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The Greatest Baby Bottle Review from Mom of 3 and Ex-Daycare Worker (Best & Worst)

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Swarmed with bottle brand options and not sure which route to go? Whether it’s your first child or your sequel, choosing the right bottle for baby can be tough. Why are they all so different? And so many varieties? And brands? Did every company out there feel that they needed to get into the baby bottle game?

Now I’m not here to give you a definitive answer, just advise. Why care what I have to say? What’s so special about my take on all of these bottles? I’m just another mom, right?

Kind of.

I also worked for 3 years in the infant room at a local daycare (half of that was as the lead teacher) so I’ve seen and used PLENTY of bottles. I haven’t used all of the bottles on this list but I have used most of them and have formed an opinion on those brands from that usage.

Remember, this is not a complete list. I have missed A LOT of bottles here. There are so many varieties out there, but a lot of them use the same principles. Based on this, I have broken these bottles down into groups based on their nipple’s structure. These groupings include Breast-Like Nipples, Tall Nipple, Wavy Nipple, Weird Nipple, Medium Nipple, and a bonus at the end. Read on to find out more.

Before we begin I want to clarify a term used through this list just to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Most of the bottles in this list use anti-colic valve venting systems. The venting system works by allowing air to travel back into the baby bottle rather than into baby’s tummy when suction is applied from the baby drinking. Research has shown that having a venting system reduces the amount of gas and spit up because baby is taking in less air when drinking from bottles with venting systems.

1. Breast-Like

Tommee Tippee

Tommee Tippee bottle

Breakdown

This bottle has an anti-colic valve built into the nipple but they also sell an advanced anti-colic bottle that goes above and beyond their regular bottle variety in the way of helping with colic. The insert in that bottle includes a colored strip that changes color depending on the milk’s temperature and allows easier flow of air away from the nipple. Their regular bottle that can have handles added to it for older drinkers. They also have a bag that can be attached to a breast pump which can then be inserted into a special bottle form with the familiar Tommee Tippee nipple on top. They have a glass bottle version of their regular bottle shape than can also function as a dish or as a regular cup as baby grows. They have multipacks with colored bottle options and finally they offer a thick feed bottle with large Y-shaped cut in the nipple to allow ease feeding of milk mixed with cereal. This company truly has a bottle for everyone.

Nipple

The nipple allows for a natural latch because of it’s breast-like shape. It flexes and stretches like mom and is easy to clean because of it’s wide mouth. It is also BPA free.

Cons

The advanced anti-colic insert version has a lot of pieces that are small and easy-to-loose (in my experience…)

Color

Most of their bottles are clear with a white ring (for the regular bottles) or a teal ring with matching insert (for the advanced anti-colic bottle). But they also have multi-packs called Color My World with tinted bottles and colored ring in blue, green, purple, yellow, and peach/pink and another pack called Fiesta that has bottles in the color of the rainbow in vibrant shades. The cherry on top with Tommee Tippee bottle designs is the Make a Wish collection which includes a blue or pink ring, blue or pink attachable handle for older drinkers, bow tie wearing teddy bear with a blue outfit surrounded by and holding dandelions or a similarly decorated bunny wearing pink.

Summary

Starting at $9.49, Tommee Tippee has a wide variety of breast-like nippled bottles to fit anyone’s needs.

Avent

Summary

I can’t tell you how much my OCD is going off in me about the bottle/nipple combinations in that photo. There’s multiple combinations that are either incorrectly combined or are missing something. But it shows a wide range of Avent bottle products so I used it for this post.

First is the Natural baby bottle with a wide nipple base topped with a soft nipple closely resembling a breast. The wide mouth promotes an easy to clean bottle while the bottle itself is still ergonomically shaped to make it easy and comfortable to hold. This bottle design still promotes anti-colic valve technology to make a comfortable feed for baby with all 6 nipple sizes that Avent offers.

The glass version of this bottle provides all of the traits of the plastic version while also being dishwasher and microwave safe.

Second is the Advanced Anti-colic baby bottle with a specially designed insert that keeps the nipple full of milk and not air. This bottle has the same wide mouth opening as the Natural bottle making it easy to clean but does not have the ergonomic grip of the Natural bottle.

Nipple

The nipples for the Natural bottle are specially designed and structured to promote the flexibility of the nipple and create a comfortable latch for baby. The bottle is polypropylene and BPA free while the nipple is made of BPA free silicone. The glass version has the same nipple.

