Baby bottles are considered the second best way to feed your child, after all, a bottle will never be able to unseat traditional breastfeeding. However, finding the right bottle may be difficult as there are so many different choices on the market. Finding a bottle that does not leak, and is both simple to use and clean is also much harder than people realize.
Many of the baby bottles that you can buy are rather expensive, and can cost upwards of $20. However, there are some bottles that you can get that will not break bank and keep you under budget, and will still have your baby feeding just like they are suckling at your own breast. It is important to note that a bottle that works for one baby may not necessarily work for another. For this reason, it is important that you shop around and try out a couple of bottles until you find the right one for you.
1. The Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle
This is by far one of the most popular baby bottles you can find right now. It was specially designed for breastfed babies, but it can be used by all babies regardless of whether they breastfeed or not.
It has an unusual design, and comes with a nipple that resembles a breast, making it easier and more enjoyable for infants to use. Unlike many baby bottles you will find, the base of the nipple on this bottle is quite large and comes into contact with your baby’s cheeks, nose and chin, just the way a mother’s breast would. This makes it easier for breastfed babies to take to the bottle quickly.
The bottle also has a wide neck, making it easier to clean. In fact, many people can almost fit their whole hands into the bottle, meaning that you do not have to worry about using a narrow, sometimes inaccurate bottle brush.
If you are looking for a bottle for your newborn, you can’t go wrong with the Comotomo Natural Feel Bottle!
2. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle
This is another very popular bottle, not only because it is affordable (you can purchase a set of 3, 5 ounce bottles for only $11.20 from Amazon at the time of writing this article), but also because babies tend to take to it quite quickly.
Despite the fact that silicon nipples are considered quite firm, the silicon nipple on this bottle is quite soft, making it much easier to suck from. It has been designed to feel just like skin, making it ideal for babies that are notorious for rejecting bottles. It also has a valve that regulates air, ensuring that your baby does not swallow any air as they feed.
Cleaning this bottle is simple, primarily because it only has three parts, but also because it comes with a wide neck and a curved inside. This allows you to clean the bottle even if you have the bulkiest hands.
3. Playtex Ventaire Bottle
One of the most uncomfortable things for a baby to go through is colic, which is sometimes caused by swallowing too much air during feeding. If you have a baby with colic or reflux, then you should seriously consider buying this bottle.
This bottle is unique as it is angled and comes with a valve at its base which helps to keep air at the bottom of the bottle, and ensures that your baby does not swallow air as they feed.
In addition, the angled design encourages upright feeding, which has been shown to help prevent ear infections.
The bottle may have more parts than most other bottles, but this does not mean that cleaning is any more challenging. This is because the base is removable, allowing you to scrub the bottle from both the neck and the base.
If your baby is going through colic, these are the bottles for you!
4. Tommee Tippee Sensitive Tummy Bottle
Another exceptional product from Tommee Tippee, this bottle looks very similar to the Easi-Vent bottle. However, there are no other similarities, as this bottle has been designed specifically to defeat colic and reflux. The nipples on this bottle are designed to slow the flow of milk out of the bottle, which helps stop your baby from drinking too fast. Unlike other Tommee Tippee bottles, the nipples on this bottle do not have any ventilation.
However, they do have a tube and valve system in the center of the bottle that helps minimize the number of air bubbles in the milk or formula that your baby is drinking. The valve system also indicates the temperature of your baby’s milk, and changes color if the milk you are feeding your child is above 98 °F.
5. Philips Avent Natural Polypropylene Bottle
Philips Avent is one of the largest, most popular brands when it comes to baby bottles, and there is good reason for this popularity. Not only do babies love them, they are also very affordable.
This particular series of bottles comes in three different sizes, 4, 9, and 11 ounces. This means that regardless of the amount of milk your baby wants to drink, you will find a bottle that is the perfect size.
The bottle comes with two anti-colic valves, making it perfect for babies with colic and reflux. It is also very easy to clean thanks to its wide neck and few pieces.
Despite all of that, however, the best thing about this bottle is the travel cover, which allows you to carry it around anywhere without worrying about spillage or contamination.
6. Chicco Natural Fit Medium Flow Bottle
Many of the angled bottles that you will find on the market right now have an obvious bend in the bottle. However, this bottle is different, as here the nipple is angled instead. If your baby does not like the angled nipple, it can be swapped out for a regular nipple. This is much cheaper and easier than having to swap out a whole bottle because your baby does not take to the angled design.
This bottle is very easy to clean thanks to its wide neck and minimal pieces. It also comes with a vented nipple to help ensure that your baby does not ingest air as they are feeding, which is great for babies with colic or reflux.
7. Lifefactory Glass Bottle With Silicon Sleeve
Lifefactory has been popular for its glassware for years, but did you know that they started out making glass bottles? This is one reason why they are so popular to those who prefer to use glass bottles over silicon or plastic offerings.
The quality of this bottle is unquestionable. It is made from borosilicate glass, which means that it won’t break when there is a rapid temperature change. For additional safety, the bottle is wrapped in a silicon sleeve to prevent it from breaking when it is dropped. The sleeve also gives you or your baby a better grip on the bottle during feeding.
8. Philips Avent Natural Glass Bottle
Philips Avent are famous for their plastic bottles, but recently, they expanded their range to include glass bottles, which is perfect for those mothers who do not like the idea of plastic.
There are markings on the side of the bottle that allow you to measure exactly how much you are feeding your baby. The fact that it does not come with a silicon sleeve should not worry you, as its ergonomic design makes it extremely easy to hold, even when you are holding a restless baby.
9. Thinkbaby Stainless Steel Baby Bottle
They may not be as popular as their glass or plastic counterparts, but stainless steel bottles are slowly becoming more popular. They last a very long time, and you can convert most of them into sippy cups that your child can use as they grow.
This bottle is one of the cheapest stainless steel bottles you can buy right now. However, it does not have a range of sizes, and is only available as a 9 ounce offering. There have also been a few issues with leaking, especially when the conversion accessories are used. You also have to be careful if you are using a bottle warmer, as the stainless steel will be hot when you take it out.
Despite all this, if you are interested in using a stainless steel bottle, this is a very good place to start.
10. Steribottle Ready to Use Disposable Baby Bottles
You will be surprised how much easier life can be with a disposable baby bottle, especially when you are out on the road as they mean that you will not have to worry about cleaning. Steribottle produce some of the best disposable baby bottles you can get. They come in packs go either 5 or 10 bottles, are quite inexpensive, and are made in the USA, so every time you buy a pack you know you will be supporting local industry.
For those who are worried about waste, the bottles are recyclable so you do not have to worry about endangering the environment. However, if you think you can use these bottles more than once think again. Once the lid is on, it’s on for good. In addition, the fast flow nipple is inbuilt and cannot be replaced. It is also important to note that this bottle is more suited to infants aged 3 months+, so if you have a younger infant this bottle is not for you.
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