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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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– All opinions and photographs are my own.

How to Choose the Right Bottle for Baby


  1. Elzbieta Znyk
    14/06/2016 / 6:37 am

    Easy to clean and reduces colic.

  2. Debi Gillard
    14/06/2016 / 7:25 am

    Easy to clean and leakproof

  3. susan thornton
    14/06/2016 / 8:46 am

    One that mimics the human teat x

  4. Pam Smith
    14/06/2016 / 7:48 am

    A reduction of air flow which helps with colic

  5. Jossie Marie Solheim
    14/06/2016 / 8:39 am

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

  6. caroline lyons
    14/06/2016 / 9:22 am

    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!

  7. pauline black (@suff38)
    14/06/2016 / 11:16 am

    Good flow and a natural shaped teat

  8. cathyj
    14/06/2016 / 10:28 am

    wide opening so easy to put formula in

  9. robyn297
    14/06/2016 / 12:50 pm

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

  10. Sarah Addey
    14/06/2016 / 2:47 pm

    Easy to clean and practical

  11. Harley Richardson
    14/06/2016 / 4:20 pm

    One with a good flow to prevent air

  12. Karl Borowy
    14/06/2016 / 4:03 pm


  13. Vicky Robinson
    14/06/2016 / 6:22 pm

    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!

  14. Allan Fullarton
    14/06/2016 / 6:45 pm

    leakproof, safe and easy to clean.

  15. Natalie Gillham
    14/06/2016 / 6:46 pm

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

  16. Sarah Louise (@sarahlouiselo)
    14/06/2016 / 8:04 pm

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

  17. maria hackett
    14/06/2016 / 7:22 pm

    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

  18. Steven Beasley
    14/06/2016 / 7:50 pm

    practicle , easy to clean and minimum parts.

  19. Kelly Smith
    14/06/2016 / 7:53 pm

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

  20. monika s
    14/06/2016 / 8:14 pm

    good bottle is simple in design and easy to clean

  21. dianemjackson5
    14/06/2016 / 8:21 pm

    Natural shape and easy to clean

  22. Terrie-Ann Wright
    14/06/2016 / 8:31 pm

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

  23. Karen Howden
    14/06/2016 / 8:33 pm

    a bottle that uses quality materials

  24. AnnMarie Crawford
    14/06/2016 / 8:45 pm

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

  25. Dawn Hull
    14/06/2016 / 9:23 pm

    One that is easy to clean.

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