The Advanced Anti-Colic bottle has a similar nipple to the Natural version but doesn’t incorporate the ring into the breast-like shape. This nipple is structured to also create a flexible nipple for all of the 5 sizes that the Advanced Anti-colic nipples are available in. 

Cons

The bottle has to have a certain side up for the anti-colic vent to work. The Natural bottle pieces and the Advanced Anti-Colic bottle pieces are not interchangeable.

Color

They are available in a clear bottle with a white ring, a pink tinted bottle with a white ring, a blue tinted bottle with a white ring, a purple tinted bottle with a white ring. All of those have the Philips Avent logo colored. The glass variety is a clear bottle with white ring and the logo in gray.

Summary

I used the Natural bottles with my oldest son, he never had a problem latching when he was taking bottle and breast or when he switched to just bottle feeding.

Baby Brezza

Breakdown

Proclaimed as “a breeze to feed & clean” by the manufacturer, these simple 2-piece bottles have a wide, breast-like nipple with a built in anti-colic design.  This bottle design streamlines the process with a nipple and ring combo, the bottom of the nipple piece screws on top of the bottle itself, there isn’t a separate piece connecting them. I don’t know of another bottle that’s made like this. The wide mouth of the bottle and lack of hard to reach corners also makes them easy to clean without a bottle brush.

Nipples

It’s wide nipple base is topped with a shapeless nipple.

Cons

The nipple itself is a bit straight. There’s not really any form to it.

Colors

They come in charcoal gray, white, blue, and pink where the bottom of the nipple is what’s colored. The bottle itself is clear for all color options.

Summary

Starting at $8.99 USD, these are a comfortable, well-priced bottle option with a couple perks over other breast-like bottles and baby bottles in general.

Mason Bottle

Breakdown

It’s a Mason jar with a nipple on top. I found them on Amazon and I cannot get over it. It is brandished as a safe and non-toxic bottle with the perk of being reusable. Because the bottle itself, without the nipple and ring, is just a regular mason jar, it is multi-purpose and reusable (for your canning needs or as a dish or cup as the child grows. They state another perk of their bottle is that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding plastic as much as possible for all ages, including the bottle stage. Their bottle therefore makes for a healthy plastic-free feeding for baby. It’s easy to clean because of it’s wide mouth. They prioritize sustainable manufacturing and being USA made. They proclaim their bottle to be a method for being minimal as well since it can be reused for so many things. Because it is made of glass and silicone, it is naturally free of BPA, BPS, and phthalates. Another great bonus for this bottle is that breast milk can be stored and warmed in the jars so there is no need for single-use storage bags.

Nipple

The nipple has a wide base and a slopped incline into the nipple itself.

Cons

While they state that Mason Jars are shatter resistant, and the silicone sleeve helps with having a good grip on the bottle helping to prevent drops, it’s still a heavy glass bottle that could hurt baby if dropped too hard or on the right spot on them. I will however concede that that is a potential incident with ANY glass baby bottle.

This nipple also does not provide an Anti-Colic venting system.

Colors

This bottle has a teal silicone sleeve attachment. The ring is silver toned metal. The nipple and jar are clear.

Summary

For $19.99 USD you can buy the DIY kit that doesn’t include the glass mason jar or metal ring. You can also purchase an individual bottle for $13.99 USD which comes with a plastic ring.

Chicco NaturalFit

Breakdown

A leading baby gear manufacturer, Chicco branched into the baby bottle realm with a wide and easy to clean glass bottle with a wide, breast-like nipple on top. It comes with an ergonomically shaped silicone sleeve with added grip and an opening to see the measurements and the milk volume.  All of the parts are BPA free. It even includes 2 anti-colic valves on each side of the nipple base so you don’t have to specifically point one side of the bottle up, you have two sides to work with. The wide bottle base opening makes it easy to clean as well which is always a perk.

Nipple

This soft, natural feeling silicone nipple sits on a wide, breast-like base. It is sculpted but also tipped. The nipple itself sits to the side of the nipple base acting like an angled bottle. This promotes an up-right feeding that has been shown to help prevent ear infections. This nipple also helps mimic the movement to help prevent nipple confusion when using both bottle and breast feeding.

Cons

The bottle is no longer available on the Chicco website, but I did find it on Amazon. This makes me worry that the bottle is no longer being produced and that their is now a finite supply of them out there.

