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Being a rookie to parenting, but a long time organizer, I knew I wanted a system to store all the supplies & bottles that would soon take over our home with our little on on the way. A minimalist at heart, I started with the necessities: bottles, bibs, spoons, cups, plates.
We did stock up Playtex VentAire bottles, as these help reduce colic and reflux (two things that sound pretty miserable!) at Target. Scroll down for a great Target Cartwheel to save on Playtex bottles!
Kitchen space can be at a premium in our home, so finding room for the addition of baby products took some thought and planning.
4 Steps to Organize Baby Feeding Supplies
Before I stored any baby items in the kitchen, I pulled out EVERY item in our cabinets. Yep, every single one. Not only was it a good opportunity to clean out the inside of the cabinets, looking at all the items we had sitting out on our counters helped me determine what to get rid of (those beer glasses from college perhaps?). Knowing that I had to find extra room in the cabinets allowed me look at our items with a more critical lense.
Once you’ve evaluated all your items, hold off on putting anything back in to the cabinets just yet (we’ll get to that in step 4).
2. group similar items
Next I compiled all the baby feeding supplies that will be stored in our kitchen. Similar to step 1, I like to take a look at everything that needs to go into the cabinet before jumping in to organizing solutions. I grouped like items together: bottles, bibs, sippy cups, plates, etc. While there may be a few exceptions, most like items will be stored together.
We’re using Playtex Baby™ VentAire®. What I liked about these bottles is that they’re designed ro reduce colic. There’s a bottom vent on each bottle created to keep air at the back of the bottle and out of the baby’s stomach. The other neat thing about the VentAire® collection is the ability to mix and match the bottles & nipples. That way we can figure out what works for us. Switch out one of the nipples, but still use the bottle. The minimalist in me really liked this philosophy.
3. storage solutions
Once all the baby items are grouped together, I’m able to better determine what size storage containers will be needed. I used a combination of clear acrylic containers and pretty white plastic bins found at Target. The baby plates and silverware were placed with our normal kitchen items. I figured that if Joe & I are eating, likely so will our child. Plus, the plates could easily sit on top of our existing kitchen plates to take up less room.
Finding containers did take a little trial and error since the container had to not only hold all the supplies, but also fit into our cabinets. One trick I’ve learned is to measure the space BEFORE heading out to purchase anything. So I measured various cabinet shelves and a couple of our drawers. I also brought a small tape measure with me to the store when I go shopping. Not all storage bins will have the measurements listed and I’ve learned the hard way that I’m not the best at estimating!
These white bins below worked for the majority of our supplies: bottles, placemats, sippy cups, & snack cups.
Affixing a label on each container helps keep everything more organized. Family, friends and nannies can easily find what they need to help out! as well. Plus it makes me happy to open a cabinet with well labeled containers (just look at my craft closet)!
This is the big step (and the most gratifying). With all of our regular kitchen items and baby feeding supplies spread out on our counters, I was ready to put them away (and anxious to get rid of the clutter). I started by focusing on returning my regular kitchen items where they originally were (or close to it). I did need to allocate shelf space for the new white plastic containers as well as one drawer. When deciding where to put the baby feeding supplies, I thought about how often these would be used.
One of my favorite rules of organizing is to make sure the most commonly used items are the easiest to access.
I opted to store the spoons and forks with our current silverware. Sometimes it made more sense to store like items together …. baby and ours. I opted for a similar set up for the plates. Our baby (toddler?) plates sat on top of our standard dish set.
Using a long clear acrylic container is an easy way to store full milk bottles or baggies in the fridge. Newest ones get placed in the back so that those that have been in the fridge longer get used up first (first in first out). I’ve gotten this recommendation from several friends stating that it was a life safer to not have to look through a crowded fridge to find a bottle when needed!
To save room, bibs are stored in the inside of a cabinet door with a command hook. I selected the door of the cabinet that held the most baby items to that everything would be in one location.
Bottle cleaning supplies went in a drawer below our counters. Since some of these were a little bit bulkier, I found that it easier to store in a drawer as opposed to a cabinet.
How do you organize baby feeding supplies?
Do you daydream about magazine-worthy kitchens with glass front cabinets, matching dish sets and coordinating glassware?
Does your reality look entirely different from that stunningly organized kitchen?
If you’re anything like me, you snap out of that daydream and back to your reality kitchen cabinets which contain:
- Sippy cups with mismatched lids for a variety of ages.
- Sixteen different types of bottles because your baby rejected them all.
- Water bottles with missing straws.
- Lids with long lost cup partners you won’t throw away, just in case you find the cups.
I got tired of dealing with the avalanche of cups from my cabinet every time I opened the door and finally decided to organize them.
