11 Best Bottles of 2019

Best Bottles of 2019

May 24, 2019
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Best Bottles of 2019

It's a long road to eating solids, so you'll want a top bottle at your side.Best Bottles of 2019

Whether you’re nursing or using a bottle, nestling your baby in the crook of your arm for a feeding is one of the best bonding moments in parenthood.

Of course, if your little one is taking some or all of their 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.

Bottles in this guide:

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 breast milk or formula. Even if you plan 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.

How Many Bottles Do I Need?

If you’re exclusively bottle feeding, you’re going to want around 6 to 8 bottles on hand, so you can have some of them ready to go, while you’re washing and sterilizing others. If you’ll be using bottles occasionally, it’s good to have 3 to 4 bottles.

What Types of Bottles are There?

Bottles typically come in these materials:

  • Glass: Sturdy and long-lasting but also heavy, and typically more expensive than other models and can shatter easily.
  • Plastic: Polypropylene, the hard plastic typically used in bottles, is lightweight and virtually unbreakable, but can wear out faster. After health concerns around plastics were brought to light, 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.

Most bottle brands offer several nipple nipple sizes, each of which provides a different rate of milk flow.

  • Newborn and slow flow nipples are designed for newborns and younger babies and provide a slower flow of milk or formula so baby won’t gulp too much, too fast.
  • Faster flow nipples are designed for older babies who have bigger swallows and can handle a faster flow of liquid.

Most bottles come in two sizes:

  • Smaller-sized bottles, usually around 4 oz, are geared toward newborns who eat less.
  • Larger bottles, usually around 8 oz, are for older babies who eat more.

In terms of sizes, you can choose to buy a few each of smaller and larger bottles, or you can buy big from the get go and only fill the larger bottles halfway during baby’s first months. As a benchmark, newborns may eat as little as an ounce or two every meal, while babies around six months old may eat six to eight ounces at a feeding.

When deciding which bottles to add to your registry, keep in mind that it’s tough to anticipate what type of bottle your baby will prefer. We recommend adding either one brand’s starter kit or a sample box to your registry first, then waiting to see which one your baby likes best.

When Do You Need Bottles?

You can start using bottles from day one. If you’re breastfeeding, you may choose to wait to introduce a bottle until baby has gotten the hang of nursing, usually around four weeks in or so.

Babies usually use bottles until at least one year old. (That’s a lot of bottles to clean! Here’s how to sterilize them.) That’s when the American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s OK to transition your little one from breast milk or formula over to 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 straw or sippy cups, used to transition kids from bottles to regular cups, between one and two years of age.

How We Chose Our Best Bottles

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most and then 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 bottles too.

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The Bottle Box

The Babylist Bottle Box offers a great solution to the feedback we often hear from our community—that new parents tend to register for or buy a whole set of bottles only to realize they aren’t the right fit. This box lets baby and you try out a variety of bottle shapes and styles to see which ones your family prefers, before you commit to buying multiples of one bottle. The box features five popular bottles. This also makes a great baby shower or new parent gift (there’s also a box with a $25 Babylist gift card).

Fuss Buster

Why We Love It

Dr. Brown’s bottles are known for their patented venting system, which mimics breastfeeding by preventing air bubbles and reducing burping, gas, spit-up and even colic. This vacuum-free effect also preserves the nutrients in milk and formula. This popular starter set includes a selection of bottles, nipples, caps, and cleaning brushes. Not into plastic? Dr. Brown’s makes great glass bottles, too.

Keep in Mind

The venting system means there are more parts to wash and tiny crevices to clean.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Great for reducing spit up and reflux” -Jean B.

“The only bottles I’ve found that my son likes and don’t seem to give him extra gas! Lifesaver.” -Allyson M.

