If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer amount of bottle brands and varieties on the market, welcome to the club! I have four kids and the first three all used the same bottle brand with nary a problem… then baby #4 came around, and of course she decided to reinvent the wheel. I stocked up on nearly a dozen new options, painstakingly sterilizing and attempting to get her to suckle from each one—so that, ya know, I could go to the grocery store or take a shower without her needing to nurse!
Regardless of whether you’re a soon-to-be mama looking for the bottle that’s just right for you and your baby, or you’re at-the-end-of-your-rope mama who’s willing to try anything to get your fussy bambino to take a bottle, we got you with our recommendations for the best bottles for formula and breastfed babies.
Before we get started, here’s your crash course in “babas” as we lovingly call them in my household.
Why do you need bottles if you’re planning to breastfeed?
Well, as I said earlier, you’re going to likely want some space at some point—whether it’s for date night or to run errands for an hour—and to do so with some peace of mind, you’ll want your baby to be able to be fed in your absence, and a bottle is the only way it’s gonna get done (regardless of whether it’s formula or breastmilk in there!)
How many do you really need?
If you’re stocking up on bottles for the first time, you’ll want to have roughly six to eight on hand starting on day one of baby’s life. That may seem excessive, but when you consider that newborns feed eight to 12 times a day, we promise you it’s not!
What types of bottles are there?
There are glass and plastic (BPA-free, of course), and there are usually four levels of nipple size for newborns through toddlers, with the nipple size and flow growing with the babe. There are also two sizes of bottles, typically around 4- and 9-ounces—you’ll plow through the small bottles when they’re drinking smaller portions many times a day, and as solids are introduced you’ll transition to the larger bottles for fewer “meals.”
More to know: Most bottles on the market now are designed to specifically aid parents with certain pain points, like gas, colic, or—like my stubborn fourth child—a baby that simply prefers the boob.
So, there you have it mamas! Now that you’ve completed your Bottles 101, let’s dig into some recommendations, shall we?
The best bottles for formula & breastfed babies
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