” to larger sized nipples with faster flows. You don’t have to follow these guidelines exactly. Different babies may prefer different sized nipples and flow rates so you may need to experiment a little. In fact, you may even find if you have twins that one baby will prefer one type of bottle nipple while the other prefers one completely different.

While most parents choose the nipple flow based on age, there are some other factors that can come into play.

When is slow flow suitable?If your baby easily chokes on milk or gets acid reflux and you are looking for the slowest flow nipple around.Dr. Brown’s Preemie Standard Nippleis the way to go. While other brands claim slow flow, this is one nipple that actually delivers.

When is fast flow suitable? If you are using a thicker formula then you may need a faster flow nipple just so that your baby can suck the formula out.

That plastic dome that sits on top of the nipple in the picture above is known as a nipple cover and attaches directly to the lid of your baby bottle. Its purpose is to prevent the nipple from coming into contact with dirt and bacteria. Your baby sucks on the nipple, you don’t want him sucking down germs with every gulp; do you?

A nipple cover (also known as a travel cap) is great for bottle feeding on the go. If you carry your baby’s bottle around in your carryall then it will come into contact with all many of dirty things such as your mobile phone (how often do you clean that?) or wallet (another item hardly cleaned). A nipple cover will prevent all these objects and more from coming into contact with the nipple.

Not all baby bottles come with nipple covers. If you only bottle feed at home then a nipple cover may not be needed at all as it is an extra piece that needs cleaning or can get lost.

Once you have decided on a nipple that your baby readily takes to then it is time to stock up! Nipples are like the socks of the baby bottle world (they very easily get misplaced). There is nothing more frustrating than a nipple breaking (or go missing) only to discover that you have no spares.

Many parents not only buy spare nipples but also the next size up as well, particularly if they plan to continue bottle feeding through their baby’s next development phase.

I’ll be honest with you. There are a LOT of baby bottles out there. Even if you have followed my guide so far and know exactly what to look for, the sheer number can still be daunting.

To make your life a little easier I have created a list that looks at the best baby bottles for different situations.

Are you ready? Then lets jump right in!

Remember; what works for one baby may not necessarily work for yours. Many parents have to try a few baby bottles before they find one they like.

If it looks like a breast and it feels like a breast then it’s a breast. To your baby, it really is as simple as that.

So how do you get your breast loving baby to take a bottle? By providing a bottle that not only feels like a breast but also mimics the whole breastfeeding experience. The similarity also helps prevent nipple confusion.

These bottles are also suited to baby’s that exclusively bottle feed (they still hold up really well) but the key selling point is the similarity to your own breast.

Style:Green or pinkBrand: Comotomo

The Comotomo bottle is all silicone, and is one of the most popular bottles on the market whether you breast feed or not. Its unusual design and breast resembling nipple make it a favorite among parents and baby’s alike.

The comotomo silicone baby bottle comes in two sizes:

When you look at this baby bottle you will notice that the base of the nipple is quite large. The base actually comes into contact with your baby’s cheeks, tip of the nose and chin, much the way your own breast would. Because of the familiarity, many breast fed babies quickly take to this bottle.

Cleaning time! The Comotomo baby bottle has a wide neck for easy cleaning. In fact, you could even fit four of your fingers and a sponge inside (I don’t have the most petite fingers and can cram them inside). No more scrubbing away with a narrow bottle brush!

Style: As picturedBrand: Tommee Tippee

Another popular bottle among booby loving babies; the Tommee Tippee May not look like a breast but many babies cant tell the difference. This bottle comes in two different sizes:

Despite being made from silicone (known for being quite firm) the nipple is surprisingly soft and gently flexes whens sucked. The soft silicone almost feels like skin and will comfort even the most booby obsessed baby.

The nipple actually has a valve regulates air. This prevents your baby from swallowing it and becoming a fussy wriggle monster.

Cleaning is an absolute breeze. With only three parts (bottle, nipple, collar) there is not a whole lot to worry about. The wide neck and curved inside allows you to clean the bottle with even the bulkiest of bottle wands.

Style: As picturedBrand: Lansinoh mOmma

This is the new and improved version of the Lansinoh mOmma feeding bottle which was absolutely brilliant for breastfed babies but it’s rounded shape made it difficult to hold. Fortunately; this gripe has been fixed and the new design is super easy to hold. I am personally a huge fan of this bottle and recommend it to all you breastfeeding mommas out there.

