|Comotomo||Philips Avent||Dr. Brown||Tommee Tippee|
|Most Natural||Prevents Vacuum Effect
||One of the Best Venting Systems|| Easiest to Clean
|Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon|
Bottles are easy, right? Sure, until your baby refuses to take them. They’re easy until they warp in the dishwasher, or spill when dropped, or don’t warm easily in the microwave. Once you start looking more and more into the best baby bottles, you begin to realize that there are a lot more to baby bottles than at first meets the eye. We tested many of the most popular bottles on the market to determine which is best for you and your baby.
Now, every baby is different and what works for me and my girlfriends’ babies might not work best for your baby. In fact, my favorite bottle tested was one of the lowest rated by my girlfriend, so it goes to show that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to bottles. Many of the bottles we tested are less than $7 a piece, so I would urge you to buy one each of a few of our favorites to see what you like best, then buy one or two more of the ones you and your baby like best. I would also recommend keeping a few other brands around the house in case your baby gets fussy.
One last thing to consider is whether you are transitioning your baby from breast to bottle fully, or simply trying to mix in bottle feeding with breastfeeding. For most moms, you will want something similar to their own breasts because it will be easiest for your baby to take. Every bottle we tested are free from harmful chemicals that could put your baby in danger. So, with all that said, here are our four favorite baby bottles for you and your baby!
The Comotomo bottles are easy to clean and have a soft feel that makes it easy for your baby to hold when he gets a bit older. The problem with a lot of bottles (albeit more with older bottles than current ones on the market) is that the suction can be weak and your baby won’t get a steady stream of milk or formula. The nipple on the Comotomo has tiny holes at the base of the nipple that allow for a natural stream from bottle to baby. We also love the wide nipple base that mimics your breasts. While this bottle is a bit expensive, we love this bottle and it should be one to consider for you and your baby.
- Easy to clean
- Natural breast feel
- A bit pricey
Price: (1 8oz bottle)
While the narrow nipple base wasn’t a hit with all the moms and baby testers, many said they had a lot of success with the Avent bottle and was their top pick. These bottles are inexpensive and designed to reduce colic and discomfort in your baby. Instead of traditional vents, there are tiny slits on the outer edge of the nipple base that allow air into the bottle that prevent the vacuum effect. The Philips Avent bottles are easy to assemble and clean, but the cheap plastic does feel like it will wear down after lots of washes.
- Easy to clean
- Cheap plastic
Price: (3 9oz bottles)
The Dr. Brown bottle was designed back in the mid-nineties, and very few changes have been made to Dr. Brown’s original design. This is another bottle design with a narrow nipple base, but it does have one of the best venting systems that not only prevents colic, but also air bubbles and spit up. There are a few more pieces to this bottle than others we tested, so they can be somewhat difficult to clean and put back together. Online, you can find lots of sizes that work best for you, from two ounce options for newborns to eight ounce sizes for older babies.
- Fantastic venting system
- Lots of sizes to choose from
- Hard to clean
Price: (4 4oz bottles)
The Tommee Tippee bottle has a wide nipple base like the Comotomo, but only has one vent that can be blocked if your baby presses hard into the nipple when feeding. The bottle is very easy to clean. The nipple itself has a unique “latch nipple” design that mimics real nipples and a lot of moms really like. We have heard that the nipple can “collapse” when feeding, which only one of our testers mentioned as a drawback. Still, this is a popular bottle that is easy to clean and less expensive than the similarly-shaped Comotomo.
- Wide, breast-like nipple base
- Poor collapsible nipple base
Price: (4 9oz bottles)
Learn more about Tommee Tippee bottles in this video: