If you’re a mom who formula feeds and you’re looking for ways to make the gig easier on you and your baby’s caretakers, we have good news: There are lots of innovative new products on the market meant to make bottle feeding easier than ever. From pillows that provide much-needed arm support to bottles that mix formula and water with just one hand, the gadgets and gear below will make feeding your baby a much more manageable task.
Baby Brezza’s latest edition of its popular formula dispenser is faster, quieter and smaller than the original, but it still mixes formula powder and water, without air bubbles, in mere seconds. Like the previous model, it works with all bottles, but it also features some nifty upgrades, It’s now compatible with virtually all formula brands, it dispenses in one ounce increments (from 2 to 10 ounces), it features a dishwasher-safe removable water tank for easy clean-up and you can choose from three temperature settings for baby’s bottle: body temperature, warmer than body temperature and room temperature. Making the perfect bottle has never been easier.
If storage is tight in your kitchen, you’ll love this new collapsible bottle and sippy cup system. Available in April, the Collapsabottle is made of 100 percent food-grade silicone and it collapses to the size of a hockey puck, so you can easily stack a bunch of the bottles in your crowded cabinets. Once your baby outgrows the nipple stage, just pop on the brand’s sippy cup top and handles, or later, the cup attachment. It’s the ultimate space-saving baby-to-toddler feeding solution.
Say goodbye to sore elbows from hours of holding baby bottles—just slip your arm through Itzy Ritzy’s Milk Boss pillow, and your arm will get the support it so desperately needs. Unlike some of the other breastfeeding-specific pillows on the market, this one is easy for partners to use too. And once you’re done, you can even flip it around and use it to burp baby.
Headed out of the house? With the new PopYum, there’s no need to pack formula, scoops, bottles and accessories separately. You just put formula in PopYum’s top chamber, and when it’s time to feed, press the buttons on each side (with just one hand!) and shake the bottle. Voila, you’re done. Unlike other formula-mixing bottles, it only has five parts (the same as regular bottles), so cleaning is a cinch.
There are plenty of apps nowadays to help you track how much your baby consumes at each feeding, but it still requires you to do a little math and log the info—not always the easiest task when you’re exhausted at 3 a.m. That’s where the BlueSmart Mia 2 comes in. You just slip the sleeve on the bottom of any bottle, and the device automatically tracks how much your baby eats, the duration of the feeding and even the bottle’s temperature and angle during feeding (to help prevent gas). It pairs with an app, so you have all the info you need at your fingertips—even if someone else is feeding your baby.
You don’t have to stumble to your kitchen in the dark to warm a bottle for your baby anymore. With The First Years new 4-in-1 bottle warmer, you can pop a prepared bottle in the machine before you doze off (it stays chilled!), and then simply press a button on a remote control when you're ready to warm up the milk. Save yourself a few precious moments of sleep—and the stubbed toe.
Bottles with disposable liners are great for preventing gassy babies, but they're expensive and bad for the environment. Boon has a solution: Reusable liners. The brand's new bottles feature a silicone pouch that collapses as baby drinks, squeezing out gas-inducing air. Even better, the bottles come with only three parts and the pouch can be flipped inside out for easy washing. When baby is out of the bottle phase, the silicone pouch can be used to freeze baby food, or just switch out the lid and make it a sippy cup.
Baby Brezza makes our list again because the brand’s latest version of its sterilizer dryer offers some key advantages over the competition: Mainly, it sterilizes and dries up to six bottles in just eight minutes. (Comparable models can take up to an hour.) It kills 99.9% of germs using natural steam sterilization (without chemicals), so you can rest assured baby’s bottle is spick-and-span.