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.
Beaba BabyMilk Review
Pros: Auto shutoff, audible beep
Cons: Hard to use, strange lid design, potential for steam injuries
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|Pros||Auto shutoff, audible beep||Versatile, consistent heat, easy to use||Water bath, user-friendly, versatile, timer in minutes||Simple, safe, keep bottle warm for up to an hour||Basic design, fits most bottles, LED indicator, easy to clean|
|Cons||Hard to use, strange lid design, potential for steam injuries||Larger, longer to heat, more to clean||Expensive, no end of cycle beep, multiple cleaning steps||Slower||No auto-shut off, slow heater, continues heating once off|
|Bottom Line||Strangely designed warmer with increased chances for steam related burns||Easy to use option with consistent temperatures that fits most containers||Consistent, simple, and works with any bottle||Excellent value with a simple design that is easy to use||Warmer that easily overheats and lacks some necessary features|
|Rating Categories||Beaba BabyMilk||Pump and Go Bottle...||Kiinde Kozii||Chicco NaturalFit||Philips AVENT Fast|
|Warming Efficiency (25%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Health Safety (40%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (5%)|
|Specs||Beaba BabyMilk||Pump and Go Bottle...||Kiinde Kozii||Chicco NaturalFit||Philips AVENT Fast|
|Heat Technology||Steam||Water Bath||Water Bath||Water Bath||Water Bath|
|Temp or Timer Based||Timer||Timer||Timer||Temperature||Have to manually turn off|
|Auto Shut Off||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Wide Bottle Capacity||Avent Glass Chicco Dr. Brown's Glass Munchkin Latch Playtex Nurser Tommee Tippee||Avent Glass Chicco Dr. Brown's Glass Munchkin Latch Playtex Nurser Tommee Tippee||Avent Glass Chicco Dr. Brown's Glass Munchkin Latch Playtex Nurser Tommee Tippee||Avent Glass Chicco Dr. Brown's Glass Munchkin Latch Playtex Nurser Tommee Tippee||Avent Glass Chicco Dr. Brown's Glass Munchkin Latch Playtex Nurser Tommee Tippee|
|Compatible w/ Glass||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Compatible w/ Breast Pump Bags||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Warming Wait Time||2:30 min:sec||5:30 min:sec||5:30 min:sec||9:15 min:sec||3:30 min:sec|
|Wait Time Between Warmings||In the event of a subsequent heating cycle within an hour, heating time must be reduced||Not Listed||If Kozii feels warm around the base (from recent use), decrease warming time by 30 seconds.||Allow bottle warmer to cool completely (approx 30 min)||Not Listed|
|Dimensions||10.5"H x 5.25"L x 4.75"W||8.5"H x 5"L x 6"W||6"H x 6.4"L x 4.7"W||6"H x 5.5"L x 5.25"W||6.25"H x 5.5"L x 5.25"W|
|Temp. & Time at Auto Shut-Off w/ Warmer Chart Recommended Setting (4oz Refrig. Milk in Glass w/ Silicone Sleeve)||2:30 min:sec 76F||5:30 min:sec 77F||5:30 min:sec 79F||9:00 min:sec 94F||3:30 min:sec 62F|
|Max Temp if Left in Warmer 12 minutes||108F||94F||94F||104F||93F|
Our Analysis and Test Results
BÉABA (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 (blue) is an average warmer with average test results in our review.
Each testing metric for the BabyMilk resulted in average results during testing.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz