Updated: May 9, 2015
Bottle Warmer Reviews:One of the things that new parents need to think about is buying a baby bottle warmer, especially if you are feeding with formula. Breastfeeding moms have it somewhat easier in that they don't have to go and get a bottle for those dreaded nighttime feedings. Parents whose children are consuming baby formula will need to heat up the bottle before letting the infant drink the liquid. I remember running downstairs, getting the formula out and then heating it up in a bottle that was microwaveable safe. Sometimes we just put the baby bottle under the tap and let the warm water heat it up slowly. It would have been nice to have a bottle warmer to help with the process. Bottle warmers are not a necessity, but they will make your feedings a bit easier. The two most popular brands are The First Years and Philips Avent. Expect to spend anywhere from $20 to $60 for a quality bottle warmer.
What should you look for in a bottle warmer? Look for a warmer with a timer on it so there is no guesswork involved. Not all include this type of feature so be sure to verify that the one you buy has it. You will find baby bottle warmers that also heat up baby food jars but the warmer itself should have an adapter or something that helps keep the jar up high enough so that you don't have to risk touching the hot sides when retrieving the jars. A temperature or indicator light is also helpful so you know when the bottle has reached a specific temperature. Portable bottle warmers are very popular like the The First Years Fast Heating Travel Warmer but reviews are less than favorable for this variety. Lots of people like the idea of having a travel bottle warmer, one that plugs into a car, but in reviews owners say they take too long to actually heat up the bottle. You'll need to be well prepared (anticipate a feeding) if you are going to be successful using a car bottle warmer. The combination warmers that do food jars and bottles like the Philips Avent Express Food and Bottle Warmer are top rated and certainly worth a look. Even the cheaper Dex Products Bottle N Food Warmer receives decent reviews from owners on Amazon.com. Parents that want the convenience at night need to get a model with a built in cooler (like a refrigerator) so that they can keep the bottles with formula in them chilled. The First Years Night & Day Bottle Warmer System does offer a cooler along with the warmer but reviews are mixed on this one. We say stick with the bottle warmers that do just one function since they get the best reviews online and in parenting magazines. We are still waiting for Consumer Reports to tackle the bottle warmer market, but as of now they don't have any findings. You can browse the top selling bottle warmers online here.