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14 Best Baby Bottles for Every Feeding Need

Whether you're breastfeeding or formula-feeding, here are our favorite bottles to help make mealtime a breeze.

When it comes to feeding baby, there’s a steep learning curve for all new parents. But finding the best baby bottles—whether you’re breastfeeding or formula-feeding—can help make things a lot easier.

These days there are dozens of brands to choose from, all claiming to be among the best baby bottles for your little one. From BPA-free plastic to glass baby bottles and everything in between, it can be hard to know exactly what kind of bottle to look for. But whether you’re hoping to eliminate nipple confusion or prevent colic or just aiming for something that’s easy to wash and store, we’ve got you covered.

The best baby bottles stand out from the rest, thanks to their stellar design, smart innovations and all-around user-friendliness. Here are a few contenders to get you started on your search for the best baby bottles.

Overall Best Baby Bottle: Philips Avent BPA Free Natural Polypropylene Bottles

When it comes to baby bottles, the Philips Avent bottle is one of the overall best. Whether you’re looking for bottles that mimic breastfeeding or the best bottles for colic, Philips has a winner here. They have an extra-soft nipple, which makes for an easy latch, and an anti-colic nipple that flexes while baby is feeding, helping to prevent air from getting in baby’s tummy and leading to gas and discomfort. Another reason this is one of the best baby bottles out there: it sports a wide neck for easier cleaning.

Buy it: Philips Avent BPA Free Natural Polypropylene Bottles, $22 for two 9-ounce bottles, Amazon.com

Best Glass Baby Bottle: Evenflo Feeding Classic Glass Twist Bottles

When you think about the best baby bottles, you may shy away from glass because they’re heavier and breakable. But don’t count glass baby bottles out just yet! They have some important benefits going for them: They're easier to clean, can have better longevity and, while plastic bottles are required to be BPA-free, glass baby bottles are truly free of chemicals. When it comes to the best glass baby bottle, Evenflo stands out for its three-piece design, making cleaning a cinch. The bottle is super-easy to hold, thanks to its unique twist, and breastfeeding moms can hook it up directly to most pumps to save on time (and milk).

Buy it: Evenflo Feeding Classic Glass Twist Bottles, $28 for six 8-ounce bottles, Amazon.com

Best Silicone Baby Bottle: Olababy GentleBottle

Like everything Olababy makes, the GentleBottle is beautifully designed, with its pale colors and gentle curves. But it doesn’t stop at pretty! Made of silky, 100 percent medical-grade silicone, it promises a toxin-free feeding experience that keeps baby’s comfort in mind. The GentleBottle offers an off-centered nipple for easy latching and reduced bottle rejection for breastfed babies, a dual-vented anti-colic system, a wide neck for easy cleanup and a smooth, sure-grip texture.

Buy it: Olababy GentleBottle, $13 for 8-ounce bottle, Amazon.com

Easiest Baby Bottle to Clean: Comotomo Silicone Baby Bottle

The smartly designed Comotomo has a well-deserved appeal, even among breastfed babies, making this one of the best baby bottles out there. (It was even a 2018 Best of Baby winner.) With just three pieces—the body, the ring and the nipple—and a super-wide neck design, this bottle is a cinch to clean (no germy bottle brush necessary). Boil it, steam it, microwave it or toss it in the dishwasher—that squishy silicone can withstand it all.

Buy it: Comotomo Silicone Baby Bottle, $24 for two 5-ounce bottle, Amazon.com

Best Baby Bottle for Colic: Dr. Brown's Original Bottle

If baby’s prone to fussiness post-feeding, gas, colic or acid reflux could be the culprit— and only the best baby bottles will do the trick to alleviate these problems. Dr. Brown's bottles are a longtime favorite among moms due to its tried-and-true vent system. It eliminates negative pressure and air bubbles to help reduce colic, spit up, burping and gas. And because the vented bottle creates a vacuum-free feeding experience, it closely mimics breastfeeding. "Game-changer" is a description reviewers have been known to toss around when touting their love for Dr. Brown's bottles.

Buy it: Dr. Brown's Original Bottle, $20 for four 4-ounce bottles, Amazon.com

Best Baby Bottle for Nipple Confusion: Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Bottle with NaturalWave Nipple

It can be hard enough to teach baby a proper latch, so it's understandable that breastfeeding moms worry about nipple confusion. Lansinoh's NaturalWave nipple is specifically designed to mimic mom's breast, requiring baby to use the same natural feeding actions that she uses when nursing. It's made from soft, flexible silicone to move with baby's mouth, and the matte surface helps baby get a more secure latch. The bottle also features an air ventilation system to prevent gas, colic and spit up.

