There’s no perfect baby bottle. There’s just the best baby bottle that works for you and your child. But if you’re trying to use less plastic while also bottle feeding your infant, we recommend stainless steel baby bottles or glass baby bottles.
When choosing baby bottles, consider how easy each one is to assemble, whether you can transition it into a sippy cup or water bottle by swapping out lids, how simple it is to clean, and the cost. One thing to note: While companies claim that some bottles are better for gassy babies, and others are better for breastfed babies, there’s really no scientific data that supports those claims.
Plastic bottles are the most common, by far, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against microwaving formula or breast milk in them to help reduce the transfer of harmful chemicals during the reheating or dishwashing process. The AAP also urges parents to use glass or stainless steel when possible for the reasons stated above.
Klean Kanteen, which makes great stainless steel water bottles, is now in the baby bottle game. This bottle is wide, so it's easy to fill and clean. Plus, it's compatible with all Klean Kanteen wide caps, which is a major bonus. You can get the 5 ounce bottle for teeny babies and the 9 ounce bottle for heartier eaters.
With the Pura, you're getting a double-wall, vacuum insulated, food grade stainless steel bottle. It has a sleeve, which makes it easy for kids to grip. The bottle is compatible with other lids from the brand, so that means less waste and more flexibility for parents.
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These glass baby bottles, from a brand started by a Danish mother, withstand extreme temps, meaning you can boil them or freeze them. The brand also has something called a PaciPouch that does double duty as a sleeve for the smaller bottles (they come in 2 sizes). Because, you know, babies throw stuff.
This glass bottle has a protective silicone seal to keep it from breaking and to provide a non-slip grip. They come in 4 or nine 9 sizes, and are made from thermal shock resistant borosilicate glass. Meaning, they safely go from freezer to fridge to hot water.
Dr. Brown’s glass bottles have the brand's much-hyped anti-colic internal vent system, which does make these the most difficult to clean. Whether you believe the hype or not is your choice, but these do help some babies who spit up and have gas. Like others on this list, these bottles are made from borosilicate glass that is heat and thermal shock-resistant. And they have silicone sleeves to make the bottles easy to handle.
If you're neither into glass nor stainless steel, consider these silicone baby bottles. We like them because of the wide-neck design, which makes cleaning them a cinch. You can boil it or microwave it. Plus, your kid can throw this thing all he or she wants because joke's on them: Silicone won't fall apart.
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