Color

A clear bottle with gray measurements and brand logo topped with a white ring and teal silicone sleeve.

Summary

At $10.69 USD, this bottle has a lot to offer.

Nanobébé

Breakdown

Saying this bottle has a striking and unique shape is an understatement. This bottle is marketed as having a specialized shape to best promote the optimal (human body) temperature of breastmilk as to not damage it’s nutritional content with high temperatures and too cool it more quickly and evenly to prevent bacterial growth. Despite the ease of feeding baby pumped breastmilk comfortably due to it’s breast-like shape and ideal temperature, my favorite perk for these bottles is that they’re stackable. I don’t know of any other bottle on the market today that can be stacked. This can make storing empty bottles easier in your cabinet or wherever you keep your empty baby bottles. But you can also utilize the stacking feature when storing breast milk in the freezer.

The nipple detaches from the plastic bottle body (the one with the volume measurements on it) which in turn detaches from the base piece. The body and bottom pieces snap together. This bottle is actually brandished as being able to help keep your sanity which sounds like something I’d say! It is dishwasher safe. The FDA says that every 20 minute, the bacterial growth in breastmilk doubles before it gets to storing temperature in your fridge or in your freezer but as this bottle shapes allows a more even distribution of temperature throughout the milk, it will cool more rapidly than other bottles.

Nipple

The nipple and ring are very reminiscent to me of the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Day Time Soother Pacifier in my opinion. 

Cons

The shape of the bottle is said to help warm the milk faster but that could be the same problem as the Pura bottle (see below) where it warms too fast, damaging the nutrients, enzymes, and proteins in the breast milk and also risks burning baby or the person preparing the bottle.

Color

The bottle is clear and white with a teal or gray base. There is not much color on this product but that doesn’t speak to it’s effectiveness.

Summary

Starting at $10.99 USD, this unique bottle definitely has a lot of perks to offer.

Munchkin Latch

Breakdown

This bottle has an Anti-Colic valve system at the bottom of the bottle so the bottle doesn’t have to be pointed in a certain direction for the valve to work like some bottles do. It is BPA free with a large, rounded nipple base promoting an easy clean. it also claims to help baby sleep better.

Nipple

The nipple shape promotes the stretch, flex, and pump of the breast to help create a correct latch. The silicone nipple is ultra-flexible and reaches all the way to the back of baby’s soft palate to create a correct latch. In my experience, the nipple moves just as efficiently as the company claims it to.

Cons

After writing the rest of this section, I waited on this part and kept coming back to it trying to figure out a con. I still haven’t.

Color

A clear bottle with the brand name printed in orange and a white ring with a blue valve

Summary

Starting at $8 USD, this bottle has an excellent nipple for switching between breastfeeding and bottle feeding.

Comotomo

This bottle is as round as the name implies. It’s almost completely silicone and the first time I encountered one at the daycare, my coworkers and I weren’t sure if it could be placed in the bottle warmer. The thing looks crazy but won’t shatter if you drop it. The wide mouth of the bottle makes it so easy to clean. It has two anti-colic vents instead of just one like other bottles where you have to turn it one direction for the vent to point up. The bottle is safe to go in a dishwasher, a sterilizer, boiling water, and a microwave (even if the bottles contents are not). The soft and squishy bottle is said by the company to mimic mom’s soft skin. It’s made of hygienic silicone that provides a soothing, calming touch. It is non-toxic and BPA free. 

Nipple

wide nipple base topped with a shapeless nipple.

Cons

Their slogan is “Better than good”. I’ll be the first to admit that this a pretty lame con but it’s only as lame as their slogan.

Colors

This bottle is available with a pink or green ring around the nipple, the rest of the bottle is clear and frosted.

Summary

Starting at $12.99 USD, this is quite the memorable bottle. It’s easy to unconsciously fidget with too.

Tall Nipple Bottles

Pura

Breakdown

This bottle has an Anti-Colic venting system and silicone sleeves It is made from medical grade silicone, plastic free/no plastic parts and stainless steel. This means that the whole bottle is made with safe ingredients. Every lid fits every bottle. It is dishwasher safe and shatterproof. It comes with a lifetime warranty on the stainless components. The nipple cap works with Pura nipples as well as ThinkBaby, BornFree, and Dr. Brown’s nipples. It is environmentally progressive and can easily adapt to the needs of your growing child. 

Nipple

A tall, flexible nipple that has the perk of being able to be interchanged with nipples from other companies should the need arise.

