Baby Bottles Buying Guide
Baby bottles are essential for storing milk and feeding your baby on the go.
What to consider
Most important factor as some babies become colickly, gassy, or can not latch-on. Try switching bottle type if this occurs.
When to start
Start bottle-feeding once babies are familiar with breastfeeding and sucking-motions, at least 1 month after birth with a 2 week adjustment period.
Glass: long-lasting, free from chemicals, but heavy, breakable. Stainless steel: durable, but expensive. Silicone: flexible, unbreakable, lightweight but expensive. Plastic: lightweight, cheap, but contain chemicals. Make it's BPA free, like the bottles recommended here.
Ease of use
Start with basic bottles with few parts - they're quick to assemble and ideal for a hungry, impatient baby. Dishwasher-safe and pre-lined bottles are easy to clean. Handwash plastic bottles to prevent wearing out.
Regular bottles require sterilization after each use. Formula mixing bottles come with a formula compartment, releasing formula when the baby is hungry and allowing for on-the-go mixing. Drop-in liner bottles have pre-sterilized pouches which are placed into the bottle, reducing the number of cleans needed.
Babies should start with smaller size bottles for an easy grip and smaller feeds, making 120-150ml bottles ideal. Older babies drink more, requiring large bottles.
Wide-neck bottles: mimic the shape of breasts, easy to measure formula in, but don't fit into cup holders. Angled bottles: prevent trapped air but challenging to clean. Slight curve: good grip, can be hard for baby to adjust.
|Popular brands||Pigeon||Dr. Brown||Medela||Mixie||Philips Avent||Tommee Tippee||NUK||Comotomo||Playtex||Pacific Baby|
|Model||Wide Neck Feeding Bottle||Natural Flow Original Bottle||Calma Bottle with Teat||Formula Mixing Baby Bottle||Classic Feeding Bottle||Closer to Nature PP Bottle||Premium Choice Polypropylene Bottle||Baby Bottle||Nurser||Hot-Tot Insulated Baby Bottle|
|Type||Regular||Regular||Regular||Formula mixing||Regular||Regular and drop-in liners||Regular||Regular||Drop-in liners||Regular|
|Features||Air ventilation system reduces gas intake and colic||Internal vent system prevents air and milk from mixing, reducing colic||Works well with medela breast pumps, directly into bottle. designed with wide nipple to allow babies to easily alternate between bottle-feeding and breast-feed||Ready to go formula bottle. add formula into separate compartment and press button to mix when baby is hungry.||Works with avent breast pump, anti-colic nipple||Anticolic, bottle designed to mimic mother's breast||Anticolic, nipple designed to provide orthodontic benefits||Anticolic, grippable silicone bottle allows for squeezing||Anticolic, requires less cleaning due to pre-sterilized disposable liners||Keeps liquids warm or cold for up to 6 hours|
|Material||Silicone nipple, bottles available in glass, polypropylene, and polyphenylsulfone||Silicone nipple, bottles available in glass and polypropylene||Silicone nipple, plastic bottle||Silicone nipple, plastic bottle||Silicone nipple, bottle available in glass and polypropylene||Silicone nipple, polypropylene bottle||Silicone nipple, polypropylene bottle||Silicone nipple, silicone bottle, plastic neck||Silicone nipple, plastic bottle, pre-sterilized plastic liners||Stainless steel, silicone nipple, changeable drinking tops|
|Sizes||160 and 240ml||60, 120, and 240ml||120, 250ml||120, 240ml||125, 260ml||150, 260, 340ml||150, 240, 300ml||150, 240ml||120, 240ml||120, 200, 300ml|
|Price||SGD 24 (160ml)||SGD 15.9 (240ml)||SGD 16 (120ml)||SGD 59.77 (120ml)||SGD 17.9 (125ml)||SGD 22 (260ml)||SGD 17 (150ml)||SGD 32.9 (150ml)||SGD 11.9 (120ml)||SGD 19 (120ml)|
|Where to buy||Lazada||Pupsik||Motherswork||Lazada||Pupsik||Mothercare||Mothercare||Motherswork||First Few Years||Lazada|
- The number of bottles you require depends on how much milk you pump and how much milk your baby typically drinks. Buying a variety of sizes in a bundle pack is useful since larger bottles will be convenient as babies grow older. Typically, parents buy between 4-12 bottles.
- Each bottle brand makes nipples that have the ideal flow rate for your baby's age and stage. Once your baby is 3 months old, you can switch to level 2 nipples (typically with 2 holes) for faster flow rates.
- Don't leave your baby unattended with a bottle and don't let your baby go to bed with a bottle.
- Make sure to test for leakage before you put a bottle your bag.
- Bottles need to be warmed before feeding. This can be done by placing it in hot water or using a bottle warmer. Avoid microwaving bottles as this creates hot spots which can burn your baby's tongue.
- Some bottles are designed to fit directly into breast pumps (Medela, Philips Avent). Check to see if your pump works directly into bottles.
- Plastic bottles tend to deteriorate over time - check your bottle for cracks or leaks regularly.
- Baby bottles need to be sterilized after use in hot water or using a bottle sterilizer. Check our steriliser buying guide for more information!
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