The Best Baby Bottle for Easy FeedsThe Best Baby Bottle for Easy Feeds

The Best Baby Bottle

Or how to meet one of your tiny human’s pressing needs.
Sarah Idle
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Sarah Idle
Updated 
Jan 22, 2021
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Baby
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Keeping a tiny human alive is a pretty important job. Especially when you’re exhausted and running on the least amount of sleep you’ve ever had. Thankfully, their needs are simple - plenty of love, sleep, a clean bum and food. That’s where the best baby bottle comes in. The best baby bottle is honestly, the one your baby likes most. Ideally, it’s easy to use (for you and baby) and easy to clean. Here are our picks for Australia’s top baby bottle, including bottles that support breastfeeding and glass baby bottles. They’ve been chosen from hours of internet sleuthing and poring over consumer reviews.

How we picked

Our picks have been informed by real Aussie parents’ opinions about baby bottles on ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion website. We picked top-rated products to suggest the baby bottles that work best for some parents and babies - and hopefully you, too.

Once we’d gathered some top-rated options, we swung by Canstar Blue, an Australian consumer review and comparison website. They’ve run a recent baby bottle survey, letting us know 6 brands that have pleased parents and their babies.

Finally, we did a spot of virtual shopping, trying to find other top-rated options. There you have it - the 8 best baby bottles in Australia.

What’s the best baby bottle?

Reader, it’s tricky to say for certain which is the best baby bottle. Because every baby is different - as you’ll know from your parenting group when someone else’s baby is sleeping through the night at 12 weeks old and yours doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘sleep’. This means there’s no 1 bottle that will suit every baby. To find the best one for your baby, it’s going to be some trial and error.

That’s why we’ve focused on bringing you picks for different types of bottle, whether you’re looking for ones that might help with colic and wind or you’re eco-conscious. 

The 8 best baby bottles in Australia

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How we picked

Our picks have been informed by real Aussie parents’ opinions about baby bottles on ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion website. We picked top-rated products to suggest the baby bottles that work best for some parents and babies - and hopefully you, too.

Once we’d gathered some top-rated options, we swung by Canstar Blue, an Australian consumer review and comparison website. They’ve run a recent baby bottle survey, letting us know 6 brands that have pleased parents and their babies.

Finally, we did a spot of virtual shopping, trying to find other top-rated options. There you have it - the 8 best baby bottles in Australia.

What’s the best baby bottle?

Reader, it’s tricky to say for certain which is the best baby bottle. Because every baby is different - as you’ll know from your parenting group when someone else’s baby is sleeping through the night at 12 weeks old and yours doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘sleep’. This means there’s no 1 bottle that will suit every baby. To find the best one for your baby, it’s going to be some trial and error.

That’s why we’ve focused on bringing you picks for different types of bottle, whether you’re looking for ones that might help with colic and wind or you’re eco-conscious. 

Best loved by Aussies -> Pigeon SofTouch Wide Neck

Pigeon SofTouch Wide Neck

Aussies have spoken - you (and your babies) absolutely love the Pigeon SofTouch Wide Neck bottle. It’s currently the most well-rated baby bottle on ProductReview.com.au where it gets around 4.5 from almost 100 reviews. Plus, Pigeon is your #1 baby bottle brand, according to Canstar Blue. It gets 5 stars for ease of use and cleaning, design, durability, value for money and overall satisfaction.

The Pigeon SofTouch Wide Neck bottle is backed by science. It includes a teat that’s been designed thanks to research into latching, peristaltic movement (a fancy way of saying the wave-like movements that move food through our digestive systems) and swallowing. With a wide neck design which mimics breast shape, it also has a textured surface to help baby latch on. This teat also features an Air Ventilation System to support constant milk flow and help reduce colic. Phew. 

It comes in 3 sizes: 160ml, 240ml and 330ml. The teats come in 5 sizes to fit all ages and stages, from SS to LL. The bottle is available in BPA- and BPS-free plastic, medical grade plastic and glass. 

Prices start from RRP $17.99 for 1 bottle and teat.

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Best for breastfeeding -> Medela Calma

Medela Calma

If you want baby to have all the benefits of breastmilk, but breastfeeding isn’t working for you, the Medela Calma is a specially designed breastmilk bottle. It allows baby to switch between breast and bottle easily because it supports their natural feeding behaviour - they can drink, breathe and pause regularly, without milk flowing. Medela reckons it “doesn’t interfere with breastfeeding”. 

