Best Baby Bottles
In this Baby Bottles comparison, you can find out what the Tell Me Baby community thinks are the top Baby Bottles on the market.
Baby Bottles Comparison Chart
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|Brand||Product Name||Image||RRP||Star Rating||Number of Reviews||Review Example|
|Medela||Medela Breast Milk Bottles||$19.95||4.7||26||"Medela is the best! Doesnt even come close to comparing with the rest"|
|Pigeon||Pigeon Peristaltic Plus PPSU Bottle||$21.95||4.7||11||"It is just a very effective but seemly simple bottle. Highly recommended if you have troubles introducing a bottle."|
|Pigeon||Pigeon Peristaltic Plus PP Bottle||$16.50||4.5||20||"These bottles had a good steady flow and helped her transition from breast to bottle."|
|Cherub Baby||Cherub Baby Glass Bottle Starter Kit||$74.99||4.5||17||"completely safe and durable"|
|Tommee Tippee||Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Feeding Bottle||$9.99||4.3||84||"Bottle feeding my son has been such a dream and he has had no problems drinking from these bottles!"|
|Tommee Tippee||Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Advanced Comfort Baby Bottle||$14.99||4||16||"Having a bub that suffers with colic these bottle have been a lifesaver."|
|Medela||Medela Calma Bottle||$29.95||2.8||23||"The Calma is great for fussy bubs too and makes it easy to co feed and switch between bottles and breast"|
How to Choose a Baby Bottle
But which bottle is the right bottle?
Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right bottle.
What size bottle do you need? Some new parents buy the smaller bottles to start with (125ml) because newborns drink small amounts at a time from a bottle.
But buying smaller bottles to begin with means you may need to buy bigger bottles later on. There’s no reason you can’t use bigger bottles with your little baby, except as a personal preference.
It’s not just size that can vary with baby bottles, shape can be vastly different. Wide, narrow, rounded, curved – there’s a huge variety of shapes to choose from. Some bottles are shaped to resemble breasts, for example Tommee Tippee “Closer to Nature” range.
The ideal bottle and nipple/teat shape comes down to the preference of the baby and what works best for them. While a wide neck rounded bottle might look more like a breast, it’s interesting watching how a baby latches onto a narrower bottle, like the Pigeon Slim Neck bottle.
Though wider bottles are easier to fill without spilling, so for middle of the night feeds that might also be something to consider!
If you’re expressing breast milk it’s useful to choose a bottle that is compatible with your breast pump. While brands have their own own shape and sized bottles they’re not all necessarily unique. You can potentially mix and match your bottles to your pumps. For example Spectra pumps are compatible with Avent, Mam and the Tommee Tippee “Happy Baby” line. Medela Breast pumps fit the Evenflo bottles, or the Tommee Tippee and Avent bottles with an adaptor. Though some brands can only be used exclusively with their own brand of bottles, like the Nuk breast pump.
Again, the ideal speed or flow of the nipple/teat depends on your baby. Most brands of baby bottles have a range of flow speeds to find the right pace for your baby. Generally newborns need to feed slower, whereas older babies might start to fuss and get frustrated if the milk doesn’t flow through fast enough! If your baby is getting fussy at the bottle you may need to go up – or down – a flow speed to find the right pace for your baby.
More and more parents are considering going plastic free with their babies – or at least doing their best to reduce the amount of plastic they use. And so glass bottles might be a great option for parents wanting to cut back on their plastic consumption, while also completely avoiding things like BPA.
There are no hard rules about what bottle is going to be right for you and your baby. It really does come down to personal preference – not just your preference, but also your baby’s. You may need to try a few different bottles, shapes and flows to find the right baby bottle for your little one. If you’re planning to mix feed it may also be worth having a conversation with a lactation consultant, or call the Australian Breastfeeding Association, to get some ideas on how to balance breast and bottle.
By Rachel Stewart.
About the Author
Rachel is a Melbourne based mum of two. She has a background in early childhood education but always wanted to be a writer. She enjoys knitting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine), spending too much time on Facebook and is a little obsessed with prams. She also writes for her own website www.parentingcentral.com.au