The Lansinoh mOmma baby bottle is available in two different sizes:

Like you, this bottle has amazing nipples. Your baby can use the same wavelike (‘peristaltic’, for all you word buffs) tongue motion to effectively draw milk from this nipple as he would your own. Despite being made from silicone the nipple is incredibly soft and flexible which further adds to tricking your baby into thinking this bottle is your breast.

Style: As picturedBrand: Medela

Guess what? The company that makes amazing breast pumps also makes a great baby bottle to go with them. These baby bottles are compatible with all breast pumps in the Medela range.

You know what that means?

The bottle used with your breast pump is also your baby’s bottle. No need to transfer milk between containers and bottles. Less bottles means less cleaning, a huge plus for any time poor parent.

This hugely popular baby bottle is available in two different sizes:

As you would expect from any baby bottle designed to hold pumped breast milk, it appeals to breast fed babies. Despite their simple design, the nipples have a wide base and are surprisingly similar to your own.

The Medela breast milk bottles are sold in sets of three. The set contains:

Three bottles for a very competitive price. If you already have a Medela breast pump then I would definitely start with this bottle before trying the other bottles suited for breast fed babies (the majority of which cost more for a single bottle).

Style: As picturedBrand: Munchkin

It’s no surprise to see a Munchkin baby bottle on this list. The company dominates the baby feeding market and with good reason, the majority of their products are pretty good, including this baby bottle.

The Latch baby bottle comes in two different bottle sizes:

As the name suggests, the bottle is designed to get your baby to latch onto it as if it was your own breast. The bottle achieves this with a unique accordion style nipple.

The nipple actually releases more milk as your baby presses against the base while the accordion style nipple will bend and flex as your baby moves his head. This allows your baby to remain latched to the nipple which in turn decreases the amount of air ingested.

Speaking of air, the bottle also includes an anti-colic valve at the base of the bottle to help prevent air from combining with the milk.

There is nothing worse than a gassy baby. Colic and reflux can be incredibly uncomforting to a baby. One of the possible causes of colic and reflux is swallowing too much air during feeding.

The easiest way to soothe colic is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Due to popular demand, there are now a wide range of baby bottles available that have been designed to reduce air intake while feeding so that you don’t have to deal with a gassy baby; the best of which I have listed below.

Style: As picturedBrand: Playtex

A unique angled design coupled with a valve that is located at the bottom of the bottle makes this one of the best baby bottles for preventing air intake. The bottle is available in two different sizes:

Unlike other baby bottles that pull air through valves in the nipple, the valve is located in the base of the bottle. The vent effectively traps air at the back of the bottle resulting in virtually no air mixing with the milk and making it’s way into your baby’s tummy.

The angled design promotes upright feeding which may be key in helping prevent ear infections.

Despite having more parts than a regular baby bottle, cleaning is still quite simple thanks to the removable base on the bottle. This means that you can scrub out your baby bottle not only from the mouth, but from the bottom as well.

Style: As picturedBrand: Dr Brown's

Another huge baby bottle brand. Dr Brown’s feeding bottles were originally created by a physician and feature a patented 2 piece venting system. The result? Air never mixes with the milk or formula; resulting in less problems with colic, spit-up, burping and gas.

The Dr. Brown's Natural Flow is one of the more popular anti-colic baby bottles on the market and it’s easy to see why. A set of 5 bottles (two small, three large) costs just under $20.00 and will provide more than enough baby bottles for many parents.

Style: As picturedBrand:Tommee Tippee

Does this bottle look familiar? It should, the bottle very closely resembles the Tommee Tippee Easi-Vent we listed above. That is where the similarity ends as this bottle was designed with one purpose and one purpose only, to defeat colic.

The bottle comes in two different sizes:

The nipples on this baby bottle are slow flow to prevent your baby from gulping too fast. Unlike other Tommee Tippee bottles, the nipples are unvented. Instead, a tube and valve system that sits at the center of the bottle helps reduce air bubbles in your baby’s formula or milk.

The venting itself also serves a second purpose, it will show you if your baby’s milk is too hot. If the milk is above 98°F, the venting tube will change color from red to a pinky red in an effort to visually warn you.