That’s thanks to the fact that baby needs to create a vacuum to start the milk flow, just like they do when breastfeeding. So, according to Medela, baby enjoys the same feeding process whether they’re breastfeeding or using the Calma bottle. It’s been developed in cooperation with breastfeeding experts from the University of Western Australia, giving some backing to their claims. 

We especially like that you don’t need to buy different size teats. With the Calma, one size and shape fits all - Medela reckons the flow, shape and length of it is designed to suit baby’s needs as they grow. (Note you’ll need to replace the teat every 3 months.)

It gets around 3 stars from over 80 reviews on ProductReview.com.au. Although most Aussies seem to love it, some point out that their baby struggled to use it. Plus, because the teat has multiple layers, it can be fiddly to put together and clean.

These BPA-free plastic bottles come in 150ml and 250ml sizes. Prices start from around $30 for 1 bottle and teat.

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You want to feed baby breastmilk in a bottle.

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Best glass -> Cherub Baby Colour Change Glass Wide Neck Bottle

Cherub Baby Colour Change Glass Wide Neck Bottle

Glass might seem like an odd choice for a baby bottle - what about breakages? The Cherub Baby Colour Change Glass Wide Neck Bottle comes with a Drop Guarantee. This means Cherub Baby will replace your glass bottle within the 1-year warranty period if it breaks when dropped with the protective sleeve on. Still not convinced? Cherub Baby’s drop tests are from up to 3 storeys high, with no breakage. The medical grade glass can also withstand a huge range of temperatures, meaning it’s both freezer and boiling water safe. 

The glass bottle is covered by a silicone sleeve with built-in shock absorbers. As well as protecting the bottle and making it easy to hold, it also changes colour to tell you if it’s too hot. It turns white when the temperature is too hot (over 42 degrees celsius). 

As well as being our pick for the best baby bottle made of glass, Cherub Baby has put thought into the teat. Made of super soft and flexible silicone, it feels and curves like a breast to help baby latch on. A rippled design mimics the wave movement of baby’s tongue and it has an anti-colic valve. The bottle even fits most other wide neck teats, so if baby doesn’t like this teat, you can try others.

We love that the Cherub Baby Colour Change Glass Wide Neck Bottle converts into a sippy cup, straw cup and then a storage container. This means you can use it over the years as baby grows up. (Note you need to buy accessories to do this.)

It’s multi-award-winning, comes in sizes 150ml and 240ml, and prices start from RRP around $19 for 1 bottle and teat.

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You want an award-winning durable glass bottle that shouldn't break if dropped, with a sleeve that tells you if the milk is too hot, that can convert to a sippy cup (and more) and fits most other wide neck teats.

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Best for newborn -> Mimijumi Bottle

Mimijumi Bottle

Learning to bottle feed can be tricky, especially for newborns, so it makes sense to try to mimic the natural experience of breastfeeding. The mimijumi (which means "a mother's love" in Polynesian) bottle looks the most like a breast out of all the bottles we reviewed. The skin-like tone (available in light and dark) and shape of the silicone teat makes it a more natural feeding experience for baby. Plus, it flattens and stretches while baby feeds. 

Like breastfeeding, baby needs to latch onto the mimijumi to express the milk. Milk flow is regulated by baby’s sucking action. The teat features a venting mechanism to help prevent colic. mimijumi reckons each teat lasts a long time (between 9-12 months) so there are only 2 stages of teats needed.

It comes with a non-slip base so it won’t skid off the table. We appreciate the fact it only has 2 parts for easy assembly and cleaning. All elements of this plastic bottle and silicone teat are completely free of BPA, BPS, latex, phthalates, lead and all known EA (Estrogenic Activity) agents.

It gets around 3.5 stars from around 20 reviews on ProductReview.com.au. Aussies are split with babies either loving it or hating it. Note there are over 1,000 positive reviews from around the world on the mimijumi website.

It comes in 4oz (sorry, American company - this is approximately 113ml) and 8oz (226ml) sizes. Prices start from RRP $28 for 1 bottle and teat.

