In the earliest weeks, you’ll be feeding your baby up to 12 times or more in a 24-hour period. The cuddling and bonding time is the fun part, but the prep and cleaning not so much. We’ve rounded up the best baby bottle accessories to make feeding time a breeze so you can spend more time on the good stuff.
As moms, we know how overwhelming it can be to feel like you’re always preparing and cleaning and not getting enough time to enjoy the precious snuggles of your newborn or even get a minute to yourself (like, what’s that?!) But with the right line up of bottle accessories, you can cut down the time you spend on menial tasks that have been filling up your day.
8 Best Baby Bottle Accessories of 2020
Finding the right bottle is definitely key, but the accessories you use alongside that bottle are important, too. Bottle choice is about making your baby happy, while these bottle accessories are mostly about keeping mommy and daddy sane.
New on the market in 2019, this is the bottle accessory that was missing for parents for way too many years. But all you new moms and dads, you’re in luck because it’s here to stay and it will make your bottle prepping so much easier. So, you’re probably wondering, what is the bökee and how does it work?
We cover all the details in the post, “The bökee:The Bottle Prep Accessory Parents Need,” but here is the quick rundown that’s going to have you saying, “I need that!”
The bökee is a food-grade silicone device that suctions to any smooth and hard surface and allows you to easily prep a bottle one-handed.
If you’ve ever tried to twist on/off a bottle cap and pour breastmilk or mix formula all while holding your crying and hungry baby, then you know how stressful it can be.
The bökee’s simple design, however, makes it easy to do. It’s as simple as:
- Twist off Cap
- Pour (Breastmilk, Water, Formula, etc.)
- Twist on Cap
It’s especially useful for those middle of the night feedings when you’re barely awake and parents with toddlers will find it handy for sippy cups, too. Here's the bonus: it even looks pretty on your countertop, which we wrote about here!
The bökee was featured as one of the best new baby products of 2020 on Babylist!
Of course you love holding your baby during feeding time. But when you have a young baby eating many times a day it can also be difficult to get anything done when both of your hands/arms are tied up. The Beebo is a bottle accessory created for parents who know how important it is to hold their babies while giving them a bottle but also feel like they need to accomplish more while doing so. So how does this product work?
This bottle holder rests over the shoulder of the feeding caregiver. Once in place, you can rotate the holding portion to get just the right angle that works best for you and your baby.
You’ll hold your baby in one arm, the Beebo will “feed” your baby, and your other arm is free for whatever you need - whether that’s cleaning up, caring for siblings, working or whatever else you may need to multi-task.
"Great product and invention. Helps me work from home easily while feeding baby. Also good for eating and drinking while giving little one a bottle." -Kimberly C.
Do you have a baby who goes to daycare or will be headed that way soon? These Inchbug Orbit Labels are perfect for ensuring staff knows exactly which bottle belongs to your little one. Unlike permanent marker that’s not so permanent after several washings, or a stick-on label that won’t stay put, these stretchy labels fit securely around your baby’s bottle. There’s no chance of it getting lost or washing away.
The best features of these labels are:
- They’re Non-adhesive so won’t pull away or leave a sticky residue
- Have several different personalization options including font, color and icon
- Can be reused for years to come and easily transition to sippy cups when the time comes
- Stretch to fit both skinny and wide bottles
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
“We love these. They look great, are personalized, and make bottle prep for daycare easier.” -Austin H.
This drying rack is as adorable as it is functional.
It’s pretty crazy how many bottles, bottle parts, pacis, etc. you end up washing on a daily basis as a parent of a baby. And well, you need a place to allow them to dry when you’re done washing them up.
The Boon Grass Drying Rack looks great on your countertop while allowing you to set it and forget it. No need to waste time toweling off bottles when this drying rack will contain all the water drips down underneath.
“I’ve used it for Breast pump pieces, bottles, water bottles, sanitized binkies, and to even hold my rings while I do the dishes. Can’t believe it took me 3 kids to finally get one. Wish I would of had it 6 years ago when I had my first.” -Reviewer
I am telling you, you have got to get yourself a good bottle and nipple brush.
Though you could clean a bottle without these helpful cleaning accessories, it’s going to take you a lot longer to do it all by hand. And honestly, there would probably be still little remnants of milk leftover in the spaces you just couldn’t quite get to.
I especially love this Oxo bottle brush and nipple cleaner combo because of these three reasons:
- The tiny nipple cleaner fits right into the bottle brush turning it back into one piece.
- It has its own stand so you don’t have to worry about it laying down and picking up grime.
- The two sizes fit perfectly into the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies of bottles and nipples so you know you’re giving your baby a perfectly clean bottle every time.
“Third child, third brush. They work wonderfully and last forever. I've tried other brands/designs out of curiosity and boredom, but always come back to the OXO.” -reviewer
So this one is equally helpful when it comes to your baby’s happiness and your sanity. We all know how much babies enjoy their warm bottles of milk, but it is such a pain to try to warm milk on the go. And good luck trying to get that temperature just right!
The Baby’s Brew Portable Bottle Warmer is such a genius invention that actually will do it! We even included it on our list of genius baby products (along with the bökee which pairs perfectly with the Baby's Brew.)
Here are some of the best features:
- Fits many bottles straight out of the box or purchase a separate adapter for the perfect bottle fit
- Brings baby’s breastmilk or formula to one of four temperature settings with the push of a button
- 12-Hour charge means you can drop the cord and go
- Because it’s so reliable it’s the perfect at-home bottle warmer, too
“Love this bottle warmer. So easy to pack and take anywhere. It’s not bulky and fits nicely in my diaper bag. I take it everywhere I go.” -Lacey R.
I can’t tell you how much of a lifesaver my sterilizer bags were for getting all my pump parts and baby’s bottles cleaned up and germ free. The downside to the bags were that they were pretty limited on what they could hold and something bigger would have been so much better. That’s why I love this steam sterilizer from AVENT.
In a matter of 2 minutes, it will kill 99.9% of germs on the following items:
- Bottle parts
- Breast Pump parts
- Sippy cups
- Baby utensils
It is compatible with both standard and wide neck and baby bottles and can sterilize 4 at one time (plus the small stuff!)
“I used to sterilize my infants bottles by boiled water and that took a lot of my time. Not with this sterilizer I just pop the bottles in according to the instructions...with water and place in the microwave. In just under a few minuted my bottles are sanitized.” -Reviewer
Not sure if you need to sterilize? Read our article, ‘How to Prepare a Bottle of Baby Formula” to decide if sterilizing is what’s best for your baby.
For most older babies, you won’t need to sterilize your baby’s bottles, which means throwing them in the dishwasher can be a great option. Putting bottles in the dishwasher is the easy part, but what about the inner rings, nipples, or any extra parts? That’s where the Munchkin Dishwasher Basket comes in.
This one is particularly nice because of its large size. It’s as simple as loading it on up from the day’s feeds and pressing start on the dishwasher. You don’t have to worry about losing any of the small bottle parts as this contains them all in one space for easy cleaning.
“It's actually a really well thought out product. There is a loose basket aspect to it, of course, but it actually has a shelf type thing under the lid that lets you line up bottle nipples and keep them in place so they get really clean and don't flip upside down.” -Reviewer
We hope these bottle accessories are exactly what you need to make parenting easier so you can spend more time hugging on that darling little of yours!