No amount of instructional videos, maternity books, and chats with experience mothers or even parenthood classes can prepare you for having a baby. Let’s face it, having a baby is hard work, which is why we mothers need as much help as we can get.
When waking up in the middle of the night to grab some formula or bottled breast milk this help comes in the shape of bottle warmers, a handy little appliance that warms up bottles faster than traditional methods and much more safely than microwaves. Of course, when it comes to our children we want to make sure we’re giving them the best there is so I’ve gathered what, in my opinion, are the best 4 bottle warmers in the market right now.
I hope you find it useful!
Best Bottle Warmer
The First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer
This is the first bottle warmer I’ve ever tried and, as such, it holds a bit of a special place in my heart. It’s small, so it doesn’t take a lot of room on your counter; in expensive, which beginner parents will appreciate; and it has an auto shut-off security measure, which is a lifesaver for those of us who, in the middle of the night, are barely aware enough to feed the baby, much less make sure to turn off the appliances. There’s a small problem with this product, though… Don’t get me wrong, it works amazingly well and for the price it’s definitely a great investment but the user manual confuses you more than it helps you and asking around, I’m not the only one that faced this problem.
Luckily this bottle warmer is very easy to use and after a couple of attempts I figured out the best way to use it, which I’ll explain now:
- This warmer works by heating water and producing steam, which is what warms up the bottle.
- I fill the container to its max capacity and turn on the heat.
- I check the bottle every now and then and retrieve it when the milk is warm enough
- This whole process takes from 1 to 2 minutes so it’s over pretty fast.
Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer
This is another great option for those on a tight budget and, best of all, it’s travel friendly so you can take it with you anywhere you go. It’s important to point out that this is basically a thermos large enough to hold a baby bottle in it, which means you’re carrying around hot water rather than warming it on the spot.
It works something like this:
- You pour hot water in the thermos and screw on the small lid.
- You put on the plastic lid, which also works as a container.
- When it’s time to heat the bottle, you pour hot water in the plastic lid and submerge the bottle inside.
- The hot water will heat up the milk so make sure to check from time to time.
Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer
Now we’re entering the ‘high tech’ end of bottle warmers.
The Dr Brown’s is a smart bottle warmer in the sense that it has the ability to let you know when the milk is warm and can be programmed so it heats up bottles to your liking. It’s more expensive than the previous two but I’ve found it a good investment as it also works quite well heating baby food.
The thing I liked the most about this bottle warmer is that it’s simple to use. It’s kind of like using a microwave in the sense that you set up the timer and click start, but it works with steam which means it heats up milk safely. I also liked the fact that you don’t have to refill it with every use which doesn’t sound like much until you find yourself half-awake in the middle of the night trying to heat up a bottle with no water.
Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer and Breast Milk Warmer
This bottle warmer is a bit different than the rest as it uses water flow rather than steam to heat up the bottles, which makes it safer than other bottle warmers and the fact that it uses a constant flow of water to warm up things means it can actually thaw frozen milk, something no other bottle warmer in this list can manage. The downside is that heating up bottles with the Kiinde takes longer than it does with other options but you can rest assured that it won’t overheat the milk,
Despite its small size, this particular bottle warmer is compatible with just about every bottle (at least the ones I tried) and looks great in the kitchen, which is a huge plus because I’m definitely keeping mine for as long as I can manage.
As parents, when it comes to our children we want to make sure they’re as happy and satisfied as possible but that’s hard to achieve when there are so many things to do in a day. Small tasks, such as warming up bottles, can take up a surprising amount of time. Time we could dedicate to our babies and, once they’re fed and happy, to ourselves.
Bottle warmers aren’t some sort of super invention meant to make parenthood incredibly easy but they do take a small burden off our shoulders which is why I highly recommend these 4 products for you and your little ones.