What is the Best Bottle Warmer?

Parents can sometimes feel some nervousness or anxiety about bottle feeding their baby as they get started – have I prepared enough milk? Is the bottle clean enough? Have I selected the right teat for my baby’s mouth? Is the milk warm enough – or maybe too hot? Our sweet babies are completely dependent on us to provide their nourishment through milk, be it formula or breastmilk, and our desire as parents is to get the feeding just right so that baby is safe, healthy, satisfied and growing! There is nothing quite like the sound of a hungry baby’s cry to tug on the heartstrings of any parents out there and compel us to act fast!

When we first offered our baby a bottle of expressed milk which we had heated in a jug of warm water, my husband and I debated back and forth about whether it was warm enough based on our individual body temperatures and skin feel. We tested the milk on my wrist – it felt too hot. We tested the milk on my husband’s wrist – it felt too cold! All the while our newborn son was grizzling and desperate just to be fed and, in that moment, we doubted ourselves as parents. In this situation, using a baby bottle warmer could have really helped us feel confident and at ease that the milk was just right for our baby, and helped us all to relax a little. This would have been a good moment for us to have had a bottle warmer!

FYI – generally speaking – we want baby’s milk and food to be heated to about body temperature which is 37 C / 98.6 F and mimics that of breastmilk. As a health and safety side note, a baby’s milk and food should never be warmed in a microwave or under boiling water, as these methods heat inconsistently and can produce ‘hotspots’ in liquids and solids. If the milk or food is not then cooled and mixed adequately, your baby is at risk of being burned and nobody wants this!

We’ve reviewed 5 different warmers to cover all of your bottle warmer needs, each certainly with advantages as well flaws. We think you will find Grownsy Fast Baby Bottle Warmer as appealing as we did, though leave you to choose what works best for you, of course!

The First Years 2-in-1 Simple Serve Bottle Warmer

This bottle warmer uses steam to heat milk and food, which works fast (2 minutes to heat a bottle) but can produce inconsistent results and ‘hotspots’. It is a compact sized, somewhat cheap feeling unit with a separate basket attachment for sterilizing pacifiers, as well as an attachment for heating food jars.

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There is an auto shut-off function with this warmer and a light that turns off once warming is complete. Ultimately, this bottle warmer is at the cheaper end in terms of price but also in terms of quality. The heating element tends to rust from the steam unless great care and maintenance is provided at each use, which is not always possible for a busy parent. The inconsistent heat is frustrating and potentially dangerous. This warmer is also not ideal for heating or defrosting pouches of milk and food.

Philips Avent Fast Baby Bottle Warmer

This product does live up to its name – it heats milk fast – 5 ounces of milk in 3 minutes, to be precise. It is a simple, no fuss water-bath design with a blinking light to show when food warming is complete. It then does require manually switching off so if you don’t act fast, the milk will continue to heath through and the water bath could eventually go dry.

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This bottle warmer has a slow, fast or keep warm heating option which allows for heating or simply defrosting frozen and refrigerated milk and food. It comes with a warming table in the instructions to work out the optimal setting for your container and preference, so a bit of trial and error is involved to get the temperature right. The device states that the water bath needs to be emptied between each use which is a little cumbersome. Most bottles and pouches will fit in this warmer.

Babebay 3 in 1 Bottle Warmer

This is a compact, lightweight and slim bottle warmer that will thankfully not clutter up your bench space too much but will still fit multiple types of bottles and containers for heating. The Babebay 3 in 1 uses a water bath for even, but noticeably slow heating of food and milk. It is silent when in use (no waking your sleeping baby). It also has a sterilizer function and works fine with heating pouches and bags.

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From a safety point of view, there is a built in thermostat that automatically switches to ‘keep warm’ status once container is heated and the appliance will shut off automatically if water boils out. It is not too expensive however somewhat confusing to use in that it isn’t clear when the milk or food is heated through, with no indicator that it is ready or that the unit is still hot.

Tommee Tippee Pump and Go Bottle Warmer

This warmer uses a water bath to heat milk and food slowly, evenly and safely. It is a very simple, straight forward design that is easy to use (and explain to babysitters) and the buttons make sense! There are different settings according to the starting temperature (frozen or fridge-cold) of your milk, the size of the container and the type of bottle (glass or plastic). Most containers, bottles and pouches will comfortably fit in this warmer.

