When you’ve got a kid in the home, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll need a baby bottle. Of course, what new parents might not know is that not all baby bottles are created equally, which means that you’ll need to find the right one for your child. We think the Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle Newborn Feeding Set should cover most people’s needs, it comes with a wide mouth, great nipples, pediatrician recommendations, and is made of high-quality plastic.
On the other hand, if that doesn’t quite suit you then we’ve dug up five of the best, each of which is best suited for particular situations, and then we’ll help you try to make sure that you get things right on the first try.
We recommend this newborn starter kit for most parents who are just getting started, the brand is pretty fantastic overall and all of the options available make it a great way to figure out what works.
Top 5 Baby Bottles and Bottle Brushes
|Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle Newborn||4oz and 8oz||Silicone nipple, Plastic Body||Check Price|
|Comotomo Natural Feel Bundle||4oz and 8oz||Silicone||Check Price|
|Philips Avent Anti-colic Baby Bottle||4oz||Polypropylene||Check Price|
|Lifefactory 4-Ounce BPA-Free Glass Baby Bottle||4oz||Glass bottle, Silicone Nipple||Check Price|
|Evenflo Feeding Angled Premium Proflo Vented Plus||9oz||Polypropylene bottle, Silicone Nipple||Check Price|
1. Best Overall Baby Bottle
Dr. Brown's Original Bottle Newborn Feeding Set
Wherever we looked when we were selecting bottles to test, we found that Dr. Brown’s name came up. These high-quality plastic bottles are recommended by everyone from veteran parents to pediatricians so we had to see what all the fuss was about.
Here’s the thing about the brand though: Dr. Brown’s has interchangeable parts and pretty much any modification you may need for your child is readily available.
Want a narrower bottle? They’ve got you covered, different nipples, even glass bottles are available and all of the simple bottles can be interchanged so you can get exactly what you need. We’ll readily recommend them to new parents as the best baby bottle brand around.
This set comes with several 4oz and 8oz bottles, but don’t hesitate to find exactly what you want in order to get your child fed. As long as it’s Dr. Brown all of the parts should be interchangeable.
The only real issue is that some reviewers found the bottles a bit hard to clean, although they tend to spill when tipped even with the cap on so you may want to prop them up in the diaper bag when on the go.
Pros and Cons
- Wide variety of interchangeable parts
- Set comes with several bottles
- Great price
- Pediatrician recommended
- Can be hard to clean for some people
- Tend to spill when tipped
2. Best “Natural” Baby Bottle
Comotomo Natural Feel Bundle
Coming in just behind our favorite is the Comotomo Natural Feel Bundel, which comes with two bottles and has quite a high price but we found that babies latched onto it better than almost any other bottle.
This is an especially handy bottle if you’re both breastfeeding and using a bottle, since the natural feel seems to simulate the latch that is made during natural feeding. On top of that, the entire thing is made of 100% medical grade silicone which puts it a step above the common polypropylene bottles.
All of this adds up to a great bottle set, the main problem being that they’re rather expensive but the smaller base design also caused some reviewers to accidentally tip them over.
On the other hand, if you can look past these flaws and you want to both breastfeed and bottle feed depending on the time of day then you’ll be in good hands with these excellent silicone bottles.
Pros and Cons
- Comes with an extra wide nipple for feel
- Set comes with two bottles
- Made of high grade silicone
- Great for transitioning children to bottles
- Rather expensive
- Easy to tip over while filling
3. Best Anti Colic Baby Bottle
Philips Avent Anti-colic Baby Bottle
While not quite up to Dr. Brown’s legendary reputation, Philips Avent series of bottles has almost the same advantage: namely, a number of different sizes and nipples available that come with interchangeable parts.
These ones were the second most common pediatrician recommended bottle and they do seem to reduce gas by quite a bit although we’d question where the funding for the clinical studies came from. In the field they perform pretty well though.
Of course, the biggest draw is that you can get a ton of different accessories and they’re quite easy to clean, lacking the variety of smaller parts you find with the Dr. Brown’s bottles.
We strongly recommend the Philips Avent brand for parents with fussy babies, and the truth is that they’re one of the best interchangeable brands out there no matter what so they’re definitely not a bad place to spend your money.
Pros and Cons
- Interchangeable parts
- Easy to clean
- Anti-colic and reflux
- Works well for paced feeding
- Tendency to leak if care isn’t applied when closing the bottle;
- Some babies don’t seem to get the anti-colic effect
4. Best Glass Baby Bottle
Lifefactory 4-Ounce BPA-Free Glass Baby Bottle
While our favored brands definitely have some excellent glass bottles, we absolutely love this infant-sized bottle from Lifefactory. The protective silicone sleeve, helping to prevent it from breaking, is really just the tip of the iceberg here.
