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Bottle Comparison: What is the Difference Anyway?

Bottle Comparison: What is the Difference Anyway?

If any of you have been to the home of a mama with a little baby, I am almost positive you have seen at least one of the following:

  • Approximately 15 bottles, rings, nipples sitting out on a weird drying rack thing on the counter
  • An open cupboard that is positively bursting with bottles of every shape, size, and color
  • A frantic mama shaking up a bottle with warm water to mix her formula and praying that her babe doesn't chuck in on the floor and waste it
  • A baby with a bottle in their mouth, bottles on the floor, on the table, one on the nightstand, 3 standing by in the fridge...
I think you get it. Bottles! They are such a funny thing, because mamas tend to go a little crazy *ahem*a lot crazy*ahem* and purchase SO MANY of them! Ask my husband and he will tell you how ironic it is that I have a complete basket full of pristine, never-used bottles and accessories, and our daughter never took a bottle... Actually, don't. It'll annoy me. But what on earth is the deal with bottles? Why are there so many different options available? I mean, they must all do something different, right? Well since we all know how adorably picky kids are, here's a list of the types of bottles we have at the Baby Cubby and why they might (or might not) work for you!

Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle Double Pack 8 oz

Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle 8 oz
Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle 8 oz

This bottle is a good choice for mamas who are either planning to bottle feed and breastfeed at the same time because it's designed to mimic the soft, flexible feel of a breast and the wide nipple is more realistic. Your babe may love that they can't tell a difference between the two, or they will scream and cry furiously every time you present them with this plastic substitute and demand to be nursed. There's always that fun little phrase, "nipple confusion." It can happen when a baby doesn't latch well when nursing because they're used to bottle feeding, or can't go back and forth between the two without having either (or both) of you having a meltdown.

TL;DR: They're squishy silicone bottles with a wide nipple that feels like a breast. Some kids love that they feel like mama, some kids hate being played like that, so it's a 50/50 shot.

Mixie Bottle

Mixie Bottle
Mixie Bottle

This would be a good choice for mamas who formula feed because it is super easy to put the right amount of mix into the bottom of the bottle, fill up the right amount of water, and then mix it all up. Pretty cool, because it keeps it separated until your child starts screaming for a bottle, and that makes it easy for anyone to use (mainly because you do the super hard part of measuring out the formula first) and cuts down on the weight of your diaper bag because you're not lugging around your formula can with you. It has a simple nipple, which most babies won't have a problem with, but then again, some babes will probably think it is TOO simple, and reject it on sight.

TL;DR: Easy because you can measure out the water and formula before leaving the house and don't have to worry about spoiling perfectly good formula before babe drinks it/you get through the day. 

Avent Natural 9 oz Bottle

Avent Natural 9 oz Bottle
Avent Natural 9 oz Bottle

This would be a good choice for a mama who is bottle feeding. Truly, this bottle is your standard, good-for-almost-every-baby bottle. But it's also a great choice for parents who have babes with colic or sensitive tummies and are constantly crying because of air bubbles. It's designed to be easy and comfortable for you to hold. The nipple is designed with special air flow valves and the shape helps reduce colic symptoms so that your little isn't taking in as much air when he/she drink his/her bottle. This bottle is also the MVP because it has a wide mouth and a large nipple which means you can actually get in there with a bottle cleaner and, ya know, clean it.

TL;DR: Good for babies that don't have problems with bottles, also good for gassy babies because it helps to reduce colic, and also good for parents that don't want to buy small scrubbers to clean an entire bottle, because NO ONE has time for that. 

This would be a good choice for a mama who has a child that struggles with gas, and also a mama who is trying to cut down on the plastic in her life because these bottles are glass. That being said, they are probably not going to be the average choice for the majority of mamas. The nipples are designed to simulate the feel and texture of breastfeeding, while also reducing colic by regulating airflow. It also helps if your little one is using a Natursutten pacifier, because it will make it easier for them to go from one to the other to help self-soothe.
TL;DR: Good for babies that have a matching pacifier, but not practical for every mama because glass is the enemy, but also they are designed to reduce colic, so might be a last resort hail mary bottle for some of us. 


Bottles are funny because from one babe to the next, they are probably going to change, and maybe they won't want a bottle. Or maybe you'll choose a bottle, but they won't like it so you'll go through a whole bunch before finding the right one, and then you'll just give it up and start working on cups with straws. But if you're still in the hunt for the perfect bottle, then hopefully this comparison gave you a tiny bit of help.

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