Best Baby Bottles 2018
Baby bottles are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Every baby latches and suckles a bit differently, every baby is comfortable with a different nipple length, width, and flow, and every baby is more or less likely to experience gas and painful stomach cramps. The secret is to try at least a few options to figure out what works best with your baby.
If you’re switching between breast feeding and bottle feeding, you will likely find success with the nipples that are more like natural breasts. The more the nipple feels like mom’s, the easier your baby will transit between bottle and breast. If you’re only bottle feeding, then you need to worry about this as much. We review all of these below.
- Dr. Brown’s Original Bottles
These are excellent baby bottles. Dr. Brown’s has been making the original anti-painful stomach cramps, anti-gas, anti-fuss bottles since 1996. They use a unique vent system designed by Dr. Brown himself, who designed and patented a two-piece venting system that prevents the negative pressure “vacuum” that usually forms in bottles while a baby feeds. Like actual breasts, these create a positive-pressure flow. These are great for moms who switch between breast and bottle-feeding, or moms who only bottle feed; they are especially excellent for relieving the signs of painful stomach cramps and gas.
- Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottles
Designed with a very wide nipple base, a more natural nipple shape and feel, these are made for moms who want to switch flexibly between breast and bottle-feeding. Moms love the unique soft and squeezable silicone feel of the bottle, as do babies, who can comfortably grip the bottle while feeding. The width of the nipple base, and its ability to be bent, make it very natural. The vent design is also quite unique. Instead of a long tube to clean, the bottle uses two small vents positioned at the base of the nipple. The squeezable bottle is nice for adding a bit of pressure to the feed to imitate let-down.
- Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles
These baby bottles have a wide body with nice curvature for grip. The Tommee Tippee is a great second option for moms who want the flexibility of switching between breast- and bottle-feeding. Because the nipple and its surround are relatively realistic, the baby does not become comfortable with a different nipple style and after that reject breastfeeding. Of course, this type of rejection is rare, but for very particular babies this is another great option.
- Joovy BOOB BPA-free PPSU or Glass Baby Bottles
These bottles come in three varieties: Glass, PPSU, and PP. The glass is very strong, the bottle is comfortable to hold, and they come with nice outside silicone grippers that you can easily pull on and off. The PPSU is a little grey-colored plastic that is not very able to be affected by staining, area of bad or undesirable color, or cracking, and tend not to soak up(like a towel)colors or odors as much as other plastic types. Finally, the PP is almost the same as the PPSU, but not as unbeatable to the (mental concentration/picking up of a liquid) of colors and odors.
We found so many things to love about these bottles. First, the venting was really fantastic. Joovy uses a venting ring that goes onto the opening of the bottle before you screw on the nipple. And it worked better than many of the other venting approaches used by the other bottles, which should result in less gas, spit-up, and painful stomach cramps. Good venting is so important in a baby bottle! Second, we really liked the countors of the bottle itself, which make it not only look nice, but feel nice in the hand; especially the glass bottle with the silicone sleeve on it, felt really nice to hold. Third, the soft silicone nipples were really quite good, and were great for preventing nipple confusion. Finally, we found them easy to clean, and we appreciated that they are dishwasher safe and safe to sterilize.
The issue with these bottles is that the vent ring is a bit of a pain, since you need to put it on each time before screwing on the nipple. This can be tough for late night feedings when you’re tripping, trying to get a bottle ready, possibly while also holding baby in one hand.
- Minbie Newborn BPA-free Baby Bottles
The Minbie bottles use BPA-free polypropylene plastic and BPA-free flexible and super soft silicone nipples. There are so many things to love about these nipples. The shape is super unique, with a tip shape and outlines that are unlike any other bottle, with an award-winning teat that supports both latch-on and a natural breastfeeding movement. The flat side of the nipple tip goes up against the roof of the mouth, resting comfortably on the sense of taste. These nipples are excellent for preventing bottle rejection, and also reduce the frequency of nipple confusion for moms who switch between the breast and bottle.
- Philips AVENT Natural Baby Bottles
The Natural series of AVENT bottles is no exception, and is a great (in all ways) baby bottle option. The base and nipple are quite almost the same in form and function to the Tommee Tippee, but with a little narrower nipple base, and narrower overall screw base also. We found that the nipples were soft and cooperative, comfortable and fast latch-on, and the twin-valve venting system was quite good at preventing air swallowing, gas, and painful stomach cramps. The twin valves are quite unique to the others on this list, with tiny slits at the very far edges of the nipple that help air get into the bottle to prevent a vacuum forming. The wide nipple base enhances a real breast feel, and the wide neck which enhances easier cleaning.. And with the glass version, it seems cautious and wise to have a silicone sleeve for better grip and safety.
- Flipsi Natural Silicone Baby Bottles
For anyone over the age of 40, they might remember the very popular Playtex bottles with the disposable bag of milk. You would fill the bag, drape it over the edges of the bottle, and then screw on the nipple. They were really popular and excellent at preventing painful stomach cramps since the plastic bag could go along with the amount of remaining milk without creating any vacuum pressure build-up. The Flipsi baby bottle uses an almost the same idea, but has been executed in a much more very intelligent way. It uses a silicone cup-like holding tank that you fill with milk, then place into the bottle itself, then screw on the nipple. The silicone sits over the top edge of the bottle, so when the nipple cap is screwed on a very nice seal is formed. Overall, however, we believe this is an exciting new addition to our baby bottles list, and after some long-term ability to last testing we believe it might start creeping higher on our list!
- Munchkin Latch Baby Bottles
These latch bottles are new to the baby bottle market, and they have some great new and interesting features. The unique anti-painful stomach cramps valve is located on the bottom of the bottle, which reduces the complex difficulty of the washing process. As the baby consumes more milk, the valve slowly allows air to enter the bottle, decreasing the negative pressure and reducing air eating. Less air being ate means less burping and painful stomach cramps.
Now let’s talk about why they named this the “Latch” bottle. Latching onto a natural nipple is something that comes deep down to most babies, and there is a relationship where two things help each other between the baby’s mouth position, their sucking rhythm, the nipple, and the milk release. Latching is when the baby sucks the nipple back to their soft sense of taste. As any breastfeeding mom knows, a good latch means a good let-down and a very happy baby and mom. First introduced onto our list in 2015, the Munchkin Latch is slowly rising up the list!