Parenting is the one job that comes with no instructions. All you can do is to prepare yourself for the long days and midnight feeding shifts. It is often very difficult for the young parents or new parents to cope with being a parent at first, but ‘expert Mom advice‘ can make you do a lot better. One very important piece of advice, apart from the easiest way to prepare a baby bottle is, how to sterilize baby bottles safely and properly without the use of chemicals? The only way you should be cleaning baby bottles is to steam sterilize them using a baby bottle sterilizer. We will discuss these today along with baby bottle warmers – two must have baby products that all parents, young and old, new or experienced need!
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Warmer & Sterilizer Guide
Best Brands of Baby Bottle Warmers and Sterilizers
Firstly, I will discuss the top brands of baby bottle warmers and sterilizers (these include the best bottle warmers for breast milk too) and then we will look at the different types of both. It is recommended, by most parents, that you buy the matching infant bottle warmer along with the matching bottle electric sterilizer from the same brand, hence you will find this useful when referring to the best baby bottle warmer brands below as I have displayed each bottle warmer and sterilizer per brand.
Philips Avent are renowned by all parents for being the best baby bottle warmers out of hundreds of products out there. They are the #1 brand recommended by a majority of parents worldwide and are not only bottle warmers, they are baby food warmers aswell. Is it safe to heat up breast milk? Yes!
The Philips Avent range don’t just heat up baby bottles they heat up food and ANY type of baby bottle, glass and plastic!
Looking for the Philips AVENT Express? Just to let all parents know that Philips has discontinued the ‘Express’ product towards the end of this year. If you still want it, there is a few left in stock here.
NEW/UPDATED: The new Philips Bottle Warmer, the ‘Fast Bottle Warmer’ model is available here
So if you have baby food jars or anything else, you can heat them up in this device safely and quickly
What Do I Have? I have the Philips Avent Fast (and the matching bottle steriliser, the devices that are featured in the photo above). Not only can I heat up breast milk and formula milk feeding bottles, but sip cups and baby meals as it is a baby food warmer also (literally, I am talking about placing baby food jars in it and it heats them up, fantastic isn’t it?).
It did perfect for me. Many people ask ‘how to use a baby bottle warmer’ and my answer is, super easy, or even nothing is involved.
It is so simple to use, you just put water in it and dip the feeding bottle or the breast milk bottle, a light will blink when the feeding bottle is warm enough to use
Three settings are available on this Advent bottle warmer to provide you the desired heating-level for your baby’s feeding bottle milk. It’s so quick, you get warm milk in only 3 minutes.
Philips Avent sterilizer not only sterilizes Philips Avent feeding bottles, but I use it with many other baby bottle brands and anything else I want to sterilize, including sterilizing breast pumps, pacifiers, utensils and toddler plates.
The image to the right shows the 3-in-1 function. I can’t tell you how versatile it is. If you want to save space, you can detach each department and use whichever sterilizer you wish, hence why it has 3 adjustable sizes:
- 1 small compartment for pacifiers and teethers
- 1 medium to sterilize breast pumps and toddler plates
- 1 large one to sterilize bottles up to 11 Oz.
What else can a mother want?
My Philips Avent bottle sterilizer is the best sterilizer for baby bottles as it has a six minutes cycle of sterilizing the feeding bottles with auto shut off. It holds up all the bottles and in the six minutes cycle this steam sterilizer kills almost 99.9% bacteria.
Microwave Steriliser? I personally don’t like these as I am not a fan of microwaves, which sterilizers baby bottles with the use of a microwave, but if you want one, you can get it here > Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer.
♥ Where to Buy? Here
KiindeKozii Breastmilk and Bottle Warmer (available here) is another one of the most popular brands for warmers (apart from the Avent brand above) for warming up both breast milk bottles and formula bottle feeding.
This small bottle warmer has auto shutoff and it completely removes the heat once it is shut off to prevent the milk from over-heating
The KiindeKozii baby feeding bottle warmer can be used to heat up any stored breast milk, formula milk or baby food also.
