If you’re planning to combination feed, formula feed or offer the occasional feed with expressed breast milk, you’ll need the best baby bottles.
From anti-colic to breast-mimicking teats to glass options, there are many different types of bottles on the market that can be used from birth. Using the expertise of MFM Awards industry and healthcare judges plus feedback from bottlefeeding parents, we’ve extensively tested dozens in order to find the very best baby bottles suitable from birth, including the best baby bottles for colic, the best glass baby bottles and the best baby bottles for premature babies.
Top 10 Best Baby Bottles In UK 2021
From anti-colic bottles to self-sterilising, BPA-free and glass, we pick the best bottles for newborns – tested by babies and rated by their parents. Here’s our pick of the best baby bottles suitable for newborns upwards…
1. Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti-Colic Baby Bottles 260 ml
This best baby bottle has been designed with a breast-like shaped teat and anti-colic system designed to take air away from the milk. Tommee Tippee claims the one-way venting system that draws air away from the milk reduces bubbles to cut the chances of your baby getting colic. And in testing, 80% of parents said that when feeding from these bottles, their babies suffered less wind, reflux and fussing.
What’s more, to encourage a baby to take the bottle and to get a good latch (and reduce colic-causing air intake), the extra wide teats have been designed with the breast in mind, flexing and stretching to mimic a breastfeed, in a similar way to those made by MAM and Philips Avent. (It’s worth noting that these bottles can only be used with the Advanced Anti-Colic Teats – they won’t work with Tommee Tippee’s Closer to Nature Teats.)
With these bottles you make the feed slightly differently – stirring in the formula powder, rather than shaking the bottle to combine, for instance – otherwise they can be prone to leaking. As well as being anti-colic, the bottle has a clever temperature feature – a built-in, heat-sensing strip that turns pink within seconds if the feed is too hot to give to your baby.
2. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Clear Bottles 150 ml
Reliable, durable and suitable for newborns, Tommee Tippee’s Closer to Nature bottles are made from BPA-free plastic and come up trumps when it comes to parents’ reviews, thanks to their compact silhouette, flexible and soft silicone teat (which eases the transition from breast to bottle with its easy latch-on shape) and range of sizes, from 150ml to 340ml.
3. MAM Easy Start Self Sterilising Anti-Colic Baby Bottle Pack 260ml
Universally beloved by parents far and wide, this best baby bottle is self-sterilising, leak-proof and surprisingly budget-friendly.
The super-soft silicone teat has been designed with a flat shape intended to mimic the nipple when breastfeeding. A vented, removable base prevents the baby from swallowing too much air, and the self-sterilising function is great for travelling or for families with smaller kitchens.
A curved, ergonomic design with plastic bubbles for grip will help your baby to hold on when she’s ready, and the wide neck and clear volume markings, in both millilitres and fluid ounces, will prove a lifesaver in the bleary hours of the night.
Safety-wise, you don’t need to worry. The plastic bottle, base and lid are all made from BPA- and BPS-free plastic, and the teat is hygienic silicone, which doesn’t taste of anything and won’t degrade.
4. Dr Brown’s Options Wide Neck Bottle 270ml
Parents say the Dr Brown’s bottles are a game changer if your baby is suffering with trapped wind. Many claim once they’ve switched to the brand, the problem stops.
Designed with the long tube down the centre, the science behind the system is that the vent eliminates the vacuum and air bubbles, preventing gas building up in your little one’s tummy causing them pain. Worth a try if your baby is suffering with colic or trapped wind.
5. NUK First Choice+ Baby Bottles Set 150ml
For many years, NUK First Choice has been the first choice for bottle feeding modelled on breastfeeding. With NUK First Choice+ we have managed to get even closer to nature – for healthy jaw development and a drinking sensation as if at a mother’s breast.
The special NUK Shape is modelled on a mother´s nipple as she breastfeeds. It leaves your baby´s tongue and jaw enough room for natural sucking movements. With its new soft zone, the silicone baglet is a better fit against the roof of your baby´s mouth – giving a natural feeling while drinking.
The improved Anti-Colic Air System creates a natural flow so that your baby can drink in a relaxed way without swallowing air. The extra-wide bottle of the NUK First Choice Bottles makes them easy to fill and clean. The contoured shape means that the bottle can be gripped securely and the wide base gives stability.
