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Best Baby Bottles

9 baby bottles you need to know about.

Best Baby Bottles

Given my career path and my status as a mom myself, I get feeding-related questions from friends and family regularly. One of the most common questions out there is, "what bottle should I use with my little one?" These days, there are so many bottles to choose from, and you have several factors to take into consideration when choosing the right bottle for you. You may be looking for the most convenient option out there, or for a bottle that prevents colic and gas. Or are you breastfeeding and looking to transition from the breast to the bottle so daddy can get in on that baby-feeding action?

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Whatever you're looking for, it is out there for you -- you just need to find it. Lucky for you, I've done research for you and put together a list of some of the newest, greatest baby bottles you can find. Whether you want a bottle that looks and feels like your breast or a whole travel bottle system, here are 9 baby bottles you'll want to check out.

1. MAM Anti-Colic Bottle.

At $6.99, the MAM bottle is designed to prevent gas, colic and reflux. It features a vented base that regulates pressure and prevent bubbles and foam to make sure babies don’t get air in as they guzzle away. The MAM is a great option for those who want to transition away from the breast. It’s easy to clean, comes in various sizes/colors, and has the ability to alter the flow rate of the nipple. At only $6.99, this bottle is worth taking a look at! $6.99, buy here

2. Mimijumi.

 

Forget about nipple confusion. If you want the transition to be literally as seamless as possible, the Mimijumi bottle is for you. Not only does the nipple of the bottle visually mimics the color and shape of the breast, it is also similarly textured -- though some claim the nipple to be a bit oversized. This bottle also has different flow rates, allowing baby to latch and control the speed at which he or she is getting the milk. Though Mimijumi comes at a higher price ($25), it is definitely worth every penny if you've had a hard time finding a bottle that your baby accept to drink from. $25, buy here.

3. Baby Brezza.

Do you need a third nipple to give both of yours a break? Look no further, and get daddy to work! Baby Brezza mimics breastfeeding, which means it is great as a transitional bottle and your baby daddy won't have technical difficulties helping you out with the feeding sessions. Baby Brezza is also notable for its low maintenance clean-up (only has two parts to clean) and specialized technology to prevent colic. What's more it comes in a glass version, which is great for those who want to avoid plastic for the healthiest, greenest bottle-feeding experience possible. $8.99, buy here.

4. Kiinde Twist.

Mamas and papas, welcome to the travel system of baby bottles. The Twist is smart and convenient for the parent on the go -- especially the mother who chooses to pump and serve. The bottle system comes with a pumping bag that can attach directly to the bottle. That's right: with Kiinde's Twist, it’s as simple as pumping into the storage bag and placing the it onto the bottle system. What's more, the bottle frame can be used with a variety of select nipples on the market). Finally and since we're all about longevity of the products we buy, the Twist grows with your baby as it allows you to store on-the-go snacks and purees. $11.24 for bottle, $19.99 for pack of 80 bags for $19.99, buy here

5. Philips Avent Natural Bottles.

If you aren’t looking for any fancy footwork, this bottle may be for you.  A classic, the Philip Avent bottle claims to reduce colic, make transition from breast to bottle more smooth, and has various nipple flow rates. With its ergonomic shape, both mom and baby can hold it comfortably. Plus, it is easy to clean and BPA free. At only $14.99 for three bottles, why not give the Avent natural bottles a try? $14.99, buy here

6. Bare bottle.

This is a rare find and technology like no other bottle I have seen. With its syringe-like technology, this bottle acts like a breast as it doesn’t allow any air to enter the nipple system, which in effect reduces colic. The baby is also able to control the flow at which he or she is getting milk, as he has to actively suck on the bottle for the milk to actually come out. With the Bare bottle, you can even feed baby in upright position. $16.99, buy here

7. Mixie bottle.

If you have a formula-fed baby, and your baby’s cries of hunger at night stress you out, this may be the bottle for you. In the Mixie, you have your formula ready to go inside of your bottle, mix it all up and poof, your nighttime time bottle is ready in a jiffy. It's literally fresh formula, whenever and wherever. Be warned though, when you save time to prep, you may spend more time cleaning all the bottle components. But at least, baby should be milk drunk and sound asleep by then. $16.99, buy here

8. iiamo go.

To make your adventures easier, opt for the self-heating bottle, the iiamo Go. It comes with two interchangeable bottoms: a regular one and a heating system that allows you to warm baby's milk on the go, in 4 minutes! No electricity, no cord, no recharging. It's especially useful for the wanderlust family traveling the distance. $35 for a bottle, $13.99, for 5 packs of heating cartridge charge. Buy here

9. Joovy Boob.

This bottle is called "boob" for a reason: it's great to transition from breast to bottle, making the process as natural as possible, and reduces colic with its specialized CleanFlow Vent technology. Available in 5 flow rates, the nipples are molded and baked to strengthen the silicone and help prevent the nipple from collapsing while still providing constant softness -- though some parents have said that the slowest flow is too fast for their baby. $15.99 for two bottles. Buy here

14 Toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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