Choosing the right bottle for your baby

January 23, 2015

The best baby bottles offer your baby a natural and familiar experience without spilling, breaking or containing harmful chemicals. Here are some important factors to consider when choosing a bottle for your baby.

Choosing the right bottle for your baby

Types of baby bottles

Baby bottles are available in several types:

  • Plastic baby bottles: Plastic baby bottles are lightweight and durable. Look for BPA-free plastic bottles to ensure this harmful chemical doesn't get into your baby's food.
  • Glass baby bottles: Long-lasting glass baby bottles can be disinfected in boiling water. Unlike many plastic containers, glass baby bottles can be used to store breast milk or baby formula.
  • Disposable: Disposable baby bottles come with sterilized liners that can be thrown out after each feeding to avoid germ buildup and the hassle of cleaning.


Look at the features available for baby bottles before purchasing.

  • Nipple: Baby bottle nipples are designed to recreate the breastfeeding experience for your baby. A wide base and soft material helps avoid spillage while making babies feel comfortable and natural.
  • Body: The body of a baby bottle can be made of plastic or glass, which impacts durability, weight and storage methods.
  • Baby bottle brush: This brush is designed to gently and thoroughly clean baby bottles, including the nipple and smaller parts such as the valves.

Factors to consider

Consider how baby bottles are made before making your purchase.

  • Nipple material: Rubber and silicone are most often used for baby bottle nipples since they are soft yet sturdy. Options such as latex, which are softer but less durable, are also available.
  • Slow flow vs. fast flow: Baby bottles with slow flow have a smaller opening for feeding and are ideal for younger babies up to about three months.
  • Sturdy construction: Some bottles are more susceptible to spillage than others. Bad or overly complicated design can result in spilled milk and wasted time. Choose a baby bottle that screws in tightly and appears sturdy and simple.


Consider these tips before buying new baby bottle.

  • Cleaning: Some plastic baby bottles can be damaged in the dish washer over time. Though you'll be washing often, hand washing can be the best option, especially with plastic bottles. Baby bottle sterilizers are also available to thoroughly clean baby bottles.
  • Storing: Storing breast milk or baby formula in plastic may allow chemicals to seep into your baby's food. Opt for glass or hard plastic designed for food storage.
  • Freezing: It is best to freeze breast milk quickly without leaving it out too long, in materials designed for frozen food storage. Glass containers not designed to be frozen may crack or shatter when frozen.

Whether you're using breast milk, baby formula or a combination of the two, a reliable baby bottle is must. Know what to look for and you'll find a bottle that makes both you and your baby happy.

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