Find the Best Baby Bottle Warmers and Best Bottle Sterilizers With Online Reviews

Best Bottle SterilizersAmong the most important items needed for a new baby are a bottle sterilizer and a bottle warmer, but which is the best bottle sterilizer? Which is the best bottle warmer for breast milk? Electric warmers and sterilizers weren’t always available, of course. From the time that medicine advanced enough to point to germs as culprits in illnesses, and to sterilization as the answer to the problem, hot water was used to sanitize bottles, and bottles were placed in pots to heat milk. While some people of older generations still swear by the old methods of child care, parents or child care providers who do not avail themselves of the state of the art products now on the market run the risks of milk that is too hot or not warm enough, or bottles that are not completely sterilized, as germs may linger on plastic bottles.

Today’s parents may have the convenience of technology, but this brings about another problem: the glut of choices on the market for bottle warmers and sterilizers is mind-boggling. It is easy to simply grab the first or cheapest product on the shelf, or the one that looks the simplest to use. Many people rely on the endorsements of family or friends as to which products to buy, but their knowledge may be limited. These ways of selecting products don’t ensure that the family is getting items that truly suit their needs.
With today’s easy access to the internet, there’s a light at the end of this confusing tunnel. Review sites can compare multiple items feature by feature and price by price. This makes it simpler to choose from the overwhelming number of products out there, and ensures a better fit for the parent and child.

Big Winners in Online Reviews

Baby bottle filled with milk in measuring cup of water. SOURCE: PWS_sccc-parentsbabies1-010
Baby bottle filled with milk in measuring cup of water. SOURCE: PWS_sccc-parentsbabies1-010

While the warmers and sterilizers described above are not rank ordered, they are all extremely popular. A quick overview of online review sites does list a clear favorite among those who offered their feedback, however:

According to online reviewers, the best bottle warmer is one made by Kiinde called the Kozii, which is designed to warm breast milk and bottles. It is no great surprise that this one gets such great reviews. It is amazingly flexible. It features a “warm water bath” specifically for safely thawing frozen breast milk. A larger reservoir means no adding more water for each single use. The timer features an automatic shutoff, to prevent milk from becoming too warm. Another standout feature is a universal warming Of chamber to accommodate literally anything that needs warming, be it food jars, formula, breast milk, frozen or thawed storage bags and more, making it easily one of the more versatile units on the market. This one runs about $70.00.

Of the sterilizers, the best bottle sterilizer depends on whether the parent leans toward an electric or microwave variety. With this in mind, here are two top picks, one in each category:

According to the overwhelming majority of purchasers on a leading online shopping site (with a close to perfect rating out of over 350 reviews) the best bottle sterilizer among electronic brands is once again made by Philips Avent. This time it is their iQ24 Electronic Sterilizer. This one is actually a bit of a hybrid. It does use steam, but it is also designed for the microwave, making it practical for parents on the move. It is extremely fast, allowing the user to sterilize a half-dozen nipples, caps and bottles in literally a couple of minutes. It also comes with two reusable bottles (9-ounce size). Reviewers noted the ability to fit other items into it for sterilization as well. Please note that this unit is too small to accommodate 12-ounce bottles, but considering its utility in other ways, this model is a great bargain.

In the category of pure microwave sterilizers, the winner is Dr. Brown’s Microwave Steam Sterilizer. As is usually the case for the microwave brands, it is small out of necessity. This one accommodates four bottles, which is fairly standard, but with the added bonus of being able to fit bottles with wider necks, as well. Also, unlike the Electric Steam Sterilizer (listed above), this model does not require distilled water. It functions quite nicely with tap water. It even comes with its own pair of tongs so that users won’t risk burns from taking the bottles out once they have been heated.

While compiling a list of top brands (and three clear favorites) of baby bottle warmers and sterilizers is hardly a scientific method of choosing which in each category is the soundest purchase, bear in mind that the item descriptions and reviews that are referenced here come from the arguably the leading online retailer and reseller in the world. People who take the time to get online to review items that they bought generally do so for two reasons: they are either extremely happy with what they have purchases and are thrilled to recommend it, or they are highly unsatisfied and want to warn others away from a product, or just to vent their frustration to a like-minded audience. There is a smaller, third group who are either indifferent or enjoy posting prank reviews, but it is a safe bet that when it comes to their children and keeping them safe, the reviewers for these particular products are not likely to be members of this last group.

Breast Pump Buyers Guide Breast Pumps

In the post I placed on breast pump reviews, I promised a breast pump buying guide. Without further ado, here it is! Be sure to refer to the reviews for a listing of the three best pump in each category: Manual, electric, and double-electric pumps.

When you make the decision to breastfeed, you may find that there are times when a bottle will come in handy, but still wish to avoid formula supplementation. If you do not want to use formula, expressing your breast milk might seem daunting. So many breast pumps on the market, parenting forums with advice from a multitude of moms that prefer this pump or that pump, and even information from the manufacturers. What to choose? Manual or electric?

The choice between manual and electric lies with how you will be using the pump. Expressing occasionally to help keep up your supply or to have a small supply on hand may only require a manual pump. If you need a pump on a regular basis because you will be going back to work or your baby will need to stay in the hospital while you are home, electric will be your best option. Many mothers choose to express their milk while at work, choosing a double electric pump can save you a lot of time if pumping on a lunch break is your only option.

*Please note that most employers try to give women the time they need to pump.

Manual breast pumps are economical and easy for anyone to use. In areas or situations where electricity is unavailable or inconvenient, a manual pump will come in very handy. These pumps come with a carrying case and come apart to fit into a diaper bag or suitcase. Using a manual pump might be hard for some mothers. Some moms may need to use two hands until they find the best position to hold and pump at the same time.

Electric pumps offer a mother ease and dependability that a manual pump cannot compare with when mom needs to pump a lot of breast milk. These pumps can let you pump hands free depending on their design, but most will still need to be held. Some of these machines can be daunting for the new user to put together and use. Tubing, membranes, and other attachments are all required for the pump to work properly – this is why it is best to buy a new pump that will have all parts included. Used electric pumps are popular and considered to save money, but if new tubing and membranes are not purchased, there is the risk of transmitting disease or machine malfunction.

Some electric pumps come with a double pump. I stated earlier that these pumps can save time, which is a lifesaver if you must pump at work or have multiple children. The demands of parenting will have many new mothers feeling as if they have no time to do anything, much less pump! A good quality double-pump will reduce expression time by half. Using one of these will take some getting used to as you’ll need to hold both pumps at the same time. Once you get the hang of it, you may never want to be without a double-pump. Previous post link What is the Best Breast Pump? blog comments powered by Breast Pumps.

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