It is arguable that bottles are one of the most necessary pieces of baby gear. Even if you are a breastfeeding mama it is likely that at some point you’ll need a bottle. So which to choose? Like all baby gear, there are lots of options and a lot depends on your little one’s preferences. Finding the right bottle could be a matter of trial and error. We’ve chosen four great options and included both a high level bullet point comparison as well as more detail below to help make your decision a easier. All of the bottles are dishwasher safe and all that contain plastic are BPA free. We’ve included a glass and stainless steel option as some still think that even though plastic bottles do not contain BPA or harmful chemicals they could possibly steel leach chemicals and harmful petroleum into your little on’s foods. We are not saying we believe this to be true but just a tidbit we came across in our research. Which bottle did you use for your little one?
Dr. Brown’s – When you’re around other mamas you are bound to see at least a couple Dr. Brown’s in the crowd. They are hugely popular and for good reason. Their unique venting system is widely believed to help tremendously with gas, reflux, fussiness and colic. The big complaint from parents comes from the additional pieces to the venting system and the “extra steps” it takes to clean. We personally have these bottles and I have been very happy with them. They very rarely leak and if they do it is usually user error and the lid not being tight enough. I don’t have any problem with the extra pieces and cleaning but then again, I have never cleaned a more simple bottle so don’t have anything to compare it to!
Lifefactory Glass Bottle – Glass bottles are making a resurgence given the dangers of some plastics. And as we mentioned above, while all baby bottles are made BPA free it is still thought that harsh chemicals can still make their way into your little one’s food. Glass is recyclable which makes it more friendly than its plastic counterparts. The big downside? The bottle is glass and there will always be the risk of breaking the bottle. However, in the hundreds of reviews we read no parent reported one of these bottles breaking even when “testing” it. The silicone covers help tremendously but you can’t take away the risk completely. Generally parents love these bottles. They are heavier than their plastic counterparts but there are very few complaints about transporting and using them on the go. All in all this is a great glass bottle and we would certainly recommend it.
Pura Kiki – The Pura Kiki is made of 100% stainless steel and is completely free of plastics. Based on the same dangerous plastic theory the Pura Kiki offers a great alternative to glass. It is lightweight, sanitary and easy to clean. While the nipple included with Kiki is vented for anti-colic and anti-gas purposes the bottle itself works with several major brands of nipples so you can use the one that works best for your child – a nipple a la carte if you will. The Kiki is expensive, more expensive than the Lifefactory glass bottles but a HUGE bonus is that it can be adapted to work as a sippy cup and grow along with your child. Not only is it budget friendly but it also helps ease the transition as your little one will be familiar with grasping the cup. The Kiki is an innovative alternative to glass and plastic and we love that it grows with your child!
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature – The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature is another hugely popular bottle amongst new moms. It is specifically designed to mimic the breast with its wide base and nippple. The Tommee Tippee is a great choice for mothers who are still nursing and adding in bottle feedings. Not only is this an easy bottle to switch back and forth from nursing to bottle feeding it is also a great bottle to first introduce given its natural nature. Further, the nipple mimics the flex and texture of a nature breast which is a huge plus amongst moms. The Tommee Tippee nipple also has an “easy vent” valve to help prevent gas and colic. While there are plenty of positives about this bottle some parents complain the shape of the actual bottle is a bit awkward. Additionally, parents struggle with the nipple collapsing while their child is eating. Lastly, there is quite a bit of feedback about the difficulty getting the last ounce out of the bottle. Even with these slight challenges we still think that the Closer to Nature set is a good choice!