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A guide to choosing the best bottle for your baby

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best baby bottles

Whether you are sharing the night feeds, going back to work or simply prefer bottle feeding your little one - at some point, you may need advice on choosing a bottle. 

But when there are so many baby bottles to choose from, how do you find the right one for your baby?

The different types of baby bottles

There are five principal types of baby bottles: regular/normal; for breastfed babies; anti-colics; self-sterilizing; and for breast pumps.

Each of them will have some differences. The regular baby bottles are pretty simple and easy to find whereas the ones for breastfed babies will have a different nipple which is made to mimic a natural one. Anti-colics, on the other hand, will have angled tops and special venting features.

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

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The best regular baby bottle

The best regular baby bottle

Avent Classic+ baby bottle

£12.40 - 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 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

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Medela Breastmilk Bottles

£11.62 - 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 on the dishwasher.
  • You can warm them up on microwave.

What to know about baby bottle safety

After one year of use, it's important to replace an old baby bottle for a new one.

If you can, it's generally better to wash a baby bottle with your hands with warm water and the right soap than cleaning them on the dishwasher. See here more information on how to sterilize your baby bottle

You should replace the nipple when the baby is ready for the next size or when they are cracked, discoloured, or thinning. Remember silicone nipples are firmer while latex is softer.

How to bottle-feed your baby

Some specialists advice: 

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.​

 

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. At the moment, her days are spent writing, eating croissants and drinking coffee. Her biggest dream is to start a big family and to adopt three kids.

 

 
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