Bottle Warmers

If you are a parent who will be bottle feeding your baby a potential investment is a bottle warmer. They are not super expensive ($20-$60) but there are alternatives (heat up water in a bowl and put the bottle in the water or run the bottle under hot water) that you can do at home instead of buying one. If you are keen on buying an actual bottle warmer then keep on reading. Some babies will take cold or room temperature milk but if yours are anything like mine then they will refuse their milk if it is not warmed up.

Here are some features to look for when buying a bottle warmer:

  • Timer so you do not have to guess how long to warm up the bottle. 
  • If you think you may eventually feed jarred foods – some warmers come with an adapter to heat up baby jarred food so this is something to consider (Philips Avent Express Food and Bottle Warmer).
  • Temperature or indicator light so you know when the bottle has reached a specific temperature.
  • Make sure the unit will accommodate the bottle you will be using – some bottles are wide, some are narrow, some are angled).
  • Should automatically switch off after use – for safety – some units can boil dry and create a fire hazard if not switched off.
Keep in mind – some units do not work well with frozen milk, many are designed to heat 1 bottle at a time and then need about 10 minutes to cool down after use.
Some bottle warmers come with a cooler so you can keep the bottle in the cooler and pull it out and warm up (great for night-time feedings). The First Years Night & Day Bottle Warmer System does just that but it has received mixed reviews.
Another popular bottle warmer are travel units. You plug it into the light socket in a car but many people complain that it takes too long to warm up the bottle. A hungry baby is not a patient baby.
See this page for a list of some of the best bottle warmers available.