How We Choose Our Best Picks?
Babies usually feed on bottles until at least one year old. That’s when the American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s okay to give your child cow’s milk. However, many breastfeeding moms continue to nurse well into the second year. Also, you’ll likely want to introduce your child to sippy cups, used to transition kids from bottles to regular cups, between one and two years of age.
Parents prefer different bottle materials for different reasons:
Sturdy and long-lasting but also heavy, typically more expensive than other models, and can shatter easily.
Extremely strong but also makes it difficult to measure how much liquid is actually stored within a bottle.
Polypropylene, the hard plastic typically used in bottles, is lightweight and virtually unbreakable but can wear out faster. After health concerns rose a few years ago, plastic bottles are now required to be free of a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA). So while any bottle currently on the market should be BPA-free, it’s best to pass on any hand-me-downs.
The glass bottle is a great little bottle that is easy for parents to use and easy for most babies to latch on to. We like that this body has an eco-healthy borosilicate glass body that is thermal and shock resistant. The silicone sleeve makes it easy for baby to grip and offers some protection from drops and accidental throwing. This bottle is easy to clean, easy to assemble, has limited parts and a nipple that didn't collapse and didn't seem to contribute to air ingestion. Babies were able to hold this bottle easily despite it being heavier, thanks to the grippy sleeve and babies in our testing had no difficulty latching onto the nipple even though it is on the narrow side and one of the least breast like in this review. When baby is ready to move on from bottles, a sippy cup lid can be purchased to prolong the life of the bottle body. There is much to like and not much to dislike about this simple and cool looking bottle.
Some babies will take to just about any bottle whether they've experienced the breast or not, but many babies have difficulties with new bottles and nipples causing frustration for parents and baby alike. With so many bottle options on the market, it isn't as simple as picking one off the shelf and throwing it in your cart. What if baby likes a wider more breast like nipple? What if you have decided to limit baby's exposure to plastic? What if baby is prone to gas and colic? Knowing which bottle might be your best bet given all the different shapes, sizes, materials, vents, valves and nipples that today's selection of baby bottles has to offer can be a daunting task. We considered 30 of the most popular bottles on the market before choosing 9 to test side-by-side.