Plastic-wary parents often turn to glass baby bottles, and reviewers say the Lifefactory Glass Bottle is a great choice. Although pricey, the easy-to-clean bottle comes with a silicone cover that makes it easier to grip and cushions it during inevitable falls. It can also become a toddler sippy cup and snack container. But some parents warn that it isn't ideal for babies with gas or latching issues because the nipple is narrow and there's no venting system.
Silicone cover increases comfort. Most reviewers say it's easy to clean the Lifefactory Glass Bottle, which is dishwasher-safe and can be washed without removing the included silicone cover. The bottle is simple to assemble and has four parts: bottle, sleeve, ring and nipple. Experts report no problems with leaks, but a handful of parents say the bottle leaked around the ring if it wasn't screwed on precisely. While reviewers are big fans of the included silicone sleeve that makes holding the bottle more comfortable, some dislike that the measurements are marked on the sleeve and not the bottle itself. Others say the bottle is heavy when filled.
Glass is shock-resistant, but breakage is still a risk. The Lifefactory Glass Bottle is made from borosilicate glass, which can withstand temperature extremes such as transitioning "from freezer to boiling water," the company says. A medical-grade silicone sleeve helps cushion the bottle during falls, but experts note that breakage is always an inherent risk of glass. However, there are no reports of breakage from consumers, even with bottles thrown onto pavement or other hard surfaces; a few say the bottle cracked or shattered under normal usage. Parents can choose from four nipple speeds to accommodate babies at different stages.
Not the best for babies with feeding problems. Some reviewers complain that the Lifefactory Glass Bottle's simple design lacks a special a venting system to ease gas or reflux. Experts add that the nipple is somewhat small and narrow, which can make it more difficult to latch onto for some babies. On the plus side, Lifefactory makes sippy caps and flat caps so the bottle can become a sippy cup or snack holder for older children. The bottle comes in 4- and 9-ounce sizes, and the included silicone sleeve comes in eight colors. Eco-conscious families will be happy to know that the bottle is free of PVC, phthalates, BPA, polycarbonates, latex and lead.
The Lifefactory Glass Bottle ranks fourth in reviewers' tests for its eco-friendly design, modern look and durability. It also wins praise for resisting leaks and its ability to become a sippy cup. But reviewers say it can break and is heavy, and the nipple is small and narrow.
Review: Lifefactory Glass Review, Lindsay Ellis, Dec. 12, 2012
The Lifefactory Glass Bottle gets Bestcovery's nod as one of the best bottles overall and Best Bottle for Newborns, earning praise for its versatility, silicone sleeve and easy-to-clean design. The review notes that the bottle is expensive, but its potential use as a sippy or snack cup helps ease sticker shock.
Review: Best Baby Bottle, "Jamie C.", Oct. 3, 2013
Blogger and The Wise Baby founder Lindsey praises the Lifefactory Glass Bottle for its plastic-free glass construction and "green" recyclable glass. She also likes the silicone cover, which helps protect against breakage, but she says it's still a risk and notes that the bottle is heavy.
Review: Baby Bottle Reviews, "Lindsey", Jan. 30, 2013
About.com's green-family parenting guide, Eryn Gable, likes the Lifefactory Glass Bottle for its chemical-free, shock-resistant glass and easy-to-clean design. It can become a sippy and snack cup during the toddler years, she adds.
Review: Top 5 Glass Baby Bottles, Eryn Gable, Not dated
The Lifefactory Glass Bottle gets 4.3 out of 5 stars after more than 175 reviews. Most praise the bottle's durability and easy-to-clean design. Some reviewers complain that the nipple is too small for their babies, and others wish the nipple was vented. A few say the bottle is heavy and leaks.
Review: Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottle with Silicone Sleeve, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
6. New York Family
Editors praise the Lifefactory Glass Bottle for being shock-resistant and including a silicone sleeve that improves comfort and durability. They add that the specialized glass material protects transfers from the freezer into boiling water. The short review doesn't note any cons.
Review: Best Baby Bottles For 2013, Editors of New York Family, Not dated