To me, bottle warmers fall into the category of “do I really need this?” After 4.5 months of making bottles the old fashioned way: filling a bottle with warm tap water, adding scoops of formula and then shaking the bottle to mix the water and formula together…..I took the plunge. I actually got the Munchkin Bottle Warmer from my brother for Christmas.
I was making about 16 ounces of formula in the morning and putting it in the refrigerator to make bottle prep faster. My little guy did not like the bottle fresh from the fridge, so we tried the bottle warmer out.
The Munchkin bottle warmer utilizes steam to heat bottles using a small amount of water. It takes approximately 90 seconds from the time you turn the warmer on to having a warm bottle. It can heat breast milk, formula, water and jars of baby food.
Set up was pretty easy. I pulled it out of the box, took the plastic wrapping off and took the cardboard out of the cup, plugged it in and it was ready to go. There is a small measuring cup on the side with pre-measured lines to make bottle prep quicker. I did find that the pre-measured lines were handy for the first bottle of the night, but you have to refill the measuring cup for the next bottle either way. Because it doesn’t have a multiple bottle option, this feature really didn’t make bottle preparation easier or quicker at night.
There is an insert that makes heating different sized bottles possible. My Tommee Tippee bottles, Dr. Brown’s bottles and Phillips Avent bottles all fit into the bottle warmer. It can also warm baby food in the glass jars. As long as the object you are heating is round and fits into one of the two baskets, it will heat just fine. The basket also lifts out, which is nice. I did forget to lift the bottle out using the basket once, and burned my arm on the steam.
The warming feature does get the bottle to a comfortable temperature pretty quickly. I didn’t time it to see if it was actually 90 seconds, but it wasn’t that long at all. You do have to wait 5 minutes if you have another bottle to warm or need the bottle warmer.
It is recommended to descale the machine once a month to remove any residue or mineral build up. It was pretty easy to do. You mix 2 ounces of vinegar to 4 ounces of cold water and pour it in the heating chamber. Wait 5 minutes and then pour the water out. Whatever you do…..do not accidentally turn the warmer on with the vinegar inside. It will make your whole house smell!
There are some things that I didn’t care for with the warmer. I mentioned above that the measuring cup only has lines for one bottle at a time. Since most standard bottles take the same amount of water according to the chart, I would think that it would be easy to make the measuring cup capable of holding 2 bottles worth of water. It isn’t a deal breaker, but it does make it slightly more time consuming when you have to refill the measuring cup before the next use.
I also don’t like that the chart assumes you are heating either 4 or 8 ounces of formula. As a mom of a younger baby with tummy troubles, it’s hard for me to heat 4 ounces of formula at a time, knowing that he only eats about 2 ounces at a time. Also, a lot of parents I know feed their child between 4 and 6 ounces at a time (for an older baby, one to two if its a younger baby). The sizing guidelines aren’t realistic of what children actually eat at a time. I personally think it would be more beneficial to have a timer based on the number of ounces being prepared and not based on the assumption of either 4 or 8 ounces.
Overall, I think that the Munchkin High Speed bottle warmer is a good product. It heats bottles to a near perfect temperature, quickly. If making one bottle at a time, it is still quicker to prepare the bottle using warm tap water. If you are making formula ahead of time it is quicker to use the Munchkin bottle warmer.