Best Baby Bottles of 2017
For any parent, feeding the baby is most important and pleasurable experience. Almost every baby gets to use milk bottle for feeding.
But how many times as a parent we have been left frustrated due to issues like leakage, nipple confusion, air bubbles and collapsing nipples of bottles for breastfed babies.
To add to the agony, parents are left to wonder if the bottles and nipples are made of safe material or not.
To remove such confusion we have now come up with the most authoritative list of best baby bottles of 2016.
BEST BABY BOTTLES 2016
How to choose the perfect baby bottle of 2016
We will help you in determining best bottles for breastfed babies step-by-step. If you go through the list of bottles in Amazon you will be bewildered with the range of bottles, functionalities, material and price. In this article we will explain to you how to choose the perfect bottle for breastfed babies.
First let dig in to some basics of baby bottles for breastfeeding.
Does your baby need a bottle?
If you exclusively breast feed your baby then you may not need to use bottle. But at times need may arise to use bottles for feeding for babies who are breastfed.
Many mothers have to go back to work and in those cases there is no option but to use bottles.
Even otherwise, you can choose to use bottle so that someone else like your husband or mother in law can feed baby your pumped breast milk using a bottle.
If you feed formula milk to your baby then bottles are mandatory.
When can you start using bottles?
Theoretically, you can start using bottle to feed your baby from the word go. But ideally experts don’t recommend bottles for initial several weeks.
The major concern is early introduction of bottle may lead to the baby refusing to feed from breast.
The simple reason behind is that milk flow from the bottle is quicker and the baby apparently likes and get used to this.
Ultimate Baby Bottle Buying Guide
Baby bottles come in various sizes, shapes and materials. To choose the best bottle for your baby, you need to understand how to differentiate the bottles.
Bottles can be differentiated according to these parameters
Baby bottles should be generally made from 3 different materials
- BPA free plastic: Plastic is most widely used material and is the least expensive.
Always use BPA free plastic for a baby bottle.FDA had banned use of BPA (Bisphenol-A) in baby bottles and Sippy cups in 2012.
You can read more about the ill-effects of BPA here.
Plastic bottles are very durable, long lasting, lightweight and easy to clean.
We STRONGLY recommend parents to buy and use the latest BPA free bottles made of Polypropylene (PP or plastic #5).
To be more safe, keep changing the bottles every few months.
- Glass: Bottles made of glass are the best as glass is an inert material.
Glass can be easy microwaved without any safety risk for baby.
There are no baby health concerns like those posed by plastic from time to time.
The main disadvantages of glass bottles are that they are heavy and can easily shatter.
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- Stainless steel: Stainless steel baby bottles is very durable material. SS is also very safe from health point of view.
They are difficult to use as these are heavy and is difficult to know how much milk is stored.
Nipples deliver milk from the bottle to your baby’s mouth. Nipples should be like breasts. Nipples come in various sizes, shapes and material.
- Shape: Most nipples come in three shapes – Orthodontic, bell shaped and flat topped.
Orthodontic nipples are made to resemble a mother’s nipple and are flattened.
These nipples are said to be good for baby’s teeth as the flat shaped bulb rests on the tongue.
Bell shaped nipples are recommended for babies who are both breastfed and also use bottles as these resemble the mother’s nipple the best.
Flat Topped are also becoming quite popular nowadays.
- Material: Nipples are made from wither silicone or latex. Some babies may have an allegoric reaction to latex hence the safest option is Silicone.
- Nipple Flow: Flow of milk can be slow to fast as per the baby’s age.
A new born may not be able to gulp milk form a fast flow nipple can hence get choked.
A breast fed baby needs to be given the nipple with slowest flow as that mimics the flow of the milk from breasts.
As the baby grows you can change the nipples according to the flow.
Most of the babies who drink formula milk or pumped breast milk from bottles suffer from colic (gas) due to ingestion of air bubbles in the bottle.
Most of the babies who drink formula milk or pumped breast milk from bottles suffer from colic (gas) due to ingestion of air bubbles in the bottle. For this reason it's important that baby bottles for gas and colic are used.
Many bottles have nipples which has a fast milk flow because of which the baby takes in more air. This too causes gas and spit-up.
This should be a cause of concern for moms as this can hamper babies feeding and also make her averse to feeding form bottles. This adds to a lot of stress for parents and babies.
I had three babies and though all of them had to feed from the bottles almost right from the onset, only one of them had colic problems.
All colic problems are not caused by bottles and nipples. Colic and gas also depends on the sucking pattern, feeding position and health .
Every anti-colic bottle may not work the same for every baby, therefore, mothers have to try different anti-colic bottles to find the one most suitable for the baby.
There are many reputed brands for baby products making anti-colic bottles. Though, all brands claim that there bottles and nipples are perfect anti-colic bottles, it’s only after testing and experimenting can we zero-in on the best bottle for our baby.
