How to Choose the Right Bottle for Your Baby

Over the past 7 (and a bit) years as a mum, I have tried a fair few bottles with my babies, who were all breastfed to start with.

With Crevette (now 7), having the odd bottle of expressed breastmilk with his dad was fine from about 6 weeks of age, as long as I was nowhere to be seen. He was quite happy with the standard Avent and Tommee Tippee bottles my sister-in-law had passed on.

Beanie (now 5) took her first bottle of expressed breastmilk when she was 2 weeks old and she was really happy to go from breast to bottle, no matter what shape or size the bottle was. The only trouble was she had colic and bottles made it worse.

Jumpy (now 3) was a complete ‘bottle-refuser’ if there is such a thing. I would bring a bottle near her and she would wince, scream, spit… I tried every single bottle I could lay my hands on. We later found out that she was allergic to milk protein, and although she was happy to drink milk from the breast, she would not go near a bottle. When she was prescribed hypoallergenic formula, she would only have it in a Tommee Tippee beaker. I think she associated bottles with bad tummy aches and generally feeling unwell.

With Wriggly (20 months), time flew by so quickly (youngest of four!) she was a few months old when I even considered a bottle, and by that time, she knew what she liked, and let me tell you: it was not a bottle (link to previous Munchkin post)! I had to try a myriad of bottles before she settled on her Munchkin Latch.

I think the main thing that made the difference for her was the teat. Its size, flexibility and natural movement made it a lot more like the breast and that is definitely what made her adopt her when she had rejected rounder teats or slimmer ones.

Choose the Right Bottle for Your Baby

I had a bit of fun yesterday digging out all the bottles I still had around and comparing them, chatting about what is good and not so good about each of them. If I might say so, it is worth watching, even if it is only to count how many times I said the word “cute” or to see me pretend drinking out of a bottle (oh dear, I do repeat myself a lot!).

So how do you choose the perfect bottle for your baby? At the end of the day, your baby will be the one making the decision, but there are a few factors to consider when choosing a bottle:

  • Is it practical, easy to fill, wash?
  • Does it sit right in your hand when you hold it?
  • How good is it when you are out and about?
  • Do you like its design?
  • What sort of teat does it take? Are you after a round shape? A flat top? One that mimics the breast?

How to Choose the Right Bottle for Your Baby

What do you think makes a good bottle?

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Comments

  1. abigail craig says:

    Easy to clean and pratical!

  2. Tracy K Nixon (@tracyknixon) says:

    A bottle that reduces colic

  3. Esma Blackwell says:

    I think a good bottle has to be sturdy and pratical

  4. cluckyhen0 says:

    For me it has to be something that reduces air intake and also a good flowing teat

  5. Zoe C says:

    Good post, to me the right bottle has to be the right shape for holding, hate the really wide ones as they just fall out of my hand, it has to be easy to clean inside

  6. emmav6 says:

    it was all about the teat when i chose for my daughter & which would be easiest for her combi feeding. Lansinoh was great but we settle with latch as she was less windy

  7. iain maciver says:

    leakproof and safe

  8. amy fidler says:

    the design of the teet,and easy grip x

  9. laura stewart says:

    a good flow and quality x

  10. Sarah Mackay says:

    A bottle that is good at preventing colic is what I tend to look for

  11. Angela Treadway says:

    Anti colic and a bottle that acts like a breast especially if you they are feeding from breast and bottle to prevent confusion x

  12. Simon M says:

    Not too many components per bottle, some are really complicated to assemble and sterilise.

  13. john jackson says:

    having it at the perfict tempuchure

  14. Dion Petrie says:

    One that doesn’t let a lot of air in

  15. Isabel O says:

    Simplicity/ease of use and cleaning. Nothing worse than having a baby crying wanting their feed and having to fiddle about with the bottle trying to put it together!

  16. Diana Croos says:

    Good flow and anticolic 🙂

  17. heidi brown says:

    One that mimics the natural breast and helps to reduce colic

  18. winnie says:

    anti colic is important

  19. Kimberley Clewes says:

    One that acts like a breast

  20. Amanda Walsh says:

    A good leak proof lid

  21. laura banks says:

    ease of cleaning

  22. Smithster says:

    Basically one that looks and feels most like a boob!

  23. lucy higgins says:

    One you can hold easily, easy to take apart to clean

  24. Anna Murrell says:

    simple to clean and reassemble

  25. fozia Akhtar says:

    A good quality leak proof bottle

  26. Tammy Westrup says:

    reducing colic, easy to clean, comfortable

  27. Paula Readings says:

    Easy to hold & easy to clean with anti colic.

