Looking to buy a baby bottle but don’t know where to begin?
We walk you through everything you could ever need to know about baby bottles including the different types, features, what to look for when buying and even recommendation of the best baby bottle on the market.
Best Baby bottles examined
There are a LOT of baby bottles out there and to make your life a little easier we have created a list based on recommendation received from new mommies around town.
COMOTOMO NATURAL FEEL BOTTLE
The Comotomo is a special little bottle that is easy for baby to hold, use, and latch onto. Entirely made of silicone, this bottle has a squeezable shape and breast like nipple and bottle shape. The bottles come in five or eight ounce sizes and the nipples are available in four flow stages. Comotomo’s are double-vented to prevent gas and colic and the bottle is virtually leak-free and durable.
While it has a unique shape, the frosted silicone material sometimes makes it difficult to read the measure marks on the outside of the bottle( especially during the midnight feedings).
Price: INR 3399
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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature
Closer to Nature’s range of Bisphenol A free (BPA) baby bottles are designed to promote content and easy feeding times for you.This comes in five or nine ounces. The wide neck design and easy -latch-on nipple shape mimic’s the natural flex, stretch and movement of a mother’s breast. The nipple actually has a valve that regulates air. This prevents your baby from swallowing it and becoming a fussy wriggle monster. Easy to clean, these bottles are microwave and dishwasher safe.
Price: INR 1590 onwards
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Philips Avent Natural Feeding Bottle
The bottles are easy to assemble, clean and sterilise. The measurements are clearly labelled and the bottles are designed so that your baby doesn’t take in air when feeding.Reasonably priced and comfortable to hold. However,the anti-colic teat can be noisy, making a high-pitch squeal as baby sucks, which can disrupt feeds.
Price: INR 495
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NUK ORTHODONTIC BOTTLE
NUK’s “glass-like” plastic bottles come with teats designed by dentists and have a special, asymmetric shape to mimic the way a mom’s nipple changes shape as your baby feeds.It comes with advance anti-colic system and the drinking hole located at the top side of the nipple promotes better,easier digestion.
Price: INR 1200
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The Playtex Nurser is lightweight and easy to latch on to with no feeding problems. It comes with disposable plastic liners that collapse as baby feeds for an air free feed that prevents air bubbles from mixing with the milk. The NaturaLatch Nipple that combines with this bottle has a natural wide shape and a raised texture similar to real breasts that help baby latch on.
Price: INR 2300
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The whole process of buying a baby bottle can be a bit daunting to a new parent.How do you choose the right bottle for your child? Should you opt for a plastic one or a glass one? What are sippy cups ? Do you need to buy special nipples or should you just use the ones that come with the bottle ?
For the seemingly endless choices that have you confused, we provide some simple tips to make your decision easier.
Baby bottles are made from one of three different types of materials; Plastic, Glass or Stainless Steel.
Since they do not deteriorate, are unbreakable, are reasonable and are easy to clean, plastic bottles are all-time favorites. While parents may warn you that plastic baby bottles contain BPA, this is no longer the case. FDA has amended its regulations to no longer provide for the use of BPA-based polycarbonate resins in baby bottles and sippy cups.
If you are using an old bottle or in doubt then you can determine what plastic your baby bottle is made from by the recycling symbol on the bottom. #1, #2, #4 – Polyethylene (safe) | #5 – Polypropylene (safe) | #7 – Polycarbonate (unsafe) likely contains BPA
With the popularity comes some downsides – they can easily get scratched during the cleaning process, leading to bacteria accumulation. Continuous use can lead to bad odor.
Glass has been an all time favourite with parents. Their smooth surface and natural material makes cleaning incredibly easy and ensures there is no greasy milk or formula sticking on the edges.
Cover your glass bottle with a silicon sleeve and you are sure to be secure from breakage due to slips and falls. Also unlike plastic, glass does not break down when exposed to hot temperatures. In fact, a glass bottle will last forever unless you break it. While glass bottles are popular, they are heavier compared to plastic bottles and parents fear that broken glass can cause harm to children.
The least common of the three materials used in baby bottles, these come with amazing insulating properties. However, stainless steel is a difficult material to work into shapes during the manufacturing process and as a result these baby bottles are often very boring and simple designs and limited measuring options.
All baby bottles come in generally two different sizes and are measured by the amount of formula or milk the baby bottle can hold.
Small: 4 or 5 ounces
Large: 8, 9 or 10 ounces
Some baby bottles have the ability to turn into a sippy cup for when your infant outgrows the bottle (usually babies are ready to start drinking from a sippy cup between 6 and 9 months).
A sippy cup is a training cup – usually plastic – with a screw- or snap-on lid and a spout that lets your child drink without spilling.
TYPE OF NIPPLE MATERIAL
Latex is a soft flexible rubber that closely mimics the feel of a nipple (which is why some baby’s prefer it). Latex nipples are easily identified by their golden brown color and are fairly opaque. However, latex nipples wear out very quickly and some babies are allergic to it.
Silicone is a clear flexible material. While silicone is firmer than latex it is far less likely to trigger an allergic reaction (Silicone allergies are incredibly rare) and is the go to nipple material in modern baby bottles. These last 3 – 4 times longer and are way firmer than a latex nipple.
All bottle nipples come in two shapes:
Standard round nipples: These are the most common nipples you would usually find on a baby bottle
Orthodontic nipples: These nipples are designed to fit the shape of baby’s palate and gums, giving the tongue and jaw more room to move naturally while sucking, promoting healthy oral development. The design also allows the milk to mix with baby’s saliva for better digestion.
Depending on the brand your nipple will be sized under different names. The most common used sizing is flow, age or stage.
REMEMBER : Once you have decided on a nipple that your baby readily takes to then it is time to stock up! Nipples are like the socks of the baby bottle world (they very easily get misplaced). Many parents not only buy spare nipples but also the next size up as well, particularly if they plan to continue bottle feeding through their baby’s next development phase.
Other things to consider
- Look for bottles with anti-colic features. Most bottles come with a special vent system to help reduce colic.
- If you are using glass bottles, find silicone sleeves that have excellent grip and cushion for the little hands.
- If you travel a lot, then look for bottles with anti-leak features.Make sure you are fixing the stick and wheel properly to avoid leakages.
- Look for innovative features. Some bottles allow you to add water to the bottle and load formula in a separate compartment. This makes bottle feeding very easy.
- To avoid colic try boiling the water with little Saunf and Vavding ( commonly known as false black pepper). Use that water to make formula milk.