One of the first things your doctor will mention is that you can’t microwave milk to give to your baby because it can get hot spots that will scald your baby’s mouth. (Yikes!) So how do you warm up milk? Some parents just put a bottle in a bowl of warm water and wait for it to warm, but some find a bottle warmer that also uses warm water to be really useful. With a bottle warmer, the process is straightforward and you know the milk is at the right temp.
How does the Dr. Brown’s stack up? This steam-based warmer has a digital display that shows you just how much longer you have left until a bottle or a baby food jar is done heating up. And the timer sounds a loud beep when the heating cycle is complete so no matter where you are in the house, you know when it’s done.
Once you take the meal out, you can use the warmer right away to heat something else too (unlike some warmers that require a cool-down period before reuse). If you get distracted – something that happens a lot with little ones around – the warmer will automatically shutdown after 10 minutes.
It also has a nice water reservoir, so you can fill it up with enough water to heat 12 bottles and don’t have to constantly refill it.
The downside? The warmer doesn’t fit extra-wide, rounder-shaped bottles and it’s a pain to clean. To minimize the hassle of trying to clean nearly unreachable parts, it’s best to use only distilled water with this warmer.