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.
The bottom line
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.
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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