If you have a baby that you're bottle feeding, you'll be spending plenty of time cleaning, sterilizing, and drying those baby bottles, rings, and nipples. It's important to have a clean and sterile way to dry the bottles, because that will prevent germs from multiplying. There are many different kinds of the bottle drying rack on the market, and we'll go over some of them here.
Modular bottle drying racks are an excellent choice, and they don't take up too much counter space. Most modular bottle drying racks even come with a drip tray, so you can either put it on the counter top or in the sink. The great thing about a modular baby bottle drying rack is that it disassembles for easy cleaning - simply detach the rack from the base and either hand wash it or run it through the dishwasher. There are also some tiered bottle drying rack models, and these also take up minimal counter space. Normally, nipples, rings and caps go underneath the bottles, and all water drips down into a tray. You can add more levels to accommodate more bottles, too. The only disadvantage to a tiered baby bottle drying rack is that it may be difficult to get to the smaller parts on the bottom tier without disassembling the entire rack.
Some baby bottle rack options are circular, with racks that rotate on an axis. Each rack rotates separately, making bottles and accessories reachable from every angle. These bottle racks have prongs of different sizes, for bottles, rings and caps. Usually, the accessories go on the smaller prongs, with the bottles going on the taller prongs in the middle. The main disadvantage to this type of bottle rack is the way that water collects in the bottom, which can lead to mold growth if you're not careful. If you are going for simplicity, there are bottle drying racks that have a few straight prongs, usually a few tall prongs and a few shorter ones for smaller bottles and accessories. These types of bottle racks usually have holes in the bottom for water to drain out, and they can either be used with a drip tray or placed in the sink. Of course, you'll have to clean the drip tray yourself, but having a dry and sterile baby bottle each time you need it is worth it!
There are also combination dishwasher basket racks on the market. With these, you simply put your bottles and accessories in, place in the top rack of your dishwasher, and run a normal cycle. When the dishes are done, take the rack out and let any excess water drain into the sink. Sometimes the water will drip down onto the nipples and accessories, but that problem can be solved by turning the unit upside down.
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