History of Baby Bottles
Although breastfeeding was a common practice in ancient times, babies were often bottle fed as well. Bottles were used for babies to drink both breast milk and animal milk. Common early forms of baby bottles included cow horns, terracotta jugs and goblets. A turning point came in the 16th century when feeding bottles actually began to be shaped like bottles.
A variety of materials were used to create baby bottles including wood, pewter and glass. Designs were experimented with as well.
Starting in 1850, bottles were created that were tougher, practical and inexpensive. They were also improved upon to be safer and to give babies an experience that would more closely mimic breastfeeding.
Types of Bottles
Today, there are a number of bottles available on the market. Some are designed to be suitable for babies who are transitioning from breastfeeding. Others are made to reduce gas in colicky babies. Others are best for small premie mouths. No matter what the needs of your baby may be, there’s a bottle for that!
What to Look for In a Baby Bottle
There are a variety of options when it comes to the material your baby bottle can be made from. Plastic bottles are lightweight and inexpensive, but parents worry about chemicals. They also need to be replaced regularly. Glass is heavier and can shatter but its BPA free. Silicone and stainless steel bottles are BPA free, lightweight and unbreakable but tend to be expensive.
Most bottles are tall and slightly curved but some feature ergonomic designs that are easier for your baby to hold.
Some bottles come with a disposable insert that can be filled with formula and thrown away after each use. They are easy to clean and convenient when you’re on the go.
Size and Number
Different bottles are made for newborns and older babies. Smaller bottles are best for smaller babies who will consumer less in each sitting.
As mentioned above, there are different types of bottles made to suit the needs of different babies. Choose one that is right for your child.
Our Top Picks
Lifefactory Glass Bottle
Description: These glass bottles come with a protective sleeve that protects the bottle and makes it easier for babies to grip. It comes in 4 and 9 oz sizes and the top is replaceable with a sippy cup lid making it a good investment as your child gets older.
Cost: $33.59 for 9 ounce 2 pack
- Pure taste with no leaching from plastic or metals
- Wide mouth makes it easy to add ingredients
- Protective sleeve for easy grip and durability
- Chemical free and FDA approved
- Top seals to prevent leaking
- Transitions to a sippy cup for older children
- Parents commonly complain of leaks
- Bottle is expensive
Description: Tommee Tippee specializes in anti-colic bottles that are made to minimize digestive issues. They also have a variety of products made for newborns and older babies. This review will be focusing on the 9 ounce bottles in their 6 pack.
Cost: $19.99 for 9 oz. 6 pack
· Bright colors
· Nipple shape for natural latch
· Optimum venting to reduce colic
· Comfortable hold design
· Chemical free
· Many parents complained of the nipples collapsing and leaking
Description: Nanobebe designs bottles that are suitable for breastfeeding babies. This transition bottle is for babies going from bottle to breast.
Cost: $22.99 for a 6 pack
· Easy to clean and assemble
· Low flow to prevent gas
· Easily adjusts to become warmer or cooler to provide the perfect temperature for your baby
· Nutrient protection save bottle from bacteria
· Parents complain that more nipples should be included
Dr. Brown’s Original:
Description: These are convertible glass bottles that can be used with or without the vent system
Cost: $16.39 for 3 pack of 5 ounce bottles
· Convertible bottle offers convenient features
· Designed to reduce digestive issues
· Dishwasher safe
· Helps preserves milk’s nutrients
· Parents complain of leaking
· Parents complain of poor cap design
Baby bottles have come a long way since their inception. Bottles are now available with a number of features made to suit different baby’s needs. Which one will work best for your family?