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Whether you’ve got a screaming baby on your hip who refuses to drink formula at room temp or a boob babe who won’t even entertain the idea of cold breast milk when it’s your partner’s turn to feed, warm bottles can be near miracles. That's where the best baby bottle warmer saves the day.
Not only are baby bottle warmers super convenient, they take the guesswork out of quickly and safely feeding your little one. These clever devices let you can rest assured milk is heated to the perfect temperature.
We spoke with a Lactation Education Counselor and a baby gear expert to help us break down the best baby bottle warmers for at-home, on the go, formula and breast milk. Add these to your newborn checklist and baby registry stat.
The best baby bottle warmer will save tired parents tons of time and hassle and get a hungry baby fed faster. A warmer that heats quickly and evenly is what Sarah Huff, baby gear product expert at BabyQuip, would consider most important. “It should also be easy to use with minimal effort—think simple buttons and user interface,” she says.
Look for a warmer that specifically states it can be used for breast milk if your little one is breastfed. “This is extremely important because if breast milk is overheated it will lose its nutritional value,” says Lactation Education Counselor Nannie Reinert at Dream Baby Sleep.
The second thing she’d look for is an auto shut-off feature for when the milk is done warming up. “This way the nutrients stay protected and the bottle doesn’t get too warm for the baby.” And be sure to find one that's easy to clean. Hygiene is of the utmost importance.
Portability is also a key element. Look for something compact and easy to move around the house, suggests Huff. “Use the warmer for more than just bottles or for more than just one type of bottle. Look for a warmer that can be used with a variety of different bottles and one that can heat other things, like food pouches, jars and breast milk bags.”
This top-rated baby bottle warmer ticks all the boxes. It's compact, multi-functional, easy to use and true to its name. We love that it heats up five-ounce bottles in just a few minutes. It will also keep bottles warm for up to an hour with an automatic shut-off feature after sixty minutes.
Prep in advance and have bottles ready to go when your little one wakes or just gets hangry. We especially love how intuitive it is. Set the dial to the correct milk volume and sensors will automatically detect the starting temperature and heat it to the ideal temp with a simple push of a button. Because who has time to think when there's a baby screaming in your ear?
This bottle warmer is compatible with most leading brands and can defrost frozen breast milk safely as well. When your mini milk monster starts solids it even works to warm up baby food jars too. It also works perfectly on our favorite bottles for breastfed babies.
If you're not sure how often you'll use a baby bottle warmer or just don't want to go all out for one of the fancy ones, The First Years Warmer And Sterilizer offers a great bang for your buck. It doesn't take up a ton of counter space, which is nice if you already feel like your house has been taken over by baby things. Reviewers praise its easy carrying and that it doubles as a sterilizer for small items like newborn pacifiers and nipples.
Whether you're pumping, formula feeding, or a combination of both, this bottle warmer is multi-functional, heating breast milk, formula, and baby food jars to the optimal temperature so you'll get plenty of use. And it's easy to clean too, with the water vial, basket, sanitizer lid, and adapter ring all being top-rack dishwasher safe.
The included warming guide with the Philips Avent Fast Bottle warmer helps take the guesswork out of figuring out approximately how long various milk volumes will take to heat, though a little bit of trial and error is to be expected.
When you're out and about and baby needs to be fed now, the last thing you want to be doing is dealing with dead batteries or fumbling with charging cords, not to mention finding a spot to charge. This no-frills Tommee Tippee Portable Travel Bottle Warmer warms bottles the old-school way.
Fill the insulated, stainless steel flask with hot water before leaving your house, pour it into the frosted container lid when it's mealtime, and place your bottle (or food jar) in the hot water to warm the milk to the perfect temp for your picky eater. It's leak-proof, BPA-free and an excellent option for long flights.
"I was skeptical that this little thermos and container could really quickly heat my toddler’s milk during long flights, but it worked like a charm," says one Amazon reviewer. "I just asked for the thermos to be filled with hot water at the beginning and then used when needed throughout the flight. The thermos keeps the hot water warm enough for at least four hours—maybe more—without needing to ask for any fresh hot water."
By far the best baby bottle warmer for breastfeeding mamas, Dr. Brown's MilkSPA uses a gentle water bath to safely, evenly, and quickly heat up your breast milk to body temperature without all the fuss (literally). "Its easy-to-use LCD screen has 12 pre-programmable warming settings and can warm both milk storage bags and bottles," notes Reinert.
It's completely customized based on whether you're starting from frozen, refrigerated, or room-temperature milk and fits almost any size bottle or breast milk bag so you don't have to go out and spend extra money on special parts.
"When the milk is warmed you'll see on the screen that it's done and hear an alarm, and the auto shut-off feature will kick on to preserve the nutrients in the breast milk," says Reinert. Use distilled water to keep it clean and extend its lifespan.
If you're formula feeding, the Baby Brezza Instant Warmer Advanced is a no-brainer. Unlike other bottle warmers, it dispenses warm water on demand so all you have to do is add the formula and you're ready to feed. Depending on your baby's preference, the warmer has three temperature settings to choose from: body temperature, warmer-than-body-temp and room temperature.
The airtight water tank also holds 50 ounces of water, which is more than enough to get you through a day or two before you have to refill it. A convenient, built-in LED nightlight makes middle-of-the-night feedings even easier. "This is life-changing," gushes one Amazon Reviewer.
"As a second-time mom who never had to deal with bottles the first time around, I found myself in uncharted territory with my second baby when he refused to nurse anymore and we had to switch to formula. Warming up water in the microwave or the bottle warmer and then testing it to make sure it was the right temperature was so time-consuming. It puts out the perfect temperature water every time and all you have to do is add the formula."
Consider this bestseller with thousands of positive reviews and a solid 4.4-average star rating. It's a perennially popular 8-in-1 bottle warmer that is an excellent one-and-done option for minimalist parents and combo-feeding fams. We also love it for those who don't have budget or space for a separate steam sterilizer.
It works with all types of bottles to heat bottles quickly and keep milk warm. Use it to thaw frozen breast milk, warm up baby food, and sanitize all the little baby things too. "This steam to heat bottle warmer has saved us so much time warming up breast milk from the fridge," says one happy reviewer of this quick warm option. "I love it and often use the sanitizing cycle as well for bottle and pump parts and even pacifiers."
If speed is at the top of your list, Munchkin is hands down the best baby bottle warmer for getting your hangry babe fed in a flash. It warms up bottles in as little as 90 seconds, which is super impressive, while still preserving nutrients so you're not sacrificing nutrition for convenience.
When the bottle is ready, the machine automatically shuts off and an alarm dings so you know it's done. It's incredibly easy to use, according to tons of reviews, and heats up faster than all the fancier, more expensive options.
"It is quick, easy, and takes less than a second to get it going," notes one reviewer of how this bottle warmer heats. Another says it's a lifesaver. "Don’t bother with the super expensive ones. This bad boy can heat four ounces in three minutes or less!" warmer."
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