Top 5 Best Baby Bottles To Buy Now (2019 Review)

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Looking for the best baby bottles?

You're in the right place! 🙂

In this guide you can expect to learn:

  • What are the different types of baby bottles?
  • Do you even need a baby bottle?
  • How to choose the BEST bottle for your baby?
  • Our top 5 baby bottles picks for 2018
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Whether you plan to formula feed, breastfeed or use a combination of both, finding the best baby bottle right from the start will save you and your baby a lot of trouble.

It doesn't matter if you use only the best formula, or spend all your free time (wait, what's that again?) frantically pumping breast milk - without the right bottle, your best intentions could end in tears.

Babies can be incredibly picky when it comes to what they like and what they don't and finding the right bottle can sometimes be a lengthy and frustrating process, for both you and your baby.

Not all baby bottles are created equal and knowing what qualities to look for in a good one will bring you one step closer to finding the perfect match.

Our Top Baby Bottle Picks (2019 Edition)

Short on time? We understand. Check out this quick overview of our favorite baby bottles.

Do You Really Even Need Baby Bottles?

Yes, baby bottles are one of those baby essentials you simply can't do without.

Even if you're breastfeeding exclusively, there will undoubtedly come a time when you need a baby bottle. Whether you express your breast milk or decide to supplement with formula, being able to bottle feed your baby now and then is a great way for family members to bond with your baby - and also gives you a much needed breather!

Okay, So When To Should You Introduce a Bottle To A Breastfed Baby?

If you do plan on breastfeeding, just make sure to wait until your baby has mastered the boob before introducing the bottle. If you offer your breastfed baby a bottle too soon it may cause nipple confusion.

Or your hungry munchkin might even decide that breastfeeding (and waiting for the let-down) is a waste of time, and could end up opting for the faster flow provided by bottles, instead!

It's generally recommended that breastfeeding moms introduce a bottle somewhere between 2-4 weeks. On the flip-side, baby's offered their first bottle later than 6 weeks might refuse it altogether.

How To Choose The Best Baby Bottle?

There are so many factors to take into consideration when choosing a baby bottle and many of them boil down to a matter of personal preference. No idea where to start? Check out these key qualities we couldn't do without:

Choosing A Bottle Based On Simplicity

The fewer the parts, the better. Figuring out how to take care of your helpless newborn with a sleep deprived brain is hard enough.

Fumbling with a 100 piece jigsaw puzzle disguised as a baby bottle at 3am isn't going to do anything to help smooth your transition into a baby servant,*ahem*, we mean, parenting. Bottles with no more than 4 parts - bottle, nipple, collar and travel cover - are best.

Choosing a Bottle Based On How Easy It Is To Clean

Bottles with wide necks are easier to clean than narrower varieties and are useful when transferring milk from one bottle to another as there's generally less spillage.

Choosing A Bottle Based On How Easy It Is To Read The Numbers On The Actual Bottle

Your tired eyes will have a hard time making out smaller print, and if you're planning on using formula it's especially important to get your quantities right. Too little water could constipate your baby and too much will mean your baby is filling up on water and not getting enough nutrients. Also, your baby isn't likely to be very impressed by having to wait for their feed while you squint at the bottle, trying to make out the numbers!

Choosing a Bottle Based On Versatility

This applies mostly to size - buying a larger bottle straight off the bat makes it less likely that you'll be needing to purchase the same bottle in a different size later on. We're also crazy about bottles that can be use throughout the toddler years by adding accessories later on - handles and nozzles convert bottles into training cups.

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What Are The Different Types of Bottles?

With the must have baby bottle features out of the way, take a look at the different types of baby bottles to see which one of these appeals to your specific needs the most.

While different brands and products will all have their own special features (anti-colic, airflow regulated, breast simulation), most will be based on one of these standard designs:

Bottle Material

Bottles comes in 4 basic types of materials...

  • Glass: Glass baby bottles have been making a comeback are a great option for environmentally aware parents. As an added bonus they're dishwasher safe and don't stain. Just don't be surprised when they break! For more on our favorite glass bottles check out this new product review we did!
  • Stainless Steel: Not the most common variety, stainless steel bottles are probably the most durable. They hold temperature longer than most other materials and are highly resistant to bacterial growth. The only downside, as far as we're concerned, is that they can be quite a bit pricier than their counterparts.
  • Plastic: Probably the most widely available and recognized, plastic bottles have been regarded with suspicion following the discovery of the harmful chemical, BPA, in plastic bottles. BPA is no longer used in the manufacturing of baby bottles following the 2012 FDA ban, but many parents remain wary of plastic baby bottles and opt for other materials instead. Read more about BPA here.
  • Silicone: Quite possibly the ultimate breast-simulating variety, silicone bottles are soft, flexible, lightweight and allow the feeder to give the bottle just a tiny squeeze at the start of a feed, mimicking the natural let down of breast milk. These are generally a bit more expensive and are also harder to find.

