Plastic baby bottles are still the top sellers in the world of baby bottles because they're economical and generally easy to use. They also offer a wider selection of nipples and feeding systems than any other baby bottle material. This makes it easier -- and much less expensive -- to experiment with different bottles until you find one your baby likes.
Tommee Tippee's Closer to Nature bottles (Est. $20 for three 9 oz. bottles) hit an enviable sweet spot: They're easy to use for both parents and baby, long-lasting and a good value. Three easy-to-assemble pieces cut down on washing, and the bottles have a wide nipple and base that may help even the most reluctant babies latch on. Reviewers say the nipples' soft, flexible silicone makes these bottles worth a try with primarily breastfed babies, but their durable, lightweight construction makes them a good pick for formula-fed babies, too. However, a few parents report leaks, and others say the nipple can collapse during feeding, frustrating hungry babies.
The Philips Avent Classic Feeding Bottle (*Est. $15 for three 9 oz. bottles) has been a popular choice for a while thanks to its durability, an anti-colic design and scores of compatible accessories. But experts say the bottle's especially worth a look now that the company has redesigned it with an included adapter ring to cut down on leaks that plagued previous versions. Parents appreciate its wide, easy-to-clean neck and sturdy construction. The vented nipple seems to work for a lot of babies, and many reviewers -- although not all -- say it cuts down on gas and fussiness. On the downside, some parents say the adapter ring requires a lot of trial and error to truly prevent leaks, and others say it's easy to lose or break.
Born Free's Classic Bottle (*Est. $15 for three 9 oz. bottles) also touts a breastfeeding-like flow and a "fuss free" anti-colic system that many reviewers say seems to do the trick. Experts report that this bottle is also durable, easy to clean and comfortable to hold, with especially easy-to-read markings that make precise filling a cinch. However, some users complain that there are just too many pieces to wash -- six, not including a travel cap -- and the bottle dripped a bit in expert tests.