Additional Specs
Available Sizes Plastic: 2 oz, 4 oz, 8 oz; Glass: 5 oz, 9 oz
Available Materials Glass or polypropylene
Available Nipple Types Traditional & Wideneck Nipples: Level 1 (newborns), Level 2 (3+ months), Level 3 (6+ months), Level 4 (9+ months and aggressive eaters)

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Curvy Comfort

Why We Love It

Tommee Tippee bottles are designed to mimic the shape and movement of a woman’s breast. The soft silicone nipple gently flexes during feeding sessions, so a breastfed baby will be able to latch on naturally, and the curvy design creates a comfortable grasp for babies (and parents). The wide width and minimal parts make cleaning a cinch.

Keep in Mind

Liquid can get trapped in the curves as your baby is finishing up the bottle. And if you don’t properly insert the nipple into the lid, leakage can occur.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Love that they are small and wide. Baby loves the nipple. Fits comfortably in your hand.” -C.B.

“Tommee bottles are seriously easy to clean. The nipple is very breast like, and our baby didn’t have trouble with the transition.” -B.T.

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)

Simple and Squeezable

Why We Love It

Transitioning from breast to bottle can take a lot of trial and error, but thanks to the naturally wide nipple and soft silicone base of Comotomo bottles, you can minimize the stress. These squeezable bottles are designed to mimic mom’s breast and milk flow. They also have the fewest parts of almost any bottle on the market, which means they’re beyond easy to clean.

Keep in Mind

Due to the flexible shape, the bottle tips over if you’re not careful when filling it. The volume measurements can also be hard to read through the frosted silicone.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love using Comotomo, and our son took it right away. The shape and size of the nipple is perfect, it’s so easy to clean and I like that the silicone has a little grip to it.” -Jessica M.

“Like the wide bottle for easy cleaning, simple design is great! Soft silicone is good for picky bottle babies like my son.” -Danielle P.

Additional Specs
Available Sizes 5 oz, 8 oz
Available Materials Silicone
Available Nipple Types 5 oz comes with Slow Flow nipples for newborns, 8 oz comes with Medium Flow for babies 3 mos+, Faster Flow nipples available separately

Pump and Feed

Why We Love It

Using a Medela pump? The brand’s storage containers do triple duty: you pump directly into them, store your milk and then screw on the nipple to use them as a bottle. Better yet, there are no internal parts to connect or clean.

Keep in Mind

Although these bottles are made without BPA, some parents wish there was a glass option.

What Babylist Parents Say

“They never broke or warped. No random parts. Just the bottle and the nipple.” -M.G.

“Really nice to use the bottles that work with my pump. Keeps things simple.” -Mandy H.

Additional Specs
Available Sizes 5 oz, 8 oz
Available Materials Polypropylene
Available Nipple Types Wide-base slow flow (0-4 months), Wide-base medium flow (4-12 months), “Calma” vented nipple (one size)

Natural Nipples

Why We Love It

Philips Avent Natural bottles feature wide, flexible nipples with a petal design, which prevents nipple collapse and helps promote a natural latch. The bottles have an advanced anti-colic system but only a few parts, making them easy to clean, and the bottle shape is just right for tiny hands to hold. The starter pack comes with five bottles, two sets of nipples, two pacifiers and a bottle brush.

Keep in Mind

Parents love the range of nipple flow options, but some find that even the slowest flow comes out too fast.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Super easy for the baby to use the Avent bottle. She has no problem switching between breast and bottle.” -E.H.

Additional Specs
Available Sizes 2 oz, 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)

Smart and Stylish

Why We Love It

With lots of fun designs to choose from, MAM Anti Colic bottles are as stylish as they are smart. Featuring a soft, textured nipple with a flat shape that fits perfectly in baby’s mouth and a vented base for smooth milk flow, these bottles make the breast to bottle transition seamless.

Keep in Mind

Meet the first self-sterilizing bottle! Simply screw off the base and fill it with water, insert the nipple and screw it back in, then heat the bottle in the microwave for three minutes. Genius!

What Babylist Parents Say

“The self-sterlizing system is great!” -O.B.