Bottle Shapes & Sizes

Baby bottles come in just about every shape and style imaginable and all of them serve their own purpose. These are the most common styles:

  • Single-neck Bottles: These oddly shaped bottles curve toward baby and are designed to keep the nipple filled with milk, reducing air bubbles - the less air swallowed the better. They also allow baby to feed in a semi-upright position, reducing the fluid collection in the ears and may help prevent earaches associated with this. On the downside they can be a bit difficult to clean - and very awkward to fill!
  • Wide-neck Bottles: Wide neck bottles usually use wider nipples, as well, making them more suitable for combined feeding as the wide nipple resembles the natural shape of the breast. These are easy to clean and are widely available.
  • Standard Bottles: Standard bottles are typically straight and narrow and are the most widely available style. A simple bottle with no frills these are generally easy to find and highly affordable. Being narrow, they aren't always the easiest bottles to clean and often aren't the best quality, either.
  • Disposable Bottles: What's not to love about a bottle that requires no cleaning? These come in two styles and are a lifesaver for extra busy moms.Whole, pre-sterilized baby bottles are sold in multi-task and are thrown away after one use. Disposable liner bottles come with plastic pouches that line the inside of the bottle. Breastmilk or formula is poured into the liner and never come into contact with the actual bottle. The liners collapse as baby drinks, reducing the amount of air swallowed. After use the liners are thrown away and replaced at the next feeding. These are more expensive than standard bottles and they're definitely not the most eco-friendly option. As much as we love them for their convenience, disposable bottles are probably best used once in awhile or for traveling.
  • Vented Bottles: Most baby bottles today are vented and prevent air bubbles from becoming trapped in the nipple and swallowed by your happily suckling baby. This helps reduce discomfort related to colic and gas and if your baby seems fussy after feeding, swallowed air might be the culprit. There are three types of venting systems: bottom-vented, straw-vented and top vented. For more on our favorite bottles for colic, check out this new product review we just completed!

Baby Bottle Safety Tips

  • Always follow manufacturer instructions.
  • Make sure to sterilize all bottle feeding equipment before use.
  • Always wash your hands with warm soapy water before preparing a bottle.
  • Keep the nipple full at all times to reduce the amount of air swallowed.
  • Never leave a feeding baby unattended with a propped up bottle as this may pose a choking hazard.

Our Top Baby Bottle Picks

These silicone bottles are great when transitioning from breast to bottle and we’re crazy about how closely they mimic breastfeeding. From the shape and texture of the nipple to the ability to gently squeeze the bottle for let-down, the attention to detail is fantastic.

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    Closely resembles breast feeding
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    Unlikely to cause nipple confusion
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    Simple design
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    Dual air vents
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Cons

  • Takes longer to warm milk in bottle warmer
  • Tight fit in the diaper bag

Specially designed for pumping, storing and feeding, this is a fuss-free option for moms who express. We like that we only need to use one container for all 3 functions.

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    Convenient for expressing breast milk
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    Compatible with all Medela breast pumps
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    Excellent for storing
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    Easy to clean
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Cons

  • Numbering fades
  • Nipples aren'​​​​t the best for breastfed babies

Colic and gas are no fun for you or your baby, and we love this product because it’s specifically designed to combat abdominal discomfort caused by swallowing air during feeds.

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    Anti-colic and gas
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    Only 4 parts, which is great and simple design
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    Clear numbering that doesn't fade
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    Easy to clean
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Cons

  • Bulky design is a tight fit in diaper bags
  • Not very compatible with breastfed babies

A good option for environmentally aware parents and those worried about BPA, these tempered glass bottles put our minds at ease.

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    Slim bottles are easy to hold
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    ​Chemical free​​​​
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    Twist detail for better grip
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    Nipple has air vents
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Cons

  • Glass bottles are break easy
  • Narrow shape makes it harder to clean
  • Heavier than plastic bottles

This trusted brand is recommended for babies prone to gas, reflux and colic. We also love the venting system that provides vacuum free feeding.

For more information on all our recommended bottles for baby reflux, check out this product review.

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    Good venting system
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    Trust brand, especially for gas and colic
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    BPA Free
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Cons

  • Extra parts make this bottle harder to clean
  • Leaks when instructions aren't followed exaclty
  • Numbering and lettering could be more clear

Our #1 Baby Bottle Pick!

We were blown away by the innovative design of Comotomo Baby Bottle and we love that it’s suitable for both breastfed and formula fed babies, without any sacrifices for either option!

Anyway, that's it for this guide, see you next time!

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