6. Chicco Natural Feeling 250ml
Italian brand Chicco has designed the Natural Feeling bottle with a cleverly angled teat that mimics the angle babies nurse at for more comfortable feeding, especially for little mouths. The extra-soft silicone teat has a valve to keep milk inside and prevent air bubbles being gulped down with the milk; the wide and sturdy bottles are also super easy to clean.
If your baby isn’t getting on well with traditional bottle designs, give this angled style a go. Suitable from birth.
7. Lansinoh Laboratories Baby Bottles 240ml
The Lansinoh Glass Bottle comes with a NaturalWave Teat, that is flexible and soft, mimicking the natural breast and encouraging secure latching on from your baby. This teat design also helps your little one’s tongue’s wave-like tongue movement, similar to what they do when breastfeeding. This process encourages the natural development of their oral structures.
The teat also has an integrated air ventilation system which reduces unnecessary air entry, which is one of the significant signs of colic in babies.
Because the Lansinoh Glass bottles are designed to mimic breastfeeding, it may be one of your options if you are looking for a bottle for combination bottle and breastfeeding.
8. Lifefactory Glass Bottle 260ml
As baby grows the Lifefactory 9 oz borosilicate glass baby bottle is the next step up. With a variety of nipple sizes and sippy caps our bottle adapts to your baby’s changing needs. The 9 oz. bottle comes with a silicone sleeve and a polypropylene flat cap. You’ll appreciate the grippy surface of the colorful silicone sleeve, and you’ll love the fact that you’re using a glass bottle that is manufactured with high quality materials.
9. Philips Avent SCF051 / 17 120ml
The Natural bottle with an ultra soft teat more closely resembles the breast. The wide breast-shaped teat with flexible spiral design and comfort petals allows natural latch on and makes it easy to combine breast and bottle feeding.
10. Hegen PCTO Press to Close Twist to Open 150ml
Hegen’s practical and multi-functional designs represent a quantum leap in baby feeding. Designed to closely mimic a mother’s lactating breast, our elliptical-shaped and super soft silicone teat minimizes nipple confusion so combining breast and bottle-feeding is seamless.
Additional teats of various sizes (sold separately) allow mothers to simply swap to their choice of teats (slow/medium/fast/thick feed) for baby’s perfect feed as time goes by.
Breast milk storage lids (sold separately) allow the feeding bottles to be converted to air-tight and secured storage containers easily by simply swapping the interchangeable lids. Growing with your baby, these storage containers can also be used as a snack cup or to store baby food, semi-solids, puree, biscuits, fruits or even juices!
How To Choosing The Best Baby Bottles for Your Child?
Teat flow – Most bottles suitable for newborns are sold with the slowest flowing teat available but there may be other teats you can buy that are better suited to your baby. A range of teat sizes mean that your bottle can transition as your baby grows and their preferences change. Every baby is different but many babies cope best with a slow flow or vari-flow teat for 0+months, medium flow for 3+ months and fast flow for 6+ months.
Anti-colic features – Newborns under 6 months may experience colic so almost every baby bottle suitable for newborn babies has a design feature to help with this. Whether it’s a teat with valves, vents in the base of the bottle or weighted straw, these anti-colic features aim to prevent excess air entering your baby’s digestive system, where it can cause wind, reflux and colic.
Breast-feeding compatibility – If you’re planning to combination feed or want a seamless way to transition your baby from boob to bottle, bottles with teats that emulate the breast and nipple during breastfeeding can make things easier. Also look out for bottles designed to pace a feed more naturally, preventing guzzling.
Material – The majority of baby bottles are made from BPA-free plastic, which is light, easy to clean and resilient. However, they can become discoloured, are easily scratched and will ultimately contribute to landfill. Non-plastic alternatives include glass bottles, which are heavier than plastic versions but are a more sustainable option – not least because if properly looked after, they can last for years.
Ease of use – The best baby bottles are no good to a sleep-deprived or distressed parent if it’s fiddly to put together or tricky to work out how the valve needs to be positioned. That said, some of the best anti-colic bottles take a bit of practice, which is worth it if it helps reduce your baby’s post-feed discomfort.
Longevity – While it might seem like it at the time, colic and reflux don’t last forever. So a bottle that can grow with your baby, turning from an anti-colic bottle to a regular one that will last for many months, is a good investment.
After reading our guide about how to choosing the best baby bottles and our picking best baby bottles, we hope you will buy a right baby bottle for your baby.