The Best Baby Bottle You Need to Try

Baby bottles are a definite registry must-have, but with so many options on the market, it can be hard to figure out where to start.

Take a tip from experienced parents, and buy a few different types of bottles, then test them out with your baby. Different babies prefer different shapes, sizes and textures, and it can be hard to know which one will work for you until you actually use it.

“Once you find a bottle that your baby has taken to, you can stick to that bottle,” says Micah Resnick, M.D., a board-certified pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Give each bottle a couple of weeks before declaring it a failure. “Sometimes babies will learn coordination by struggling and muddling through the process,” Dr. Resnick says. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re deciding which bottles to try.

How do I choose a baby bottle?

Here’s a breakdown of the various types of baby bottles and how they compare.

  • Standard bottles: These traditionally designed bottles work well for most babies. Look for them in plastic, glass or even stainless steel versions.
  • Angle-neck bottles: These are bent at the neck to prevent air from filling the nipple, which may make for easier feedings and a less gassy baby. The angled shape can make them harder to clean, however.
  • Disposable liner bottles: These have a hard shell (usually plastic) that holds an individual pouch of milk. The bag collapses as baby drinks, which should reduce gassiness. Built for easy clean-up (because you use and toss each bag), these are a convenient option — but they’re not exactly eco-friendly.
  • Wide-neck bottles: Short and squat, these bottles have a wide opening up top — which means a wider nipple, too, echoing the breastfeeding experience. Ideal for babies who will be going from breast to bottle frequently, a wide neck also makes clean up easy.
  • Vented bottles: These bottles include a built-in tube to prevent air pockets from forming in the bottle or nipple, which is meant to help prevent gas. Vents and other extra parts mean these can be harder to clean.

Types of baby bottle nipples

Baby bottles usually include nipples, but nipples can also be purchased separately and come in a variety of shapes and types, which is especially helpful for babies with special feeding needs. Try a few different sizes and styles of nipple to see what works best for your baby.

  • Traditional nipples: These are the bell-shaped, usually latex nipples that come with most baby bottles.
  • Orthodontic nipples: Designed to protect baby’s palate, these nipples have a bulbous top and flatter base.
  • Flat-topped nipples: Shaped more like the breast, these have a bigger base bulb and a flatter top.
  • Anti-vacuum nipples: Designed to prevent colic and gassiness by limiting the amount of air your baby takes in.
  • Multi-flow nipples: These are designed to be able to provide multiple stage flows (Stage 1 and 2, for example) in the same nipple. Adjust the positioning of the nipple to control the flow.
  • Disposable nipples: Sterile, individually wrapped nipples that come in handy for easy clean up, but must be tossed after a single use.

What size baby bottle do I need?

In the beginning, smaller is better. Most newborns will drink up to 4 ounces in a single feeding, so the smaller bottles are a great fit, with a Stage 1 slow-flow nipple (meant for preemies and newborns) to control how fast milk is released.

As baby grows, she’ll graduate to a faster-flow Stage 2 nipple, and 8-ounce or larger bottles, drinking more milk at less frequent feedings. Some babies do just fine with Stage 2 nipples indefinitely, but by around 6 months, if your baby seems to be pulling hard on these nipples, she might be ready for Stage 3.

How we made our picks for the best baby bottles

When it came to choosing bottles, we focused on a wide variety of bottles in different sizes and shapes — and for different needs.

Bottles also had to provide something extra for parents, be it easy cleaning or a convenient design that allows for simple storage, among other perks. Nipple shape and feel also really matter when it comes to baby’s successful transition to a bottle, so the nipples that came with the bottles needed to be designed to encourage secure latching.

Here are the best baby bottles to try with your little one.

Best Baby Bottle Overall

Dr. Brown’s Options+ Wide-Neck Glass Baby Bottles

Best Baby Bottles - Dr. Brown's

Pros: Can be used from newborn to older baby, dishwasher-safe

Cons: Some parents complain about leakage

A clear favorite among moms — Dr. Brown’s bottles have a special tubed venting system that’s designed to help reduce gas and colic. The tube forces air into the base of the bottle, which keeps it from being reingested by baby during feedings. (Some parents don’t like the hassle of the tubing, but you don’t have to use the tubing if you find that they don’t make a difference for your baby.)

The nipple design on Dr. Brown’s bottles also slows the flow of milk, which can help prevent spit-up, burps and gas. We recommend the Dr. Brown’s Options+ Wide-Neck Glass Baby Bottles, which are top-rack dishwasher and sterilizer safe, and available for purchase in 5- or 9-ounce sizes.

Dr. Brown’s is also recommended by a variety of experts. “These are the bottles speech-language pathologists recommend,” says Dr. Resnick. In baby’s early months, the palate is continuing to shape and they’re working muscles that will eventually prepare them for solid food and language development. The right bottle supports that process.

And if your baby has reflux, the Dr. Brown’s bottle could be a good choice for ensuring she gets the nutrition she needs, says Dr. Resnick (but it’s a good idea to check with your pediatrician to confirm).

