Handy Gadgets to Make Your Baby's Bottle Time a Breeze (At Home & On the Go)

Whether you prefer plastic baby bottles or eco-friendly glass bottles, all-in-one coolers and warmers or separate, the choices can seem endless when it comes to finding the best baby bottles and accessories. We've got everything you need from bottles and carriers to brushes and sterilizers to make your baby's bottle time a breeze at home or on the go.

Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles

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Plastic baby bottles are perfect for diaper bags (and your aching back, Mama) since they are so lightweight. Not only are they convenient to carry around, but plastic baby bottles can even lessen the load on the wallet, as they tend to be cheaper than the comparable glass baby bottles. Thanks to their shatterproof bodies, they also tend to withstand the occasional drops and falls. Bothered at the thought of BPA? The plastic baby bottles you find on shelves today in the U.S., like Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles, are BPA-free, which means they are safe and binge-worthy for hungry babies. ($19; amazon.com)


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Playtex Baby Nurser with Drop-In Liners

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Any parent who has listened to their colicky baby cry knows you'll do whatever you can to turn down the tears. Some moms and dads turn to baby bottles with disposable liners, like the Playtex Baby Nurser With Drop-Ins Liners, which reduce air bubbles in the milk because the liner collapses as baby drinks. While baby bottles with disposable liners tend to be more expensive due to the fact you have to replace the liners after each feeding, they are ideal for on the go because you don't have to bring and wash multiple bottles. It's also a great bottle for breastfed babies since it mimics your little one's natural feeding pattern when nursing. ($10; target.com)


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Natural Wide-Neck Nipple

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Baby won't take the bottle? Depending on their age, your little one could be trying to tell you they are not hungry. (Or then again, maybe baby is tired, gassy, too hot, too cold—the list goes on and on, right?) If you're still struggling and notice the nipple continues to collapse and frustrate your hungry babe, check that you have a bottle nipple with the proper flow. Slow, fast, or moderate, picking the baby bottle nipple that's appropriate for your little one is key to a successful feeding. Thanks to its more rapid flow, Dr. Brown's Natural Wide-Neck Nipple is perfect for growing kiddos ages 9 months and over. ($12; overstock.com)


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Bottle Warmer & Cooler with Sanitizer Hood

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That time between the eruption of that hungry baby cry and the preparation of the perfectly warmed bottle can seem like FOREVER. Lucky for moms and dads, The First Years Night Cravings Bottle Warmer and Cooler helps us trim back on the time it takes to find bottles and properly warm them for baby. One side of the device keeps two bottles cold for up to eight hours and the other side warms the bottle in minutes. This means you can keep the chilled bottles AND baby bottle warmer in the nursery so as to avoid a mad dash to the kitchen in the dark of night. Even better? The all-in-one bottle warmer comes with a sanitizer hood that can sterilize those pacifiers from the day's adventures. Remember: Don't put baby's bottle in the microwave and always test the temperature of the milk or formula before feeding. ($40; jet.com)


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Quick Clean Micro-Steam Sterilizing Bags

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At home or on the go, you want to make sure your little one's never-ending stream of baby bottles stay clean. Do so with the help of baby bottle sterilizers like Medela's Quick Clean Micro-Steam Sterilizing Bags. Just place baby bottles, pacifiers, breast pump parts, and more in the bag, toss them in the microwave with a splash of water (as directed in the instructions) and three minutes later those bottles and accessories are disinfected. The best part? You can use each bag 20 times before tossing it out, and they even come with checkboxes right on the bag to help you keep track of usage. Quick, convenient, and clean. If everything could be so simple, right? ($5; target.com)


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'Sprig' Bottle Drying Rack

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With the many feedings necessary for baby, it's easy for a mountain of baby bottles to pile up. Keep organized with baby bottle holders that also serve as drying racks. Boon's Sprig drying rack sits stylishly on your countertop while at the same time saving you storage space. It holds bottles upside down so they can dry without water pooling at the bottom. The green rack easily lifts off of the bottom tray for quick and easy washing. Always on the go? Boon makes a baby bottle drying rack and brush set specifically for travel. ($13; nordstrom.com)


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Grab & Go Insulated Double Bottle Bag

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Today's moms and dads are constantly on the go with their kiddos. All that hustle and bustle can result in forgotten and/or spoiled baby bottles. Invest in a trusted baby bottle tote or carrier that takes on the important duty of getting baby's food safely from point A to point B. The Skip Hop Grab & Go Insulated Double Bottle Bag can carry up to two bottles at a time and features an easy-to-clean interior (because let's face it, spills are a fact of life now), as well as adjustable straps that are perfect for clipping to everything from diaper bags to strollers. ($15; kohls.com)


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OXO Tot Formula Dispenser

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You're about to run errands and realize baby may get hungry while you're out and about. But then again, they may not. Sigh. To prepare a bottle or not to prepare a bottle? That is the question. Take the guesswork out of it, as well as the risk of wasting a baby bottle (and money on formula or previous time spent pumping). Bring the OXO Tot Formula Dispenser which has three chambers that can each hold powder formula for up to a 9-ounce baby bottle. When baby becomes a toddler, use the dispenser to store crackers or other favorite snacks. ($5; jet.com)


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