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baby bottles
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Even if you’re a minimalist when it comes to baby gear (and let’s face it — the amount of baby gear you can accumulate is staggering), a baby bottle is one of the must-haves for many parents. It’s right up there with diapers (unless you’re bravely trying elimination communication).

It is very likely that at some point your baby will need to take a bottle, whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding, going back to work or not.

If you are formula feeding, you will be using a bottle 6 to 12 times per day.

If you return to work, your baby may be given pumped milk in a bottle. You could decide that your partner can take care of some feedings by giving pumped milk in a bottle, which will give them great bonding time with baby, and will give you a chance to sleep for a longer stretch or run an errand that takes more than 2 hours.

Selecting the right baby bottle might make the process of feeding your baby easier, as you will spend a lot of time feeding your baby during the first year of their life.

Plus, there are enough things to worry about as a new parent. Complications of bottle feeding (gas, spit-up, colic, and high maintenance clean-up) shouldn’t be among them. A good baby bottle used correctly may help.

Remember, though:

No particular bottle is proven to be better than any other at lessening gas, spit-up, colic, or other medical conditions. And notably, breastfed babies can have these issues as well.

We have got you covered. We read reviews, tested products ourselves, and did research on real-life parents. We have an option for you, whether you are building a baby registry or searching the internet at 2 a.m.

We considered a lot of factors to pick the best baby bottles.

  • price
  • The bottle shape and nipple shape.
  • How they work.
  • The materials they are made of.

We looked at customer reviews to see how parents and guardians rated bottles in terms of how easy or difficult it was to clean, and how much they cost.

A note on price

The bottles we include below come in value packs of two or more, but we have noted the approximate price of each individual bottle.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $8
  • $$ = $8–$15
  • $$$ = over $15

Best baby bottle to reduce gas/colic

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Original Baby Bottle

Price: $

“This is a classic. Many parents prefer Dr. Brown’s bottles because of their reasonably priced price.”

The two-way vent system is designed to mimic the flow of milk. It may be one of the best ways to reduce air intake for your baby, because of the gas, spitting, burping, and screaming that can accompany those uncomfortable things.

You can use a variety of nipple flow sizes — such as preemie, newborn, and older baby — so you can adjust the flow of milk based on your baby’s ability to drink.


  • The design helps the baby take in less air.
  • There are lots of nipple sizes.


  • Many parts to clean.

Best baby bottle for breastfed babies

Comotomo Baby Bottle

Price: $$

This bottle was — along with Dr. Brown’s — by far the top parent favorite in our research. The Comotomo Baby Bottle, while pricier than many other options, was reported to provide a superior feel and function when it comes to mimicking mama’s breast.

It’s made of soft, squeezable silicone that babies seem to love holding — and also allows you to control the flow to help mimic mom’s letdown reflex. It has a very wide nipple base and a more realistic nipple shape and feel. This allows baby to latch and suck in a very similar manner to when they nurse at the breast.

For moms worried about nipple confusion in their breastfed baby, this bottle earns the top spot.

It also has a venting system built into the nipple base (rather than separate parts), which makes it It is It is easy to clean.. and may be helpful for reducing gas. All parents we talked to, whether feeding formula or breast milk, loved this bottle.


  • It is easy to hold babies.
  • It mimics breast shape and feel.


  • Over time, nipples may need to be replaced.
  • pricier than other options

Easiest to clean baby bottle

Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle

Price: $

Another all-around favorite, the Philips Avent Natural baby bottle is a great choice for those looking for a venting system and a design with a wide base and shorter nipple, and best of all — ease of cleaning.

It doesn’t have a bunch of tiny pieces to deal with. (In our book, parenting is complicated enough. If there’s something you can simplify, it’s a win.)

Parents love the shape and ease of use and report that this bottle has a high acceptance rate by babies. It comes in several sizes and nipple flow rates.


  • Simple design with few parts.
  • Venting helps prevent gas.
  • sippy cup lids that fit on bottles are also available.


  • Buying more nipples can be confusing since the brand makes a lot of different bottle shapes.

Best baby bottle for babies who don’t like taking a bottle

MAM Easy Start Anti-Colic Bottle

Price: $

MAM is well known for its pacifier nipples, which have a shape and texture that a very high percentage of babies seem to love. They’ve brought that same technology and experience to their baby bottle nipples.

While every baby’s different in their bottle preference, these orthodontic nipples have a soft texture and shape that many babies — even those who aren’t convinced a bottle is the way to go — accept.

The bottle has a system to minimize air swallowing. It is reasonably priced and comes in a variety of sizes.


  • Babies like the unique nipple shape.
  • The system is designed to minimize gas.


  • Many parts to clean.

Best baby bottles for preemies

nanobébé Breastmilk Bottle

Price: $$

This is one of the most unique baby bottles that you can find. This shape allows for a quicker cooling of milk and helps prevent over warming, which can damage breast milk.