While I covered some amazing plastic baby bottles in the best bottles for breast feeding and colic section, there are still some super performers I did not list. This section will focus on plastic baby bottles that are just all round great.

Style: As picturedBrand: Philips

If you are even remotely new to the world of baby bottles then there is a good chance you will have heard of Philips Avent. This is one of the most popular plastic baby bottles on the market and with good reason, it looks great and baby’s love it.

Yep, three different sizes. Philips Avent bottles have the most variation in bottle sizes out of any other on the market. No matter how much milk or formula your baby likes to slurp down, you will find a bottle size to accommodate his appetite.

Style: As picturedBrand: Chicco

Unlike other angled baby bottle that have an obvious bend in the bottle, the Chicco NaturalFit has an angled nipple instead. The bottle is available in two different sizes:

There is one major benefit an angled nipple has over an angled bottle. It can be swapped out for a regular nipple. If your baby doesn’t take to an angled bottle you will have to buy a whole new regular bottle. Replacing a nipple instead is easier on the wallet.

The Natural Polypropylene baby bottle is a great all-rounder, a wide neck, tempting vented nipple and easy to clean. If you are absolutely confused by all the different baby bottle choices then you could pick a much worse place to start.

Don’t like the idea of a plastic baby bottle because you don’t know the mystery chemicals that make it up? Glass baby bottles are a natural and effective alternative.

If you are clumsy or have a baby that drops his bottle often then be sure to choose one with a silicone sleeve!

Below are some of the best glass baby bottles available, loved by babies and parents alike.

Style: Many different color optionsBrand: Lifefactory

Lifefactory knows a thing about glass baby bottles; they are what their business was founded on. On the back of the baby bottles success, Lifefactory has grown to offer some of the finest glassware available. Their glass baby bottle is available in two different sizes:

The quality of the bottle is outstanding and is one of the few baby bottles not made in China. Instead it is constructed from borosilicate glass and made in France. Why is borosilicate glass so special? It resists thermal shock (breaking from rapid temperature change). In a practical scenario; this means that you could boil your baby bottle after pulling if straight from the freezer without it cracking. You definitely shouldn’t try this with other glass baby bottles.

As an added measure of protection, the Lifefactory glass baby bottle comes with a silicone sleeve (unlike other glass bottles that require you to buy the silicone sleeve separately). The sleeve has two separate purposes; it allows you or your baby to better grip the bottle and also protects it from shattering if dropped.

An added benefit to these bottles is the vast range of colors it comes in. If you pump your breastmilk (oh yeah, this bottle is compatible with most major breast pumps) then you will be able to color code your breast milk according to the day it was pumped. Organized mothers rejoice!

Style: As picturedBrand: Philips Avent

If you are a fan of the Philips Avent baby bottles (and who wouldn’t be? The nipples are awesome!) but don’t like the idea of plastic then you will be pleased to know that Philips has recently extended the range to include this stylish glass baby bottle; available in two different sizes:

Measurements on the side of the glass (in both metric and imperial) allow you to easily size out your baby’s meal. While this glass baby bottle does not come with a silicone sleeve, it’s unique ergonomic shape makes it easy to grip, even while feeding a wriggling baby.

As always, Philips Avent ensures that every bottle in it’s natural range is compatible with each other. This means that if you already bought the plastic version then you have spare parts on hand for this baby bottle.

Style: As picturedBrand: Dr. Brown's

Like the Philips Avent above, Dr Brown’s extended their range of Natural Flow baby bottles to cover the increasing demand for glass baby bottles. The good news? It is every bit as good as their plastic range with the added benefit of being made from glass. The bottle is available in two sizes:

The baby bottle is exactly the same as the Dr Brown’s Natural flow bottle except for the fact that it is made from glass. Right down to the patented vent system and vacuum-free feeding. Everything you would find on the plastic bottle can be found on the glass version.

Style: As picturedBrand: Evenflo

One of the disadvantages of glass baby bottles is that they are generally more expensive than ones made out of plastic. Somehow Evenflo has manufactured a cheap glass baby bottle suitable for parents on a budget that want to use glass to feed their baby.