The nipple seemed to work well with most children as well, allowing them to get a decent rate of flow and the silicone allows those old enough to grip the bottle themselves without you worrying about a drastic fall.
They’re definitely not anti-colic, however, all of the innovation here is pressed into the form of the glass bottle and silicone sleever. That’s not necessarily bad, but it’s just not going to work for some kids.
If you insist on a glass bottle, the protective sleeve and high build-quality of these bottles makes them a standout option. Pick them up now.
Pros and Cons
- Made of high-quality glass
- Silicone sleeve to protect glass
- High-quality silicone nipple
- Easy to clean
- Not anti-colic
5. Best Angled Baby Bottle
Evenflo Feeding Angled Premium Proflo Vented Plus
Angled bottles are even better than vents at keeping your child from inhaling too much air and causing gas and reflux on the way down. If you’re worried about this, then we strongly recommend taking a closer look at the Evenflo line of angled bottles.
The bottles are made of high-quality polypropylene and completely BPA-free as well. Since they meet the recommendations of the FDA they’re already a step above cheaper brands.
That is, if you can find a cheaper brand. These bottles come in at a great price, and they’re interchangeable with many of Evenflo’s accessories. Their lineup isn’t as big as some, but they’ve got quite a bit out there if you need to change things up.
For those who are worried about colic and reflux, these bottles can be an absolute lifesaver.
Pros and Cons
- Excellent angled design
- Vented nipple
- Helps prevent colic and reflux
- Great price
- Harder to clean
- A bit leaky
Bonus Item – Best Baby Bottle Brush
OXO Tot Soap Dispensing Bottle Brush With Stand
If you’re going to be investing in bottles, we recommend getting a brush. They’re the quickest and easiest way to make sure your bottles get clean after all. This was our favorite of the ones we tried, with one caveat: Dr. Brown’s brushes work best on their bottles due to the complexity.
This one dispenses soap at the same time as you’re brushing, making it an obvious choice for the parent who wants to make sure that they’re getting their bottles sterilized and squeaky clean. It’s minimal fuss and even comes with a stand so you can place it where you need to.
Picking one up is a no brainer, and we strongly recommend grabbing one at the same time as you get your bottles. This tough, durable brush works great.
Pros and Cons
- Soap dispensing
- Comes with a stand
- Quite durable
- Works great
- A bit pricey
- Not the best for complex bottles
Why All the Effort on Baby Bottles?
Despite the seeming simplicity of baby bottles, there are quite a few things you need to check out when you’re investing in them. From the outset, what seems like a simple task can quickly become a major pain if you’re not careful with your selection.
Because children tend to feed differently, and the same child can even change their feeding style as they age, there’s more to the relatively minor variations in bottles than you’d expect at first glance.
In general, it’s not too hard to figure things out, even for a first time parent, but for this reason we advise buying singles of at least a couple of different variations of bottle before you make a final decision on which type to buy more than one of.
In the end, the best baby bottle for your child is going to depend on your kid rather than on any nebulous “best” but there are definitely some things you should look for to make your life a little bit easier.
What to Look for in a Baby Bottle
Since we’ve gone over what you need in order to make sure that you understand that “best” is a relative term in this arena, we’ll go over what you need to make a bottle work well for the both of you.
A bottle should have a relatively simple assembly. The best will only have a few parts, making putting them together simpler and also having less of a chance of leaking. The more complicated the bottle, the more possible points of failure you have.
Ideally, you’ll just have the top, a collar, and the bottle itself. A cap is also good if you’re planning on taking a bottle on the go. Any more than that and you’re just asking for trouble.
There are three primary materials which bottles are made of: plastic, silicone, and glass.
Fortunately, the FDA banned BPA from all baby bottles and sippy cups in 2012 so you don’t need to spend your time looking for a BPA free label.
Plastic bottles tend to be the cheapest, and oddly enough they lack the durability of the other types of bottle. Over time, or if you overheat the water going into them, you’ll find they tend to warp and cloud.
Silicone bottles, on the other hand, are quite a bit more expensive but less reactive with the different fluids which might end up in them. They’re also fairly rare.
Glass was long the only available material for bottles. They have the distinction of being the only one of the bottle types which breaks into sharp pieces when they’re dropped in the wrong spot.
They’re also non-reactive, and modern glass bottles are built in a tough manner which keeps them from being broken easily. We drop-tested the ones we recommended to make sure, as glass can cause quite a bit of damage and it’s rather heavy.
On the other hand, glass is by far the most durable of the materials which baby bottles are commonly made from which can lead to you buying fewer bottles over the course of your baby growing up.