  • Preemie babies may be able to transition from bottles to breast more easily.
  • The shape of milk helps it warm up.


  • shape may not fit in bottle warmers

Dr. Brown’s Options+ Slow Flow Bottle Set

Price: $

“The Original Dr. Brown’s bottles have the same benefits. The vent system is the top-rated system for reducing gas, snot, and other symptoms of illness.”

The Options+ bottle is the fastest flow available and is ideal for feeding the smallest humans.


  • The top rated system.
  • Preemie babies have nipple options.


  • Many parts to clean.

Best baby budget bottle

Medela Breast Milk Bottles

Price: $

“Medela baby bottles are a great option if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, or if you just don’t want to use bottles very often.”

You can get more for less if you use your Medela breast pump, which is free through your health insurance.

They are It is It is easy to clean.., have several nipple flow sizes, and attach directly to your pump for easy pumping and feeding.


  • Bottles are designed to fit Medela pumps.
  • Good for storing milk and feeding.


  • There is no anti-gas technology.

Best baby bottles for older babies

Munchkin LATCH Transition Cup

Price: $$

While technically a cup and not a bottle, the Munchkin LATCH Transition Cup can be used for babies as young as 4 months old.

Most doctors recommend starting to introduce a cup around 6 months, and most babies can transition off a bottle around 1 year. It is important to transition from a bottle to a cup.


  • It was helpful for making the transition from bottles to cups.
  • “It is a good option for babies who don’t want a bottle.”


  • Reviewers said that their baby liked to chew on the spout.

Munchkin LATCH Bottle

Price: $$

Many parents love the bottle version of the cup. It has an It is It is easy to clean.. and flexible nipple that many babies accept.

The bottle has a valve that helps prevent air bubbles.


  • The anti-colic design helps prevent air bubbles from forming.
  • compatible with popular breast pump models


  • The nipple can collapse.
  • “Some parents didn’t like the valve design”

Best glass baby bottles

Jooby Boob Diamond

Price: $$$

While all bottles are now required to be made from BPA-free plastic, many parents prefer to use glass bottles to avoid the risk of leaching chemicals into their baby’s milk — especially when heating milk or sterilizing bottles.

The silicone sleeve option can help with grip and prevent bottle break-ups, and the vent system of the Boob Diamond is a nice addition.


  • The glass design could mean less exposure to chemicals.
  • It is It is easy to clean..
  • Silicone sleeve can help prevent break downs.


  • The glass could break.
  • Not ideal for travel or on the go.

Evenflo Feeding Classic Glass Bottle

Price: $

Evenflo glass bottles are around for a long time and may be what you drank as a baby.

They’re wildly popular for a number of reasons: The twisted design makes them a little easier to grip than some glass bottles, they’re It is It is easy to clean.., they’re glass (versus plastic) for those who prefer it, and they’re inexpensive. You can get a value pack of these bottles for about $3 per bottle.


  • Parents have used trusted bottles for years.
  • The easy grip design is used.
  • The price is good for the value.


  • Glass can break.

Best baby bottle with a bag

Playex Baby Nurser with Drop-In Liners

Price: $

While a little old school, many parents love the Playtex baby bottles with disposable liners. They have a disposable bag insert that you fill with breast milk or formula and then toss after feeding. This makes cleanup a breeze! You really just have to wash the bottle nipple, which is great for parents on the go.

Interestingly, this bottle also ranks right up at the top for babies with gas or colic issues. The bag collapses on itself as your baby drinks, so less air gets gulped. These bottles come in a variety of sizes and nipple flow rates.


  • “It’s great for storing breast milk inside a bottle.”
  • It is It is easy to clean..


  • liners can be expensive
  • Some reviewers experienced leaking.


Baby bottles have changed a lot in recent years. Bottles made from plastic, silicone, glass, or STAINLESS STEEL are now available.


Plastic bottles are easy to find, lightweight, It is It is easy to clean.., and generally hold up well to frequent drops.

As of 2012, they’re no longer made with BPA, a chemical that caused some concern and one that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still researching for safety.

It is best to avoid older cups and bottles since they still contain the toxic chemical, BPA.

Keep in mind that even if a bottle says it’s BPA-free, there’s a chance it could leach other chemicals, especially when heated. Research from 2011 found that many commercially available plastics — even those that were BPA-free — still leached chemicals.

If you are concerned about chemicals or want to heat milk in the bottle, you may prefer not to use plastic.


Silicone is used in some baby bottles.

“Silicone bottles are easy to use and lightweight. They are softer and more flexible than plastic bottles, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking.”

Silicone bottles can be turned all the way inside, making them easier to clean than other types of bottles.


Many top rated bottle brands have a glass option.

“Plastic has the risk of chemical leaching, but glass bottles are heavier. It is a concern for the safety of the people. They can last a long time if they don’t break.”