Admittedly Evenflo keeps the cost down by making you buy this bottle in a pack of six. If you wish to buy multiple bottles then this is a blessing. If you only want to buy a single baby bottle then you can get a premium glass bottle for less (like the Lifefactory).

For the price; you get a whole lot of baby bottle. The modern twist design makes the baby bottle easy to grip and the nipples come with small air vents, to help prevent nipple collapse and gas.

Style: As picturedBrand: 5 Phases

A major downside to glass baby bottles is that some daycare centers don’t allow them. 5 Phases got around this problem by creating a hybrid plastic/glass baby bottle that has the benefits of both materials.

The bottle is available in two different sizes:

So how does it work? The bottle is actually made up of two separate pieces. A glass inner tube (like a test tube) holds your breast milk or formula and a green plastic outer.

Because the milk never comes into contact with the plastic you don’t have to worry about chemicals contaminating the milk. On the flip side, the plastic bottle helps protect the glass from breaking. Should the glass break the plastic bottle will contain broken glass and milk.

While not as popular as glass or plasticplastic, stainless steel baby bottle will last you well through your baby’s bottle using period. Let’s explore some of the best stainless steel bottles on the market.

Style: Six color optionsBrand: Pura Kiki

If you wanted a stainless steel baby bottle then this is it. Unlike other brands, this baby bottle contains no plastic. Even the collar is stainless steel. Yep. Your baby will never come into contact with plastic with this bottle.

The bottle is available in two different sizes:

While stainless steel baby bottles can be notoriously plain, this bottle gives you a choice of 6 different colors (although plain stainless steel is still an option you prefer).

You know how stainless steel lasts basically forever? Pura Kiki has taken advantage of this by offering a range of lids (sold separately) to keep your bottle in use long after your baby has outgrown it. The lids include sippy cup, straw bottle and sports bottle.

My only gripe with this bottle is that it is not dishwasher safe which is a shame since there is so much to love about this bottle.

Style: ?As picturedBrand: Klean Kanteen

Kleen Kanteen know a thing or two about stainless steel bottles; they have been manufacturing them since 2004 and have since grown their range to include stainless steel baby bottles.

The bottle is available in two different sizes:

With a smooth modern shape, this stainless steel baby bottle is definitely one of the nicer looking ones on the market. A contoured shape makes the bottle easy to hold and a wide mouth allows you to easily fill, pour and clean.

While stainless steel baby bottles are not the best for measuring out your baby’s meal, Kleen Kanteen have made the best of a bad situation. The bottle has measurement markings on both the inside and outside of the baby bottle making this the easiest stainless steel bottle to use for measuring.

This was incredibly close to taking out the crown for best stainless steel baby bottle. Why didn’t it? The replacement nipples are expensive. Unjustifiably so. In fact, you could buy a complete plastic baby bottle for the price of the replacement nipples.

Style: As picturedBrand:Thinkbaby

One of the cheapest stainless steel baby bottles on the market. If you wanted to test if a stainless steel bottle is right for your baby then this is a cost effective place to start.

Unlike other baby bottles that give you a bit of choice with sizing, the Thinkbaby only comes in one size;9 ounce. If that holds too much for your younger baby, simply fill the bottle half way.

Now be warned, a lot of parents complain that this baby bottle leaks. The key problem seems to be when you buy the conversion kit (sold separately); in particular the handle addition. The conversion kits seem to be very poorly designed and allows milk or formula to leak regardless of how hard you tighten it.

With the warning out of the way I can go on to tell you that on it’s own, this is a very good stainless steel baby bottle, especially for the price.

If you are out on the road then a disposable baby bottle will allow you to cut down on cleaning. While there are only a few choices in the disposable baby bottle category, they fortunately perform very well.

Style: As picturedBrand: Playtex

By far the most popular of the disposable baby bottles is the Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins. Rather than throw the whole baby bottle out you simply dispose of a single plastic liner.

Simply fill the pre-sterilized liner with pumped milk and drop it in your baby’s bottle when he is hungry. Perfect for traveling or the odd occasion (or more often) when you don’t want to clean up after your baby’s meal.

The only part of the bottle comes into contact with the milk is nipple so if you are traveling around and won’t be able to clean then be sure to keep a few extra nipples on hand.

