Top 10 things you’ll need when bottle-feeding

Want to keep bottle-feeding stress down, while keeping those feeds hygienic? Here are the top things that can help you bottle feed, whether using expressed milk, powdered or ready-made formula

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1. Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set, £159.99, MadeForMums Awards Gold Winner

How many will I need: 1 kit includes 8 bottles along with all the accessories you’ll need

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Tommee Tippee is renowned for its bottle range, and so no wonder its Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set scored a hit with parents, picking up our gold award this year. The comprehensive starter set does exactly what it says on the tin, with everything you need for straightforward bottlefeeding from start to finish. It includes eight Closer to Nature baby bottles, with anti-colic valves and next stage teats for when your little one’s appetite moves up to the next level.

You’ll also find the award-winning electric steriliser, which can sterilise up to five bottles in five minutes, and an electric bottle and food warmer which can warm up both baby milk and food pots.

When you’re feeding on the move, the milk storage pots and insulated bottle bags are super handy – they can even fasten on to your pram, leaving space in your changing bag for an extra babygro or two.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set:

“The steriliser is brilliant – it’s not too bulky, and so doesn’t take up lots of counter space, plus it’s a simple, modern design so will fit in with most people’s kitchen decoration. It’s also easy and simple to use, I highly recommended it. The brush that comes with it to clean the bottles is fab and fits in the bottles perfectly and the bottle warmer does a great job of heating up quickly.” Mum of 1, Rebecca 

“This is a great all-in-one system for breastfeeding or formula-feeding mums using bottles. I love the cleaning accessories and the time-saving aspect of having a steriliser, bottle warmer, bottles, teats and cleaning accessories in one package. Useful for first time parents.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

You can buy the Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set from AmazonMothercare or M&P


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2. Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine, £70 – MadeForMums Awards Silver Winner

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep has fast made its way to the heart of many parents’ formula-feeding routines, thanks to its speedy ability to make a fresh feed, at body temperature, in just two minutes.

While not strictly an essential, this chance to shave precious minutes off bottle prep (and avoid a newborn meltdown) makes it a must-have for many, and earned it our 2018 silver award.

The machine has an in-built filter system which removes impurities from water, and dispenses the correct amount of water, in ounces, for an accurate formula consistency. The process starts with an initial ‘hot shot’ of water that kills any bacteria that may be present in the formula, helping to dissolve the formula quickly and easily.

Perfect Prep comes in a range of colours, and works with any brand of powdered formula milk. It also has an adjustable base for different bottle shapes and sizes.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep:

“A handy tool especially for night time feeds and multiples.” Mum of 2, Janet

“Convenient formula prep machine for bleary eyed parents – gives peace of mind knowing the bottle will be prepared to the right temperature. It has a good design and easy one-touch use.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

Read what our MFM reviewer Tiara Parris-Eugene thought of Perfect Prep in our review here.

You can buy the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep from Amazon or John Lewis 

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3. MAM Easy Start Self Sterilising Anti-Colic bottle 260ml 2-pack, £13.99

How many will I need: Each pack contains two bottles, but you’ll probably want at least eight bottles to allow yourself time to get them washed and sterilised throughout the day.

MAM’s award-winning bottle can help reduce colic by up to 80% thanks to its smart base ventilation and smooth-flowing feed design. This smart bottle also sterilises itself – just heat it up in the microwave with water and it’s good to go.

You can buy the MAM Easy Start Self Sterilising Anti-Colic bottle 260ml 2-pack from: Mam or John Lewis  


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4. MAM Electric Steriliser & Express Warmer, £90

How many will I need: the kit includes 2x Easy Start Anti Colic 160ml bottles, 2x Start Soothers and teat tongs, so it’s a great starter set but it’s worth investing in a few extra bottle to reduce stress through the night feeds.

Save on kitchen space with this all-in-one device, which can be used for either electric or microwave sterilising, keeping your items sterile for up to 48 hours. You can also use it to warm breast milk or formula in just 2 minutes, 30 seconds, and there’s a handy defrost function. Small wonder it picked up the gold award in our Steriliser category. 

You can buy the MAM Electric Steriliser & Express Warmer from Ocado or Amazon


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5. HushCush nursing pillow, £29

Our gold-award winning nursing pillow comes from HushCush. This versatile accessory can be used in four ways, making it good value from bump to baby and beyond.

Pregnant mums get first dibs, as you can use it during pregnancy as a lower back support, or as a wedge support pillow.

When your little one arrives, its ergonomic design makes it a great option for both breastfeeding and bottlefeeding. Using this for feeding means it retains mum’s scent, and it is designed to support tummy-to-tummy positioning for easy feed. It keeps your baby’s head, neck and spine in alignment for better control and easy latching on.

Finally, when your new arrival grows up into an active adventurer, they’ll love using it as a comfy travel pillow – it’s pretty small and light, and even comes with a handy carrystrap.

The cushion comes in four colours, and you can also buy a separate outer cover.

You can buy the HushCush pillow from HushCush, Amazon or Kidly


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6. Nuk 2-in-1 Bottle and Teat Brush, £4.19

It’s crucial to make sure bottles and teats are thoroughly washed before sterilising – either in warm soapy water or the dishwasher, if suitable. This is because milk, particularly powdered formula, can harbour bacteria that causes tummy upsets.

A brush designed for the job is an important purchase. This neat Nuk one has a separate small brush to clean teats that clips into the handle after use and is suitable for use with most bottles.


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7. Nuby Natural Touch 3-in-1 Milk Feeding Set, £6.99

Bottle feeding can be a messy business, thanks to dribbling and wind.

Stock up on bibs, burb cloths and muslins to protect your baby’s clothes – and your own! You will need far more than you think, especially if you have a very windy or sicky baby.

This set has one of each and the bib has a lovely soft neck to prevent chaffing.

Buy the Natural Touch Milk Feeding Set from Nuby


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8. Munchkin Latch Powder Formula Dispenser, £5

Prepare formula feeds on the go with ease using this lightweight dispenser.

Keep three carefully measured feeds of up to 9oz each separate thanks to a flexible seal.

Can also be used to transport baby cereal. BPA free and dishwasher safe.


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9. Philips Avent Fast Bottle Warmer, £35

Some babies can be fussy about the temperature of their milk so a bottle warmer can take the stress out of getting it right quickly.

This clever Philips Avent one warms expressed or formula milk evenly and has a handy defrost setting. Heats up 150ml in three minutes and can be used to warm baby food too.

Compatible with Philips Avent bottles – other brands have their own warmers. Travel versions are also available.


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10. Nimble Babies Milk Buster, £4.99 for 200ml 

Last year’s Gold Award Winner for best bottlefeeding accessory remains a great choice for keeping your kit in pristine condition.

Nimble Babies is a spray designed to safely remove milk residues and prevent hard-working bottles from becoming cloudy or smelly – and keep your bottles in use for longer.

Made from plant-based ingredients, the formula does not contain SLES, dyes, fragrances or enzymes. A 200ml bottle should last you about two months.

You can buy the Nimble Babies Milk Buster from Nimble 

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