I am of the firm belief that the best way to feed a baby is the way that is best for YOU. Whether you bottle feed or breastfeed, we are behind you and your choice here at Momtrends and we have loads of product recommendations for both!
Today, for our baby gear edition of Momtrends MVP’s, we are talking about baby bottles and bottle accessories, but frankly, they could be utilized by breastfeeding mamas too! You could be exclusively pumping. You could pump so your partner can get in on the feeding action.
Why Baby Bottles Should Be on Every Baby Registry
I breastfed both my babies, one for six months and one for a year. I also used bottles with both of them. And when I weaned my son, he was formula fed for another six months from those bottles. While my daughter only had breast milk because she wanted nothing to do with anything else. I did what worked best for both my babies. That’s all any mom can do right?
The point is that baby bottles were an essential piece of gear in both my bottle and breastfeeding journeys! And that is why I chose it as my focus for our latest baby gear Momtrends MVP’s article.
So, if you are expecting a little one, a new parent, or know someone who is, today’s Momtrends MVP’s make perfect baby gift and registry additions! And you might see a couple of repeat nominations. They're so good, we had to mention them again!
Baby Bottles that Work for Breastfeeding AND Bottle Feeding
The Best Bottle to Use with a Breast Pump
Now, pretty much any bottle will work with breast milk. You can just pour it directly from the storage bag or pump bottles into your bottle of choice and serve. If you have a Medela pump, however, you can’t beat the convenience that Medela breast milk bottles bring to the table.
I love how the Medela breast pump bottles allow you to pump, immediately screw on the nipple and feed your baby. Or you can pop on the travel cap and bring it with you or store that milk in the fridge for later in the day! It doesn’t get much easier than that folks.
They’re specifically made without BPA to retain your breast milk’s benefits AND are dishwasher safe. The Medela pump was such a lifesaver for me. My first baby never emptied me. So, to avoid clogged ducts or worse, I pumped afterward. The more you know. Haha!
The Best Glass Baby Bottle
Ok, to be fair this bottle is glass AND plastic, but hear me out. With the glass inner layer you get the benefit of the milk never touching plastic, but thanks to the plastic outer layer the bottle is lightweight and breakproof. Fellow clumsy mamas rejoice! Bwah!
I sure wish hybrid baby bottles had been around when my kiddos were babies because this Duo baby bottle is genius. I can’t tell you how many glass bottles I broke. Haha!
And the fact that it doesn’t stain, retain smells or present an icky aftertaste doesn’t hurt either! It even comes with latch encouraging positions. This bottle really speaks to so many issues that can come with baby bottles.
The Best Breast Shaped Baby Bottle
This bottle was designed for breastmilk and mimics the natural shape of the breast. That makes it a great bottle for weaning babies. And the science behind this bottle can’t be beaten. A lot went into creating a bottle that reduced bacterial growth, even warming to avoid hot spots etc.
I think it’s so cool how the Breastmilk Baby Bottle also has a pump adapter, so you can pump directly into it if you’re still pumping. Once you find a bottle you like you tend to stick with it. So, I love that they thought about how to make the whole process from best to bottle more seamless!
And did I mention that it warms up two times faster than other bottles? I’m thinking about those exhausting late-night feedings, aren’t you?!
The Best Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle
If you prefer green products, don’t worry. I didn’t forget about you. Baby bottles can be eco-friendly too! Just ask Green Sprouts. Their Sprout Ware bottle is made from plants-based plastic and glass.
I love that even though the Sprout Ware bottle is made from glass, there is a silicone cover which not only cuts down on breakage but is soft and comfortable for babies and parents alike.
Hey, if you’re going to have a glass bottle, a silicone cover and collar is the way to go!
And the x-cut nipples mean less leakage. It was never fun seeing that precious breast milk or formula go dribbling down my baby’s neck. Not only was it stinky, but it stained my baby's clothing. Even a bib can’t save you from the neck dribble. Haha!
The Best Anti-Colic Baby Bottle
There is nothing worse than seeing your baby unhappy or in pain. Colic can cause both, not to mention even more sleepless hours for the parents. The Dr. Brown’s Options+ Anti-Colic bottle can help! In fact, it’s been clinically proven to help by decreasing spit-up, gas, and burping.
I’m most impressed that 93% of babies in a study accept the breast-like nipple. You can’t deal with bottle rejection when you find one that tackles colic! The nipple is actually specially engineered to not vary within the same level. So, your baby will always have a consistent flow.
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And while there are other vented bottles out there, Dr. Brown’s bottles are 100% vacuum free which means the enhanced vent system reduces gas buildup and leads to better sleep...for everyone!
The Best Baby Bottle for Active Babies
My second child was a very early walker. I am talking like less than 10 months old early. Needless to say, she was on the go and very active when she was still of bottle drinking age. If you have a similar baby the Mam will be your best friend!
This super easy to use bottle has an ergonomic shape making it perfect for little hands and your own. They also kept parents in mind with the wide opening which always makes for easier cleaning and filling.
But what I love best about the Mam Easy-Active baby bottle is the cap that doubles as a measuring cup. It’s a two-for-one kind of situation, my friends.
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The Best Baby Bottle Labels
As magical as having a newborn is, the fatigue is no joke. Lack of sleep will do all kinds of things to your memory. So, you don’t want to have to rely on it when deciding which frozen bag of breast milk is next in line.
Enter Mabel’s Labels. Their oh-so-durable baby bottle labels are waterproof and even dishwasher, bottle warmer, and sterilizer safe. Don’t worry, I have recommendations for those coming up next.
And I really love that the Mabel’s Labels baby bottle labels are also great to send with your baby’s breast milk or formula to daycare! And, when the time comes, sippy cups too.
The Best Baby Bottle Warmer
I have yet to meet a baby who tolerated cold milk and when you’re away from your home that presents a challenge. It’s a challenge that Baby’s Brew answered with their portable bottle warmer.
That’s right this handy dandy gadget travels with you and heats up bottles on the go to the perfect temperature. It’s perfect because, with the touch of a button, you get to choose which temperature is best for your baby. And there is no outlet required. It truly is portable everywhere.
I so appreciate the slow heat technology in the Baby’s Brew Portable Bottle Warmer. It means no hot spots. I constantly fretted that I was making my baby’s bottle too hot.
The Best Baby Formula Dispenser
Baby Brezza has always been very popular with the Momtrends audience and for good reason. If you’ve never heard of their bottle washer, make sure you check out our review. It’s a game-changer. As is their formula dispenser! Techies are going to be all over this piece of gear.
This formula dispenser literally connects to your wifi and allows you to mix up a perfectly warm bottle of formula right from your phone. How cool is that?! You get to choose from 3 different temperature settings, and dispense the size bottle you need, from 2-10 ounces.
And I applaud that the Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced Wifi Baby Formula Dispenser can be used with most bottles and formula brands. Us parents know once we find something that works, we’re loyal. That goes for bottles and formula too!
Well, if you aren’t prepared to build out your baby registry with some of the best baby bottles and bottle accessories out there, I just might have to do another Momtrends MVP’s edition on the subject. Haha! In the meantime, take a look and make sure you haven’t missed any...
Stay tuned for our next Baby Momtrends MVP's list…
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- Best Baby Subscription Boxes
- Best Nursery Storage Organization
- Best Double Strollers
- Best Breast Pumps and Gear
- Best Diaper Bags
- Best High Chairs
- Best Bottles for Baby
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