Since the liners are a disposable item, they will need to be continually replenished as you use them up. Fortunately, they are not overly expensive, with a pack of 100 setting you back a little over $7.00 (works out to be roughly 7 cents a liner).

Style: As picturedBrand: Steri-Bottle

Want a baby bottle that is 100% worry free? Once your baby has finished chowing down on his favorite meal you simply throw this bottle in the trash. Yep, the whole thing. Wasteful? Maybe. Convenient? Definitely.

Coming in a pack of either 5 or 10, the Steribottle is a simple solution to use while traveling. Rather than worrying about lugging along more expensive baby bottles (or worse, losing them) you instead take these cheap substitutes.

Surprisingly the Steribottle is made in America which largely contributed to me choosing this disposable baby bottle over other brands. Given two brands being equal, why wouldn’t you buy American?

If you are really worried about the wastage side of this bottle then you will be pleased to know that the bottle can be recycled (number 5). Just be mindful that not all curb side recycling programs can recycle number 5 plastics.

The one downside to this baby bottle is that the nipple comes built in (fast flow, 3months ) and cannot be replaced. Also, don’t be tricked into thinking you can use the bottle more than once. They are 100% one time use. Once the lid snaps on, it’s on for good.

While a baby bottle is one of the cheaper baby essentials, the costs can still add up, particularly if your budget is already stretched with the addition of an extra mouth to feed. I hear you

Unfortunately, cheap also seems to mean “lets make something as poor quality as possible” and many baby bottles on the market in this price range frequently leak or easily break. As a result, there is only one baby bottle I can recommend in the budget category.

While the following affordable baby bottle may lack the bells and whistles and good looking design of premium baby bottles, it will allow you to feed your baby without breaking the bank.

Style: As picturedBrand: Gerber

A pack of three well made plastic baby bottles at a bargain price. If you were looking for an inexpensive way to build your baby bottle collection then Gerber’s First Essential will allow you to do it on the cheap.

Be warned though, the nipples are latex so if your child has a latex allergy then these are sure to trigger it. If your child has a latex allergy then don’t despair, many parents by Gerbers incredibly cheap silicone nipples to replace the latex ones. Even with replacing the nipples these bottles are an incredibly cost effective solution.

Not cheap enough for you?

Shop around, in many cases your local Walmart will have cheaper baby bottles than what is available online. Because online sellers have to ship the baby bottle out to you, this will often be covered in the cost of the item.

While this may involve a little more hands on hunting than sitting at your computer looking for a baby bottle, it is by far the best way to chase down a bargain!

So you have decided on the baby bottle you want based on all the features I went through above. Unfortunately this is only half the battle. The real baby bottle test begins when you take it home and begin using it on a daily basis.

Below are some key usability features to look out for at home.

First things first.

It is okay to cry over spilled milk!

You work hard for that milk, whether you pump it or mix it and it’s a drag to watch it go to waste. Particularly if the milk spilled from that brand new baby bottle you only just bought.

A baby bottle that leaks is as utterly useless. Fill your new baby bottle with water and dry off any excess from the outside of the bottle. Hold the bottle at different angles (if you are feeling confident, give it a good shake). You are looking for signs that liquid can escape the baby bottle. If it does, you are going to have to throw it in the trash and start again.

You want to be confident that you can toss a full baby bottle in your diaper bag and be out the door without any further worry. The last thing you want is greasy milk or formula seeping through the entire contents of your bag!

It is really quite amazing just how much your little baby will eat. The average newborn will eat at least every 2-4 hours. If you are exclusively bottle feeding then you could be using over 12 bottles a day!

You know what that means…

You guessed it. Each bottle has to be washed!

Cleaning the baby bottles that quickly becomes a chore and will quickly become a major part of your daily routine. Just how major all depends on how easy the baby bottle is to clean.

Every baby bottle can be cleaned in warm soapy water but some make your life easier by allowing you to wash them in the top rack of your dishwasher. Look for the words “top-rack dishwasher safe” or similar on your baby bottles packaging. Just be mindful that plastic is known to break down quicker in the dishwasher and hand washing will extend the life of plastic bottles.

The more parts your baby bottle has the more time consuming it will be to wash. Each individual piece of your baby bottle will need to be washed. Simply put, the less parts your baby bottle has, the less time you will spend cleaning it.