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This bottle warmer has a tendency to err on the side of not heating enough, rather than overheating, which  – although a great safety feature – will quickly become frustrating, especially for your hungry baby who then has to wait a little longer before a feed. It also does take quite a long time to heat so some prior planning is involved.

The Tommee Tippee Pump and Go is reasonably priced and ultimately designed for use with the brands ‘Pump and Go’ system where you use the same breastmilk storage pouch to pump, store, warm, feed baby – making this a brilliant option for breastfeeding mothers who spend a lot of time pumping.

Grownsy Fast Baby Bottle Warmer

Though a significantly more expensive product, you certainly get what you pay for with this bottle warmer. Firstly, it looks great! It has a sleek, modern white and pink design with digital display. The Grownsy Fast Baby warmer heats bottles in as little as 3 minutes using water-bath technology that, while heating fast, supposedly does not cause any reduction in the quality of milk. It is able to heat 2 bottles (or pouches) at once, which is great for parents of multiples, and the optional lid means taller or shorter bottles will fit in this appliance.

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It also can keep bottles warm at a safe, even temperature for up to 24 hours, which gives you an option of having 2 bottles of milk warmed and ready for night feeds to make life a little easier. This warmer serves as a sterilizer and you can place bottles, pacifiers or baby spoons into the basket for quick and easy disinfecting.

The digital display shows a timer indicating how long the bottle has been warming and, apart from a convenient beep to let you know the bottle is heated, the warming process is silent. It also has an auto shutoff function to prevent overheating. The settings can be adjusted according to the starting temperature of the milk (frozen or fridge-cold). The only negatives with this warmer are that the temperature gauge is in Celsius, not Fahrenheit, which may be confusing for some users. Also the instructions are somewhat poorly translated, though still very understandable. This may just be the product you buy after your initial cheaper option has failed you.

How Do You Use a Bottle Warmer?

Bottle warmers come in all shapes and sizes, but the general idea is that you put a bottle/pouch/container into a special device, press a button and the contents is heated for you using either a water bath or steam. Most will have an alarm or indicator when the bottle is finished warming. Some also perform additional functions such as sterilizing or keeping a bottle cool. Bottle warmers come in various shapes and sizes, some designed to fit any shaped bottle, pouch or bowl, others are more restrictive.

So what is the best bottle warmer? How do you know what to look for? We have weighed up a number of options and through our reviews have found that the Grownsy Fast Baby Bottle Warmer works best, certainly in terms of value for money. It is a slightly more pricey option but seems worth the extra cost for its multi-function, user-friendly and super cute design.

To use, you simply fill the bath with water, insert the basket provided to hold your container, pop in your bottle/pouch/jar and choose your desired heat settings. In as little as 3 minutes, your bottle will be warmed accordingly, and the unit will kindly beep to let you know, before switching to a ‘keep warm’ setting where it will stay for up to 24 hours, before automatically switching off. It also has an awesome sterilizer function so no need to buy a separate appliance for this purpose. Sounds good, right?

Can I Warm Breast Milk in A Bottle Warmer?

Yes! The importance of not overheating breastmilk is particularly important when trying to maximize its nutritional value for your baby, so a bottle warmer is a great way to get consistency and assurance that reheated breastmilk has not been negatively impacted by too much heat. If you are reheating breastmilk, vital enzymes, antibodies, immunological values and other key nutrients are damaged and reduced when the milk is overheated and warmed above 40 C / 104 F.

One study through the University of Manchester has actually shown that when breastmilk sits heated to 131 F / 55 C for ten minutes, there is consequently a 50% loss of essential activated enzymes in the milk.

Do You Really Need a Baby Bottle Warmer?

Ultimately, a bottle warmer is an item built for your convenience. It fulfills a task that you could do without a warmer, but it frees up your hands and a few moments of your time – which are valuable commodities when caring for a baby is involved! It also streamlines the process of warming milk (or food) so that no matter who is doing the heating or where it is being heated, the bottle is more or less going to be the same temperature and safely warmed – peace of mind for Mom, Dad and baby.