Cons

Because it is made of metal, the milk warms up very quickly in a bottle warmer. Not only does this lead to the potential for burns, it also damages the milk. When breast milk gets too hot, the temperature damages the nutrients, enzymes, and proteins in the milk.

The outside of the bottle is covered with an interchangeable silicone sleeve which covers the entire exterior of the bottle. Because of this, the measurement markings are on the inside of the bottle so you can’t just look at the bottle and know how full it is or how much baby has drank, you have to take the lid off and look inside at the right angle so that the light is hitting the correct side of the inside of the bottle. Hopefully you don’t spill while the lid is off…

Color

This bottle comes with silicone sleeves in a great variety of colors including aqua, green, slate, pink, orange swirl, aqua swirl, pink swirl, and orange.

Summary

Starting at $16.49 USD, this bottle is not only pricey compared to the other on this list, it is also an annoyance and a potential hazard. There are other equally environmentally progressive bottles out their that don’t have the problems that this bottle does. The colorful silicone sleeve doesn’t make up for this.

Lifefactory

Breakdown

This bottle is made from high quality, thermal shock-resistant borosilicate glass. The silicone sleeve helps protect the glass from breaking while giving the holder an easier grip on the bottle. The cap is made of polypropylene. The cap, ring, and stopper are dishwasher safe. There is no need to remove the silicone sleeve for cleaning. The bottle is also freezer safe and free of BPA and BPS.

Nipple

It has a normal, tall nipple similar to the well-known Dr. Browns.

Cons

It’s a thick glass making it quite heavy. Sure it won’t shatter if dropped, but it could hurt baby. Or, best case scenario, break your toes.

Color

The colors of the silicone sleeves for this bottle vary by size but include raspberry, kale, blueberry, sky, mint, blanket, lavender, banana, cantaloupe, pink, mango, grape, cobalt blue, papaya, and cool grey.

Summary

Starting at $14.99 USD, the eco-friendly and quirky color names for this bottle seem to be a durable bottle with a normal tall nipple. This bottle is the Nokia of baby feeding products: if dropped won’t break, but it’ll break your floor. Nokia phones just aren’t as colorful as these bottles.

Dr. Brown’s

Dr. Brown bottle

Cons

The famous, the recommended, the iconic, Dr. Brown’s bottles… Are frankly not my favorite. *hold for backlash* I feel that their nipples are comparable to many other brand’s nipples and that they have a  confusing amount of pieces. Over the course of the 3 years that I worked in the daycare, I saw these bottles switch from blue inserts with a cream colored plug to all green inserts. In my experience, mismatching those insert pieces leads to a leaky bottle. Plus their bottle warmers leak like a sieve.

Breakdown

Now that I’m done nit-picking, here are the perks to Dr. Brown’s bottles. They are Anti-Colic, have a flow rate similar to breastfeeding, are sterilizer safe (that’s specified on their site as if this shouldn’t be a requirement in this day and age) are top rack dishwasher safe, BPA free, and aid in digestion giving the baby the potential for a better night’s sleep. They also claim to be the only fully vented baby bottle. 

The glass variety comes with a comfortable silicone sleeve that is only tinted blue to still leave the volume markings visible which is better than the Pura bottle along the lines of visibility and simplicity.

Nipple

The nipple is tall and skinny with flexing swirls built into it.

Color

It is a clear bottle with colored logo and decorative swirls, a white ring, and green insert and rubber stopper (for the current variety).

Summary

Starting at $6.99 USD, this bottle is available for a great price compared to many others on this list. It’s a very well known bottle so if you’re baby will be going to daycare, I’m fairly certain those teachers have dealt with plenty of these bottles.

Nuby

toddler drinking from a Nuby bottle

Breakdown #1

This brand was hard to categorize because they have every kind of bottle. I put Nuby in the Tall Nipple category because I think of them as being most well known for their tall, skinny bottle with a tall nipple.

The typical Nuby bottle in my mind is the Non-Drip Standard Neck Bottle. This bottle is made of break-resistant and BPA free plastic. It is microwave, top rack dishwasher, and sterilizer safe. It’s recommended for infants 3 months and up.

Nipple and Cons

The nipple is made from soft silicone with an Anti-colic vent and even has raised offset surfaces within the nipple to help with teething. While this is a surprising and admired trait, I worry that it will just get the baby accustomed to chewing on the nipple rather than drinking milk. 

