Why is your baby bottle wet?Chances are you recently washed your baby’s bottle by hand and it has not dried before the next time your baby cries for food. If that scenario sounds all too familiar then a baby bottle drying rack is just the thing you need to effectively dry your baby bottles. Ignore the name, bottle drying racks are suitable for lots of different things that go in your baby’s mouth (and some things that shouldn’t).
- Baby bottle pieces (nipple, ring bottle)
- Sippy cups
- Breast pump pieces
What makes a good baby bottle drying rackIn all honesty, baby bottle drying racks are pretty basic items. There are only five simple things to look for when buying a drying rack for your baby bottles.
- Use of space – It’s all well and good to buy a drying rack but not if it takes up your entire counter. Remember, you need to have room do other things; like make baby food.
- Ease of cleaning – You spend enough time cleaning up after your baby without the added stress that comes with a hard to clean bottle rack. Ironically you will probably need a drying rack for your bottle drying rack after
- Capacity – You want your bottle drying rack to fit in with the number of bottles you intend to clean at once. I cannot describe the frustration I felt when I washed 12 baby bottles only to discover the rack held 10. My missing clump of hair knows exactly how frustrating this minor annoyance can be.
- Prettiness – It’s like dating. If you are going on a date with an unattractive person your friends will judge you for it. You don’t want to be known as the mommy with the incredibly ugly bottle drying (parents can be so cruel). Fortunately there are plenty of drying racks out there that are easy on the eyes.
- Not crap – If a product can be cheap and is made of plastic then you can bet that there will be versions of it that suck. Avoid cheap generic drying racks that you find in the dollar stores that are flimsy, topple over under weight or worse; contain phthalates, BPA or PVC.
The best baby bottle drying racksThere are a LOT of different drying racks out there designed to Lets start by taking a closer look at what I consider to be the best looking drying rack available: Buy Now Did I hear you just wolf whistle? Yep, this is one pretty drying rack. But the Boon lawn isn’t just another bimbo at the bar (all looks no game). In addition to the unique design the drying rack is incredibly good at what it is designed to do, drying out bottles. Lighter items such as nipples and pacifiers will sit on top of the grass. When it comes to heavier items like the glass baby bottles, the rigid “blades of grass” will part and hold your gear in place. The clever flat design means that even the most unusual of baby bottle shapes will be able to effectively dry. Fat bottles, short bottles, long bottles glass bottles. Whatever your baby bottle you will be able to fit it into this drying rack. But how many bottles you can fit? In terms of capacity this drying rack is no slouch. I can throw 10 baby bottles and two pacifiers on this drying rack without any issue as well as smaller parts from my breast pump and pacifiers and that is without getting creative with stacking. Parents who have the patience to properly lay out their gear on the drying rack will be able to fit more again. It looks like this drying rack would be difficult to clean, doesn’t it? That was a major concern of mine when I first bought it. Fortunately the drying rack is actually made up of two separate pieces… A grass mat and a drip tray. The grass mat holds your baby bottle while the drip tray catches any water that falls from them. Cleaning is an absolute breeze. I simply throw the two pieces into the top of my dishwasher when they begin to look a little gunky (okay, a lot gunky) and they emerge looking good as new. I know it says not dishwasher safe but I have had no problems washing it in the top of my dishwasher. Just make sure you don’t use the heated dry setting on your dishwasher! If you don’t want to take the risk the grass drying rack is just as easy to clean by hand. As you can see in the above picture, at the bottom of the blades of grass are holes that allow excess water to drain into the tray. The drip tray is deep enough that I have not had the drying rack overflow since I bought it. I am mindful that I empty any remaining water into the sink each time my bottles have dried. If the awesome grass look wasn’t enough, boon also has some optional accessories to go with it: Twig and Stem give the flat drying rack some much needed height and are perfect for hanging nipples, rings and small breast pump parts freeing up more of the rack for bottles. While I didn’t buy these (I can fit all my baby gear on the drying rack) I can see how they would be useful for those of you who clean lots of small parts and want to keep them together. The boon grass drying rack is available in three separate sizes:
- Patch (small) – 3.5″ x 17.25″ x 3″
- Grass (medium) – 9.5″ x 9.5″ x 2.5″
- Lawn (large) – 13.5″ x 11″ x 2.5″
ConclusionNow some of you may be asking :
Is a drying rack just for baby bottles really necessary?And I’ll be brutally honest. Despite my love for my boon grass drying rack, they definitely are not for everyone. If you clean your baby bottles in the dishwasher then chances are that they will emerge almost dry at the end of a cycle. No drying rack needed If you only hand wash your baby bottles occasionally. No drying rack needed If you have mastered stacking your baby bottles up in the same drying rack you use for your dishes. No drying rack needed Drying racks are definitely not a baby essential. But if you find yourself nodding along to any of the following:
- You don’t want to dry your baby bottles with your dishes…
- You want a designated place to dry all the small parts of your baby gear (straws, pump parts, rings) so they don’t get lost…
- You don’t have enough space in your drying rack for both your dishes and your baby bottles…
- your baby bottles keep falling over allowing water to pool…