What Are the Best Baby Bottles?

Learn what to look for and how to choose a bottle

Baby bottles can be used in a variety of ways, from feeding to storing expressed breast milk. But how can you know which bottle is best? Knowing how you will use the bottles is one key factor, but your baby's unique physique is important as well. Some babies do better with one type of bottle than another.

Things you may need to take into consideration when choosing the best bottle include:

  • Does my baby have any issues with spitting up?
  • Has my baby been diagnosed with acid reflux?
  • Who will be feeding my baby?
  • How many parts does this baby bottle have and is it too complicated or time-consuming?
  • Will this bottle meet my lifestyle needs?

A good bottle can help prevent stomach upset, and other problems associated with bottles. Yet, practical issues are an important role in your decision as well. Some bottles are more difficult to use than others. Some bottles have extra parts that may be easier to lose. Considering night-time feedings and the fatigue of being a new mother (or father), the wrong bottle can be a source of frustration (and less sleep).

You may also have a baby who is only given bottles when away from home. As we've heard far too often from veteran moms, a lost bottle in the diaper bag smells oh-so-badly after a few days of going undiscovered. When this is a possibility, a disposable bottle might be just the thing.

On top of these issues, concerns have been raised about substances from baby bottles that could leach into milk. Though we don't yet know the significance of these chemicals, some mothers (and fathers) prefer bottles which are polycarbonate-free, and bisphenol-A (BPA) free.

Let's take a look at some of the best bottles available so that you can make the best decision for yourself and your baby.


This Avent bottle is a great choice particularly for breastfeeding moms who need to use bottles. These bottles have a unique airflow system that has been shown to help prevent gas pain associated with bottle feeding.

Avent bottles also have a separate adapter kit available, allowing you to attach the bottle directly to a​ breast pump. The bottles come with a variety of nipple sizes based on age, 4 oz. and 9 oz. bottles, and disposable and reusable options. They come in wide mouth only


The Milk Bank baby bottles are great vented systems with fewer parts to allow your baby to eat without getting painful gas or colic. The wide nipple helps babies to go from the breast and back easily.

The Baby Milk Bank bottles are BPA free for mothers and fathers who prefer this option, and offer a variety of nipple stages.


Dr. Brown bottles are thought to help prevent gas pain, burping and spitting up in babies. The reason behind this is that they are designed to prevent the formation of a vacuum within the bottle.

There are other advantages of these bottles as well. They have the ability to connect directly to a breast pump for ease of use for breastfeeding moms. They have easy to read numbers for accuracy of measurements.

Available in both wide and regular neck, they are available in glass as well as plastic (polypropylene) at some locations. 


The glass bottles by Evenflo are great for pumping and storing breast milk. They are also a good option for parents who worry about the chemicals that are found in some plastics.

Evenflo bottles are available with a variety of nipples and accessories that may provide ease with feeding and pumping.


The Adiri Nurser is a new twist on the baby bottle. This bottle is polycarbonate-free and bisphenol-A (BPA) free, but is not glass. The nearly one-piece system allows you to fill and feed easily, from the base of the nurser.

Of note is that we don't know the effect or possible effect of BPA in infant milk at this time, but studies that have found that BPA leaches from bottles into milk recommend further evaluation.

The breast like shape of the Adiri Nurser supposedly helps babies who nurse go back and forth between the bottle and breast with ease. The new design has improved some of the issues that the previous model had with leaking.


Playtex Ventaire bottles have similar attributes of other bottles, and this product bills itself as bubble free. The angled-neck bottle opens from the top or bottom, which can aid in cleaning your bottles. There are also​a variety of nipples to go with the system, with an array of colors and prints to choose from.

Bottom Line on Choosing The Best Newborn Baby Bottles

Choosing a baby bottle isn't a one-size-fits-all decision, and depends on your lifestyle needs, as well any issues your baby has with feeding.

Some bottle-feeding problems respond well to certain baby bottles, and it's helpful to talk to your pediatrician about her experience with other new mothers and babies.

That said, mothers often know best and often your best option is to listen to your gut instinct about the best choice for your unique baby.

After you've selected your baby bottles, you may be interested in learning the latest about the best formula trends. But again, trust your instinct and try not to get side-swiped by those who seem to think they know more about your baby than you do. They don't. You are in the unique position to know more about your own baby's needs than anybody. Don't be afraid to say so. And then plug your ears.

If you need help, talk to your pediatrician or pediatric nurse. There are often simple solutions that can make your life, and that of your baby's, much easier.


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