My baby developed a quick preference for bottle-feeding over breastfeeding since week 1. When mamas switch to bottle-feeding, the ultimate question in their minds is: which baby bottle is the best?
There are many options out there and so sometimes it could be overwhelming to choose the right bottle that the baby would be comfortable with, especially if he or she has been exclusively breastfed for a while. I think ultimately it might be a trial and error process, which frankly could end up being costly.
But don’t sweat, mama! This is why you’re on this page so you can reduce the time and money you have to spend on finding baby bottles that might work for your baby.
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Ok so these are not baby bottles per se. But, you could attach these slow flow nipples to milk storage bottles. In my case, they fit my Medela milk storage bottles perfectly.
I suggest you start with these nipples especially if you are bottle-feeding early on. Remember, I had to bottle feed after week 1 so I really had to find the perfect nipples for my newborn.
These are the only nipples in the market that I found to be truly slow flow. They are also truly small in size so they tend to fit a newborn’s tiny mouth a lot better. Finally, I found these do not leak from the side of baby’s mouth unlike other nipples in the market.
I switched to the Comotomo baby bottle once my newborn outgrew the Enfamil slow flow nipples and I’m so happy my friend introduced these bottles to me!
I found Comotomo to be the best baby bottles in the market. The Comotomo nipple has this innovative design that resembles the breast more naturally. It has a wide base to help baby achieve a perfect latch, which makes it easy to transition from breast to bottle (and vice versa).
What I also like about the Comotomo baby bottle is it’s made of silicone material and so not only is it easy to clean, it’s absolutely heat-resistant. It also has dual air vents to prevent colic. Lastly, the Comotomo bottle amazingly does not leak which I was really happy about since every drop counts when it comes to liquid gold and formula.
The only thing with Comotomo is it’s a bit on the pricier side, but I think it’s absolutely worth it!
Now that my baby is no longer a newborn and is an expert bottle-feeder, I’ve expanded the bottles that I’m using.
If you’re a mama who is in the hunt for the best anti-colic bottles at a cheaper price, then I suggest you try the Philips Avent Anti-Colic bottles with AirFree vents. Now, full disclosure here, in the beginning, these bottles didn’t work well for my baby. I found even the size 1 nipples appeared to have such a fast flow for a newborn and so milk tended to leak from the side of my baby’s mouth.
However, for an infant, these baby bottles work well! The AirFree vents are those green attachments that you place on the bottle before you close it tight. These vents keep the nipple full with milk which reduces air that the baby ingests, which helps prevent issues like gas, colic, or reflux. This is why I would recommend these for an infant instead of a newborn, because it tends to have too fast of a flow of milk for a newborn by keeping the nipple full.
The shape of the Philips Avent nipple is also thoughtfully designed so that it gradually increases in size from the tip to the base which allows for a good latch. My baby was able to switch from these bottles to the Comotomo and vice versa without any issues.
Finally, another amazing baby bottle that I’ve tried is the Tommee Tippee. Like the Philips Avent baby bottle, the Tommee Tippee has its unique anti-colic system to reduce baby’s discomfort from bottle feeding.
But what I really loved about this baby bottle is its heat-sensing technology. It has a straw that turns pink if the milk is too hot which is super helpful to avoid burning baby’s mouth.
Tip: if you are purchasing replacement nipples for your Tommee Tippee anti-colic bottles, make sure to get anti-colic nipples and not the close to nature nipples as they would cause the anti-colic system to be less effective and may also cause leaks.
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