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

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Whether you are sharing the night feeds, going back to work, or simply prefer bottle-feeding your little one, 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.

The different types of baby bottles

There are five principal types of baby bottles:

  1. regular/normal;
  2. for breastfed babies;
  3. anti-colics;
  4. self-sterilising; and
  5. for breast pumps.

Each of the above 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 natural one so that your baby doesn't develop a preference to one or the other. Anti-colics 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.

best baby bottles

The best regular baby bottle

The best regular baby bottle

Avent Classic+ Baby Bottle

£14.95 - RRP: £15.50

 

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

medela best breast pump baby bottle

Medela Breastmilk Bottles

£11.89 - RRP: £11.99
  • 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).

What to know about 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 nipples are firmer while latex is softer so they'll have a different endurance. Make sure to check these regularly.

How to bottle-feed your baby 

If your baby is turning its nose away 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 eat 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, whilst 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.

 

Tam works at Bauer Media writing affiliate content for Mother and Baby. She moved to London in 2016 and has lived previously in Toronto, Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil. She had a blog called TaraVivendo and wrote two e-books: Divas and Divando aos 25 anos

 

 
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