Bottles also come in many shapes. While conventionally bottles have been tall with slight curves, latest entrants are now supposedly easier to hold or with angular necks.
Feeding bottles with drop in liners give a whole new meaning to convenience when you're on the go. You can easily dispose them off for the next feeding and need not sterilize the whole bottle again.
Leakage is one of the major concern for moms as it means wastage of precious milk and hygiene issues. Many bottles have some special parts to prevent leakage.
EASE OF CLEANING
Bottles need to be cleaned and sterilized thoroughly before they can be used. While some bottles can be easily cleaned, many others are not. This may be because of narrow neck or some parts.
Our list of baby bottles have been carefully chosen keeping in mind various factors such as price, effectiveness and material used.
We have reviewed the top 7 baby bottles for gas and colic. So let’s dive in without wasting more time….
Best Anti Colic Baby Bottles For Breastfed Babies
Here is a bottle with a huge fan following of relieved mothers and happy babies. Dr. Brown’s BPA Free Natural Flow Bottle is the perfect anti-colic bottle for babies. Since it’s launch, Dr. Brown’s bottle has proven that it should be the first choice when you want a bottle which is not only safe for babies but also prevents colic and gas.
Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Bottle is BPA, PVC, lead and phthalate free which is very reassuring for us parents.
The main feature which we liked was that it has a positive-pressure flow for vacuum-free feeding which mimics breastfeeding. Due to this design, we found that baby gulps in less air while sucking milk.
Due to less air ingestion, babies using Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow bottle have lesser chances of suffering from colic and gas.
It also has a vent system which while removing air from milk preserves Vitamin A, C and E. Now, you would ask how it can preserve the vitamins. The theory is that Dr. Brown’s bottle nipple won’t collapse. As the baby sucks the nipple, the air is channeled from the nipple collar through the vent system to the back of the bottle. So the air never mixes with the milk inside the bottle, thus preventing oxidation of the vitamins.
It’s quite a neat piece of design and technology. It very simply and efficiently prevents air bubbles and gas.
Some moms may be bit intrigued and confused with the parts but let me assure you that the whole set is very easy to use. The bottles and attachments can be cleaned very easily.
Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Bottle may be billed as an anti-colic bottle but we strongly recommend using these bottles for breastfed baby anyway.
It has garnered many positive reviews.
"Dr. Brown’s BPA Free Natural Flow Bottle is the best Anti-colic bottle out there and is not very expensive either. It has an enviable reputation and deservingly so."
Comotomo Baby Bottle is one of my favorite best baby bottles for gas and colic. I love the design and features of this bottle which improve the look and functionality without compromising on any aspect.
Comotomo bottle has a Dual Anti-Colic Valve which allows milk to flow easily while circulating air efficiently. This dual vent technology helps combating the problem of air mixing with milk and causing colic and spit-up in babies.
What I liked about the bottle is ergonomics. The design and the material (Silicone) of the bottle are similar to the breasts. The soft and squeezy nature of the bottles mimics the breasts of the mother which is very reassuring for the babies.
The nipples are shaped like a mother’s nipples and have a wide mound reducing bottle rejection in babies.
There are no BPA, PVC and Phthalate in the bottle and is perfectly safe for babies.
Since the bottle has a wide opening and has just 3 parts, cleaning is a breeze.
The slow flow nipples of Comotomo baby bottle make the feeding experience very calming for the baby. Comotomo nipples are one of the best nipples for breastfeeding.
We wholeheartedly recommend Comotomo as these are best slowflow bottles.
"Comotomo’s USP is that not only is it a very good anti-colic bottle but also bottle is closest to breast thus reducing the chances of bottle rejection."
The Playtex VentAire Advanced Wide bottles incorporate vent technology to keep our air bubbles like Dr. Brown’s but in a different manner.
Playtex has a wide bottle feature with micro channel vent which keeps the air from mixing with the milk in the bottle. The air is kept at the back of the bottle and the baby doesn’t ingest the air.
It also sports an angled design which replicates the semi-upright feeding position and prevents ear infection due to milk getting in to the ears.
The wide shape of the nipple is raised and textured which feels juts like a mother’s nipples and helps in a smooth transition from breastfeeding to bottle.
The bottles are BPA free.
In a clinical study it was found that by using Playtex VentAire Advanced Wide bottles, babies had less colic, gas and spit-up problems.
We have received a great feedback about the Playtex VentAire Bottles. While a small number of moms complained about the bottle leaking, most of the moms were happy with performance of the bottles.
The design also makes it very easy to hold. Cleaning and sterilizing takes times as there are 6 pieces which need to be unassembled, washed and then reassembled.
"Playtex VentAire Bottles works as claimed. There have been some complains about leakage which the company should definitely look in to soon."
