06 November 2020 (updated)

Baby Bottles: How to Choose the Best One for Your Baby

There are plenty of trusted brands and innovative technology for baby bottles these days, so you've got lots of great options. Check out our guide to find one that works for your baby!

To bottle-feed or breastfeed is a big debate for many mothers. But even those who exclusively breastfeed will probably need baby bottles once in a while! With so many different baby choices, how can you even begin to choose?

However, it’s all about what works best for your baby. Once they’ve gotten the hang of nursing, you may want to start testing to see what works. Be sure to share your own baby bottle tips on your favorite family app!

What Types of Baby Bottle Should I Use?

While there are many types of bottles, most will be made of plastic, but occasionally they're made of glass or another material. Glass bottles tend to be strong and sturdy, so they if you drop them, they won't usually break. Plastic bottles are lightweight and should be BPA-free but they can wear out more quickly than glass bottles.

The best baby bottles for newborns should have a slow flow nipple so your baby won’t drink too fast. A faster flow nipple will work for older babies who can handle a larger amount of liquid. Those are mostly made of silicone, latex, or natural rubber.

If you’re using bottles consistently, make sure you have approximately six to eight on hand so you won’t have to get out the bottle brush after every use!

What Are the Best Baby Bottles to Buy?

With so many plastic and glass baby bottles to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin. Before you buy, read the reviews and get advice from your friends. Share what you know on FamilyApp with other parents!

  • Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Bottle – This bottle features a vented system that mimics natural breastfeeding. That means it can prevent issues like air bubbles, burps, spitting up, and colic. So it’s perfect for gassy babies! On the other hand, there will be more parts to clean when washing time comes! Luckily, you can get these bottles in glass or plastic.
  • Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle – This brand has been making baby bottles for 50 years and is a reliable bottle maker. The Closer to Nature line has even won awards for its natural feel. With a well-designed bottle shape and silicone nipple, your baby can grasp it with ease! Share your latching tips on your favorite family app.
  • NUK Simply Natural Bottle – The NUK baby bottle types feature an anti-colic air system and have an orthodontic teat. As your baby gets older, this will make the transition to the bottle easier for both of you! The bottle comes in three sizes at 5 oz, 9 oz, and 10 oz so it will take care of your baby’s feeding needs.
  • Comotomo- This soft silicone bottle mimics the nipple, making their tagline “Breastfeeding in a Bottle” quite appropriate. It’s easy to clean and a big hit with moms and babies who love this product.

More Great Options

  • Philips Avent Natural Bottle – This is one of the more well-known bottle manufacturers as they also happen to make breast pumps. For this reason, their natural bottle is great for managing both breast and bottle feeding! With wide, flexible baby bottle nipples, your child will find it easy to latch just like breastfed babies.
  • Nanobebe Breastmilk Bottle – This bottle is designed in the shape of a breast, but it’s forward-thinking in more ways than one! In fact, its shape actually spreads milk into a thin layer to preserve breast milk nutrients. One of the only downsides might be that some babies may struggle to latch on since it’s bigger on the bottom.
  • Munchkin Latch – This is a great starter bottle for newborns and infants. Its anti-colic valve at the bottom helps to reduce colic, and its many accessories make the bottle easy to clean. 

Every baby is different and every baby will have their own bottle preference. Whether glass or plastic, small or large, the thing about a bottle is getting them to latch. The good thing is that there are plenty of reliable brands to choose from and great bottle technology to boot!

Do you have any tips for buying baby bottles? Share them with other parents in our comments! After all, even one thing that can make the life of a new parent easier is welcome.