Best Bottles of 2017

Best Bottles of 2017

Last Updated: January 2, 2017
It's a long road to eating solids, so you'll want a top bottle at your side. Best Bottles of 2017

Nestling your baby in the crook of your arm is one of the best bonding moments when you’re nursing or bottle feeding. Of course, if your little one is taking some or all of his meals from a bottle, you’ll want to be sure to select the right bottle brand for you–one that won’t interrupt those peaceful moments with leaking, air bubbles, or collapsing nipples.

Do you need bottles?

Yes, most families do use bottles. If you feed your baby formula, you will need to use bottles. You’ll also need to use them if you plan to return to work within your baby’s first year and need a way for others to feed your child with expressed breastmilk or formula. Even if you’re a mom who plans to be home and exclusively breastfeed, you might find that letting other family members feed your baby a bottle of pumped breast milk is a win-win. They nab a special moment with your little one and you get a breather.

You might want to select one brand’s starter kit for your registry, and then add a few other bottles you’d like to try as well. That way you can experiment once your little one arrives to see what works best. Additionally, there are usually smaller sized bottles geared towards newborns who eat less and bigger bottles for older babies who start to eat more. You can get some of each or choose to buy big from the get go, just putting less liquid in them during your baby’s first few months. Some general guidelines for feeding include:

  1. Newborn: 1.5-3 ounces every meal
  2. Two months: 4-5 ounces every meal
  3. Four months: 4-6 ounces every meal
  4. Six months: 6-8 ounces every meal

Bottles typically come with at least 4 basic parts: the bottle itself, the nipple for baby to suck on, the collar that screws the nipple in place, and a travel cover for the nipple. Most bottle brands offer several compatible nipples that provide different rates of milk flow- slower flow for newborns so they won’t gulp too much and faster flow for older babies with big swallows.

When do you need bottles?

You could start using bottles from day one, but if you’re breastfeeding you won’t want to introduce a bottle for several weeks until your baby is a pro at nursing. If you give your baby a bottle too soon, the big worry is that she will then refuse to breastfeed because milk from a bottle comes out faster (instant gratification!).

Babies usually feed on bottles until at least one year old. That’s when the American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s okay to give your child cow’s milk. However, many breastfeeding moms continue to nurse well into the second year. Also, you’ll likely want to introduce your child to sippy cups, used to transition kids from bottles to regular cups, between one and two years of age.

Parents prefer different bottle materials for different reasons:

Glass: Sturdy and long-lasting but also heavy, typically more expensive than other models, and can shatter easily.

Stainless Steel: Extremely strong but also makes it difficult to measure how much liquid is actually stored within a bottle.

Plastic: Polypropylene, the hard plastic typically used in bottles, is lightweight and virtually unbreakable but can wear out faster. After health concerns rose a few years ago, plastic bottles are now required to be free of a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA). So while any bottle currently on the market should be BPA-free, it’s best to pass on any hand-me-downs from before 2012.

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real BabyList families about the baby products they love the most. We took the top bottles they shared with us and added our own research and insight. We think you and your little one will love at least one of these items, too.

Babylist Best Picks

HEALTHY SOLUTION

Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Standard Bottle Newborn Set - $17.12
WHY WE LOVE IT

Dr. Brown’s bottles have a patented venting system designed to keep air bubbles from being swallowed by your baby. That means less spit-up later; and some moms swear it helps colicy babies. Plus, because air never mixes with the milk, your baby still gets essential vitamins, like C, A, and E.

KEEP IN MIND

The venting system isn’t simple and needs to be cleaned with a mini brush, which some parents find to be a hassle. Also, if you choose not to use the venting, the bottle might leak.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“These bottles are so nice and easy to use with minimal air going into my baby’s tummy! I was not able to breastfeed, but I still wanted to give my baby breastmilk. So, I continued to pump and used these bottles to feed her. She adapted right away, no problem.” -Kendall D.