  28. Natalie Crossan says:

    anti colic one xx

  29. Kirsty Hosty says:

    Easy to clean and easy flow

  30. Jodie Harvey says:

    easy to clean, anti colic and easy grip

  31. A bottle that reduces colic and a flexible teat.

  32. adeline bovière says:

    Marine aussi a eu du mal mais je suis désolée elle n’a pas voulu du munchkin, pour elle c’est le biberon mam ( spécial relais allaitement) qui a marché… En fait, chaque bébé est différent, l’étape du sevrage est souvent stressante et il n’y a pas le choix, il faut changer de marque jusqu’à temps de trouver celle qui convient.idem pour le lait

  33. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) says:

    Hard wearing, and easy for the baby to hold x

  34. RClark says:

    I have no idea! My baby isn’t due til August and there’s so much choice I just can’t get my head round it! ?

  35. Keith Hunt says:

    Dishwasher safe for lazy dad.

  36. Jenna Hegarty says:

    A bottle that is as close to the natural breast/nipple as possible. All about fooling the bubba!

  37. Samantha O'D says:

    Easy to clean and the shape of the teat

  38. Karen Knox says:

    Easy to clean with not too many parts

  39. marianne says:

    Safe plastic! But who knows what that is these days…

  40. Susan B says:

    The best bottle is one that gives baby an easy and comfortable feed.

  41. sadiewoohoo says:

    A sturdy base that can be popped down anywhere without toppling over

  42. Kat Lucas says:

    One that can help reduce air into a babies tummy

  43. Otilia Neagu says:

    Shape of the teat and anti colic.

  44. darren matthews says:

    sturdy and easy to sterilise

  45. Cheryl Kemp says:

    I have the Munchkin Latch Newborn Bottle Starter Set as apparently the teat and anti-colic valve helps to make breast and bottle feeding work better together. I’ve yet to put it to the test but to me everything about it looks/sounds great! 🙂

  46. Stevie says:

    I’ve no idea what makes a good bottle. I’m entering to try to help my sister in law along with her pregnancy.

  47. Hazel Murphy says:

    Easy-clean and anti-colic bottles would be ideal.

  48. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) says:

    One that’s easy to hold 🙂

  49. Rachel Butterworth says:

    It has to be leak proof and not be made from harmful materials.

  50. Sarah (@Segga86) says:

    The shape it has to be comfortable whilst you hold it 🙂

  51. Jenna Parrington says:

    One that is easy to hold but comfortable for the little one to latch on to.

  52. Stacey Kennedy says:

    Simple design and easy to clean.

  53. georgie pope says:

    one with wine in it lol!

  54. claire woods says:

    a good flowing teat, easy to clean.

  55. Frances Drewett says:

    reduces colic, practical, easy to clean

  56. Liam Bishop says:

    Light and easy to hold.

  57. Adele L says:

    Good flow, easy to hold and doesn’t leak

  58. Isabelle Smith says:

    EASY TO CLEAN XX

  59. jessica catherine says:

    easy to clean

  60. Teresa Lee says:

    Good shape and easy to clean

  61. janine atkin says:

    it has to be leakproof

  62. Chrissie Curtis says:

    I like a bottle that is easy to hold, easy to clean and is long lasting and strong!

  63. Craig Boneham says:

    A good flow and quality

  64. Sally Collingwood says:

    A cuddly mummy to hold it.

  65. buddymagoo says:

    a good latch teet

  66. Gemma Greene says:

    Has to be easy to clean but also a good shape so it’s easy to hold on to.

  67. Lisa Armstrong says:

    A good bottle should be leakproof, long lasting and have a good flow.

  68. gemma hamilton says:

    ANTI-COLIC, ANTI COLIC, ANTI COLIC!!

  69. kerry day says:

    easy to clean

  70. Chantiece Bates says:

    Easy to use/hold and also clean afterwards

  71. kimberley ryan says:

    Anti colic, one that’s shaped to feel more natural and it has to be easy to clean

  72. Kim Styles says:

    grippable and easy to clean

  73. spuddy11 says:

    a bottle that has a good flow

  74. Jan Richards says:

    Quality teat, sturdy plastic and leakproof.

  75. Michelle Sykes says:

    Easy to clean

  76. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    One where a baby doesn’t have to gulp too much and swallow too much air.

