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Best Baby Bottles

Best For: Baby

These days, there are dozens of baby bottle brands and models to choose from with elaborate venting systems, insulation technology, endorsements from pediatricians, and claims to mimic breastfeeding. We put tons to the test and here are the ones that came out on top.

What to look for

1. Safety. Fortunately, lots of baby bottles are BPA-free now, but not all. BPA, also known as bisphenol A, has been linked to several negative health effects in humans, so it’s something you definitely want to keep away from your infant.
2. Functionality. Before you invest in bottles, think about how you’ll be using them. If you plan to breast feed and bottle feed your baby, you’ll want to choose a bottle with a nipple that mimics the breast. If you’re concerned about gas, you’ll want to look for a bottle with a proven venting system.
3. Durability. Your baby will be feeding from a bottle for several months, so you want to choose bottles that will last. Look for bottles that are made from a thick plastic (BPA-free, of course) or glass and are dishwasher safe.

Best Overall Baby Bottle

BornFree Newborn Bottle

Price: $9 for single  5 oz. bottle
Dimensions: available in 5 oz. or 9 oz.
Get Yours: amazon.com

Pros: BornFree was one of the first companies to offer BPA-free products, which gives it a gold star in our book. Their bottles remain popular because of their unique venting system, which is designed to reduce gas and spit up—and really works.

Cons: BornFree’s amazing venting system comes in two parts, plus the bottle, nipple and top-that makes for a lot parts to clean. Also, BornFree doesn’t make a bottle warmer, so you’ll either have to find another brand that’s compatible with the bottles or do it the old-fashioned way.

Best Bottle for Reducing Nipple Confusion

The First Years Breastflow Bottle

Price: $13 for three 5 oz. bottles
Dimensions: available in 5 oz.
Get Yours: amazon.com

Pros: This bottle is far and away the best choice for breastfed babies who may be confused going from breast to bottle. It imitates the breast more closely than any of the other nipples, which encourages similar latch and sucking techniques to the ones used when nursing. They also come at a very reasonable price.

Cons: Some moms have complained that these bottles leak, while others say the bottle doesn’t have a good venting system that prevents gas. Another common complaint? Too many pieces, which makes late night bottles an ordeal and washing a long process.

Best Glass Baby Bottle

Lifefactory Glass Bottle

Price: $12 for one 4 oz. bottle
Dimensions: available in 4oz. or 9 oz.
Get Yours: drugstore.com

Pros: If all the plastic has your head spinning, or you just like the idea of using glass, these bottles from Lifefactory have lots of appealing features. The design protects the bottle from breakage, so you should only have to buy them once. And the sleeve is great for babies learning to hold their own bottle (which is a welcome milestone).

Cons: These bottles are a quality product, but the price isn’t exactly bargain basement. The Lifefactory bottles also are not available at a lot of the major baby stores, so you’ll likely have to purchase them online (and all replacement parts, for that matter, as well).

Best Baby Bottle for Preemies

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Bottle

Price: $20 for three 8 oz. bottles
Dimensions: available in 2 oz., 4 oz. and 8 oz.
Get Yours: cookieskids.com

Pros: The very first bottle to feature a patented vent system, Dr. Brown’s bottles remain a favorite for many parents. If your baby isn’t a fan of the wider based nipples, these tall, thin bottles with smaller nipples might work better for him. Dr. Brown’s also offers nipples created especially for preemies that have a slower flow than Level 1 nipples. And, of course, the price is quite good, too.

Cons: Like most bottles with a good venting system, this one also has a lot of parts to clean.

Best Budget Baby Bottle

Evenflo Classic Clear Bottle

Price: $3 for three 4 oz. bottles
Dimensions: available in 4 oz. and 8 oz.
Get Yours: drugstore.com

Pros: If you’re of the mind “if it worked for me, it’ll work for my kids,” there’s a chance you’ll be delighted with Evenflo Classic bottles. Yes, they are BPA free and if you’re on a budget, there’s just no comparison: they average out to a little over a dollar a bottle. Your bottle of drinking water costs more.

Cons: These bottles only have a very basic venting system to reduce gas.

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    February 22, 2011

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