“Accepted quickly by breastfed daughter. No issues going back and forth between breast and bottle feeding.” -V.M.

Additional Specs
Available Sizes: 5 oz, 9 oz
Available Materials: Polypropylene
Available Nipple Types: Slow flow, Medium Flow, Fast Flow and Extra Fast Flow

Innovative Design

Why We Love It

Shaped like a breast, these design-forward bottles are the perfect mix of form and function. The unique concave shape spreads milk into a thin layer, which promotes quick and even warming and protects the nutrients in breast milk from damage. You can pump directly into the bottle, and they even stack one on top of another for efficient storage.

Keep in Mind

Some parents think it’s tough to see baby’s latch due to the bottle’s wide bottom.

What Babylist Parents Say

“We like this bottle a lot. It is much easier to clean, and it’s the only bottle my baby will take.” -K.G.

Additional Specs
Available Sizes 5 oz, 8 oz
Available Materials Polypropylene
Available Nipple Types Preemie & Newborn, Slow Flow

From Bottle to Breast

Why We Love It

Transitioning from breast to bottle can be tricky for some newborns. Problem solved thanks to Munchkin Latch! The unique accordion-style nipple promotes a strong latch and allows your baby to better control the flow of milk, just like breastfeeding. The nipple even flexes as your baby moves, preventing air ingestion.

“The only one that allowed us to go back and forth from nursing to bottle.”

Keep in Mind

The shape of the bottom (where the anti-colic valve is located) can take a little more work to clean.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Loved everything about this bottle, and this entire brand. We used the pacifier and the transition sippy cup as well. The nipples on the bottle are great, and the bottle was so easy for my baby to hold on his own.” -P.C.

Additional Specs
Available Sizes 4 oz, 8 oz
Available Materials Polypropylene
Available Nipple Types Slow-flow nipples available in stages 1, 2, 3

Flow Like Mom

Why We Love It

Nuk’s Simply Natural bottles have a flexible nipple with multiple holes, just like a breast, to help make for an easier transition from breast to bottle. And the wide neck makes inserting a bottle brush for cleaning quick and easy.

Keep in Mind

Nuk also has a line of bottles with colorful patterns and adorable designs.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love the Nuk Simply Natural. Easy to pack, clean and my baby liked it.” -Brianna H.

“I liked that it was affordable, had a variety of colors/styles and that I could swap different nipples if I needed to.” -M.P.

Additional Specs
Available Sizes Nuk Bottle: 5 oz, 10 oz; Nuk Simply Natural: 5 oz, 9 oz
Available Materials Plastic
Available Nipple Types Slow Flow (Nuk Bottle and Simply Natural), Medium Flow (Nuk Bottle and Simply Natural), Fast Flow (Nuk Bottle and Simply Natural)

Glass Go-To

What We Love

Joovy Boob Glass Bottles are BPS, BPA, phthalate and lead free, with a one-piece venting system that fits easily into the bottle’s rim, keeping gas and colic at bay. There are five fun silicone sleeves that add a pop of color, help tiny hands get a good grasp and protect from breakage. These eco-friendly bottles can safely go from the freezer to boiling water too.

Keep in Mind

Another perk about going glass—bottles don’t change color after long periods of use or hold onto that sour milk smell.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Baby takes the bottle well, with minimal gas. We got the glass bottles, and they warm and clean well!” -Wendy H.

Additional Specs
Available Sizes 5 oz, 9 oz
Available Materials Glass, polypropylene, ultra-premium polyphenylsulfone
Available Nipple Types 5 flow rates starting with preemie, for newborns and breastfeeding babies, up to an X-cut for older babies and thicker fluids

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Choosing What’s Right For You

There are numerous bottles on the market, and finding the right one for your little one may take more than one try. Having a few different brands or a starter pack on hand to test out when baby arrives are great ways to prepare for whatever baby may prefer.

And when your little one graduates from bottles to sippy cups, we have sippy cup recommendations and essential feeding tools too!

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