There are many reasons why mothers, even breastfeeding ones, need to resort to the bottle. It could be that you are trying to wean your little one off the breast, or you may be a working mom who needs to express your milk and store them away for later use, or it could simply be just a case of preference with formulas - whatever the reason is, you now need to look for the best baby bottles.
Not just any baby bottle, but the best bottles for newborns. This is because if you breastfeed, there is a chance your baby may reject the bottle if it does not mimic the breast feel closely enough. Therefore, you need to find bottles that do so and these are usually bottles designed for newborns because, yes you've got it right, baby bottles for newborns are designed to resemble the breast best!
You also do not want to confuse your little one between the breast and bottle because if s/he takes a preference over either one, you are in trouble. Now, let's go straight to our review of the best baby bottles for breastfed babies and see which ones suit you best.
1. Top 5 Best Bottles for Breastfed Babies
2. The Best Glass Baby Bottles
All of the bottles reviewed above are made from plastic but they are 100% safe because they are BPA free. However, we understand that some parents may still have some concern over plastic bottles and there ARE bottles which, after a few uses and washes, show signs of tearing or peeling (you should stop using once you notice these). We have therefore looked at other options such as glass bottles, and the best glass bottles for breastfed babies are:
There are certainly more than that to glass bottles - click here to find out more of our in-depth review on these alternatives!
3. What to look for in a Baby Bottle?
1. Anti-colic feature
This should be the first thing to look at when buying a baby bottle. Even though there are many causes to colic, excessive air ingestion is one common culprit. If you can avoid the chance of having a colicky baby (and believe us, you would want to), why not? Choosing a baby bottle with anti-colic features will bring you one step further away from colic! Look for:
(a) a separate vent system like this; or
(b) holes at the side of nipple; or
(c) bottles with disposable liners.
There are basically two types of materials - glass or plastic? This may be a question that plague many parents - which one is better? While they certainly do have their own pros and cons (click here to read our in-depth review), one thing is for sure: they are both safe to handle milk. If you choose to buy plastic ones, do check that they are BPA free (though we highly doubt you can find non-BPA ones anymore!). Lately, silicone bottles are very popular too so this is something else you can consider.
This is probably the most important feature to look for when choosing a baby bottle. The nipple should be soft and flexible and it should resemble the feeling of your breast closely. Depending on the age of your baby, you will certainly go through the usage of slow-flow, medium flow and fast flow nipples throughout your journey with baby's growing up.
Compare to other baby products, this should be the least of your worry because the price difference between different brands is not very big. It should only be of concern if you come across unknown brands with unbelievably low prices that you should take a second thought. And oh, never buy or use second-hand ones, especially if they are made from plastic or silicone because you never know just how well cleaned or maintained it is by the previous owner.
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