Buying a Drying Rack for Baby Bottles
A drying rack for baby bottles can be a necessity in a home with a newborn. The bottles need to be turned upside down to dry complete, and they need to be elevated so air can get into them easily. Bottles can take up quite a bit of room in your regular dish rack, so purchasing an extra rack just for them can save parents quite a bit of hassle in the kitchen and can ensure clean and fresh bottles for baby.
To purchase a drying rack for baby bottles, first consider the size. The larger it is, the more bottles you can keep clean and out of the way at one time, but the more space it will take up on your counter and the more cumbersome it will be to store. If you have more than one baby at home, it may be worth the investment to choose one that will hold several bottles at once, but for just one baby, a smaller option may be the better choice.
Most drying racks will accommodate six or eight bottles, which is usually more than enough for one baby every day. Having one that is built like a tower so that the bottles go upright will take up less room on your counter than one that holds the bottles in a row.
Investing in additional features such as room for nipples and lids for the bottles can also save a parent time and space. This too can keep them cleaner as they are more likely to dry thoroughly when on a rack designed for their shape specifically. It can also mean less lost nipples and lids since they’re better organized.
TOMY makes a good spinning and drying rack that is well-reviewed by parents. It holds a dozen bottles and is priced at less than $15. The Munchkin high capacity drying rack is also well-reviewed by parents and has additional space for nipples and caps for bottles. It too is less than $15.
Don’t overspend on a drying rack as they are really nothing more than utilitarian and space for bottles to dry. Ones that spin can be easier to use but you can save some money by choosing those that are simply functional.
Also be sure to invest in a good bottle brush so you can clean the entire bottle and only use plastic that is safe under high temperature. Wash each bottle and bottle nipple thoroughly between use and allow it to air dry so it’s as clean as possible.