Looking for the perfect milk bottle for your little one? Finding a suitable one can be a difficult task, with many brands and types of bottles out there.
You’ll want one that your baby takes to naturally, so that feedings can be as fuss-free as possible. You also want to choose one that is easy to hold, with a flexible teat for easy latch-on and anti-colic features to reduce stomach discomfort. A bottle which is the same brand as your breast pump is a plus too. This way, you can express milk straight into it.
Bottles may be made of materials such as plastic, silicone, glass or stainless steel. They also come in different shapes like standard, angled (bent at the neck so milk collects at the bottom) or wide.
With so many options out there, we’ve done the legwork and sussed out the best baby milk bottles out there.
Dr Brown’s 4 Oz / 120ml PP Narrow Bottle (2-Pack)
WHAT The bottles' breast-like silicone nipples offer consistent flow so your baby can drink at his pace. The bottles' internal vent system to helps preserve bottle milk nutrients and aid in digestion.
PROS The bottles are dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.
CONS Can be tricky to clean.
NUK Wide Neck Glass Bottles With Silicone Teats (240ml)
WHAT The bottle's soft silicon teat comes with an extra wide lip rest.
PROS The extra wide neck allows easy filling and clean. It also has an anti-colic air system.
CONS Heavier than plastic alternatives.
Hegen PPSU Feeding Bottle
PRICE $28 to $35
WHAT Hegen’s PPSU feeding bottles come in a range of sizes and teats of 5 different flow rates to suit your baby’s growing needs. All Hegen bottles are made of PPSU (Polyphenylsulfone), an FDA-compliant material which combines the advantages of both glass and plastic. You can deep freeze or heat up breastmilk in Hegen’s feeding bottles directly. Also, the bottles have interchangeable lids that make them multifunctional, making it a breeze to express, store and feed from the same bottle.
PROS The bottle’s soft, elliptical shaped, off-centre teat closely mimics the natural breast to promote natural latch-on. This minimises nipple confusion, making it easier to combine breast and bottle feeding and promotes feeding in an upright position. The smooth interior surface, wide bottle opening and minimal parts make cleaning easy too.
CONS On the pricey side but definitely worth it when you consider how it can be used as a storage bottle with its interchangeable lids.
PRICE S$31.25 (8 ounce, 3 pack)
WHAT The unusual accordion nipple eases baby’s transition from breast to bottle and vice versa. An anti-colic valve ensures no air bubbles travel through the breast milk.
PROS Leak-proof with easy-to-read measurements and anti-colic features. Chubby bottle that works great for babies with colic and problems latching on.
CONS The huge flexible teat tends to invert and the bottle is quite bulky.
MAM Easy Start Anti-Colic Milk Bottle
FROM Pupsik Studio
WHAT Ideal bottle for newborns as it allows babies to drink at their own relaxed pace with the innovative vented base. The MAM Teat has a unique flat shape that fits perfectly in a baby’s mouth for a familiar feeling.
PROS Wide openings for easy filling and cleaning, along with a unique self-sterilising function.
CONS Extra parts to wash.
Pigeon Softouch Wide Neck Nursing Bottle
FROM FairPrice Singapore
WHAT A wide neck bottle that promotes natural, comfortable latch-on. Made from Polyphenysulfone (PPSU) material.
PROS Teats have a wide neck design similar to breast shape to avoid nipple confusion. Each teat also has an Air Ventilation System (AVS) to support constant milk flow and help reduce colic.
CONS Design is rather plain.
Playtex Baby Nurser Bottle
PRICE $22.29 (8 ounce – 3 pack)
WHAT These bottles are conveniently designed with pre-sterilized disposable liners to make bottle time easy no matter where you’re at.
PROS Soft disposable liner contracts while baby feeds to mimic breastfeeding. This prevents air from mixing with milk, thus reducing colic, gas and fussiness.
CONS Having to dump each lining bag after use. Also, some mums commented that the new design is a tad big and bulky.
Medela Calma Breastmilk Bottle
FROM Pupsik Studio
WHAT BPA-free and designed to ease the transition from breast to bottle, the one-sized teat is just like a mother’s breast.
PROS Leak-proof and easy for baby to grip and self-feed. Also, it's beautifully designed.
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Advanced Anti Colic Plus Bottle
PRICE $16.90 ($26.90 for 2)
WHAT Designed with a super sensitive valve, advanced Easivent technology and optimum venting during feeding. Also features an anti-colic plus teat with a unique latch-on shape and soft natural feel silicone.
PROS The heat sensing tube changes colour to show if the milk is too warm for baby.
CONS Some mums have reviewed how milk tends to leak, so be sure to double check that the bottle top is screwed correctly.
Comotomo Baby Bottle
PRICE $39.90 (2 pack)
FROM Pupsik Studio
WHAT Squeezable silicone body has an anti-colic system, while the wide-neck design enables easy, brush-free cleaning. The soft silicone teat is ideal for breastfed babies.
PROS Leak-proof and mimics the breast, overall easy to use.
CONS Takes longer to warm up because it's made of thick silicone.
Photos: Amazon, FairPrice, Hegen, Mothercare, ThomsonBaby and Pupsik Studio
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