It is easy to use, and ONLY comes #2 on our list because it’s only negative is that unlike the Philips Avent, the KiindeKozii is only a bottle warmer by itself, it does not offer the matching bottle sterilizer in the same brand and we often find that parents are looking for both devices, instead of learning new systems/instructions of other brands.
So if you just want to warm up your baby bottle, this bottle warmer is one of the best-selling also so you are guaranteed to love it.
Born Free Tru-Temp bottle warming system (available here) has various features, you can store two feeding bottles for future use and it works quickly. Not only that, but doesn’t it look so modern, sleek and cool?
For young or new parent’s where the ‘simpler the better’ rule is for you, this may just be your cup of tea
The Born Free Tru-Temp bottle warmer offers adjustable heating-levels and you can set the heat by dial and bottle size. This Born Free warmer works great with the Born Free feeding bottles.
Born Free offers the matching sterilizer as well, called the Tru-Clean Steam Sterilizing System (available here). Born Free’s bottle sterilizer holds up to six bottles at a time.
It comes with a dishwasher basket and a dry rack and you do not need to buy them separately
The cycle time is sixteen minutes cycle of sterilizing.
The thing that inspires me about this sterilizer is the stainless finish that would complement many people’s kitchen’s utensils and appliances. Another positive, just like the other top of the range best bottle sterilizers so far, is this one also has an auto shut off feature also.
♥ Where to Buy? Click Here
This Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer (available here) has an LCD panel similar to the one on a microwaves and it rings a bell with flashing lights when it is done. You need to refill the water once a day and it can warm-up several bottles in one refill.
You can set the required heating time on the LCD panel, keeping the ounces of milk in mind.
This small-gadget can be taken everywhere just like Philips Avent, the only difference is the complication level of operating it.
Dr. Brown’s Electric Steam Sterilizer (available here) matches the bottle warmer and looks stylish when using both. This white and blue bottle sterilizer can hold six bottles and also feeding bottle accessories and sterilizes them all properly in one go. This electric steam sterilizer ensures it that steams reaches all the bottles to perfectly sterilize them.
It is a one button operation so that is very handy!
A removable dish washer basket holds all the bottles and other small parts at place and tongs are also included in this set to take out the sterilized items once they are done. It takes about 12 minutes to sterilize the all contents inside.
If you are using TommeeTippe feeding bottles already then it this bottle warmer might be good for you as it fits almost all the TommeeTippee feeding bottles from 5 ounces to 11 ounces.
Tommee Tippee Bottle Warmer comes with a dial for the easy adjustment of heat
TRAVEL WARMER: The Travel Bottle and Food Warmer (available here) is also another extremely popular product for many parents as it is a portable bottle warmer, perfect for traveling or when you need to warm a bottle on the go. It needs absolutely NO ELECTRICITY. It is stainless steel and is BPA and phthalate free. It also comes a matching Tommee Tippee Insulated Bottle Bag for easy use which is also BPA and phthalate free!
♥ Where to Buy? Here
♥ Popular: Tommee Tippee Travel Warmer
Tommee Tippee Electric Bottle Sterilizer (available here) can sterilize all feeding bottles in 5 minutes and holds up to 6 bottles in one go.
Munchkin have quite a few different baby bottle warmers, but after looking at them individually, they only have a few differences and all look aesthetically the same.
All Munchkin bottle warmers are reasonably priced and are a very popular brand
Munchkin bottle warmers tend to have features that most parents are concerned about which are:
1. Most of them come with an alarm to tell you the feeding bottle is ready and
2. They have an auto shut- off feature.
Looking for a car bottle warmer? The most popular product by Munchkin, is there best selling travel bottle warmer which can be plugged into your car to warm your baby bottle, very handy indeed and I must say it’s one of those basic baby items we probably all should buy (I’ll have to add that one to the list).