Breakdown #2

Their wide neck bottle has a nipple that I think of as a hybrid of the Avent Natural nipple and the Lansinoh wave nipple (see below). It is BPA free, made from break-resistant plastic, and comes in a variety of colors. It is microwave, top rack dishwasher, and sterilizer safe. It’s recommended for infants 3-6 months old.

Nipple

This bottle comes with a medium flow silicone nipple with built in Anti-Colic valve. 

Breakdown #3

The Lil Gripper ™ 2-Stage Bottle can double as a cup for older drinkers and comes in a variety of vibrant colors. It’s designed with a whole in the center of the bottle to help little hands be able to hold it more easily on their own. It’s also BPA free and recommended for infants 3 months and up.

Nipple

It has a tall nipple with a wider base.

Breakdown #4

The final bottle varieties are the glass bottle and silicone nipple version of the Comfort 360°  Plus+ Anti-Reflux & Anti-Colic bottle.  This bottle promotes up-right feeding to help with reflux (and also helps prevent ear infections). It has 2 Anti-Colic vents and a weighted straw to draw milk to the nipple from any angle. Once the anti-reflux straw is no longer needed, it can be removed to continue using the bottle. This bottle is BPA free and can used from the start with newborns.

Nipple

This bottle has a Breast-like wide nipple base with soft, flexible nipple.

Color

These bottles are definitely not lacking in color or decoration. Their tall, skinny bottles have a cartoon character with a colored ring. The Lil Gripper ™ is available in solid, vibrant colors. The plastic Anti-Reflux & Anti-Colic bottles have the logo in red with a blue and white ring, and the glass/silicone Anti-Reflux & Anti-Colic bottles have the logo in gray and ring in gray and white.

Summary

Priced between $2.49 and $11.99 USD for individual bottles, this is an affordable brand with a variety of bottle types.

First Essentials by NUK (originally Gerber)

Nuk First Essentials bottles

Breakdown

I kept this NUK bottle separate from the rest because it has such a different nipple and bottle, that it feels like a completely different bottle. I chock this up to originally being a Gerber product.

This is the primary bottle I used with my second born who was never breastfed like his older brother.

This bottle has an Anti-Colic venting system. It is BPA free and dishwasher safe. 

Nipple

The inside of this nipple has a ribbed design to prevent collapsing. It is made of latex or silicone depending on flow speed. Both nipple materials are still anti-colic and ribbed.

Color

These bottles are available in a tinted blue, green, and pink bottle with white ring or in a clear bottle with a blue, green, or pink ring.

Summary

Available on Amazon in a 3 pack for $3.99 USD, this is a very economically priced bottle with fun colors and great perks.

Tinukim

Breakdown

I think this bottle is a lot of fun. To me, it’s reminiscent of the baby bottles in the Victorian era when they used a self-feeding baby bottle with tube stretched between the bottle and the nipple. This reduces nursing spills and helps reduce air build-up associated with colic. This bottle has an Anti-Colic venting system and helps reduce gassiness and spit-ups. Because baby is sitting upright while feeding, it helps reduce the incidence of ear infections. It has a relatively wide mouth to make for an easy clean. It is microwave, freezer, dishwasher, boiling water, and sterilizer safe. It is free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC

It’s also best practice to always supervise baby’s feedings.

Nipples

The nipple is made of soft, high quality silicone to promote a natural latch.

Cons

Their branding states that feedings can happen anywhere with this bottle because you don’t need to sit down and hold the bottle. That’s fair and correct, but will still cause problems if baby is in the stroller and drops the nipple part of the bottle and is too young to pick it back up them self, then you can just reach down and put it back in baby’s mouth. But they also say that baby can feed them self while in the car seat but should baby drop the nipple then and there’s only baby and their caregiver in the car, putting the nipple back in baby’s mouth is a little more of a hassle. They say their bottles are made for baby’s 3 months and up but even a 3 month old might struggle with picking the nipple back up and placing it back in their mouth.

Color

A clear bottle with the brand name printed in blue and a blue, pink, or white ring.

Summary

At the time I wrote this section, I couldn’t find any active listings for this bottle online but I still wanted to include it in this listing because of it’s clever shape and because there is the Podee brand who makes a similar bottle to this. This is such a different and individualized bottle that I wanted to include it in this listing even without a price. But by the time I got to posting it, the listing was up again on Amazon at the link above. But I still wanted to include that and the Podee listing for a comparable bottle type.

