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A guide to choosing the best baby bottles for your little one

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Whether you are bottle feeding your little one, sharing the night feeds, or going back to work, you'll need to find the best baby bottles to suit you and your baby. Baby bottles might sound straight-forward, but there are an array of different types to choose from, so where exactly do you start? We've compiled this guide to baby bottles to help you choose the right one for you.

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The different types of baby bottles


Sorry for the essay... So Lots of people have been asking me if I’m still breast feeding. It’s taken me a bit of time to feel okay about saying no. I stopped a couple of months ago & I really struggled to come to terms with it & actually say it out loud. Breastfeeding never happened for me the way that I imagined. I did my best to try & master it, but it wasn’t to be. On day 5 we ended up back in hospital because of weight loss & I ended up pumping in between feeds to make sure he put it back on so we could be discharged, then I continued this at home until he reached his birthweight. I then tried to switch to exclusive breastfeeding but whenever I did he lost weight again & It would break my heart to think that my own want to breastfeed was not helping my baby grow so I mix fed. As he got bigger his demand for milk got higher & my boobs couldn’t keep up the supply. By the time I did two full days back at work without him on the boob or pumping my milk dried up & before I knew it my breastfeeding journey was over. I felt sad for quite some time, every time he rooted my gut ached. I felt like I’d failed & that I’d lost the chance to have that special time & bond with Rex. I felt like everyone else was going to feed him & I’d loose my baby. I felt like I should have done more to master it in the first 24 hours & I should have done more research & asked for help. But as time has gone on, I’ve realised the truth. The truth is, I did my absolute best. Every baby is different. I’m so lucky I have a few wonderful breastfeeding memories & some women don’t get that chance😢. I have an extremely special bond with Rex, one that would be there wether I breastfed or not, he grew in my tummy and we’ve known each other for a long time (we go way back😂) I love bottle feeding, it’s nice to share the feeding with Joe & our family sometimes too, they’re not stealing him away, just helping & bonding too. Doing things differently wouldn’t mean my journey would have been any different. He was a small, tired little pickle & he struggled to feed. But the most important thing is he was fed bottle/breast it doesn’t matter. Mamas u really are incredible. 🖤

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There are five principal types of baby bottles:

  1. Regular/normal;
  2. For breastfed babies;
  3. Anti-colic;
  4. Self-sterilising; and
  5. For breast pumps.

Each of the different types of baby bottles has defining characteristics. The regular baby bottles are for no-fuss babies and are pretty simple and easy to find, whereas the ones for breastfed babies have a different teat which is made to mimic a nipple so that your baby doesn't develop a preference to one or the other. Anti-colic bottles have angled tops and special venting features, and bottles for breast pumps affix easily to the breast pump. Scroll down to see the different types of baby bottles and our recommended picks in each category.

How much do baby bottles cost?

You can find baby bottles from around £5 to £30, depending on the type, technology and/or extra features.

The best regular baby bottle

The best baby bottles for breastfed babies

  • It comes with a angled teat.
  • It reduces air intake.
  • It encourages the correct neck position for newborns.
  • It has a soft and wide base which aids natural latching and easy transition between breast and bottle.
  • It has twin anti-colic valves to help prevent air ingestion, gas, and reflux.
  • It supports breastfeeding by maintaining the natural sucking style learnt at the breast.
  • It's designed to encourage baby's 'wave-like' tongue movement.
  • It's easy and comfortable for mother and baby to hold.
  • It’s BPA and BPS free.


The best anti-colic baby bottles

  • It provides a comfortable feeding experience.
  • It helps to reduce colic.
  • It reduces reflux.
  • It prevents from your baby swallowing air.

The best self-sterilizing baby bottle

The best baby bottle for breast pumps

  • It's great for any model of Medela Breast Pump.
  • It's easy to use.
  • It comes with handy metric and imperial measurements on the side.
  • You can wash them in the dishwasher.
  • They are microwave-safe (if you want to warm them up a bit before use).

baby with bottle

Baby bottle safety

All baby bottles should be replaced after one year of use. If you can, it's generally better to handwash a baby bottle with warm water and a baby-friendly detergent than to wash them in the dishwasher. Read our guide on how to sterilize your baby bottles. You should replace the teats when the baby is ready for the next size or if they get cracked, discoloured, or start to thin. Remember, silicone teats are firmer while latex is softer so they'll have a different endurance. Make sure you check these regularly.

How to bottle-feed your baby 

If your baby is turning their nose up at the bottle, you might need to let a few hours go by before attempting again, as the hunger might make it easier for them to accept it. It can take a while to convince your baby to accept a bottle, but if he is hungry, he’ll want to feed eventually so don’t give up. It could be a case of trial and error when it comes to bottles – some babies will prefer a particular shape, while others need features that ease wind or colic.​ You might need to try a few till you find the right one.

Read our step-to-step guide on how to bottle feed a baby for more information.

  • Author: Sophie Knight Sophie Knight
  • Job Title: Contributing Editor

Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited before moving on to write about family cars for - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, Yours, Garden News, and 

She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

Other contributors

Lorna White - Digital Writer
Aimee Jakes - Shopping and Community Editor

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