Buy it: Lansinoh mOmma Breastmilk Bottle with NaturalWave Nipple, $18 for three 5-ounce bottles, Amazon.com

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Best Baby Bottle for Gas: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Anti-Colic Bottle

Say sayonara to excessive spit-up, fussiness and gas. Swallowing air during a feeding can lead to uncomfortable gas pains, but thanks to the patented air venting system in this bottle, air is channeled through the tube down toward the bottle of the bottle, completely bypassing the milk. Plus, the extra-wide nipple is designed to mimic the breast and allows baby to closely latch, further reducing the amount of air she ingests. And it's completely dishwasher safe, making cleanup a cinch.

Buy it: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Anti-Colic Bottle, $19 for three 9-ounce bottles, Amazon.com

Best Bottle for Newborns: Munchkin Latch BPA-Free Newborn Baby Bottles

Newborn bottles are usually smaller than your average baby bottles (because newborns eat less), and come with nipples that allow for the slowest flow, usually called stage one. The Munchkin baby bottles are among the best for newborns thanks to their uniquely designed nipple, which stretches, flexes and pumps like a breast to help baby nail a proper latch. The anti-colic valve at the bottom of the bottle helps ward off gas and fussiness, and with the adapter, these bottles can connect to many of the leading breast pumps.

Buy it: Munchkin Latch BPA Free Newborn Baby Bottle Gift Set, $30 for 12-piece set, Amazon.com

Best Baby Bottle for Breastfed Babies: Nanobébé

One of the best baby bottles that mimics breastfeeding is the pint-size, domed Nanobébé. Thanks to its rounded exterior and concave interior, pumped breast milk (or formula) can be warmed or cooled quickly. The bottles even stack neatly to save on storage space. Plus, the nipple is triple-vented to prevent gassiness and colic. Breastfeeding moms will also appreciate the adaptor that attaches the Nanobébé directly to most breast pumps, cutting out the need for breast milk storage bags (and losing some milk in the transfer process).

Buy it: Nanobébé**, $11, Amazon.com

Best Baby Bottle for Formula: PopYum Bottle

Forty-nine percent of moms formula-feed by the time baby is 6 months old. That means most mothers are having to mix and prepare five or six bottles a day, which can cause its share of headaches—especially when you need to prep baby's bottle while you're out and about. But with PopYum, an innovative newcomer to the market and a 2018 Best of Baby winner, the process is hassle-free. The bottle stores water and formula separately until baby gets hungry. Then, with a single hand, you can press the button to release the formula. With a simple shake, baby's bottle is prepared and ready to go. It even has an anti-colic value to prevent air from getting into baby's tummy.

Buy it: PopYum Bottle, $13 for 5-ounce bottle, Amazon.com

Best Bottle for Preemies: Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Preemie Baby Bottle $10 for two

Finding the best baby bottles for preemies means zeroing in on options with slow-flow nipples. Moms of premature babies love that this set of Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow bottles come with specially designed preemie-flow nipples. Plus, they have Dr. Brown's reknown vent system to help reduce gas and colic, two troubles that can plague preemies.

Buy it: Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Preemie Baby Bottle, $10 for two 4-ounce bottles, Target.com

Best Cheap Baby Bottle: Medela Breastmilk Bottle

Let’s face it, no one wants to break the bank when shopping for baby gear, and the best baby bottles can often get expensive. So when you find one that works well and is affordable, it's cause for celebration. Well, get ready to party: The Medela breastmilk bottle has a price point that makes moms happy and plenty of great features to boot. This bottle ranks high among moms thanks to their leak-free design and easy-to-read measurements. Breastfeeding moms in particular love that it connects directly to the pump. At just over $4 a bottle, cheap baby bottles never looked so good!

Buy it: Medela Breastmilk Bottle Set, $28 for six 5-ounce bottles, Amazon.com

Best Bottle to Grow with Baby: thinkbaby All in One Bottle

Baby's eating habits of course change with age. Instead of buying multiple baby bottles and sippy cups, opt for a bottle system that can grow with your child. The thinkbaby bottle will last from the newborn stage all the way up to age 4, thanks to its innovative design. When baby is ready to graduate to a sippy cup, simply change up the bottle tops and slip on the cup handles. And when your little one has moved on to the next stage, the set includes straw tops to keep pace.

Buy it: thinkbaby All in One Bottle, $28 for two 9-ounce bottles, Amazon.com

Best Baby Bottle for Tracking Feedings: Bluesmart mia Smart Feeding System

Want to track baby’s feedings, especially when you’re not with him? There’s an app for that! BlueSmart mia is a food-grade silicone sleeve that slips onto baby’s bottle to note the length and quality of each feeding—including milk temperature and bottle angles (for gas prevention). It even tells you when it’s time to toss the milk. The linked app traces feeding durations and schedules along with other stats about baby’s eating habits and health to create a real-time record that’s shareable with family and baby’s doctor too. Available in blue and pink, the mia sleeve is compatible with most standard-sized baby bottles.

Buy it: Bluesmart mia Smart Feeding System, $70, Amazon.com

Updated August 2018

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