Warming up milk baby bottles is not fun
Normally, to warm up the milk for a baby, in a bottle, you need hot water and a little bit of time. You can heat up water in a container in the microwave and then drop in your bottle and leave it for a couple minutes. You could also boil the water first, then dunk the bottle in there. Either one of those methods of warming up bottles will take at least 5 minutes if not more.
As a parent you know that even a few seconds can make the difference between a hungry baby and a hungry-crying-yelling baby so time is of the essence when warming up milk or food.
Best way of warming up milk bottles
The best way of warming up your bottles is with a bottle warmer. Bottle warmers save you time and effort. Generally, to warm up 1 to 2 ounces of liquid it will take you about 2.5 minutes with the munchkin bottle warmer. Check out the video below to get an idea of how it works. This is probably one of the best investments that you can make during the first years of your babie's life. For us, it was actually a gift, but we would have bought it anyway.
This model that you'll see in the video is one that plugs into the wall, and it isn't one of the battery operated bottle warmers. But if you have a power outlet, you could use this as a portable bottle warmer or even as a travel bottle warmer, you just need electricity. It's pretty portable and lightweight so it's pretty versatile. It's lightweight and very simple to use.
The Munchkin bottle warmer instructions are simple and you won't even need them. Simply fill the water reservoir and replace it back into its slot. Then place the bottle with milk in the basket and place the cover ring over the opening and turn the timer on to get the bottle warm.
I wish I could tell you exactly how to warm up the different amounts of milk, but each case will be slightly different and you'll eventually be able to guess pretty accurately based on your own bottles and how much quantity you're warming up each time. For example, we have a few different size bottles so each one takes different time to heat up. We have little tiny Medela bottles of 30 ml, and then the taller skinny ones for about 85 ml and we also use the fatter bottles that hold up to four ounces.
How does the baby bottle warmer work?
It's simple, the device has a heating element in the center at the bottom. Then there is a basket that sits about a quarter inch above the heating element. You place the baby bottle on that basket so it doesn't come in contact with the heating element and melt. There is a reservoir for water that provides water and fills in the gap between the basket and the heating element. When you turn the timer on, the heating element quickly brings that water to a soft boil and the steam produced is what heats up the milk in the bottle. The timer controls the heating element and boom, in a couple minutes you have warm milk.
The one flaw with the Munchkin bottle warmer
Because of the different sizes of the bottles, sometimes the steam that warms up the bottle has more or less room to escape the heating chamber. This is actually just about the only flaw with the device. There is a ring that goes over the holding basket when you use the device, but the ring is one size only. If we warm up the skinny bottle, then the gap between the ring and the bottle is wider and it lets more steam escape faster so we have to leave the bottle longer than if we used the fatter bottle. I wish it came with two or three size rings, even a perforated "full" cover would be nice because the tiny 30ml bottles I mentioned earlier actually are short enough to fit that way.
But all in all the device is pretty cool and it works as advertised. I would say that it is the best bottle warmer for breast milk and other types of food, even formula. I don't see why you couldn't use it to thaw out and warm up soft food when your baby is old enough to eat solids.
If I haven't convinced you that you should get this for your baby, why don't you go check out the video I made below, or read reviews and comments in Amazon. Here's the munchkin bottle warmer in Amazon and you can see that it is really inexpensive, probably the best price in its class. Really though you don't need a bottle warmer that is fancier than this. This model has very few places where it could break and it just works great. Check it out here.
Munchkin bottle warmer video