Playtex BPA Free Premium Nurser Bottles with Drop In Liners is another anti-colic bottle from Playtex but with a difference. It has drop-in liners which ensure that no air comes inside the bottle.
The concept is very good and works well. The drop-in liners collapse as the baby drinks milk, preventing air from getting in.
The anti-colic liner helps a baby feed from the bottle in a relaxed manner without the air bubbles mixing with the milk and eventually ending up inside the baby’s stomach causing colic and gas.
The nipple is also designed in such a way that it resembles natural breastfeeding. The teats mimic breastfeeding which is a very important feature. If you want a breast like bottle, then this is the one.
Since disposable liners are used, the bottles don’t need to be washed and scrubbed with a brush. You have to just wash it with soap water and rinse and you’re good to go for the next feed.
The drop-in liners are pre-sterilized so they can be just taken out, used and then disposed-off.
In our review, we didn’t face the issue of leakage.
The liners are inexpensive and effective which is good news for budget conscious moms (We all are!)
Read reviews here.
"Playtex BPA Free Premium Nurser Bottles with Drop In Liners is a great bottle for babies suffering from colic and moms who don't like too much cleaning."
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles also uses a vent valve to keep the air out of baby’s tummy.
It has a super-sensitive vent which channels the air to the bottom of the bottle.The air doesn’t get mixed with the milk and baby does not suck in a lot of air.
The milk flow also remains slow and constant as the nipples don’t collapse. This slowflow nipples ensure the baby doesn’t get tired.
We found babies relaxed and non-fussy while bottle feeding from for Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles.
We got very good feedback for Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles. Many moms were very happy with the fact that babies were latching the bottle properly and colic was also under control.
The bottle shape may look bit odd but they are easy to hold and clean.The shape of the nipple resembles a mom’s nipples. The teats are suitable for breastfed babies.
The texture of the nipple made of silicon feels just like skin.
These two features prevent nipple confusion and makes it one of the best bottles to transition from breast.
As with the most top notch brands the bottle is BPA free and safe for babies.
"Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle is effective and simple to use. There aren’t many parts to assemble and clean. I have personally used them for my babies."
As the name suggests MAM Anti-colic bottle prevent air ingestion by babies and it does so by using base ventilation system.
We have seen air bubbles forming in normal bottles. MAM bottle addresses this issue with help of a ventilated base.
The base ventilation system employed by MAM is a good example of design which works. This is a patented technology which has ventilation holes in the bottle’s bottom.
The anti-colic vented base maintains the pressure inside the bottle. This keeps the flow of milk even and smooth without any air bubbles or air pockets.
When the milk flow is smooth, the baby feed in a relaxed frame of mind for longer periods. Since less air gets mixed with the milk, the baby doesn’t suffer from painful colic, gas or spit-up.
The orthodontic nipples are made of silicone which is very soft and allows baby to suckle in a natural way similar to breastfeeding. The baby bottle stimulates breastfeeding.
With a detachable bottom, the bottle is very easy to use and sterilize.
The quality of MAM bottles are some of best I have seen in my reviews.
I have seen many babies using MAM anti-colic bottle and have seen considerable reduction in burping and gas formation.
"MAM Anti-Colic Bottle is very helpful for babies with colic problems. The build and quality of bottle and nipples is of high grade!"
Philips Avent is a leading brand of breast pumps and feeding accessories. The hallmark of Philip Avent products is use of premium materials and beautiful designs.
Philps Avent Classic+ is also one such product from Philips Avent.
Philips Avent Classic Plus bottle is a clinically proven anti-colic bottle with a unique valve on Nipple which allows air in to the bottle’s bottom instead of the baby’s stomach by preventing vacuum formation.
The valve flexes according to the baby’s suckling pattern so that the milk flows at the baby’s speed without gagging her. This also prevents overeating, colic and spit-up.
This clinically proven design has been shown to reduce colic, gas formation and burping in babies using BPA FREE Philips Avent Classic+ bottle.
It has very few parts which means less hassle of cleaning and assembling for moms. Wide bottle helps in cleaning the bottle properly. The shape is such that it is easy for the baby to hold the bottle.
The bottle is compatible across the Philips Avent range. This allows easy transition from bottle to a cup. We found it one of the best breastfeeding bottles. You can read all reviews here.
"Philips Avent Classic+ bottle is a very good anti-colic bottle with good quality material."
Author: Marissa Claire
Hi, I am Marissa. I am a wife of a very supportive husband and mother 3 precious kids. Even though my life is not picture perfect, I have too many blessings to be counted. I am an ordinary mom who has been through some tough times.
I have tried to collate the best information available and write personal & real reviews for the benefits of parents who are confused with the plethora of breast pumps available. I have made an effort to steer clear of technical jargons and used layman language which is understood by people like us.
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