Evenflo

assorted Evenflo bottles

Breakdown

Evenflo just celebrated their 100th anniversary and I couldn’t be happier for them. They have a good variety of bottle types to cater to many parents and their baby’s needs. I’ve used their angled and classic bottles with my youngest. The angled bottles even have an ambidextrous ergonomic grip for holding the bottle while feeding. 

Nipple

They have the same tall nipple on a small nipple base which they have in the classic version and a vented version. Their new Balance variety has their second kind of nipple with built in colic vent and unique sloped nipple with a wide nipple base making a wide latch for baby.

Cons

They don’t give anything along with lines of Anti-Colic valving in their most common bottle variety.

Colors

Their newest bottle type, Balance, comes only in clear/white. The Classic type comes in green, teal, blue, purple, and pink as well as animal prints including a blue owl, a giraffe, a seal, a lion, and a pink elephant. The Angled type comes in gray, light purple, dark blue, teal, and light green.

Summary

The original and professional Evenflo bottle has a bottle type for almost every parent starting at $5.49 USD on their site.

Note: The Balance type of Evenflo bottles fits more into my “Wave Nipple” section but I included it in the “Tall Nipple” section because of the Classic and Angled types of Evenflo bottles.

Wave Nipple

Lansinoh

Breakdown

For 35 years, Lansinoh has been a leading provider of breast pumps and breast feeding supplies. It is BPA and BPS free. 

Nipple

This bottle has a nearly unique natural wave nipple that is also collapse resistant. It has an Anti-Colic venting system. The shape is said to help reduce nipple confusion by enabling the same natural feeding action as while breastfeeding. They claim the wave design is based on 50 years of research, resulting in a nipple made of flexible silicone with a matte surface to help baby better latch and seal on the nipple.

Cons

There isn’t much decoration to this bottle but that doesn’t harms it’s effectiveness.

Color

The bottle’s ring is colored in their infamous lilac purple as is the logo on the clear bottles side.

Summary

Starting at $7.99 USD, this bottle comes from a leading company in the baby feeding realm.

Weird Nipples

NUK Smooth Flow

Also: referred to in some places as the “Perfect Fit” Bottle

Nuk Smooth Flow bottle

Breakdown

I’m starting off the Weird Nipples category with a strong one.

There isn’t much odd about the bottle itself, it’s all about the nipple. The bottle has an Anti-Colic valve and also has a temperature indicator in the middle of the volume measurements to show if the milk is too hot. This is an attribute I really like and don’t see much of. The wide neck of the bottle makes it easy to clean. It is also dishwasher safe. 

Nipple

It has more of a raised base with the unique nipple design atop. The nipple is said to adjust the flow based on how baby is drinking. It adapts to baby’s suction strength and is able to mimic a nursing nipple during breastfeeding because of this. The shape is the way it is because it is designed to mimic the shape of a breastfeeding nipple during the process, not what it looks like normally. 

Cons

It is difficult to use the Anti-Colic valve correctly. The site states it as, “Drinking hole is positioned correctly when NUK® logo on nipple is under baby’s nose.” Other companies just have a clearly identifiable valve that should be pointed up. I feel like Nuk was trying to make it easier but missed the mark.

Color

These bottles are available in lots of different colors and patterns. It’s easier to just point you all to check out their site than to list them all here.

Summary

Starting at just $3 USD, this is a very well priced bottle. It made of a weird nipple but the concept is there. It’s definitely available in plenty of colors and designs and the temperature indicator in the volume markings is a fantastic perk.

NUK Simply Natural

Breakdown

This bottle is available in plastic or glass. This bottle shape is very similar to the NUK Smooth Flow in that it has a wide mouth making it easy to clean, and the nipple has Anti-Colic valves. This bottle is odor and stain resistant and BPA free.

Nipple

This bottle has a nipple just like the regular NUK bottle but with a wider Breast-like base. The nipple has the same shaped tip but the base of the nipple is wider with a smooth edge blending directly into the ring like the Breast-like bottles. The wider nipple base also has ribbing to promote a comfortable latch and flex while feeding.

Cons

As with the previous NUK bottle, this bottle needs to be pointed a certain way during feeding to get the full benefits out of the nipple.

Color

The glass version of this bottle is clear with a white ring and white logo. The normal plastic version is clear with a green logo and a white ring. The more decorated version of the plastic version offers varying displays with pink and blue bases.

