However, you choose to feed your baby, at some point, you are likely to need to feed them using a bottle. Whether you’re sharing the night feeds, or that back to work date is looming, introducing a bottle is important. Yet when there are so many different baby bottles to choose from, how do you find the right one for your baby?
Which baby bottles are the best?
There are a number of different types of baby bottle to suit your baby, from those that emulate the breast to try and help breastfed babies latch, to anti-colic systems and self-sterilising bottles. If you’re transitioning your baby from the breast to the bottle, it might take a few attempts to get your baby to latch, so start earlier than you need to. If you’re struggling to bottle feed your baby, we’ve got plenty of tips to help:
- Don’t feed your baby for at least four hours before giving them a bottle so you know they are hungry.
- It can take up to 24 hours to convince your baby to accept a bottle, but if he is hungry, he’ll want to eat eventually so don’t give up.
- It’s a case of trial and error when it comes to bottles – some babies will prefer a particular shape, whilst others need features that ease wind or colic.
When it comes to the best baby bottles to buy for your baby, here are some of the best sellers worth trying:
These self-sterilising bottles from MAM are a game changer – making life easier on the move as your bottle is ready for every situation, simply heat in the microwave for three minutes and it’s ready. A great little bottle from a brand you can trust, stand out features include ventilation holes that ensure your baby isn’t inhaling too much air, improving colic dramatically. They are also super affordable and won gold in the Mother & Baby awards 2018 after receiving our real-mum tester seal of approval.
These bottles are perfect for breastfeeding mums, with a soft, nipple-like teat that gives your baby an excellent soft flow. You’ll notice the unique design of this bottle, with the teat being on the side rather than in the middle of the bottle – according to Chicco this improves comfort and ease of feeding, and replicates the instinctive way baby feeds. We were really impressed by these bottles and would definitely recommend.
The best baby bottle for a colicy baby under £20: Bfree Classic 260ml Clear Bottle, £9.42
This Bfree bottle might be hard to get your hands on, but our panel of real-mum testers found that they worked really well when it came to improving reflux and colic in babies. Standout features also include the heat sensor, which allow you to see at a glance when the milk was the right temperature to feed to your baby. Assembling the bottle can be a little tricky, especially compared to some of the others on this list, but the results are definitely worth it if your baby is suffering from colic.
The best baby bottle for a colicy baby over £20: Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle, £29.60 for two, Amazon
Not only does the Comotomo Natural Baby Bottle look amazing, it has been designed to resolve all existing problems with standard baby bottles. The shape and texture make it easy for little hands to hold, and it has been designed to mimic breast feeding, helping babies that experience ‘nipple confusion’ and ‘bottle rejection’. The bottle is leak free, and allows milk to flow steadily helping to ease colic, but is on the expensive side compared to some of the others on this list.
It’s got everything you could need included for those first few days transitioning your baby to the bottle, including four bottles, a soother, a bottle brush, a chewbie teether and a bib. It’s great value for money and the little extras are fantastic. When it comes to the bottles, the Easy Latch teats are designed to mimic the shape, texture and natural flex of your breasts, encouraging your baby to latch more easily.
The best baby bottle for an easy transition from breast to bottle: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Feeding Bottles, £6.00, Amazon
An Amazon bestseller from a brand you can trust, these Tommee Tippee bottles are a good option to try if your baby is struggling to latch. With a breast shaped teat for easy latch and a soft, natural feel, these are one of the best-selling bottles in the UK for breastfed babies. Standout features include the anti-colic teat which eliminates excessive air flow as your baby is eating.
The best baby bottle to attach to your breastpump: Medela Breastmilk Bottles, £11.99 for two, Amazon
A great option if you’re already using a Medela breast pump, these clever baby bottles can be used with all different Medela pumps and teats on the market. Easy to use, we love the handy metric and imperial measurements on the side, which are clear to see (no matter how sleep deprived you might be!) They are also dishwasher and microwave-safe.