“These bottles, with preemie nipples, are the only kind my baby has to work at to drink from but still have a vent. They are good for working moms who pump because babies switch easily from breast to this bottle and back. It also takes a long time to for my baby to finish a bottle - 15 minutes or so - which helps her feel more satisfied with pumped breastmilk.” -Katie K.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Available Sizes
2 oz, 4 oz, 8 oz

Available Materials
Glass or polypropylene

Available Nipple Types

  • Level 1 (newborns)
  • Level 2 (3+ months)
  • Level 3 (6+ months)
  • Level 4 (9+ months and aggressive eaters)

SIMPLE & NATURAL

Philips AVENT BPA Free Natural Infant Starter Gift Set - $28.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

The AVENT Natural features anti-colic valves in the bottle that push air back into the bottle rather than into your baby’s tummy. But this bottle still has a simple design that makes it a snap to clean and assemble. And, it’s nipple has molded petal shapes at the base to increase softness and flexibility of the nipple without collapsing under a hungry baby’s sucking motion; this is great for babies frequently going between breast and bottle feeding.

KEEP IN MIND

The lip of the bottle can catch milk, so you will have to stop and tilt the bottle to prevent any waste.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“My baby switched from breast to bottle and back again easily from two weeks old!” -Jessica J.

“It was a struggle to get baby to take a bottle at all, but these worked great for us. I love that there are more than just slow- or fast- flow nipples to choose from.” -Victoria V.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Available Sizes
4 oz, 9 oz, 11 oz

Available Materials
Glass or polypropylene

Available Nipple Types

  • Newborn Flow
  • Slow Flow (1+ months)
  • Medium Flow (3+ months)
  • Fast Flow (6+ months)
  • Variable flow (3+ months, good for thicker liquids)

ON-THE-GO FIX

Playtex Baby Drop-Ins Premium Nurser Bottle Feeding Set - $15.41
WHY WE LOVE IT

Say goodbye to washing multiple bottles a day with the Playtex Nurser. Just pop a disposable, plastic baggy (the pre-sterilized Drop-ins Liners) in the bottle, fill it up with breastmilk or formula, and then watch the liner collapse as your baby empties the bottle, preventing air from mixing with milk (and your baby from getting gassy). Once done with the feeding, you can throw away the liner and just wash the nipple for next time. It’s perfect for busy families or even taking to daycare.

KEEP IN MIND

Other bottle choices may seem more eco-friendly, compared to using (and disposing) a different liner every time you feed. Liners can also add up financially (a 100-count box of liners is about $8).

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“Fast and clean way to feed baby.” -Jess E.

“When I went into the hospital to have my baby I was expecting to breastfeed. But, it didn’t workout because I got sick and couldn’t feed her while I was taking the medicine I was on. These bottles were the only ones that didn’t give her gas.” -Courtney R.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Available Sizes
4 oz, 8 oz

Available Materials
Plastic

Available Nipple Types
All available in Slow (0-3 months), Medium (3+ months), Fast (3-6+ months) flows.

  • NaturaLatch (for babies switching from breast to bottle)
  • Breastlike (mimics slope of breast)
  • Angled (designed for upright feeding)
  • Fullsized (for wider mouths)
  • Petite (for smaller mouths- only available in Slow Flow)

EXTRA COMFORT

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle, 9 Oz (3 Count) - $14.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

This curvaceous bottle rests easily and comfortably in your hands- and later, in your baby’s. Made from polypropylene, the Tommee Tippee can be used with three types of stretchy, flexible nipples that have an extra-wide base, made to mimic the the shape and movement of a woman’s breast .

KEEP IN MIND

Some parents find the slow-flow nipple to still be too large and fast for very young babies.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“These are a great for transitioning from breast to bottle. The nipples are a lot more like nursing. They are also really easy to clean, due to their shape, and easy for my baby to grasp.” -J.W.

“Excellent choice for our child. I was able to use this bottle and had no issues with latching when it came to breastfeeding.” -Katie F.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Available Sizes
5 oz, 9 oz

Available Materials
Polypropylene

Available Nipple Types

  • Slow Flow (0+ months)
  • Medium Flow (3+ months)
  • Fast Flow (6+ months)
  • Variflow (0+ months, good for thicker liquids)

JUST LIKE MOM

Munchkin Latch 4 Ounce Bottle with Bonus Nipple - 2 Pack - $23.44
WHY WE LOVE IT

The LATCH does everything it can to help your baby quickly take to a bottle. The accordion-style nipple on the LATCH stretches like the breast, and your baby can even control the flow of milk during feeding. When your baby pushes against the nipple base, more milk is released, just like it would be with a human breast. There’s also an anti-colic valve inside to eliminate air pockets and three nipples with varying flow rates to choose from.