Summary

Starting at $5.99 USD, this bottle may have the same (though understandable) nipple shape as the last NUK bottle, it has great perks of it’s own.

Mam

Breakdown

Mam has 2 versions: the Easy Start and the Easy Active. Both are BPA free, have a wide mouth for easy cleaning, and are microwave and sterilizer safe. The base ventilation releases air for the anti-colic system without the bottle needing to be pointed a certain direction. The bottle itself has an ergonomic shape which makes it easy for a baby or an adult to hold.

This bottle has been awarded the EU Product Safety Award 2019 by the European Commission.

Nipple

It has a soft, silicone nipple with a wide, flat shape.

Cons

The flattened shape of the nipple makes me worry it will collapse while feeding.

Color

This bottle is available in a clear bottle with a pink, blue, purple, green, or cream ring and base and adorable, corresponding design on the bottle. 

Summary

Starting at $4.99 USD, the bottle is very unique in design and available at a great price.

Medium Wide Nipples

Playtex Baby

This picture is of the old Vent-Aire design.

Breakdown

A leader in baby gear and developer of the Diaper Genie(R), Playtex offers a new, simply designed bottle with wider nipple with Anti-Colic vent.

VentAire bottles vent from the bottom so it doesn’t need to be pointed in a certain direction for that to work. The angled design promotes the pediatrician recommended semi-upright feeding which has been shown to prevent ear infections. I’ve used the angled, vented VentAire with my youngest and can attest to how easily it comes apart for thorough cleaning. a wider nipple base with a shapeless nipple.

The Nurser bottles variety requires Drop-ins and has a wide, silicone nipple base with a shapeless nipple on top. These bottles are Anti-Colic because the liners gently collapse as baby drinks preventing the mixing of air and milk. The liners are pre-sterilized and sold separately. 

Nipples

These nipples are made of soft silicone and promote a natural latch.

Cons

They claim that the use of Drop-ins allows more time for mom to spend with baby because the bottles are easier to clean. They also claim that the milk warms faster and that it has one-handed assembly. Sure the liner can be dropped in with one hand but I’ve tried to screw a nipple on one handed and it’s impossible to get it tight enough.

Color

This bottle is available with a clear bottle and white ring.

Summary

Staring at $9.68 USD, this bottle has a good venting system and a nipple in-between the tall nipple category and the Breast-like category.

Thinkbaby

Breakdown

Outdoor enthusiasts company Thinkbaby dove into the baby bottle market with plastic and metal bottle in 2006. Their plastic is free of BPA, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET, and biologically harmful chemicals. They have an Anti-Colic valve and they can be converted into a sippy cup. They don’t use animal testing. Their bottles are top rack dishwasher safe. They hold their company to be very environmentally friendly and sustainable. If that’s very important to you, then this is the route for you to take. They even explain how to clean and sterilize the bottles and parts in an ecofriendly way.

Their metal bottle is free of BPA, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET, and biologically harmful chemicals. It also has an Anti-Colic vent.  It is as light weight as the plastic version. There is no animal testing for this bottle as well and does not leach chemicals that would adversely affect the environment. The bottle is made from 304 (18/8) medical grade stainless steel, the collar from polypropylene (no. 5 plastic), and the nipple from medical grade silicone.

Nipples

This bottle has a soft, silicone no-spill nipple.

Cons

They advise against wiping the measurement markings because they don’t use lead in their paint which helps the paint stick. 

They also advise that their nipples will typically last 2 to 3 months maximum prior to needing replacement. How eco-friendly if their bottles are creating that much waste?

Color

The plastic bottles are clear with the logo in orange and an orange ring. The metal bottles have rings in blue, pink, green, and orange.

Summary

At $10.99 USD for plastic 2 pack and $12.99 USD for metal, these bottles are easily from the most eco-friendly company on this list.

Nature’s Bottle

a breastfeeding baby

I’m kidding but if you’re able to, great job. I’m so proud of you. Breastmilk or formula, I don’t care. Fed is best.

Conclusion

I know this list is not complete. I know I’ve missed bottle brands and varieties out there. I only included the bottles that I have personally used and interacted with before to be as justified and unbiased as possible.

Please leave your comments below. I’d love to hear how you feel about this list and what your experiences have been like with these bottles and others.


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  1. This was a great and through review of baby bottles. Going to let all my mom friends know about this post!

    1. Thank you!

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