  77. Lorraine Polley says:

    needs to be anti colic and easy to clean

  78. Lisa Everaert says:

    A bottle that either reduces or prevents colic and is easy to clean.

  79. gemma hendry says:

    easy to clean

  80. christine westlake says:

    easy to clean , also easy for baby to hold as they grow.

  81. Annette Oliver says:

    Easy to assemble and easy to keep clean

  82. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog) says:

    simple to clean properly and use.

  83. Michelle Hughes says:

    i find the best bottles are the ones that have a variety of teats available, easy to clean and easy to put together. We are expecting our rainbow baby soon <3 x

  84. Gemma Oakes says:

    I think a bottle that helps to reduce colic is fab

  85. Frances Lauder says:

    One thats durable and easy for everyone to hold

  86. Diana says:

    Leak proof and easy to clean.

  87. Jo McPherson says:

    One that is easy to hold and easy to clean

  88. Rhiannon Hendry says:

    Wide necked so they’re easy to clean! And I prefer clear teats.

  89. Jayne Kelsall says:

    A bottles that reduced colic and one that is easy to hold, nothing too bulky

  90. carol boffey says:

    Easy to clean

  91. adrian price says:

    STURDY AND EASY TO CLEAN

  92. Adrian Bold says:

    Has to be easy to clean but also a good shape.

  93. liz ferguson says:

    spill proof for transporting in my baby bag xx

  94. Sarah franklin says:

    Practical and from a reputable manufacturer

  95. Amy Lambert says:

    the right shape to hold comfortably and easy to clean

  96. Jamie Millard says:

    safe, robust, leakproof and tactile

  97. Emma Fox says:

    One that is easy to assemble and reduces the dreaded colic 🙁

  98. Jemma Webster says:

    Good flow and a teat that most accurately mimics breast.

  99. Dale Dow says:

    leakproof!! Hate when a bottle is on its side and milk ends up everywhere

  100. claire fawkner says:

    Safe, durable and ease of use

  101. Elzbieta Znyk says:

    Easy to clean and reduces colic.

  102. Debi Gillard says:

    Easy to clean and leakproof

  103. susan thornton says:

    One that mimics the human teat x

  104. Pam Smith says:

    A reduction of air flow which helps with colic

  105. Jossie Marie Solheim says:

    A good flow and easy and comfortable to hold, is what is important to me. 🙂

  106. caroline lyons says:

    A softer teat, I don’t necessarily feel it needs to be more like a breast though. Some babies are never breast fed so don’t know the difference. A hungry baby will drink!

  107. pauline black (@suff38) says:

    Good flow and a natural shaped teat

  108. cathyj says:

    wide opening so easy to put formula in

  109. robyn297 says:

    Teat is similar to breast, so less chance of her getting confused.

  110. Sarah Addey says:

    Easy to clean and practical

  111. Harley Richardson says:

    One with a good flow to prevent air

  112. Karl Borowy says:

    EASY CLEAN

  113. Vicky Robinson says:

    For me a good bottle is a wide one which is easy to clean and easy to add the formula powder. One with a teat that mimics breast feeding so I can mix feed if I need to or transition easily onto formula if necessary. Also easy not lots of little parts to get lost! I’ve had some in the past with extra pieces other than the standard bottle, locking ring and teat and we always lost some of the parts and my hubby forgot bits and then they leaked everywhere!
    I personally quite like a pretty design, but it’s not essential!

  114. Allan Fullarton says:

    leakproof, safe and easy to clean.

  115. Natalie Gillham says:

    Easy to hold and Easy to clean with teats that are similar to breasts.

  116. Sarah Louise (@sarahlouiselo) says:

    Prevention of colic is key as is being able to clean it quickly and easily 🙂

  117. maria hackett says:

    Anti colic bottles are good, my little twin babies use latch bottles and they love it. they used mam too but didn’t like it

  118. Steven Beasley says:

    practicle , easy to clean and minimum parts.

  119. Kelly Smith says:

    I really like the bottles that have the breast like teats on them

  120. monika s says:

    good bottle is simple in design and easy to clean

  121. dianemjackson5 says:

    Natural shape and easy to clean

  122. Terrie-Ann Wright says:

    A bottle that reduces air flow and that is easy to clean.

  123. Karen Howden says:

    a bottle that uses quality materials

  124. AnnMarie Crawford says:

    Easy to clean and one that helps or prevents colic and wind as my so suffers bad from this

  125. Dawn Hull says:

    One that is easy to clean.

  126. Lucy beckett says:

    Easy to clean ♡♡

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