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The best baby bottles

There are many different baby bottles to choose from, from ones designed for colic to others that mimic breastfeeding.
Some babies prefer certain brands and designs over others, so we tested and evaluated each bottle in this guide according to these considerations.
Our pick for the best baby bottle is Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Options+ Anti-Colic Glass Bottle for its interchangeable nipples and tops, removable anti-colic vent, and durability.

When it comes to choosing the right bottle for your baby, it can be overwhelming. There are many different types of bottles, and the truth is, sometimes you may have to try more than one before you find the best option for your baby.

Different babies will have different needs. For example, a strictly bottle-fed baby may prefer a specific nipple design, while a primarily breastfed baby may need a longer nipple or wider mouth. Or you may have a preemie baby, a baby with colic, or another situation that could warrant special features.

As a parent, you may not have a problem with plastic bottles, or you may only want a glass or silicone nonplastic bottle. The point is, you have to find the baby bottle that works best for you and your family’s needs, so I have tested all different kinds of baby bottles to help you narrow down your search. 

What makes me an expert to choose the best baby bottles for caregivers to use for their own babies? Well, for one, I’ve used bottles in almost all different types of feeding scenarios with my own five children, including strictly breastfed babies who needed a bottle when I wasn’t present, a full-time bottle-fed baby, a baby who had a mixture of formula and breast milk through a bottle, and a premature baby who had very different needs for a bottle. I’m also a registered nurse who worked in obstetrics for several years, where I had the opportunity to bottle-feed many babies. 

To help you find the best baby bottle, I put together this guide by testing all of the bottles with my own baby, from the age of newborn through 8 months old. During that time, she was primarily bottle-fed, although we did attempt nursing at the breast as well. I tested everything from the leading and lesser-known brands of bottles and bottles for specific purposes, like for breastfed babies and formula-feeding. For more feeding-related guides, see the best bottle warmers and breast pumps.

Here are our top picks for the best baby bottles you can buy:

Best bottle overall: Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Options+ Anti-Colic Glass Baby Bottle
Best silicone bottle: Comotomo Baby Bottles
Best bottle for formula mixing: PopYum Anti-Colic Formula Bottles
Best bottle for breastfed babies: Perry Mackin
Best budget bottle: Dr. Brown’s Original Baby Bottle

Prices and links are current as of 4/10/2020. We updated the selections in this guide based on additional testing.

The best bottle overall
Target

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Options+ Anti-Colic Glass Baby Bottle is affordable, durable, and versatile with interchangeable nipples and accessories.

I use the Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Options+ Glass Bottle for everyday use because it can withstand full sanitizing without breaking down the way that polycarbonate bottles do. One of the great things about Dr. Brown’s bottles is that the pieces are all interchangeable. They have both a narrow and a wide neck bottle type, but the tops are the same no matter which size you pick, unlike most other bottles.

Along with being premature, my daughter also suffered from severe colic for the first few months of her life, to the point where her pediatrician wanted to temporarily put her on reflux medication. However, after her medication was taken off the market, this bottle helped reduce her symptoms of colic.

I even removed the colic vent a few times to test if it was actually making a difference — and it sure was. Without the vent, my baby basically gulped air, the milk filled with bubbles, and she spit up and had more discomfort. These bottles with the vent were like magic for her. They significantly reduced the amount she spit up and she was much less fussy after eating.

There were a few times when I didn’t make sure the vent was completely flat before I fastened the nipple on the bottle. If you do this, the bottle will leak, so be sure the vent is inserted correctly before you feed your baby. 

Dr. Brown’s bottles are quite affordable and sturdy. I have not had a single one of these bottles break, wear down, or show any signs of damage through multiple dishwashing cycles and microwave sanitizing. 

The bottles also have add-on accessories, like silicone sleeves and handles that make holding the bottles easier for you or your baby. Like the nipples, the accessories are also interchangeable, so it doesn’t matter what size you’re using. I also really appreciate that the wider-neck glass bottles easily fit in a diaper bag bottle pouch. 

Pros: Affordable, glass, versatile, removable vent system, anti-colic, durable, nipples interchangeable, easy to clean, easy to use, 4- and 8-ounce options, fits in standard diaper bag pouches, dishwasher safe

Cons: Vent system can leak if not used correctly, warming time is longer than plastic bottles 

The best silicone bottle
Nanobebe

The Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle is a well-priced, easy-to-clean silicone option for breast- and bottle-fed babies. 

Comotomo baby bottles are made of 100% silicone, so they’re a great option if you’re looking for something other than plastic for your baby. The bottles are offered in both 5- and 8-ounce sizes and the shape is wider at the top than the bottom, with squeezable silicone to mimic the feel of a breast.

The Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle is designed with a wide neck, which makes cleaning very easy. With some other types of bottles, it can be easy for debris from the dishwasher to get trapped in the crevices of bottle tops, but the Comotomo’s wide mouth prevents that. The top of the bottle also has a really convenient “tab” that makes putting the bottle together or dissembling it for cleaning super easy.

The nipples have two anti-colic vents, and I did notice significantly less air being “gulped” by my baby when using this bottle. You can also change the nipple type and flow as your baby grows, from one hole for slow flow for newborns, up to variable flow for infants over 6 months old — all without buying a new bottle.

For a silicone bottle, these bottles are reasonably priced. They can withstand wear and tear and are incredibly durable, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking. They don’t crack, and you can toss them in the dishwasher or sterilizer without worry.

Lastly, while the shape is designed to be helpful for breastfed babies, this bottle worked well for my baby who has been bottle-fed from the start.

Pros: 100% silicone, easy to use and clean, various nipple flow options, affordable, warms quickly, natural feel for breastfed babies, dishwasher safe

Cons: May not fit easily in standard diaper bag bottle pouches

The best for formula mixing
Life Factory

The PopYum 9-Ounce Anti-Colic Formula Bottle is great for feedings on the go with separate compartments to hold formula and water until use.

The PopYum 9-ounce Anti-Colic Formula Bottle is made of polypropylene while the nipple itself is composed of medical-grade silicone. It comes in 5- and 9-ounce sizes, but the for purpose of this review, I tested the larger bottle.

The bottle is designed so you can carry everything you need — both the water and the exact amount of formula — in just one bottle while on the go. You premeasure the formula in the top and fill the water in the bottom. A seal separates the two until you hit the button to allow the formula down into the water. It’s not your standard bottle, however, and I admit that it took me several “trial runs” before I felt confident in setting up the bottle properly. 

Made for on-the-go convenience, the bottle has thoughtful design elements, including a wider-neck mouth and a nipple shape that mimics the breast. The wide neck makes it easy to clean. This is especially important for a bottle that uses formula, which can clump and get stuck inside bottles.

PopYum offers three different nipple types: slow, medium, and fast flow. The Stage 1 bottle (5 ounces) comes with three slow flow nipples, and Stage 2 (9 ounces) comes with three medium flow nipples. You can also purchase a two-pack of the slow, medium, or fast flow nipples. Although every baby has different needs, mine was not ready for the medium flow nipple until she was over 6 months old. 

The price of approximately $12 per bottle is very reasonable, but the main draw of this bottle is that it’s convenient for use away from home. Because there are five components, it takes some time to clean. It also needs to be completely dry to avoid formula clumping, so it’s not ideal for use as an everyday bottle.

Pros: High quality, affordable, fits in diaper bag bottle pouches, anti-colic, convenient for formula feeding, dishwasher safe

Cons: Many parts to clean, not user-friendly out of the box, all parts must be completely dry to use, slower to warm than standard plastic bottle

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