Best baby bottles from birth

It's hard knowing what are the best baby bottles from the vast array on sale, anti-colic, fast and slow flow teats, BPA free or glass, it can be overwhelming. We pick out the best bottles for newborns and share our baby bottle reviews

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1 .Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle, from £6.49, MadeForMums Awards Gold Winner

Capacity/sizes available:  150ml, 260mland 340ml 

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Price per bottle:  £6.49

Type of teats:  Slow flow (from birth), medium flow (from 3 months), fast flow (from 6 months) and vari-flow (from birth)

Made from:  Silicone and polypropylene

BPA free: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Microwave safe: Not recommended

Our gold winning-bottle comes from the Tommee Tippee range, where the bottles are all shaped like a breast, with a realistic nipple shape and natural stretch and flex to mimic breastfeeding.

Closer to Nature bottles are designed to make switching between breast and bottle feeding easier than ever before, which is good to know if you plan to combination feed, or wind down breastfeeding.

The unique, easy-latch-on teat shape was designed with breastfeeding experts and has a super-sensitive valve to encourage your baby’s intuitive feeding action. Thoughtful touches such as a compact shape to allow you to hold your little one close, and a soft silicone teat that feels like skin, mean these bottles have really been designed with comfort in mind.

The range is available in 150ml, 260mland 340ml options, along with decorated and colour options.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle:

“I have used these bottles for both my sons from birth, alongside breastfeeding. I found the bottles to be durable and safe. My children were able to latch onto the teats with ease and I was able to control the flow of milk using the different teat options. As you’d expect, they fit perfectly into the Tommee Tippee bottle warmers for heating expressed milk or formula easily and effectively. I would definitely recommend them to friends and family.” Mum of 2, Rebecca 

“Easy to hold and the different sizes from 150ml to 340ml allow a range of options. Love the soft, flexible teat. Lid comes off easily, no struggling!” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

You can buy the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle from Amazon


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2. MAM Easy Start Anti Colic Bottle 260ml 2pk, £13.99, MadeForMums Awards Silver Winner

Capacity/sizes available:  160ml, 260ml

Price per bottle:  £6

Type of teats:  Size 1 (slow flow) for birth onwards, size 2 (medium flow) for two months onwards, size 3 (fast flow) for four months onwards, non-spill for older babies who are attempting to self-feed, size x (cross cut) for six months onwards and for thicker liquids. 

Made from: Silicone and polypropylene

BPA free: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Microwave safe: Yes

According to MAM, this bottle’s unique silky-soft silicone teat feels so familiar it has a 94% acceptance rate, helping it earn this year’s silver award.

It also has a clever vented base to help prevent air swallowing, helping to reduce colic, and gives your baby a smooth flow of milk.

There are lot of nifty perks to please parents too – the self-sterilising function makes it super-convenient if you’re out and about or on holiday – just pop the bottle in the microwave with 20ml of water for three minutes and it’s done. The extra-wide openings also make it easy to fill and clean.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the MAM Easy Start Anti Colic Bottle 260ml:

“The soft teat is much more to my little girl’s liking than some other rubbery teats we tried, and feels a lot more natural. The self-sterilizing feature is great, especially when out and about or visiting relatives.” Mum of 1, Joelle 

“A versatile bottle, easy to use and decent price.” MFM Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams

Read the full review of the MAM anti-colic bottle here.

You can buy the MAM Easy Start Anti Colic Bottle 260ml from AmazonJohn Lewis and Boots


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3. Nuby Natural Touch Easy Latch Newborn Starter Set, £22.99, MFM Bronze Award Winner 

Capacity/sizes available:  180ml and 270ml

Price per bottle: £5.75 for 270ml

Type of teats:   medium flow (from 3 months), fast flow (from 6 months)

Made from: Silicone and polypropylene

BPA free: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Microwave safe: Yes

This is a great set for new parents, as it comes with lots of extras to get you started. There are four bottles (2 x 180ml & 2 x 270ml), plus a bottle and teat brush, a super-soft bib and a Nuby Chewbie teether.