Size: 5 or 9 ounces

Best Baby Bottles for Preventing Spit-Up

NUK Smooth Flow Anti-Colic Bottles

Best Baby Bottles - NUK Smooth Flow Bottles

Pros: Compact, slow flow reduces gas and spit-ups

Cons: Smaller capacity, so you’ll likely have to buy new bottles when baby grows older

The Smooth Flow nipple on these NUK bottles adjust their flow depending on your baby’s speed. That makes for longer feeding times — and fewer upset tummies for babies who love to gulp down milk. Plus, there’s even a built-in temperature monitor: The blue thermometer on the side of the bottle disappears when the milk is too hot becomes visible when it’s safe to drink.

The asymmetrical shape is designed to support oral development while feeling more like mom’s nipple, so that baby is more comfortable taking it. Since these bottles hold about 5 ounces, they’re best for younger babies who are taking smaller, more frequent feeds. You’ll also like how the shape curves ever-so-slightly inward, making it easier for you to hold.

Size: 5 ounces

Best Bottles for Breastfed Babies

Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles

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Pros: Set offers everything you need to get started

Cons: Occasional leakage, the sterilization case doesn’t dry bottles all the way

Moms love the easy-to-clean shape of these bottles. They’re designed to make it easy for babies to switch back and forth between bottle-feeding and breastfeeding, thanks to a wide, flat nipple that feels similar to Mom’s breast. Babies are also comforted by the fact that the nipple is also soft and flexible — several parents say that their babies took to these bottles well. When baby is older, the shape allows for little hands to easily hold their own bottle.

The nipple also helps prevent air from mixing in with the milk as your baby eats, which in turn helps cut down on gas and upset tummies. This comprehensive gift set comes with four bottles (two 9-ounce and two 4-ounce), four nipples, a microwave sterilizer to help make cleaning easy, a bottle brush and two of the company’s popular Soothie pacifiers.

Size: 4 and 9 ounces

Best Bottles for Gassy Babies

Playtex Baby Ventaire Bottle

Best Baby Bottles - Playtext Baby Ventaire Bottle

Pros: Bottoms that twist off ensure that you can clean every nook and cranny of the bottle

Cons: If you forget to put the rubber disc in the bottom (a common mistake), the bottle will spill milk out

These are the most interesting and uniquely designed bottles you can find. The removable bottoms on these angled bottles make cleaning a breeze (so does the fact that they can be safely washed on the top rack of the dishwasher). This set comes with three 6-ounce bottles so you’ll always have a clean one on hand. What’s more, the angle of the bottle ensures that the milk will continue to flow to the nipple, decreasing the chance that your baby will suck down gas-causing air. A wider nipple keeps baby latched properly.

Each Playtex Ventaire bottle has a vented bottom to keep air away from the nipple and out of baby’s stomach. While some other vented bottles draw in air from the nipple and direct it towards the base, the Ventaire pulls it in directly from the base so it doesn’t come in contact with the milk or formula. That unique design has an added benefit: Many parents feel it’s more comfortable to hold during marathon feedings.

Size: 6 ounces

Best Bottles for Squirmy Babies

Munchkin Latch 3-Bottle Set

Best Baby Bottles - Munchkin Latch Anti Colic Baby Bottle

Pros: Ideal for transitioning between bottle and breast

Cons: Top-rack dishwasher safe, but it can be tough to clean around the blue valve properly

The magic is in a cleverly designed nipple. After all, a good latch can make or break a feeding — if baby’s latch on the bottle nipple isn’t secure, he might be working too hard to get breast milk or formula, or he could be swallowing excess air. The accordion folds in LATCH nipples are more flexible compared to the nipples on other bottles and allow for more movement during feedings without breaking baby’s latch — perfect for parents of curious little ones who might be moving their head around. Even cooler: When baby pushes her head forward, the pressure causes the nipple to release more milk (this is similar to what happens during breastfeeding). The anti-colic blue valve at the bottom also works to keep air bubbles out of the milk.

These bottles can even be used with pump attachments (sold separately), so you can pump directly into the bottles fuss-free. You’ll get three 8-ounce bottles in a set, as well as slow-flow nipples and sealing discs.

Size: 8 ounces

Easiest-to-Clean Baby Bottles

Comotomo Baby Bottles

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Pros: Silicone material is easy for baby to hold, can be safely heated up and cleaned

Cons: Pricier compared to other brands

Comotomo’s unique bottle design is easy for baby to adjust to and easy for parents to clean. The wide mouth and collapsible sides mean you don’t need a special brush to de-gunk these bottles by hand, and all parts are microwave-, dishwasher- and sterilizer-safe, too.

Since the silicone is squishy and soft, older babies like holding and squeezing these bottles during feedings, which can keep them engaged in the matter at hand. You’ll also appreciate the vents at the top of the nipples to release air outside — instead of going into baby’s belly.

The bottles themselves are also easy to put together and take apart, so you’re spending less time making baby’s bottle. This set comes with two 5-ounce bottles.

Size: 5 ounces

Best Baby Bottles for Colic

Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti-Colic Newborn Baby Bottle Feeding Set

Best Baby Bottles - Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti Colic Newborn Gift Set

Pros: Special venting system, temperature monitor

Cons: Some parents experienced leaking issues

Tommee Tippee bottles help avoid gas with a special tube insert that drives air bubbles to the back of the bottle. The wide-necked design also helps baby maintain a good latch during feedings.

The texture and shape of the nipples are similar to a real nipple, so it’s easy to switch from bottle to breast. And if you’re a nervous new parent, you’ll also love that the anti-colic tube has a temperature check to let you know if your baby’s bottle is too warm for comfort. (It turns pink if things are too hot, a signal you’ll notice no matter how sleep-deprived you are.) The bottle shape is narrower at the bottom and wider at the top for easy handling, allowing the bigger bottles to be shorter (and easier to drink from) compared to comparably sized bottles. The 5- and 9-ounce sizes are great for preparing 4 or 8 ounces of formula, as they give you room to shake up the formula.

Talk about having it all: This five-bottle set includes three in the 9-ounce size and two that hold 5 ounces, as well as one bottle brush, two nipples, two formula dispensers, a set of removable handles, two pacifiers and a travel bottle warmer.

Size: 5 and 9 ounces

Easiest Baby Bottles to Sterilize

MAM Easy Start Anti-Colic Bottles

Best Baby Bottles - MAM Easy Start Anti Colic Bottles

Pros: Self-sterilizing to ensure each part gets clean

Cons: Some parents say that the flow on the nipple is too fast for slower drinkers

Parents love that these bottles can be easily sterilized in the microwave with just a little bit of water or in the dishwasher, cutting down on time spent at the sink hand-washing. They open at both the top and bottom so you can clean nooks and crannies more easily.

Another bonus for moms on the go? The bottle cap can act as a measuring cup for formula mixing. MAM’s nipples are also uniquely flat to make it easier for babies to switch back and forth between breast and bottle. This set comes with two 9-ounce bottles, and as an added bonus, each has a lovely design (like these two dinosaurs performing a stunning) running along the side.

Some parents say that these were often the only bottles baby would take. Bonus: When you hold these from the bottom, the textured design prevents slipping.

Size: 9 ounces

Best Baby Bottle for Fridge Storage

Nanobébé Baby Bottle Starter Set with Warmer & Pacifier

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Pros: Easy to use and easy to clean

Cons: Pricier than other sets

Designed for breastfeeding moms, you can pump directly into these silicone bottles and then stash the Nanobébé bottles in the fridge, where they are designed to cool quickly in order to prevent bacterial growth. They warm twice as fast, too, so you won’t have to keep your hungry baby waiting. Another perk: This won’t scorch your milk, which may support nutrient preservation.

The breast-shaped bottle, which holds 5 ounces, makes it easy for baby to switch back and forth from breast to bottle and encourages self-feeding. That’s because the silicone material is nice and soft for gripping and the squat-sized bottle isn’t intimidating for tiny hands. This starter set also comes with a warming bowl, two Flexy pacifiers, two breast pump adapters, four nipples and more.

Size: 5 ounces

Best Baby Bottles for Pumping Moms

Kiinde Twist Squeeze Natural Baby Breast Milk Feeding Bottles

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Pros: Ideal for moms who freeze a lot of breast milk

Cons: Not as easy to set up as other bottles

These well-designed bottles take the drop-in bottle approach to the next level. The kit comes with pump attachments that allow you to pump straight into Kiinde Twist pouches, which you can stick directly into the freezer when they’re full.

From there, you can warm up the pouch, snap it into the bottle and attach the nipple to the mouth of the pouch. If your baby has a specific nipple they prefer from another brand, you can keep using them with the included adapters. Parents also love the fact that you can wash these bottles less often, since the milk is encased in the freezer bag. Breastfeeding moms love this bottle, especially when it comes to late-night feedings.

Size: 6 ounces per pouch

Best Eco-Friendly Baby Bottles

Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles with Protective Sleeves

Best Baby Bottles - Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles

Pros: Durable, dishwasher-safe

Cons: Some parents say the slow flow nipple is too fast

Due to their eco-friendly design, glass bottles have become more popular. These Lifefactory bottles come with a silicone sleeve to protect the glass from breaking if it’s dropped or thrown. They can also be placed in the dishwasher.

This bottle comes with a Stage 1 slow flow nipple, ring and stopper. The bottles are BPA-free and can be placed in the freezer to store breast milk.

Size: 4 ounces

Mary Sand
Mary Sand
is a homeschooling mom of 5 who has been featured on Global TV, quoted in Parents magazine, and writes for a variety of websites and publications. Doing her best to keep it together in a life of constant chaos, Patti would describe herself as an eclectic mess maker, lousy crafter, book lover, autism mom, and insomniac.

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