You’ll need to match your bottles size to your infant. Most newborns will only consume two or three ounces per feeding, while older children can consume double that with ease.
That makes things relatively easy and we tried to only recommend those bottles which come in a wide variety of sizes so that you won’t have to switch things up when your child gets older.
The most maddening choice for a new parent is knowing which nipple type is the best for their child. The answer is pretty simple: it’s whichever one your child will use and latch on to the best.
We bet that didn’t help you much, and it had us confused for awhile.
The biggest problem is that different children will prefer different types. We stayed away from bottles with specialized nipples, known as orthodontic nipples, since these are usually for children who have oral issues at birth and a doctor would be best able to tell you which you should be using.
For the most part, you’ll have bottle nipples which are either steep or come up in a slower, more gradual pace.
There’s also the flow rate to take into account. This, again, depends on your child’s feeding habits but in general it’s recommended that you go with a slower feed for newborns and gradually increase things as they get older.
Choosing the right nipple can be infuriating, but there is a bright light with some bottles.
While vented bottles are often said to prevent colic, this… really doesn’t seem to be the case since colic’s actual cause remains unknown. They’re not a bad idea whatsoever, but they’re not something to rely on to prevent excessive crying.
No, you aren’t going to have to buy a completely knew bottle type every few months if you’re smart and make sure that you purchase a bottle with interchangeable parts.
We strongly recommend looking for brands where you can purchase a wide variety of different nipples and other accessories and interchange them as time goes on. This will not only help you to make sure that you can get the right one, it can also save quite a bit of money in the long run.
Many bottles come in a wide variety of sizes with different nipples available and we strongly recommend considering those brands first when you’re trying to find the right bottle for your child.
Angled or Not Angled?
This is a big question anymore when it comes to baby bottles. Knowing whether to go with an angled version.
Angled bottles are more of a pain to refill and clean, but seem to lower the amount of gas buildup. They actually do this even better than vented nipples, which can lead to less distress for your child overall.
They also tend to cost a bit more.
Straight bottles, on the other hand, tend to be much easier to use. This alone can make up for it when it comes down to it, since you’ll find that they’re much easier to fill and clean.
It really boils down to personal choice in the end.
Wide mouths can make a bottle a lot easier to fill and clean, and we recommend them provided you have a nipple which your child will use with them.
Which actually leads us to our final qualifier in order to bring you the best baby bottles.
Ease of Cleaning
How easy to clean a bottle is will make a big difference over the lifespan of the bottle.
More parts will make them harder to clean, as will the actual construction of the pieces. Angled bottles will tend to be harder to clean, but still offer the advantages we noted above.
Wider nipples are also easier to clean, and since they’re where the most build-up will occur you need to keep an eye out for mildew build-up there.
We only recommended bottles which are dishwasher safe in order to help prevent this, but if you go off of our list then you’ll want to make sure you can use one if you have a dishwasher. Some cheaper plastics will warp and fog quite quickly if you place them in the heat of a dishwasher.
Knowing Which Bottle is Right
If you took our advice and bought several bottles, or at least nipple types, to start with it’s time to begin the testing process.
Your best bet for a newborn is to start with a slow flowing nipple. Your child may outright refuse some nipples at first, in which case you may want to try a few more times or switch to a different one.
If your kid is able to relax and is latching around the base of the nipple then you’re likely to be in good hands with that bottle configuration.
If the flow rate is too high, your child will let you know. There’s no standard for how quickly a nipple flows, so one brand’s “slow” may be several times faster than another brand’s.
It’s important to check for a few things when you’re using your bottle:
- Always check for mildew in the bottle and nipple before using it.
- Regularly inspect the nipple for damage before using it, these parts will need to be replaced on occasion.
- Always clean and dry the bottle as soon as possible once you’re finished.
As long as you do all of the above you’ll be in good hands.
You may also want to boil glass bottles for sterilization purposes once you’re done with them, this will help to keep them germ-free. For silicone and plastic bottles there are sterilizing soaps and solutions available.
Most can also be washed in the dishwasher, which should sterilize them in most cases but can also shorten the lifespan of bottles that aren’t made of glass.
Choosing the right baby bottle for your infant might seem to be a taxing choice, but when it comes down to it picking the right bottle is actually more of picking a system rather than the bottle itself. So long as you go with a brand which has a wide range of interchangeable parts you should be in good hands.
We recommend the Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle Newborn Feeding Set, but there’s a lot of them out there and your child may prefer something different at the end of the day.
Even if you’re just expecting at this point, you should definitely make sure you have the right bottle for when you bring that little bundle of joy home.