When you nurse a baby the breast milk is at body temperature. This explains that babies prefer warm milk over cold milk. Don’t go running to the microwave just yet! Microwaves could create hot spots in the liquid and result in scalding your baby’s mouth.
This is where the bottle warmers come into play. They help heat the chilled bottle quickly even if it’s a freezer bag of milk from the refrigerated baby food that’s safe to use.
When do you know you need a bottle warmer?
You could for sure, let the frozen breastmilk thaw overnight and serve it cold if the baby isn’t picky. You could also choose to warm milk and food by keeping it over a bowl of hot water to heat it. Despite it all, using a bottle warmer could make the healing process a little faster compared to the others and also alert you as the milk and food get ready.
How to know of the best picks for a bottle warmer?
Listed below is a list of bottle warmer for you to choose from:
1. Philips Avent Fast Baby Bottle Warmer
They are safe and effective bottle warmers that circulate warm water around the bottles and the food placed inside. Its gentle method ensures heating that does not take long. When using a medium-size bottle, it warms in about three minutes and also defrosts the setting that warms up frozen milk and food.
2. Boon Orb Bottle Warmer
This Boon Orb Bottle warmers do not take up much space in the cupboard with only six-inches round or could be kept outside too to flaunt its cuteness. It heats the milk and food in three minutes and automatically shuts down avoiding the milk and food to overheat. The best feature is that it is quite easy to clean shape in a squat making it quiet to reach in and wipe it down.
Refrain from using glass bottles in this warmer as they might result in breaking by the continuous switch from hot to cold that quick.
3. Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Deluxe Bottle Warmer
This bottle warmer uses steam and heats the bottles in about five minutes. It has a digital display that counts down as the baby food is ready indicating with beeps and automatically shuts off post 10 minutes. However, the warmer requires time to cool-down after each cycle.
The Deluxe allows warming bottles and food back to back and works the best with twins. It is important to use only distilled water with this warmer or the mineral deposits start to build up resulting in a funky smell. They also do not fit in extra-wide bottles.
4. Munchkin Speed Bottle Warmer
This Munchkin speed bottle warmer works just like the name, Speedy! When the baby is too hungry to wait for a bottle we know every second count. It is the fastest of the whole list clocking in at 90 seconds to steam-warm a bottle of milk. It also has an alarm sound in the system that shuts off as the bottle gets ready.
It is important to keep in mind that the bottle requires time to cool-down as it works in a hurry. It could turn out to be a hassle if your baby’s bottle or food needs another round to warm up.
5. Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer
Similar to the Philips AVENT warmer this uses a low-temperature water bath to heat the milk bottles and food within about five to eight minutes to warm the bottle thoroughly that helps avoid overheating that could destroy the natural nutrients and antibodies. It can fit big bottles in them too.
Please note, it may take up to two cycles to defrost frozen milk and food.
6. Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle & Food Warmer
This is a trip warmer with a two-part system. It has a stainless steel thermal bottle that keeps the water warm for up to 8-12 hours. Simply pour the water into the cup as soon as the baby is ready to eat.
Keep in mind that the Tommee Tippee warmer is simply more convenient to be used in a traditional warm-water bath method while on the road. But, this bottle warmer takes more time to heat the milk bottle and food as compared to the other bottle warmers.
It is of course hard to know the preference of your baby before they arrive as to if they would like warm or cold milk. However, it’s safe to say that the baby won’t refuse a nice warm bottle of milk. Bottle warmers come in handy to heat the milk and food when needed and it’s completely safe and faster compared to the old-fashioned traditional ways. Use, either way, the most important is to have the little one with nice safe-tempered milk and food.