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You want a bottle that looks like a boob.

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Best for colic -> MAM Anti-Colic

MAM Anti-Colic

Whereas most baby bottles for colic feature anti-colic valves in the teat, the MAM Anti-Colic has a vented base that allows air to escape as baby drinks. It also means baby has a more even drinking flow for a more relaxed feed.

A silky soft silicone teat with a symmetric shape fits baby’s mouth well. MAM reckons this bottle helps 80% of babies have less colic and it’s accepted by 94% of babies. We’re keen to point out that this is MAM-ran research from very small studies (73 and 35 mothers). However, it does get an impressive over 4 stars from over 60 reviews on ProductReview.com.au. Most Aussies say it works well for babies suffering with wind and colic. 

It self-sterilises in the microwave in 3 minutes, which offsets the fact it’s got 5 parts to take apart. 

It comes in 160ml and 260ml sizes and prices start from a wallet-friendly RRP $9.99 for 1 bottle and teat.

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You’ve got a colicky baby and want a bottle that might help soothe them.

Best plastic -> NUK First Choice Plus

NUK First Choice Plus

If you’ve heard of baby bottles, you’ve probably heard of NUK. We reckon the NUK First Choice is the best plastic baby bottle.

NUK has been around for years (since the 50s). It was then that their dental experts invented the first asymmetric teat shape, which was based on the shape of a breast during breastfeeding. Promoting it with the catchy line “natural and suited to the jaw”, this shape still features in NUK teats today. 

NUK bottles and teats have been delighting mums and babies for decades. Now, it gets around 4 stars from around 40 reviews on ProductReview.com.au with most reviewers saying they love these lightweight, easy to use bottles. NUK also makes it into Canstar Blue’s top-rated list of baby bottle brands. Coming in at #6, it gets 4 stars for ease of cleaning and 3 stars in every other category, including overall satisfaction, value for money and ease of use. 

I, Cosier editor and co-founder Sarah (hi!), used NUK First Choice with my son - it was the only bottle and teat he would accept. And we tried a lot of others. A. Lot. We used the natural latex teats which unfortunately don’t seem to be available anymore.

The teat features super soft silicone for a natural feel for baby while feeding. It’s also got an Anti-Colic Air System for a natural flow, without extra air. 

The bottle features temperature control - the indicator on the side of the bottle turns white if the milk inside is too hot. The plastic is also BPA-free and odourless and the slightly contoured bottle with a wide base makes it safe and stable to hold. 

It comes in 150ml, 240ml, 300ml and 360ml sizes, a range of cute designs and is available in plastic or glass. Prices start from RRP $11.95 for 1 bottle and teat.

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You want a plastic baby bottle with temperature control that’s been delighting parents and babies since the 50s.

Best for budget -> Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature

Babies can be money suckers. Thankfully, at around $10 for 1 bottle and teat, the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature range isn’t a money sucker. Plus, widely available online and in your favourite stores, they’re easy to get your hands on.

We’re not just impressed by the price. Tommee Tippee reckon their teats are the “most breast-like … ever made”. We think other manufacturers might have something to say about that. However, the smooth silicone teat does mimic the flex, stretch and shape of mum’s breast. Super wide, it encourages baby to latch. It also has an anti-colic valve. 

Tommee Tippee goes as far as to say their teats are “guaranteed acceptance”. This is based on a survey of more than 1,200 parents, 92% of who reckoned their baby accepted it within the first 3 attempts. I (me again) tried the Closer to Nature with my son. He never accepted it, even after far more than 3 attempts. Proof that with all baby bottles and teats, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution and to take persuasive marketing claims with a pinch of salt. But hey, at $10 a bottle, it’s probably worth a go. 

Loads of Aussies are happy with it though. It gets around 3.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au from over 230 reviews. It’s also an award winner, winning the My Child Favourite Baby Bottle Product 2020. Closer to Nature is Canstar Blue’s #2 baby bottle brand, getting 5 stars for quality of seal and 4 stars for ease of cleaning, design and overall satisfaction.

It comes in 150ml, 250ml, 260ml and 340ml sizes and is available in BPA-free plastic or glass. 

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You want to spend around $10 on an award-winning plastic bottle and teat.