The bottle’s Easy Latch teats encourage little ones to latch on more easily with a shape, texture and flex inspired by a natural boob. Nuby are so confident your little one will take to the set, these bottles come with a 100% baby acceptance guarantee.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Nuby Natural Touch Easy Latch Newborn Starter Set:

“This is a lovely product. Very cute unisex design and nice quality throughout. The bottles are a good size and ergonomically well designed. I like that there is a soother and teether in the set as well as the bib that is included. The bib is a lovely quality and really soft.” Mum of 3, Emma

“Good quality set, packed full of essentials. Different sizes are useful, and the addition of the bag, teether, soother and cleaning brush adds value. Bottle teat is soft and flexible.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

You can buy the Nuby Natural Touch Easy Latch Newborn Starter Set from Nuby, Mothercare or Argos


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4. Dr Brown’s 2-in-1 Transition Bottle, £8.99

Capacity/sizes available: 270 ml

Price per bottle: £8.99

Type of teats: Level 3 nipple

Made from:  Silicone and polypropylene

BPA free: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Microwave safe: Not recommended 

NHS advice says if you’re bottle feeding, it’s a good idea to introduce a cup rather than a bottle from about six months, as this will help your baby learn to sip rather than suck, which is better for their teeth. But in practice, moving on from a tried-and-tested bottle is easier said than done (especially if your tot discovers the joy of throwing a full cup on the floor!).

Designed to help little ones make the transition from bottle to cup more easily, its two-in-one style means it is useful for longer.

It has Dr Brown’s unique vented anti-colic system, and when baby is ready, can be converted by removing the vent and replacing the bottle teat with a super soft sippy spout.

You can buy Dr Brown’s 2-in-1 Transition Bottle from Boots or Amazon


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5. Chicco Natural Feeling Bottle, from £6.50

Capacity/sizes available: 150ml, 250ml

Price per bottle: £6.50 (150ml), £7.50 (250ml)

Type of teats: Slow flow (from 0 months), medium flow (from 1 month), fast flow (from 6 months) and variable flow (from 3 months) teats in either straight or angled version

Made from: Polypropylene and silicone

BPA free: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Not recommended

Microwave safe: Not recommended

The unique angled teat, designed to replicate the natural way a baby feeds, is one of the reasons that Chicco’s Natural Feeling bottle impressed our testers.

The teat’s soft, wide base flexes to simulate the movement of mum’s breast, allowing easy transition between breast and bottle. Plus, the wide belly of the teat stays full of milk and the dual anti-colic valve helps reduce the risk of swallowing air, both of which work together to help prevent colic and keep baby calm during feeds.

Read what our MFM reviewer Emma and her daughter Mya thought of the bottle in our review here.

You can buy the Chicco Natural Feeling Bottle from Amazon 


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6. NUK First Choice+ Bottle

Capacity/sizes available: 150ml, 300ml

Price per bottle: £5.49 (150ml), £5.85 (300ml)

Type of teats: Size 1 (0-6 months) or Size 2 (6-18 months) each with small, medium or large holes

Made from: Plastic or glass bottle and silicone or latex teat

BPA free: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Not recommended

Microwave safe: Not recommended

Award-winning brand NUK’s bottles come with teats designed by dentists and have a special, asymmetric shape to mimic the way a mum’s nipple changes shape as she feeds.

NUK teats also feature an anti-colic air system and are available in silicone or a softer latex option, as well as with bottles in a range of designs from Winnie the Pooh and Mickey and Minnie, to a limited edition gold or silver.

According to Corrinne, writing in the MFM forum, NUK teats are “the best to help work with breastfeeding”. High praise indeed!


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7. Philips Avent Natural Bottle, from £7.25

Capacity/sizes available: 125ml, 260ml, 330ml

Price per bottle: £7.25 (125ml), £7.25 (260ml), £7.66 (330ml)

Type of teats: Newborn (from 0 months), Slow flow (from 1 month), Medium Flow (from 3 months), Fast flow (from 6 months), Variable flow (from 3 months)

Made from: Polypropylene and silicone

BPA free: Yes

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Aimed at helping mums to combine breast and bottle feeding, the bronze award-winning Philips Avent Natural bottle has a breast-shaped teat to encourage easy latch on.

It’s got unique ‘comfort petals’ inside the soft silicone teat which aim to increase flexibility and stretch for a more natural feed for baby, plus it comes in either 125ml, 260ml and 330ml sizes.

You can buy Philips Avent Natural Bottle from Amazon, Boots and Precious Little One.

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