When your baby wants the bottle, he wants itnow!There is a good chance you will be quickly and sleepily need to put together a baby bottle at a moments notice while juggling a wiggling baby at the same time.

A baby bottle should be easy to put together, assemble, clean and travel well. There are enough hardships that go with being a parent, an inconvenient baby bottle should not be one of them.

One you have used your baby bottle for a week or so any annoyances (however they major they may be) will soon become apparent. If you find yourself cursing every time you go to fill up or clean your baby’s bottle then it may be a sign that you should try a different model.

Remember, finding out what works and what doesn’t is all a learning process that comes with being a parent. You are not the first person to have these hardships and you wont be the last. Using this guide will arm you with as much information as possible to help you make the right baby bottle choice. The rest is up to you (and your fussy baby).

Below I will answer commonly asked questions about baby bottles. If you have a baby bottle related question you want answered, simply ask it in the comments below and I will answer ASAP!

Many parents keep a minimum two- three baby bottles on hand. If you find yourself leaving your baby with a carer or family member then you may want to purchase a bottle for each individual feeding.

Baby bottles are one of the more inexpensive baby essentials and wont break the bank. There is nothing to be gained from buying a used baby bottle.

You want to choose a bottle that is as close to the breast feeding experience as possible. If your baby believes the bottle is a breast then he will be much more likely to take to it.

Another advantage is that your baby will use the same mouth movements (sucking) as he does to draw milk from your breast on the bottle itself. When you switch back from the bottle to the breast your baby will not suck improperly and hurt your nipple.

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Jess Miller is a loving mother that wants to help other parents by giving them helpful parenting tips and reviewing the best products for their children to save them time, money, and hassle.

Jackie says

June 12, 2015 at 10:20 am

Wow…; That was definitely detailed. What do you think about those baby bottles that have the head separate to the bottle and are joined by a tube. So you can hold them at any angle?

Jess Miller says

June 13, 2015 at 2:22 am

Hi Jackie,

Great question! I can only comment on my own experience with these bottles. Lets just say there is a reason I didn’;t mention them in the guide. They are simply awful. Not only are they difficult to clean but in practice these bottles are difficult to use. If your baby spits out the head then you have to quickly grab it or milk will go everywhere.

A baby bottle where the nipple attaches directly to the bottle is by far a better solution.

Keep being awesome!

ElysetheEevee says

November 23, 2016 at 3:20 am

I saw one of those on a super old Disney cartoon, and wondered the same thing actually! I believe I’;m talking about the same thing haha, I did find it easily enough on Wikipedia.

Laura Higgins says

June 14, 2015 at 3:17 am

My baby keeps rejecting silicone baby bottle nipples. What is your experience with latex? Will my baby take to it?

Jess Miller says

June 14, 2015 at 8:36 pm

Hi Laura,

While Latex nipples are old fashioned, they are cheap and can work. My two babies easily latched onto silicone nipples so I cant comment on the effectiveness through personal experience. If a Latex nipple is the one thing that makes your baby nom nom on his bottle then by all means stick with it. I cannot stress enough that you should avoid these nipples if your baby has (or you suspect he has) a latex allergy.

Keep being awesome!

Shannon says

December 21, 2015 at 6:40 pm

I just wanted to point you to another bottle the born free bottles. All the parts are interchangeable various nipples and sippy cups handles etc so it does really grow with baby so when your ready to swap to a sippy cup it’;s as simple as buying 6$ pack of sippy cup nipples and then it’;s familiar to the child and not such a huge jump. Not to mention when it’;s the same but different it also cuts back on the emotional attachment of the bottle.

It also has the anti comic valve in the lid and the whole thing is pretty easy to clean and dish washer safe. The also come in glass and Eco plastic.