Some parents will use this many times a day and love it, others will never touch it so feel confident to go with whatever works for your family. Bear in mind a bottle warmer is an extra appliance to sit on your countertop and to have to purchase, so if you are happy to use alternative means of warming your baby’s milk, perhaps the warmer isn’t worth it.

How Long Can You Keep Baby Milk in The Bottle Warmer?

Some bottle warmers that have ‘keep warm’ functions allow bottles to stay in the warmer and maintain the same temperature for several hours or even longer. To limit the growth of harmful bacteria in your baby’s milk that can cause diarrhea, it is best practice not to leave milk in the warmer for longer than ten minutes. Bear in mind a bottle in a warmer is sitting at a temperature that actually promotes the breeding of bacteria.

In Conclusion

To summarize, bottle warmers are one of those baby items that are not a necessity for parents, but can help make life a little easier if you are regularly bottle feeding. Warmers can help to streamline the process of heating your baby’s food or milk, so that no matter who is doing the heating (grandparents, day-care provider, babysitter) the process and therefore the end temperature should be the same.

Your baby’s health, happiness and comfort are paramount, and warmers can help to ensure safe and clean food hygiene practices for every feed. Plus, using a bottle warmer will free up Mum and Dad’s hands and a little window of their time by limiting the need to stand at the sink or stovetop heating milk

 

“>Grownsy Fast Baby Bottle Warmer works best, certainly in terms of value for money. It is a slightly more pricey option but seems worth the extra cost for its multi-function, user-friendly and super cute design.

To use, you simply fill the bath with water, insert the basket provided to hold your container, pop in your bottle/pouch/jar and choose your desired heat settings. In as little as 3 minutes, your bottle will be warmed accordingly, and the unit will kindly beep to let you know, before switching to a ‘keep warm’ setting where it will stay for up to 24 hours, before automatically switching off. It also has an awesome sterilizer function so no need to buy a separate appliance for this purpose. Sounds good, right?

Can I Warm Breast Milk in A Bottle Warmer?

Yes! The importance of not overheating breastmilk is particularly important when trying to maximize its nutritional value for your baby, so a bottle warmer is a great way to get consistency and assurance that reheated breastmilk has not been negatively impacted by too much heat. If you are reheating breastmilk, vital enzymes, antibodies, immunological values and other key nutrients are damaged and reduced when the milk is overheated and warmed above 40 C / 104 F.

One study through the University of Manchester has actually shown that when breastmilk sits heated to 131 F / 55 C for ten minutes, there is consequently a 50% loss of essential activated enzymes in the milk.

Do You Really Need a Baby Bottle Warmer?

Ultimately, a bottle warmer is an item built for your convenience. It fulfills a task that you could do without a warmer, but it frees up your hands and a few moments of your time – which are valuable commodities when caring for a baby is involved! It also streamlines the process of warming milk (or food) so that no matter who is doing the heating or where it is being heated, the bottle is more or less going to be the same temperature and safely warmed – peace of mind for Mom, Dad and baby.

Some parents will use this many times a day and love it, others will never touch it so feel confident to go with whatever works for your family. Bear in mind a bottle warmer is an extra appliance to sit on your countertop and to have to purchase, so if you are happy to use alternative means of warming your baby’s milk, perhaps the warmer isn’t worth it.

How Long Can You Keep Baby Milk in The Bottle Warmer?

Some bottle warmers that have ‘keep warm’ functions allow bottles to stay in the warmer and maintain the same temperature for several hours or even longer. To limit the growth of harmful bacteria in your baby’s milk that can cause diarrhea, it is best practice not to leave milk in the warmer for longer than ten minutes. Bear in mind a bottle in a warmer is sitting at a temperature that actually promotes the breeding of bacteria.

In Conclusion

To summarize, bottle warmers are one of those baby items that are not a necessity for parents, but can help make life a little easier if you are regularly bottle feeding. Warmers can help to streamline the process of heating your baby’s food or milk, so that no matter who is doing the heating (grandparents, day-care provider, babysitter) the process and therefore the end temperature should be the same.

Your baby’s health, happiness and comfort are paramount, and warmers can help to ensure safe and clean food hygiene practices for every feed. Plus, using a bottle warmer will free up Mum and Dad’s hands and a little window of their time by limiting the need to stand at the sink or stovetop heating milk

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