The Babebay is a water bath bottle warmer with the ability to heat two bottles at once. This bottle warmer is a multi-purpose product with the ability to heat food, and sterilize bottles in addition to warming bottles. Often when a product does multiple things, it does none of them well, and this is a great example. The Babebay proved to be virtually useless at warming bottles with a warming time of 47 minutes to reach the temperature the company thinks a bottle should be. It is worth noting that the ideal temp outlined by the manufacturer is the temperature where breastmilk begins to lose nutrients. This unit has no indication when it is done, leaving parents to guess and the instructions do not include descaling help leaving parents to flounder. Overall, we didn't see any redeeming qualities in this pretty but useless warmer.
Pros: Two bottles at once, prep early
Cons: Expensive, SLOW, inadequate heating, no indicator
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Babebay tries to make the lives of parents and babies safer and easier. Their focus is to create products to satisfy parenting needs. The Babebay brand includes products for feeding, soothing, and monitoring.
The Babebay warmer earned the lowest overall score in our testing by a significant margin indicating it is a poor choice compared to the competition.
The test results below can help you understand why the Babebay earns its lower score.
Health and Safety
The Babebay scored below the average for the group with a 5 of 10 for health and safety. It uses water bath technology as opposed to steam which is somewhat safer because there is no risk for potential steam related scalding.
If following the instructions for heating, this warmer never heats a bottle to body temperature and only reaches over 80F after 10:30 minutes. Even if you set the temperature as high as it will go, it still won't reach body temperature in up to 12 minutes. The instructions tell you to heat the bottle until 104F which we didn't attain until 47 minutes.
Ease of Use
The Babebay is significantly harder to use than the competition which is why it earned the lowest score with a 2 of 10. This warmer's directions are likely not written by a native English speaker and the bullets do not coincide with the list items which is frustrating and could make understanding the instructions difficult. Luckily, the buttons are labeled and fairly intuitive and while you can adjust the goal temperature, it is highly unlikely you'll ever reach the goal temp outlined by the manufacturer or anything that might be dangerous.
The Babebay has an interior max fill line that is faint but easier to fill to than other models with vials. The warmer does not provide any indication that warming is complete leaving parents to wonder when the bottle is done. While many warmers have an audible beep or a light indicator, this warmer has nothing. It does have a fancy cord storage system on the bottom, but we'd rather have cord excess than a warmer that doesn't heat contents adequately in a reasonable amount of time.
The Babebay is without a doubt the slowest warmer in the group failing to reach body temperature even after 47 minutes which is why it earned only 1 of 10. It has several flaws, most of which center around warming functionality. First, it doesn't have any kind of indicator to tell you when the heat cycle is over. There is no audible beep or light indicator or dial change, which leaves you guessing. The warmer is supposed to enter "heat preservation" mode when the bottle reaches 104F, but not only is there no way to determine if this has happened but when we followed the instructions, our bottle finally reached 104F after 47 minutes. Forty-seven minutes is far too long for a hungry baby to wait for food.
Before you give a bottle to your baby, you should swirl the contents and test them on your inner wrist. The skin on your wrist is sensitive making it ideal at determining if the liquid in the bottle is too hot or too cold.
This warmer theoretically works with two bottles at the same time making it an appealing option for parents of multiples. However, we caution you to stay away and look elsewhere as this warmer does not heat efficiently and you'll be waiting too long for two bottles to warm.
Ease of Cleaning
The Babebay has some cleaning challenges earning only 3 of 10 for ease of cleaning. This unit comes with no cleaning instructions. it is the only warmer out of 11 options reviewed that doesn't include them. Does this mean it doesn't need cleaning? We suspect not. The only mention of cleaning includes using distilled, purified or boiled water to avoid mineral buildup, but it doesn't tell you what you should do if build up happens. We think it is irresponsible and short-sighted for Babebay to ignore the very real, almost guaranteed occurrence of scale build-up on their product. We think a lack of routine cleaning and maintenance will result in a product that doesn't last.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz