Quick Tip: Organizing Bottles, Formula & Cereal

15 Jun

While I would love to keep our kitchen counters clear, the reality is that we’re using {and washing} bottles, formula and rice cereal constantly. My chosen method of organizing is for function first. So, I just thought I would share how we deal with having these items on the counter and keep the clutter to a minimum.  Ideally, I would store these items in an easy to reach bin in a cabinet or drawer but that doesn’t work with our kitchen configuration.

First, this spinning, 2-tiered bottle drying rack from The First Years is perfect for us. There are prettier ones like this and this but they definitely would not have met our needs with all of the bottle parts we have. Precisely why I look for function first.

We use Dr. Browns and they have the bottle, nipple, caps, collars, vents and vent reservoirs. Count ’em- that’s 6 parts per bottle! We use 4 oz. bottles with a level 2 nipple for rice milk and the 8oz. bottles and a level P nipple for the formula.  For those of you not familiar, the level indicates the flow and we learned that flow of a level 1 was too much for the baby, so we purchased the “preemie” level.

The little label on the nipples is a little tough to see {especially when you wake up in the morning after 2 consecutive hours of sleep}. Can you see it? Yeah, me neither.

So, after washing, the 2’s go on the top of the short vent reservoirs and P’s go on the tall reservoirs. This eliminates any time wasted identifying bottle parts. And with a hungry, crying baby nearby, that’s a good thing! All collars and vent caps get paired together, 40z. parts on the top and 8 0z. parts & caps on the bottom.

Next, we keep formula, medication dispensers, dry rice cereal and measuring spoons in a basket right next to the drying rack. In order to make it a little prettier, I transfer the rice cereal into a mason jar. Everything is prettier in a mason jar. {You can see here on my “Mason Jar Love” Pinterest Board}. I don’t have a jar large enough for the formula and we go through that a lot quicker. I didn’t feel it was worth my time or potential spillage {can you say powdered gold?} to transfer it into a jar. Your mileage may vary. I keep a dedicated set of measuring spoons that fit into the bottles here, too.  This is an example of when having duplicates is very efficient. Everything we need is at our fingertips. Plus, it’s particularly helpful when you have visitors helping out.

And, while it may not be the most beautiful setup, beauty is in the eye of the beholder… and “eye” see simple!

Do you have any tips for organizing bottle parts, etc.? What have you done that works for you? I’d love it if you would share them in the comments!

Ciao for now!

Lauren

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