Factors to Consider When Choosing a Bottle Warmer
Choosing the Right Bottle Warmer
Before we begin, let’s get something out of the way. Warming bottles is not a requirement. Some babies prefer it while others may require it to help with digestion. Warming breast milk can also help with mixing the milk back to its original consistency after it has been refrigerated or frozen.
Whew, now that we got that out of the way, let’s jump in. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 factors that you may want to consider when choosing a bottle warmer. There is no right answer. Many of these items are personal preferences.
|Slow: There isn’t much worse than a baby having to wait for a warm bottle. Patience is not in newborns vocabulary. You should not have to wait more than a few minutes to get a warm bottle and keep in mind, bottle warmers that use steam also require extra time for the bottle to cool down before it is safe to touch.|
Cleaning: Cleaning a bottle warmer can feel like mission impossible. The problem with many bottle warmers is that water sits on the heating element creating a slime or calcium that isn't pleasant to look at. We highly recommend choosing a bottle warmer that was designed for easy cleaning.
Notifications: Not all bottle warmers notify you when the heating cycle is complete. This may sound silly, but parents are constantly on the move. It’s nice to be notified when the bottle is ready.
|Leaking: Who wants to clean up a water mess from a leaky bottle warmer? Most bottle warmers use water to warm the bottle (e.g. steam) which can lead to leaks. Not only does a leaking device make a mess, it can be an electrical hazard.|
Size and Portability: Are you wanting the flexibility to warm bottles on-the-go? Bottle warmers come in all shapes and sizes. Most are powered with standard wall outlet while some use batteries. Our suggestions is to think about where you will need to warm a bottle.
Temperature: Most bottle warmers require parents to manually check the liquid temperature to make sure it’s not too cold or not too hot. This step is just annoying. We recommended that you find a bottle warmer with temperature sensors to avoid this irritating step. Your baby may also have a temperature preference. Having the flexibility to choose your warming temperature that is consistent is a nice feature.
|Breast Milk and Food Jars: Bottles are not usually the only items that need to be warmed. Be on the lookout for bottle warmers that have the capability to safely warm breast milk, breast milk bags and food jars (and more).|
Compatibility: You shouldn’t have to buy extra accessories just to use your warmer. It usually takes a few different bottles before you find the one that works for you and your baby. Your bottle warmer should work for you no matter what type of bottle you use or may change to.
Smart Features: It is hard enough to remember the last time you fed yourself let alone when you last fed your baby. If possible, find a bottle warmer that automatically tracks you baby’s feeding schedule.
Cost: The cost of a bottle warmer can range from as little as $20 to as much as $200. The price is heavily dependent on the features that come with the bottle warmer. Before you settle on the $20 device, we recommend that you consider the convenience of each of the factors discussed.