Best baby bottles 2016 (and everything else you need for bottle feeding)

Best baby bottles 2017 (and everything else you need for bottle feeding)

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Picture of a baby bottleHere’s the low down on the best baby bottles in 2016 as reviewed by moms who have tried and tested them, and all the other things that you’ll need to bottle feed your baby whether that be formula or breast milk.

The top rated baby bottles

There are heap of different baby bottles out there to choose from each with their pros and cons – you might need to try a few to find the one that’s best for you and your baby so it’s a good idea to buy a couple of different ones to begin with, find out what works, then stock up on the one that works best for your bub. Here are six of the top rated baby bottles at price points to suit all budgets.

1. First Essentials Silicone Bottle

Gerber first essentials silicon bottle reviewThese bottles are definitely the best bang for your buck. Don’t let the really in-expensive price be a deterrent, they are a great basic bottle. They have a vented nipple to help reduce colic and nipple collapse, fit most breast pumps, are easy to wash and have a leak proof hood.

2. Evenflo Classic Glass Bottles

Evenflo classic glass bottles reviewThese are really good quality yet affordable classic glass baby bottles suitable for newborns. The nipples have air vents designed to keep air out and achieve an even flow of milk and the bottle is designed to hold heat and cold well. These are also easy to put together and clean.

3. Philips AVENT

Philips AVENT baby bottlesThe Philips AVENT bottles are really good if you breastfeed but also need to give a bottle as well – the nipple is breast shaped which helps to promote a natural latch. They’re ergonomically designed to make them easy to hold, and as you’d expect, have valves to prevent baby from swallowing air. With a wide neck and fewer parts than some of the other higher priced bottles, these are easy to clean as well.

4. Playtex Drop-Ins Nurser

Playtex drop in nurser bottles review If you want less bottle washing to do – these are the bottles for you! They have a disposable bottle liner which you throw away after each use – you’ll need to buy the liners separately.. Aside from making clean up easy, these bottles are also really well designed for breastfed babies, and have some great features to help reduce colic.

5. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature

Tommee Tipee closer to nature baby bottles The Tommee Tippee bottles have a breast-like nipple designed to mimic a breastfeeding action as close as possible. The design of the bottle is also really easy to hold for parents or bub, they’re compact and have the necessary valve to eliminate excessive airflow.

6. Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle

Comotomo natural feel baby bottle Another higher priced bottle that is really good for breastfed babies – lots of parents who have breast fed babies who they have had trouble getting to latch onto a bottle have had success with the Comotomo. The body is designed to feel soft and skin-like while the nipple has all the features you’d expect to help reduce colic. It has a super wide neck which means you can easily clean it without a bottle brush.

Bottle sizes

Where possible, the above links are to the smallest size of each bottle which is generally 4 to 5 ounces. This size is suitable for newborns up to around 3 months, at that point, you can go to the larger size which is usually around 8 – 9 ounces. It’s best to hold off buying any of the bigger sizes until you know which bottles you and your baby like best.

Bottle nipples

Baby bottles usually come with a slow flow nipple which are generally suitable for newborns through to 3 months. Once your little one is ready for a faster flow of milk, you can buy extra nipples to go with your existing bottles – each brand offer a range of different nipples suitable for different ages.

Bottle brushes

Philips AVENT baby bottle brushYou’ll need a bottle brush to clean out all those baby bottles, the following three are good options:

1. Philips AVENT BPA Free Bottle Brush

2. Playtex SmartSpace Baby Bottle Brush

3. OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner and Stand

Other (sometimes) useful but un-necessary bottle feeding items

Bottle drying rack

The first years spinning bottle drying rack There’s a heap of drying racks that are specially designed for baby bottles and toddler cups.  They range in price from around $10 to $20 and are a great product to have in the kitchen so you don’t need to do a balancing act trying to dry a heap of bottles on a normal dish drying rack. Check out the range on Amazon.

Bottle warmer

baby bottle warmerSo do you really need a bottle warmer? No, but… A baby bottle warmer is one of those items that for many parents ends up on the ‘bought but never used, waste of money list’ while others say they couldn’t do without it because of the convenience. Most parents give their babies room temperature bottles and they are just fine with that, but if you start giving warmer bottles, your little one will more than likely get used to it, which means when you’re out you have the extra hassle of warming bottles then too. If you do have formula/breast milk that will come out of the fridge and you want to warm it, the most common option is to fill a cup with warm water and then put the bottle in there. If you’d like the convenience of a bottle warmer though, check out the Born Free Tru-Temp Bottle Warming System and the Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer.

Bottle sterilizer

It’s not necessary to sterilize babies bottles, but it does come down to personal choice. Check out this article on the issue to help make your decision. Do you know exactly what you need to buy for baby? Download our baby essentials checklist and check out our baby gear guides that break it all down – we’ve done all the hard work for you!

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