BPA-Free plastic is the buzz word of the baby feeding market these days. Over the years some studies have raised some concerns over whether the plastics are safe for baby. With this in mind you may want to consider a chemical free bottle options for feeding baby. In our opinion good old fashioned glass baby bottles are a great alternative.
Glass baby bottles were used by every parent until around 30 years ago. Back then glass baby bottles were heavy and broke easily. This obviously presented a safety risk to babies. When unbreakable and lightweight plastic bottles were introduced most parents made then switch, and glass bottle were outdated.
Top 5 Best Glass Baby Bottles
Most Popular Philips Avent Glass Bottle
Philips Avent Glass bottles are without a doubt the bestselling glass bottle for babies. As a glass alternative to their ever popular plastic bottles, these sell like hotcakes, your friends and family have probably already recommended them. The glass version performs just as well without the worry of using plastic.
The bottle itself is simple, made up of only three parts which makes it super easy and quick to clean, without having to read an instruction manual with each assembly. Also if you’re fed up being frustrated by collapsing nipples with other brands, this vented silicone nipple will put a stop to that. These bottles come in a standard 4oz and 8oz size, with new-born teats (size 1), so if you prefer the ironically named ‘slow flow’ (size 2) teat then you’ll need to order more.
The most common downside to these bottles was that the measurements markings were painted onto the side. If you want a bottle with etched markings that won’t rub off easily then have a look at the suggestions below.
Anti-Colic Dr. Brown’s Glass Bottles
If you need a glass anti-colic bottle then check out the ever famous Dr Browns bottles. Highly recommend by lactation consultants for breastfeeding moms who express. That’s because the teats as truly ‘slow flow’ and baby has control over the speed the milk just like at the breast. These bottles are also highly recommended if you have moved on to feeding expressed milk to your preemie baby.
The bottles are sturdy and easy to hold, plus the glass helps them to heat up faster than the plastic version. These measurements are etched into the side of the glass so you don’t need to worry about them rubbing off after a few washes.
The main complaint of the Dr Browns glass bottles was that the anti-colic vent inside was still made from plastic which contradicted the reason most parents used glass bottles. Plus you need to make sure the vented part is cleaned thoroughly with each use, which can take a bit more time.
Best Priced Evenflo Classic Glass Bottle
If you are looking for glass bottles at on a budget then check out the Evenflo glass bottle range. You won’t be skimping on quality with the price because they are extremely robust and will not break easily.
The glass makes them very easy to clean up and prevent and scratches which can harbor bacteria or milk spot staining. Again the measurements are etched into the bottle, which is always a bonus as no need to worry about the markings coming off.
One bugbear with these bottles is that the teats seams to stain easily, so be prepared to replace if once baby starts to wean. If you prefer to to replace the teats the bottle are interchangeable with Medela teats if you have a Medela breast pump.
Large Size Born Free Glass Bottle
If you need a glass bottle a little larger than the standard 4 and 8 oz. size then check out the Born free glass range. These bottles come as 5oz small bottle and 9 oz. larger bottles. The bottle are a great larger alternative to the popular Philips Avent glass bottles.
These bottles clean really easily and won’t retain the smell of milk once clean, unlike plastic alternatives. Other noted pros of using these bottles are that they heat up extremely quickly for feeds. The bottles are very resistant to any accidental drops and even more so if use with the provided silicone sleeve as protection.
Just note if you intend to buy these bottles for storing expressed milk, you cannot place the bottle in the freezer. The bottles are prone to breaking if heated to quickly during the thawing process, so it’s best not to take the risk and check out our next option or plan to decant from freezer bags
Freezable LifeFactory Glass Infant Bottle
If you are hesitant about glass bottles due to the increase risk of breakage, then these LifeFactory bottles come with a silicone sleeve to minimize the risk. Plus there are so many color to choose from, which adds a bit of fun to feeding baby but also helps you keep track if expressing directly into the bottle. The great thing is you can store the expressed milk in the freezer in these bottles as the reinforced glass will not break, even if placed into boiled water.
All of the components are made within the US and Europe so you can ensure you will receive a bottle of great quality. You can also use these bottle to grow with baby as the bottle nipples are interchangeable with the sippy cup teats. As baby grows and can hold the bottle, the silicone case makes it super easy for baby to grip onto the bottle.
The downside to these bottles is that they are the most expensive of our picks. If you can try to invest in these as they will save you money in the long run as you won’t need to buy additional weaning cups, only teats and baby will transition easier.
5 Phases Revolutionary Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles
The best of both worlds which is a glass insert to hold the milk, placed into a plastic bottle. This means you avoid milk touching the plastic, and extra protecting of the unbreakable plastic. If you are clumsy but still want to use glass bottles, then check these out, but be prepared to pay for the convenience.
If you love the plastic version of the Closure to nature bottles check these out. They are fairly new to the market, but they are still great performing bottle by a quality brand.
Advantages of using Glass baby bottles
Modern glass baby bottle design has come a long way in the past few decades. Here are a few reasons why you should consider using a glass bottles over plastic.
Chemical Free – Never mind BPA free, by using glass bottles you avoid all kinds of chemical toxins leeching into your baby’s milk by using glass.
Better for Breast Milk – As breast milk is full of nutrient rich fat, vitamins and antibodies these are much more likely to be ‘bound’ to the side of plastic bottles. Glass has ‘anti binding properties, so you ensure more nutrients form you breast milk will reach baby.
Reinforced – Glass bottles are now made from reinforced glass. Even if they do break they designed to disintegrate into rounded pebbles rather than sharp shards.
Safer to Heat – The controversy with using bottles is related to how the plastic react with the milk when heated. With glass you remove this worry, and make it quicker to heat up bottles at the same time. You can safely boil glass bottles without worrying the bottle will melt.
Recyclable – Glass is a recyclable material, so when you are finished with the bottles, rest assured you can place in the recycle bank and not contribute more to landfills. See it as doing your bit for the environment.
Easy to Clean – Glass bottle do not scratch easily and won’t hold on to any milk smells. Small cleaning scratches that plastic bottles collect overtime, eventually create minute hiding places for bacteria to grow.
Disadvantages of Glass Baby Bottles
Breakable – Although glass bottles are now reinforced glass, they are more likely to break if dropped on the ground. Try to be extra careful when washing, or you may need to replace them more often.
Heavier – If you have previously used plastic bottles you will notice that glass are heavier to use. They take time to adjust to so keep this is mind before buying.
More Expensive – Glass bottles are made from more expensive materials and take a longer process than plastic bottles. Although the initial outlay is more, they will last longer, and will see you through more than one child.
If you have weighed up the pro and cons of both glass and plastic bottles but still don’t know what to choose, then you may be surprised there is a third option. Stainless steel baby bottles are become more popular as an alternative to the drawbacks of using both glass and plastic bottles. Check out our article on the 5 best stainless steel baby bottles on the market.