Best natural -> Baby Quoddle Abel Series

Baby Quoddle Abel Series

Mounds of plastic toys, disposable nappies, the necessity of putting baby in the car so you can nip out when they’re not napping - it’s not always easy being (a) green (parent). Luckily, Baby Quoddle is here to help with their natural and organic baby bottle. 

Beautiful to look at, the Baby Quoddle Abel Series is the love child of Cairns mum Kimmi. This hand-blown glass bottle is designed and engineered in Cairns. The teat is made ethically and sustainably in Malaysia from pre hevea rubber, which is tree sap. Baby Quoddle reckons this material is softer than silicone and it’s also very hygienic because it’s moulded in 1 piece, with no cracks and crevices for bacteria to hide. 

To top off the eco-credentials, you can buy a bottle cover that’s handmade from palm leaves in the Philippines or a cover made from organic cotton that’s hand dyed by ladies from the Muong Hoa Valley in the highlands of Vietnam. They’re even washable. 

Consisting of only 2 parts, the Baby Quoddle is easy to assemble and clean. The Baby Quoddle bottle gets around 4.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au from around 15 reviews. Most reviewers rave about the glass bottles, and especially enjoy the eco-friendly nature.

It comes in 150ml or 300ml and you’ll spend around $25 for 1 bottle and teat.

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Being environmentally friendly and as natural as possible is important to you.

Frequently asked questions

Which material is best for a baby bottle? 

Through our research we found 2 materials used to make baby bottles: glass or plastic.

Glass is more hard-wearing and hygienic than plastic. But it’s normally heavier and can be dangerous if it breaks. You shouldn’t need to replace a glass baby bottle, unless it chips or breaks.

Plastic is lightweight and affordable. But it’s less durable than glass and needs to be carefully cleaned to avoid scratches, which bacteria can lurk in. All plastic bottles should be BPA- and other nasties-free and they should be replaced every 3 months or so.

You can also get stainless steel or silicone baby bottles, but we didn’t come across any top-rated ones during our research. 

Glass and plastic both have their own pros and cons, neither is better than the other so it’ll come down to personal preference and budget. Glass bottles are far more expensive than plastic, but they’ll last longer.

Can baby bottles help with colic? 

Many baby bottles claim they reduce colic. This is normally through anti-colic valves in the teats, or in the bottle’s base. These valves help avoid baby swallowing too much air as they feed, lessen gas bubbles in baby’s tummy and slow the milk flow. 

But medical professionals still don’t really understand colic. They’re not sure what it is, what causes it and what prevents it. Usually, the evidence most baby bottle manufacturers present is anecdotal and got through surveys; it’s what parents and their babies experience, personally. 

If you’ve got a colicky baby and are desperate for some relief, there’s no harm in trying an anti-colic baby bottle.

How many bottles do I need?

Our advice is not to stock up on loads of baby bottles to begin with. Choose 1 or 2 bottles and see what baby prefers. Once they’ve got a favourite, you’ll need 6-8 bottles if you’re exclusively bottle feeding. If you’re doing a mixture of breast and bottle, you’ll need at least 2-3.

Oh, it’s also a good idea to pick up a bottle brush, steriliser or sterilising tablets to help with cleaning. 

What should I look for in a teat?

As milk flows through it and feeds your baby, the most important thing about a baby bottle is the teat. Here’s what to look for:

  • Shape: The traditional teat shape is a bell shape. You can also get ‘orthodontic’ teats that are designed to protect baby’s palate and which manufacturers claim more resemble a nipple. There’s no proof that 1 shape is better than the other, so it’ll come down to what baby prefers.
  • Material: Teats can be either brownish rubber (latex) or clear silicone. Silicone is more durable than rubber which means it withstands repeated washing and sterilising better. Latex needs to be replaced often as it deteriorates quickly. Latex tends to feel soft and pliable while silicone feels firmer and silkier. Again, it just depends which your baby prefers although silicone won’t need to be replaced as often as latex. 
  • Flow rate: Teats support different flow rates. How slow or fast milk comes out is controlled by the size of the hole in the teat. Slow (with a pinhole opening) suits 0-3 months, medium 3-6 months and fast over 6 months. Manufacturers should clearly label what size and age the teat is suitable for so you’re not stuck with a 3 month+ teat when you’ve got a hungry newborn.
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