Mommy of many says

February 1, 2017 at 8:05 pm

I also LOVE and use the born free bottles, they are also made from the brocilate glass, and I have used them from the freezer to the warmer, consisting of boiled water on the counter! I’;ve had and used them for 7 years, same ones on all of my children, and now I’;m using them for storing sauces ;) so they go from newborn to sippy ALL the way to adulthood if you like canning ;)

Mommy of many says

February 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm

They also come with silicone sleeves and the glass is thick! Thicker then any other glass bottle I’;ve come in contact with! I can also attest to dropping these bottles ore then once in concrete, and I’;m not short! Y kids have also thrown them off the high chair etc in a fit of detest of broccoli, lol! Not a chip, or scratch, I have every single one I’;ve ever purchased! That to me is savings, a bottle that goes from birth to adult use. i LOVE born free, and I’;ve heard they’;ve made new ones I forget what they’;re called born free something, anyways the bottles have changed, the nipples are not attached to the seal ring so that there are virtually no prices aside from the bottle and nipple. The bottles I have are their older model, and I prefer those still! They come with a vent, and silicone insert into the vent nipple and collar, super easy and super clean ALL the time, and for babies that don’;t like silicone, like my babies, then Chicco sells wide latex rubber nipples, same rubber as the Sophie giraffe, from the havea tree :) they’;re super soft and flexible with a wide base for mimicking moms breast :)

Sleepy says

May 11, 2016 at 4:23 am

wow, what an article filled with marketing myths. Don’;t rely on information from people trying to sell you their product. They’;ll say what you want to hear. “;just like mom”; always sells more bottles, whether or not it’;s true.

First, wide nipples are usually worse for breastfeeding. The base is frequently too wide for a baby, particularly a newborn, to make a wide latch onto. The baby will end up latching onto only the narrow part, teaching them bad latching habits and pain for mom if they transfer that to the breast. A narrow standard nipple that the baby can fully take into their mouth is better than that. Every baby is different, and some do fine with wide nipples; what you want is your baby to do is have a wide open mouth when latched to the bottle.

Orthodontic nipples are less like mom’;s nipples than round nipples. While mom’;s nipples conform to baby’;s mouth, they are not always in that wierd shape (in fact, if mom’;s nipples are in the orthodontic shape when baby detaches, it means baby has a bad shallow latch). The nipple shape is constantly changing as baby sucks. Round nipples allow for more of this variability while sucking than the orthodontic shape does. Also, look at the constricted area of the orthodontic nipple. It would be difficult for a baby to have a good wide latch on that nipple, possibly leading to pain during breastfeeding (see above).

Natasha says

July 2, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Thanks for this! My baby (3.5 months) will take any bottle but refuses the breasts after the bottle –; I think it’;s because my flow is so much slower. I’;ve tried comotomo but is there an even slower nipple I can try?

Shannon says

September 6, 2016 at 6:13 am

You can get nipples without holes and make them yourself with a pin or needle.

Ines says

July 4, 2016 at 6:56 am

Hi great article! Thank you!! do you have any thoughts on these bottles: natursutten, hevea planet, babyquoddle? Thank you! Ines

Grace says

October 21, 2016 at 3:29 pm

I was wondering how the chicco 0 nipple compares to the dr. Brown preemie nipple? My son currently uses the dr. Brown preemie to avoid flow confusion between breast and bottle, but I have some chicco bottles and I was wondering if it was comparable?

Christine Ward says

May 24, 2018 at 10:42 am

I have the Medela breast pump and I only use the Medela Breastmilk Bottles. It’;s so convenient to pump directly to the bottles and store them so easily. Thanks for great article.

Jess Miller says

May 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm

Thanks, Christine for your great feedback! I’;m glad you’;re happy with your Medela Breastmilk Bottles.

Brittany says

May 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm

I really enjoyed your article on baby bottles, thanks! With so many out there it can be overwhelming. I really love the Playtex Baby Ventaire Anti Colic Baby Bottle because my daughter has colic. These are perfect for her. I recommend them to everyone.

Jess Miller says

May 28, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Thanks for sharing your feedback, Brittany! I’;m glad you enjoyed the article. Happy to hear you chose a great bottle for your daughter with colic and they work well for her. They really do make a great difference.

Tracy L says

May 29, 2018 at 9:40 am

I have tried a few bottles for my two month old who has reflux and so far the best has been the Playtex Baby Nurser Baby Bottle with Drop-Ins Disposable Liners. They’;re so great at getting rid of the excess air so my baby can drink better. I would highly recommend these bottles for anyone with a baby with gas issues.

Jess Miller says

May 30, 2018 at 9:51 am

Thanks, Tracey for your great feedback! The Playtex Nurser Baby Bottle is a great bottle for a baby with gas issues. It does get rid of the excess air very well.

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