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Beaba BabyMilk Review

Strangely designed warmer with increased chances for steam related burns
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Price:   $60 List | $60 at Amazon
Pros:  Auto shutoff, audible beep
Cons:  Hard to use, strange lid design, potential for steam injuries
Manufacturer:   Beaba
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jan 2, 2019
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RANKED
#6 of 11
  • Warming Efficiency - 25% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 6
  • Health/Safety - 40% 6
  • Ease of Cleaning - 5% 6

The Skinny

The Beaba BabyMilk is a steam bottle warmer with a removable lid. This warmer can work with bottles of various sizes and materials. It has a small footprint but is somewhat tall making it a poor choice for those with lower hanging cabinets. We like that this warmer has an audible beep at the end of the heat cycle and that it automatically shuts off to help avoid overheating. The warmer has a simple dial setting, and the water fill line is easy to see. Unfortunately, this warmer's removable lid/chamber traps steam inside to contain heat, but if the user isn't careful, it could lead to steam related burns. It also is harder to clean with an overnight descaling process. So, while the BabyMilk can warm your bottles, it could be too frustrating to use and clean.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

B√ČABA (bay-ah-buh) is over 25 years old and creates French-designed baby products. The company launched with a steam cooker and blender to make baby food and grew into gear that includes, multiple items from feeding to apparel.

The Beaba BabyMilk is a steam technology warmer with a strange design that makes it likelier to cause potential injury.
The Beaba BabyMilk is a steam technology warmer with a strange design that makes it likelier to cause potential injury.

Performance Comparison


The Beaba BabyMilk (blue) is an average warmer with average test results in our review.


Each testing metric for the BabyMilk resulted in average results during testing.

The deep lid on the BabyMilk is designed to trap heat inside to warm bottles quicker  but the strange locking design is hard to line up and can result in steam related injuries if you aren't careful.
The deep lid on the BabyMilk is designed to trap heat inside to warm bottles quicker, but the strange locking design is hard to line up and can result in steam related injuries if you aren't careful.

Health and Safety


The BabyMilk earned only 6 of 10 for health and safety thanks in part to the steam technology it uses. Steam offers a higher potential for burn-related injuries over water bath warmers. Following the instructions for this unit yields safe content temperatures even if the bottle remains in the chamber for up to 12 minutes after the heat cycle ends. With a final temperature of 92F at 12 minutes it is still below body temperature which is good. When cranked to the maximum heat potential outside the manufacturer's guidelines it can produce a bottle with contents as warm as 123F, which is significantly over the 104F temperature when breastmilk starts losing nutrients.

The BabyMilk user interface is a single timer dial that requires referencing the instructions for warming time.
The BabyMilk user interface is a single timer dial that requires referencing the instructions for warming time.

Ease of Use


The BabyMilk has some challenging features earning a 6 of 10 for ease of use. This unit has an average user guide and an automatic shutoff with an audible beep that indicates when the heat cycle is over.

This warmer has an easy to see fill line, even though it is under the bottom plate. However, the instructions can be confusing if your bottle or contents don't conform to the chart. For example, our 4-ounce glass bottle was not on the chart. We also feel that this model has a higher chance of spilling and injury due to the strange design and difficulty putting the top on. We regularly struggled with putting the lid on and getting it lined up correctly, making it harder to use.

The BabyMilk warmer can accommodate several different types of bottles as long as they aren't wider than the lid.
The BabyMilk lid holds in the heat  but it is also challenging to line up properly and could lead to steam scalding if you aren't careful when you remove it.

Warming Efficiency


The BabyMilk isn't as efficient as other steam warmers with a 6 of 10 for warming efficiency. While it heats quickly (using the instructions) for a single cycle with a shut off at 2:30 minutes, the bottle contents are only 71F. When used at maximum settings outside the instructions, it still only reaches 77F> While it is nice that it isn't too hot, it also isn't that close to body temperature, which is the ideal temp for feeding.

Test Temperature Before Use
Never feed your baby a bottle without first checking the temperature to ensure it isn't too hot. Swirl the bottle before testing to mix in any potential hot spots. Place a few drops on the inside of your wrist; the liquid should be warm but not hot. The inside of your wrist is more sensitive than your finger and a better indicator of heat.

If you need to heat a second bottle right away, you should reduce the heating time to avoid overheating the contents. This reduction could take some trial and error to get it right.

The BabyMilk is easy to take apart to clean  but the descaling process requires overnight soaking which feels like a deal breaker.
The BabyMilk is easy to take apart to clean, but the descaling process requires overnight soaking which feels like a deal breaker.

Ease of Cleaning


The BabyMilk has some cleaning challenges with a 6 of 10 for this metric in our tests. The steam cover and basket are dishwasher safe and regular wiping with a clean, dry cloth is suitable for daily maintenance. Every 50 cycles this unit needs to be descaled which could be as often as every ten days if you heat bottles an average of 5 times per day. This cleaning is significantly more frequent than other warmers with an every month schedule. The descaling can also take overnight if the mineral deposits are resistant; overnight soaking means you'll be without your warmer when you may need it the most.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz