Searching for a bottle to add to your baby registry—or looking for a new bottle because your baby is rejecting your current one? These new and noteworthy bottles are made from BPA-free plastic, glass, stainless steel and silicone. Innovations abound, from formula-mixing bottles to breast-like nipples. Read on for the very best in baby bottles.
Baby-Controlled Milk Flow
NUK's Smooth Flow Anti-Colic Bottle features a unique nipple design that adapts to your baby's suction strength to adjust the milk flow, which can help reduce colic. The nipple shape mimics the shape of a woman's nipple while nursing, so breastfeeding babies are bound to love it. The bottle also features a temperature indicator to let you know at a glance if the milk or formula is too hot to drink. The wide-neck bottle makes for easy cleaning, by hand or in the dishwasher. Comes in 5-ounce and 10-ounce sizes and a variety of cute designs.
Available at amazon.com, $5.99 for a 5-ounce bottle, and $12.67 for a 10-ounce three-pack of bottles.
The Tommee Tippee Ultra Bottle aims to be everything you could want in a bottle, with three particularly pleasing features. The high-grade silicone nipple is designed with an extra-wide neck and movement that mimics the experience of breastfeeding. A secure seal around the nipple not only prevents milky messes, but also helps reduce gas caused by ingesting air. And finally, your baby will find the curved bottle shape and angled, off-set nipple set them up for a comfortable feeding position with the bottle angled just right.
Available at amazon.com, $12.95.
Grows with Your Baby
The Olababy GentleBottle features an off-set nipple to promote latching and discourage bottle rejection. The texture of this soft, medical-grade silicone bottle makes it easy to grip, and the bottle contains a dual venting system to reduce colic and aid air flow. It comes in sweet, muted colors: mint, coral, rose, sky or frost. Also great, you can add accessories that maximize your use of the bottle and help your child make the move to big-kid cups: Slip on the Teether Handle and your child can work on holding their own bottle, along with getting a safe, non-toxic spot to gnaw on while teething. Replace the nipple with the spill-proof Soft Spout and you've helped baby with the transition to a drinking cup. Then pop on the Transitional Sippy Lid and you've turned baby's bottle into a sippy cup.
Available at olababy.us, $14.95.
If you're looking for a leak-proof bottle, check out the aMACEing ZERO LEAK® Baby Bottle with Anti-Colic Vent and Variable Flow from Mace Baby. With a clever design that releases liquid only when baby's mouth squeezes the nipple, baby can even drink while laying down without liquid leaking out. The unique nipple also means that baby's feeding rhythm controls the flow of liquid. The bottle comes with an anti-colic vent meant to reduce incidences of colic, reflux, burping or gas. The bottle comes in 7-ounce and 10-ounce sizes.
Available at macebaby.com, $25.89-$28.89.
Helps Ease Stomach Upsets
If you're concerned about spit-up, burping and gas, give Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Options+ Anti-Colic Baby Bottle a try. The Options+ bottles feature an internal vent system that supports digestion; the vent system also provides a consistent flow of liquid, which supports breastfeeding. When baby outgrows the vent system, just remove it and keep using the bottle. These bottles come in wide-neck and narrow-neck styles. The wide-neck bottles feature a breast-like nipple, which encourages a proper latch and which some babies, especially those who are breastfed, prefer to drink out of.
Available at drbrownsbaby.com, $6.99-$9.99.
Mixes Formula With One Hand
The ingenious PopYum bottle stores formula and water separately for convenient bottle feeding at home or on the go. Just push two buttons and shake. The bottle, made of medical-grade silicone and premium polypropylene, features a wide opening for easy cleaning. There's an included funnel to make loading formula easier, and the leak-free bottle also works great for breast milk.
Available at amazon.com, $12.99 for a 5-ounce bottle and $14.99 for a 9-ounce bottle.
Awesome for Upright Feedings
The Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle with AirFree Vent keeps the nipple full during feedings so baby swallows less air. This can help reduce gas, reflux and colic. It also means baby can drink in an upright position if that's more comfortable for both of you. The nipples come in four different flow rates so you can choose what's right for your baby's age and flow preferences.
Available at usa.philips.com, $8.49.
Wide Size for Easy Gripping
Babies will have an easier time holding the Baby Brezza Natural Bottle than many others, thanks to its generous width. The wide mouth and two-part construction also make it a breeze to clean. It features an anti-colic venting system and a breast-like feel your baby will love. Choose from 5-ounce or 9-ounce sizes and gray, white, blue or pink. Bonus for caretakers: They have funny sayings on the bottom of the bottle.
Available at babybrezza.com, $8.99.
Soft and Breast-like
The sleek and modern Comotomo baby bottle distinguishes itself by its shape and material. The entire bottle, not just the nipple, is made from soft, squeezable, skin-like silicone to provide an experience similar to breastfeeding. The nipple is designed to mimic a natural latch. Built-in vents help prevent colic, a simple interlocking design stops leaks, and a wide opening makes it easy to clean.
Available at amazon.com, $13.37.
Lifesaver for Working Moms
If you've gone back to work and do a lot of pumping, the Kiinde Twist feeding system will change your life. You simply add an adaptor to your breast pump and pump directly into the storage pouch. Store the leak-proof pouches neatly in the fridge or freezer using the handy storage-bag holder. When baby is hungry, heat the milk directly in the pouch, then fit the pouch into the feeding bottle and you’re ready to go. With specially designed nipples (slow-flow and medium-flow), your little one should transfer seamlessly between breast and bottle. No transferring of breast milk to heat or serve it, and no scrubbing bottles (just nipples) needed.
Available at kiinde.com, $39.99 (for starter kit).
The Nanobebe bottle is designed to protect breast milk nutrients through its innovative design. The unique shape also means the bottles stack easily and compactly, and the milk warms faster than a standard bottle to calm a crying child more quickly. It includes a colic-reducing venting system and a soft silicone nipple.
Available at nanobebe.com, $10.99.
Cool Gadget for Formula Feeders
When feeding formula on the go, packing water and powder separately (and trying not to spill them when it comes time to mix) can be cumbersome. This clever little product, the Mixie Formula-Mixing Bottle, aims to make all that easier. A special airtight compartment keeps formula powder dry while the rest of the bottle is filled with water. When it comes time to blend, you just push a button and shake, and the formula is mixed with no clumps. Genius!
Available at amazon.com, $14.99.
Modern and Mom-Like
The sleek Smilo bottle will make both you and your baby smile. The company’s founders are pediatric specialists and engineers, so care was taken to optimize feeding sessions. The nipple is curved to mimic a mother’s milk ducts and breast, requiring less suction for your baby to extract milk. The leak-resistant bottle features a venting system and a circular tab that allows you to hold the bottle with just a pinky finger, leaving the rest of your arms for baby. Available at smilobaby.com, $24.99.
A Latch-Like Feel
Don't want to cause any confusion for babies flipping back and forth between breastfeeding and bottle feeding? Try the Munchkin Latch, which is equipped with an accordion-style nipple that moves and stretches like the breast. You'll also appreciate the built-in anti-colic valve that aims to reduce air flowing through the milk. Available in 4-ounce and 8-ounce sizes, this bottle has lots of benefits at a low price.
Available at target.com, $7.99.
Easy to Clean
At first glance, you might think that the Born Free Breeze bottle's biggest draw is its modern glass design, anti-colic vent and breastfeeding-like nipple, but what you'll really love is the two-piece construction. The nipple and top is a single piece. So when it comes to washing up, there aren't a lot of pieces to take apart and put back together. Also good to note: The ThermaSafe glass can go from freezing to boiling temps without breaking.
Available at amazon.com, $21.98 for a two-pack of 9 oz bottles.
The New Glass Classic
If you like the idea of glass but are concerned about putting a breakable material in your baby's hands, try the Lifefactory baby bottles, which gives a cool, modern makeover to the basic glass bottle. Each bottle comes with a brightly colored silicone sleeve that makes it easier to grip and tougher to shatter.
Available at amazon.com, $12.57.
A Natural Feel
Make feeding time more comfortable for baby with the Philips Avent Natural Bottle. The nipple features a wide breast-like shape and inner petals that increase flexibility and softness, mimicking the breastfeeding experience and making it easier for babies to latch on. A twin valve offers anti-colic benefits to reduce any tummy discomfort caused by feeding.
Available at amazon.com, $21.60 for a two-pack.
Cute and Colorful
Want to add a little fun to feeding time? Try these Nuk Bottles with Perfect Fit Nipples, which come in cute designs. The bottle is designed with a silicone nipple to mimic nursing as well as an anti-colic air system that makes it easy to position the bottle in the optimal position for feeding while reducing colic, spit-up and gas.
Available at amazon.com, $12.79 for a two-pack.
Big Is Beautiful
The Lux Big Boob Baby Bottle has a curvy shape and lots of handy features. The soft, food-grade silicone shape mimics a breast, while the nipple was designed to encourage latching and control milk flow. As baby grows, its unique shape makes it easy to grasp, and the wide opening makes the bottle easy to clean. Available at luxbabybottle.com, $29.95.
Lots of Options
Dr. Brown's bottles have been a forerunner in anti-colic technology for decades. The vents reduce the air that gets into milk, which in turn reduces colic, spit-up, gas and stomach discomfort. The company's Options bottle is the first bottle that can be used with or without the included vent. If your growing baby no longer needs it, simply remove it. And now the company has introduced the Transition Bottle Kit Wide-Neck, which converts the Options bottle to a sippy spout, further extending the amount of time you can use this bottle.
Available at drbrownsbaby.com, $7.99.
Sleek and Stainless Steel
Want to avoid plastic but stick to a lightweight material? Then you'll love the Pura Kiki stainless steel bottle. Insulated, colorful and equipped with a natural nipple, this is a must-have. You'll also love that this bottle grows with your child. Simply buy a sipper spout or silicone straw to transform it into a sippy or straw cup.
Available at purastainless.com, $22.99.
A Familiar Friend
Babies love to gnaw on their Sophie the Giraffe teething toy, and now that company has partnered with Mii Baby to produce the Mii Sophie la Girafe Forever Baby Bottles. The nipples feature raised bumps to replicate a nursing woman’s nipple and a rounded base to comfort sore, swollen gums. Bottles come in either glass or a durable plastic alternative.
Available at sophiethegiraffe-usa.com, $47.95 for newborn gift set.
Pro tip: If you're tired of getting splashed with soapy water when you clean your baby bottles, check out the Baby Bottle Brush Bib. Just slip it on to your bottle brush and you'll have a physical barrier between you and the water that splashes back.
—Julie Seguss & Eva Ingvarson Cerise