Is it just me or does there seem to be a surplus of products out there for infant feeding? It can be very overwhelming as an expecting/new parent to ascertain what exactly you need. Which products are the best? Why are they must-haves? Since January 2014, my team and I have worked with hundreds of new families. We have seen the products that are available for bottle feeding. We definitely have a list of what we think are the best products for bottle feeding and we wanted to share them with you.
What are the best products for bottle feeding?
“Best” is a subjective term. For that reason I am going to explain why I like each of the products I am listing. I hope that through this list you are able to find the products that are best for your family (whether these products or others). If you want to order any of the products featured, click the image and it will take you to their listing on Amazon.
OXO Tot Drying Rack
I first came across this product five months ago at a client’s home. I instantly fell in love with the minimal footprint (because counter space is always limited). Also, it’s neutral in color so it isn’t an eyesore in your kitchen. Another feature of this bottle rack that I like is up top. The slits allow excess water to drain down, reducing the likelihood of mold/mildew growing. With everything this bottle rack has going for it, it is definitely my current favorite bottle drying rack.
Tommee Tippee Bottles
My favorite baby bottles are made by Tommee Tippee. I used these bottles with my foster babies after trying so many others. What I like about them:
- wide opening so it’s easier to get formula into them.
- vented nipple to reduce air intake.
- only 3 parts to clean (bottle, nipple, collar).
Tommee Tippee makes these bottles in neutral colors, as well as with just colored collars if mismatched bottles aren’t your thing.
Philips Avent Bottle Warmer
My team and I agree that this bottle warmer is awesome! What we like about it is:
- easy to operate. This is so important if you’re going to be warming bottles overnight!
- neutral color.
- it is quiet. This warmer does not beep while you adjust the settings and it does not make noise when the bottle is ready. Again, if you’re warming bottles overnight, these are nice features.
- fits most every bottle we’ve seen (so if you’re trying out a few to find your favorite you can use this warmer with all of them.
Munchkin Formula Dispenser
Formula dispensers are, arguably, a necessity if you ever plan to leave the house with a bottle. They allow you the freedom of not taking a cooler bag with bottles when you go out. Simply pre-fill your bottles with water and the dispenser with the appropriate amount of formula and you are good to go! I also like using formula dispensers overnight. Hear me out. Yes, there are products like babybrezza that allow you to make warmed bottles without measuring out formula. However, they require a considerable amount of maintenance to increase their chances of accuracy. There have been reported instances where devices like this have mixed baby bottles that are too dilute, resulting in baby not consuming enough calories. This dispenser is an easy solution. Fill your bottles with water and the dispenser with formula and bring everything to your room for the night. Good bye measuring out water and formula in the middle of the night. And if your baby is used to drinking bottles at room temperature, you don’t even need to spend time warming them!
What are your formula feeding must-haves?
We love hearing about what products worked/didn’t work for you. It helps me decide what we want to buy and try out, as well as make recommendations to other parents. Some of our favorite products are ones that our clients have recommended. If you think there is something that has made formula/bottle feeding your baby easier, send me a message!
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