How To Choose The Best Wipe Warmer For Baby
There are a lot of parenting items that may not be completely necessary, but can make your job as a caretaker a bit easier. Wipe warmers fit into this category for all but the rarest of cases where warmth is absolutely essential. For most parents, these little devices are a luxury that helps keep their baby calmer during diaper changes, especially those done at night. So, if you wanted to buy one, how would you know which was the best wipe warmer?
I want to talk about baby wipe warmers and help you know a bit more about them. I’ll explain a bit about the normal features and how to make a choice based on these features. Then, I’ll do a few reviews of my favorite baby wipe warmers so you can get an idea about what’s out there.
**Below, you'll see more detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see current prices and read customer's reviews on Amazon.
What Is A Baby Wipe Warmer?
In short, wipe warmers are solid wipe dispensers that have a heating element inside. There aren’t any portable, battery-powered wipe warmers, so they are all stationary nursery accessories.
The main job of a wipe warmer is to store your baby wipes, whether cloth or otherwise, in a warm and germ-free environment. When you remove the wipes to use them, they should be a great temperature to easily wipe your baby clean without disturbing them with the cold.
Are Wipe Warmers A Fire Hazard?
Parents have asked about the safety of wipe warmers before, because they are heating up paper wipes that may dry out and catch flames. The truth is that while there may be some small risk of that happening, there is little chance of a fire catching from the wipes.
Unless the wipes are directly against the heating element (they should never be), it would need to reach a very high temperature in order to catch the paper on fire. Most wipe warmers have a very low maximum temperature range.
How To Choose The Best Wipe Warmer?
Here are the main characteristics of wipe warmers that you’ll be able to choose from:
- Bacteria Control
One of the main issues of wipe warmers is that they create a warm, moist environment that bacteria can happily grow in. Most wipe warmers deal with this by either instructing you to use a certain chemical formula to keep away bacteria or including a UV lighted system. There are some other creative ways to keep bacteria growth at a minimum, but these are the most common ones.
- Warming Method & Temperature Range
Heating elements might be on the top, bottom, or the sides depending on the device itself. Some elements use heated steam to get the wipes warm, while other just radiate heat into the compartment. Also, the temperature range of the heating element can make a difference between hot and warm wipes.
Wipe warmers can hold different amounts of wipes, based on the size of their inner compartment. This is especially important if you want to use a specific size and brand of wipe, as they aren’t all the same in how they fit into a dispenser. Parents who use cloth wipes will also need to check the capacity carefully.
- Moisture Retention
Besides bacteria, the main problem most people site with wipe warmers is that they dry out or burn baby wipes. To help avoid this, many brands include some moisture guard system. For some, that means refilling a small basin of water at the bottom of the device.
Others have a reservoir that sprays mist into the wipe compartment. And still others include sponge at the bottom that needs to remain moist. The choice is yours based on what you would prefer and which you can handle easier.
Depending on where you want to put the wipe warmer, you may look for a larger or smaller size. You already know there’s no portable warmers, so a cord is a necessity. Otherwise, the choice is yours whether you want to tuck it away or place it on the back of the toilet. Get the right size and shape for where you want to put it.
Top 5 Best Wipe Warmer Reviews
Out of the 5 wipe warmer reviews above, I would say that the Hiccapop wipe warmer is my favorite. I think it’s one of the best wipe warmer devices, because it warms from the top and keeps from drying out or over-heating wipes. It retains moisture well without needing a lot of maintenance.
Although it doesn’t have any particular bacteria control methods, it is easy to clean out when you use up the wipes in the container. Also, it fits a whole lot of baby wipes, cloth or disposable. In my opinion, that’s what makes it the best choice out of these 5, and from others I have seen around the web.