It’s a very daunting experience walking into a baby store for the first time to put together a registry. One of the hardest tasks is determining a bottle system that will work for your baby…before your baby has even arrived! We’re betting at least a few of these sound familiar:
- There are so many to choose from, how will I know what works for my baby?
- Why are some so much more expensive than others?
- What’s with all the supplies and are they necessary?
- How come some of them have wide neck bottle systems and others don’t?
To help us help you create a pleasant feeding experience that will also ensure baby gains and grows, we turned to Alyssa Kane, a speech language pathologist who specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. Below, Alyssa outlines the positives and negatives of the top 5 most commonly used baby bottle systems.
Babies who benefit most: Gassy babies, preemies
Why we love it: Dr Brown’s is a great option for most babies; it’s lightweight and easy to handle. It’s the best bottle out there in terms of controlling flow rate for various ages/stages. For premature babies, the preemie nipple is truly the slowest option on the market! Another bonus for this bottle is that lots claim it helps the gassiest babies out there. For eco-friendly family’s it comes in glass too!
Downsides: Biggest downsides to this bottle is it not the cheapest, it leaks, and it’s a bit of a pain to clean. However, the Dr. Brown's brand new "Options" model allows you to feed with or without the vent system, easing use and reducing leakage. Buy it here.
Babies who benefit most: gassy babies, babies who are breast and bottle feeding
Why we love it: Avent has a redesigned bottle is a much newer and sleeker look that makes it easier for baby to hold on to. It’s voted as one of the better bottles if you decide to breastfeed and bottle feed. It’s very easy to assemble, clean, and maintain. An extra perk is many claim it helps eliminate gas.
Downsides: Biggest downsides to this bottle is that it does leak. Buy it here.
Babies who benefit most: Babies who are transitioning to breastfeeding
Why we love it: Many claim that ComoTomo is the best bottle out there if you are looking to transition from breast to bottle; its squishy silicone nipple and wide shaped nipple make it feel like the real thing! Additionally it's an easy to clean bottle that most say does not leak.
Downsides: Price per bottle, its lack of nipple flow rates available, and its funny shape which makes it easy to tip over. Buy it here.
Babies who benefit most: Breast and bottle feeding babies, gassy babies
Why we love it: Tommee Tippee is much cheaper option and in this case cheap does not necessarily mean a bad option. This bottle is great for baby’s breast and bottle feeding. It also helps those gassy babies. An added perk is that it’s easy to clean.
Downsides: Slow flow is not really that slow; if controlling flow rates is your concern then this bottle is not for you! Buy it now.
Babies who benefit most: Those of working parents, gassy babies
Why we love it: Playtex Drop-Ins are truly the lowest maintenance bottle and therefore is great for working parents or very active parents. You can also buy a system so you can directly pump into bottles. Many claim this bottle system replicates breastfeeding best! Asserts to also be a lifesaver for babies with gas.
Downsides: Biggest downsides to this bottle is that it is not eco-friendly, has a high price tag in the long run as you need to buy refills, and inconvenience of purchasing drop-ins. Buy it here.
The Bottle Line
Always remember, every baby is different and you will not know what works best for your baby until you try. Best suggestion is to purchase two to three bottles (beginning stages only) and try them all out with your baby to determine which one he/she will like best!
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