KEEP IN MIND

Some parents find the slow-flow nipple to still be too large and fast for very young babies.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

The LATCH’s nipple can sometimes collapse and require your adjustment if your little one is too forceful.

“The nipple really mimics a breast well and your baby has to work to get the milk out just as they would if you are breastfeeding. This really allows you to easily bottle feed as a breastfeeding mom.” -Michelle B.

“Good option for breastfeeding mommas, cute orange and blue colors, and helps with colic! Easy assembly and easy to clean!” -Amy G.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Available Sizes
4 oz, 8 oz

Available Materials
Polypropylene

Available Nipple Types

  • Stage 1 (0+ months)
  • Stage 2 (3+ months)
  • Stage 3 (6+ months)

FORMULA FEEDING FAVORITE

Mixie Baby 4 Ounce Formula Mixing Baby Bottle - $9.95
WHY WE LOVE IT

If you use formula, you will appreciate how perfect the Mixie is for popping in your diaper bag. Here’s how it works. Fill a compartment inside the bottle with powdered formula. Add water to the bottle. When your baby’s ready to eat, just push a button on the bottom of the bottle to release the powder and then shake. The powder and water are rapidly blended and your baby is quickly soothed.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Available Sizes
4 oz (holds up to 2 scoops of formula), 8 oz (holds up to 4 scoops of formula)

Available Materials
Plastic (BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free)

Available Nipple Types
Compatible with Dr. Brown’s, Born Free, MAM, Nuk wide neck nipples.

  • Stage 1 (0-3+ months)
  • Stage 2 (3-6+ months)
  • Stage 3 (6+ months)

BREASTFEEDING CHAMPION

Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding Starter Kit - $39.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

This do-it-all systems is great for busy, breastfeeding moms. You can pump into the Kiinde Twist pouches from any major breast pump, store the milk bag in the fridge or freezer, warm up the pouch and then attach it to the bottle. You don’t lose a drop of breastmilk like you might when you have to pour it from a storage bag into a bottle. And, the collapsible pouches means no air gets into the milk. When your child is done with bottles, you can fill the squeezable pouches with pureed baby food (great for on the go!).

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Available Sizes
6 oz pouches

Available Materials
Plastic (BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free)

Available Nipple Types

  • Slow Flow Active Latch
  • Medium Flow Active Latch
  • Fast Flow Active Latch

PLASTIC-FREE ALTERNATIVE

Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles 3 Pack - 4 oz - $43.06
WHY WE LOVE IT

Glass bottles have made a comeback. Yes, they are heavier than plastic, but super durable. The Lifefactory bottles come with a silicone sleeve - choose from five colors - to help you grip the bottle and make them shatterproof. These bottles can safely go from the freezer to boiling water as well. When your little one grows up, sub in a sippy cap or regular drinking cap for the nipple to give this bottle an unlimited lifespan.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Available Sizes
4 oz, 9 oz bottles

Available Materials
Borosilicate glass

Available Nipple Types

  • Stage 1 (0-3+ months)
  • Stage 2 (3-6+ months)
  • Stage 3 (6+ months)
  • Y-cut (fastest flow, 6+ months)
ALSO CHECK OUT

If you’re looking for a cheaper glass bottle, Evenflo makes a great option ($17.47 for 6 4-oz bottles).


Choosing what’s right for you

There are numerous bottle options on the market. To make a decision, think about your own family and what will make your life easiest. Some babies are laidback while others have definite opinions on what bottle they prefer. Finding the right bottle for your little one may take more than one try. You can prepare by having a couple of different bottle starter packs on hand to test out with your new bundle or just wing it with the one that seems like a fit now. Be sure to add some bottles to your registry today and dream about the day your mini-me will be nuzzling and guzzling in your arms.