Now you have a complete list of what to look for while buying a baby bottle warmer and sterilizer. But, keep my one final tip in mind, my experience tells that simple things always work well and these on our list are all simple so select one of these rather than getting something that is too complicated and fancy.
Types of Baby Bottle Warmers
Standard Baby Feeding Bottle Warmers
These baby bottle warmers use steam generated from hot water to heat up the bottle of milk. They are most common and widely used type of feeding bottle warmers. You can use these bottle warmers to heat up a feeding bottle or baby meal. These ones are modern and can hold a few bottles of milk.
Portable Feeding Bottle Warmers
Travel bottle warmers are the simplest type of bottle warmers and can be easily transported from one place to another
Due to their portability, they usually take more time to heat up than the standard bottle warmers.
Another feature which is excellent about the Munchkin travel bottle warmer is that it can warm your baby bottle in the car (did I hear you say convenient?). All you need to do is simply plug it in your car to warm up the milk (no more hungry baby!).
The Tommee Tippee on the other hand is a flask thermal type of travel bottle warmer which requires no electricity. All you need is to fill it with boiling hot water before you go out and it will stay hot all day.
Do You Need a Bottle Warmer and Bottle Sterilizer?
Yes. It’s simple really. These days, it’s thanks to technology that we can at least get ready or prepare for many things before time or before required (in our case, before our baby is screaming their head off).
As a parent, you soon learn, the quickest and easiest way to do something, the better.
Technology, in most cases, will often do a more efficient job than you.
TIP: Have you seen my must read article about how you can save time and hassle by preparing your baby’s bottle? Read Here
Not only that, but if you are cleaning, or are thinking about cleaning, your baby bottles in the dishwasher or by hand with soap, you are exposing your baby to dangerous and harmful chemicals which, no matter how well you rinse them, will leave chemical and toxic residue on all bottles and accessories. The safest and best way to clean your baby bottles and all accessories including breast pump accessories (anything that fits!) is by using a sterilizer as all it uses to clean all contents inside is steam.
Bottle warmer and bottle sterilizers are just two examples. They need to be on your must-have essentials baby products list. They solve many of our problems as parents and here are just some of the questions we get regularly where a bottle warmer and bottle sterilizer are the only answers:
Q: ‘What is the quickest way to warm up a baby bottle, breast or formula?’A: Baby bottle warmer
Q: ‘How do I sterilize baby bottles properly?’, ‘how do I clean baby bottles properly?’ A: Baby bottle sterilizer
You know, it is really very difficult for a Mom or Dad to prepare the feeding bottle with a crying baby in their arms, so a bottle warmer is the best way to warm a baby bottle, the quickest way and the safest way. Salute to our mothers and fathers who did all this without any facilities like bottle warmers and sterilizers back in the day. But, do not worry, you are also going to do a great job at parenting.
Types of Baby Bottle Sterilizers
All the baby bottle sterilizers that feature on our list of the best baby bottle sterilizers are all based on ‘steam’ cleaning. I do not like the use of chemicals for newborns so, for me this is the best type of sterilizing where no chemicals are required and feeding bottles are sterilized within a few minutes. Steam sterilizers use heated steam or heated water to sterilize the feeding bottles and bottles remain sterilized for up to 24 hours.
Here I go again. I briefly mentioned that with the Philips Avent Steam Sterizilier I bought, there was also a microvace sterilizer also. But if you read above, I do not like the use of microwave and when it comes to a newborn or my child, I stir away. But again, if you don’t mind, it is entirely your choice that what type you choose to sterilize the baby feeding bottles as microwave bottle sterilizers are also very handy also.
Cold Water Sterilizers
There are tablets available in the market. You just need to put some sterilizing tablets in the cold water and soak the feeding bottles in it making sure that there are no air bubbles in the feeding bottles. You must wash the feeding bottles before use though. I am not an expert on this cold water sterilizers and I wouldn’t you it myself but worth a mention here as it is a way to sterilize bottles.