Stainless steel

The bottles are made of steel. They can be damaged if dropped.

“Some caregivers don’t like not being able to see how much milk is left in the bottle as their baby drinks because they can’t be microwaved.”

A 2015 study found that stainless steel may leach into food. However, the research focused on acidic food that was cooked in stainless steel.


The bottle nipple is another consideration when shopping for a bottle. Nipples come in a variety of sizes and shapes.

There are.

  • Regular bottle nipples come in slow, medium, and fast flows.
  • The nipples are designed to mimic the human nipple.
  • Premature babies have special nipple sizes.
  • Babies with cleft palate have nipples designed for them.

It can take a little trial and error to figure out the best option for your baby, because they are different in their needs and preferences.

Make sure you choose a nipple that is the right flow rate for your baby. Younger babies should use slower nipples, while older babies should use faster ones.

If you use a flow that is too fast for your baby, they may choke and take in a lot of air, which can cause gas and fussiness. Feeding is so much work that if you use a flow that is too slow for your older baby, they may become frustrated.

If you are primarily breastfeeding, you may want to use a bottle nipple that mimics the natural breast to avoid confusion.


Baby bottles can range from $2 to $20 each depending on the size and whether you get them in a value pack. You can buy replacement parts separately if you need them.

Bottle shape

Bottles come in lots of different shapes. There are.

  • Standard or narrow bottles.
  • Standard bottles have a narrow opening.
  • The bottles are said to help prevent your baby from swallowing air.
  • Bottles with bags are meant to mimic breastfeeding.

The bottles may have small holes on the side to make it easier to hold.

There is no one best bottle shape. It all depends on what works best for your baby and what is easiest for them.

You can help by following a few bottle-feeding tips.

  • It may be helpful to have a different person give the bottle to the baby when they first start breastfeeding. If the baby has the option of the breast, they are more likely to reject the bottle.
  • Try offering the bottle an hour or two after baby nurses (so when they’re hungry — but not hangry, if you know what we mean).
  • “If you give your bottle a good ol’ college try and your sweet pea just won’t have it, you may want to try another option. Babies can be very picky.”
  • You can cuddle your baby and talk to them. This helps with bonding and communication skills. It reduces stress for both of you.
  • “Keep your baby propped up in the crook of your arm so they don’t drink from a bottle.”
  • Breast milk or formula should not be microwaved. This can cause breast milk damage and burn your baby. To warm the bottle, use a bottle warmer or sit the bottle in a mug of hot or warm water. Before giving your baby milk, make sure to check the temperature of the milk by dripping a small amount on your wrist.
  • If you use the wrong nipple size, your baby will have to work hard and may become frustrated, and you may have to use a larger nipple.
  • The bottle should be positioned in a way that will help with less air swallowing.
  • After feeding your baby, keep him upright for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • “Don’t prop the bottle up for your baby to take by themselves, because they will fall asleep with it. These practices can increase the risk of ear infections.”
  • Keep your bottles, nipples, and all other parts clean. Wash everything with hot soapy water and bottle brushes. You don’t need to sterilize bottles after every use, but do this occasionally. Babies have immature immune systems, and are more susceptible to infections than adults.
  • “If your baby seems to be done with the bottle, don’t push them to finish it. Babies can learn to follow their own hunger signals. If you are worried that your child isn’t eating enough, call your doctor.”
  • If your baby seems colicky, try:
    • The interval between feedings is adjusted.
    • Reducing the amount given at a single feeding
    • Talking to your doctor about changing formulas.
    • You are rubbing their back and laying your baby tummy down.
    • If this helps keep your child more comfortable, then you should beaddling or rocking.

What is the best soap to wash baby bottles with?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there’s no specific kind of soap to use for cleaning baby bottles. However, some parents like to avoid scented dish soaps or soaps with harsh ingredients.

You can also use soaps that are made specifically for cleaning baby bottles and dishes, like this one from Dapple, which is certified clean and free from phthalates, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and dyes.

How often should you clean a baby bottle?

After every feeding, bottles should be cleaned to prevent the formation ofbacteria.

When should you replace a baby bottle?

If the bottle cracks or chips, replace it. Nipples should be replaced if they crack, rip, or show discoloration. If they start to wear thin or sticky, it is a sign that they are getting old.

“During their first year, you will spend a lot of time feeding your baby. You can give your baby a bottle at any time, even if you don’t like feeding them.”

“Babies don’t accept bottles at first, and they struggle with gas, spitting, and colic. The process may be easier if you choose the bottle that best fits your baby.”

When to consult a doctor

“If your baby is having feeding issues or fussiness that isn’t improving with a change in bottle or nipple type, talk to their doctor.”

“We hope this has helped you find bottles that will fit your baby’s needs and help you get through the first year well-rested and well-fed. Cheers!”