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Spend some time on the bottle aisle in any drugstore or baby specialty store and you'll soon realize one important fact: bottles are really hard to choose. Here you have your basic confusing product situation – shelves full of products that look pretty much alike, but each claim to be the very best on the market. And each, you will soon learn, claims to be the most like the breast: the widest nipple, the squishiest bottle, it goes on and on.
The best bottle for your baby is the one you can afford and your baby drinks from. That said, sometimes bottles emerge with cool qualities we want to call out, like these two newbies.
1. Nanobébé Breastmilk Bottles
If you see one of these bottles in the wild (i.e. out of its packaging), you'll probably want to check it out, because of its unique shape. It's domed, and has a depression on the bottom like one you'd see in a wine bottle. Nanobébé claims this makes the bottle easy to hold – depends on your hands or your baby's hands, probably – and it also makes the milk easier to thaw, because instead of the milk being in one large clumped-together big icy mass, it's spread out more thinly in the inside of the bottle. Faster thaw = easier for you (and, Nanobébé also says, more vitamins are preserved, which is probably also true but who knows what difference it ultimately makes).
Other Nanobébé upsides: the bottles stack for easy storage and you can pump directly into them. Each bottle comes with an adapter that works with just about any standard/narrow neck breast pumps (that means your Medela, Ameda, and Spectra pumps), so you can pump into the bottle, stack 'em up in the freezer, and then feed your infant from the same bottles – no need to transfer milk. Nanobébé sells its own bottle warmer, or you can just warm up the bottle in a pot or bowl of water like any other bottle.
Nanobébé also sells neat little zip-top-like storage bags, and an organizer for your freezer, to keep everything neat and organized.
You can't pump directly into the bags, though. If you want to use them, you have to pump into bottles and then transfer over, which we all know ups the chance of spilling some of that liquid gold. We like the Nanobébé system, however, and think it looks neat and straightforward to use for pump-and-feed mamas; easy to store, carry, and defrost.
Buy it: Nanobébé 5 oz. Slow-Flow Breast Milk Bottle; Nanobébé 25-Pack Breast Milk Storage Bags and Organizer; Nanobébé Smart Warming Bowl
2. Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti-Colic Baby Bottle
No one's really sure what causes colic, but it does seem like certain bottles make sensitive babies have more gas. If you have one of those sensitive babies, Dr. Brown's is usually the first anti-colic bottle parents try, but if that doesn't work for them for some reason (or they can't find it in stores), Tommee Tippee's new anti-colic bottle may be the bottle of your dreams.
The name of the game in anti-colic bottles is venting air, and bottle makers do it in different ways, any of which may or may not work for your baby (this is fun, right?). Like Dr. Brown's, the Tommee Tippee bottles vent the air with a central "straw" that comes in 3 pieces. But unlike Dr. Brown's, the pieces are a little easier to clean, as you'll see in the video below. You still have to, sigh, pull out your bottle brush (where did you put that thing, anyway?), but just for the central stem, not in quite as many nooks and crannies like for the Dr. Brown's.
It's a small point, but out of such small points, hassle or lack of it is born. Buy it: Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti-Colic Baby Bottle, 5 ounce, 3 count, $26; Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti-Colic Baby Bottle, 9 ounce, 3 count, $25 We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program which allows us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
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