This may sound like a massive undertaking, but I promise it’s not that difficult. I highly recommend tackling your bottle and sippy cup jumble while you’re at it. It’s worth the time investment because it’ll make your daily life easier and more organized.
Preparing For Kitchen Cupboard Clutter Rescue
If you’ve ever tried to organize and found yourself sitting in more of a mess than you started with, you probably didn’t prep beforehand.
You can’t just start pulling everything out without a plan for replacing them. Organizing is like sheets – once you take them out of the package, they’re never going back the same way.
If you need inspiration for your organized kitchen, this video shows great baby bottle organization tips and drool-worthy pantry arrangement.
Now you’re inspired, here’s what you need to know before we get started:
- Set aside zones: In addition to your cupboards, designate zones in your kitchen for bottle and sippy cup related functions. These include washing, sterilizing, and storage. Baby bottles and their many parts can easily take over without a specific drying spot. My family loves these adorable drying racks, with cute nature-themed accessories to dry all the little bitty bottle parts.
- Sort then store: To avoid wasting money on storage products you may not need, don’t buy anything for storing your bottles and sippy cups until you figure out what kinds of items you’ll need to store, and how many.
- Assess your needs: Think about how often your child uses a bottle or sippy cup, and how often you’re willing to wash and sterilize. For babies still using bottles, plan to have enough bottles so you only sterilize once a day. For older children, limit it to enough sippy cups for one to two days, since you’re likely doing dishes anyway. Most kids only use the same favorites and the rest take up valuable space.
- Be prepared to purge: If you want to tame your cupboard clutter, be ready to part ways with some items. They may be items you’ve been clinging to for sentimental reasons or holding on to, just in case (Hint: “just in case” usually means you’ll never need it).
One thing to note – if you plan to have more babies, consider keeping the baby bottles for your next little one. Just be sure to check all the bottles for deep scratches, cracks or discoloration.
Depending on how long you’ve had the bottles, also check that they are BPA free, as regulations may have changed since you purchased them. If in good condition, you can reuse them from baby to baby, but most experts recommend buying new nipples.
This is because, over time, the nipples degrade, changing the rate of flow of the formula/breast milk and making it more difficult for newborns to feed. (1)
Organizing Baby Bottles And Sippy Cups
After you’ve gathered all the bottles or sippy cups from your cupboards, gone through them and purged the unnecessary, you’re ready to tackle what’s left.
1. Group Like with Like
If you have kids of multiple ages, there probably are sippy cups and bottles for different ages. Try to group these as best as possible, and keep similar items together.
When doing this in my kitchen, it was helpful to spread everything out across my dining room table to see the full “collection” at a glance. Then I could decide what items belonged together.
Once I grouped them into categories, I could see how much space I needed to store each type of item.
Try to stick to one brand of bottle and sippy cup, as even if they are different styles of cups as the parts may still be interchangeable.
Having multiples of the same makes it easier to organize than seven different types of sippy cups or bottle parts which don’t coordinate.
2. Choose Your Storage Solutions
After grouping all the items, it’s easy to choose the best size of storage containers. There are a variety of available options, from styles designed especially for bottles to generic totes and bins at the dollar store.
Also consider using bigger bins like these from Amazon to store your cups and bottles, alongside smaller drawers like these to organize small parts like lids, nipples, and straws.
Next, take stock of your cabinets and decide which items go where.
Measure your cabinets and bottles before buying storage containers, so they fit inside your space and hold all your supplies.
Then, bring a small tape measure, or keep the measurements handy while shopping online or in store.
3. Store Your Items
Now we’re ready for the exciting part – putting things where they belong! This is the point where you get to see the results of your hard work.
When storing the items, consider how often each item will be used, and the most sensible location. Place the most commonly used items at the front for accessibility, and less frequently used items behind.
One exception to this rule is sterilized bottles. If you have the kitchen space and a zone for washing and sterilizing, it may be easiest to leave the sterilized bottle in the sterilizer until the next feeding.
4. Label Everything
Here’s where you get to express some creativity. You can use anything from standard labels to personalized vinyl labels made with a craft label maker.
Label each container by its contents, and face all labels outwards in your cupboards.
The best part of this tip is, it lets other people help you. Clear labels show other members of the family where to find things without tearing apart the whole cupboard. Hopefully, it also makes it easier for them to put items away.
A Clutter-Free Kitchen Is Possible
Since it is simple, and everything has its place, this system should maintain itself once you get into a routine.
If as your kids outgrow items, you feel like things are getting a bit cluttered again, simply repeat the steps:
- Group Like with Like.
- Choose your Storage Solutions.
Doesn’t it feel great having the clutter under control? Maybe this will inspire you to tackle the toy box next!
If you have any organization tips to share, comment below. We’d love to hear what areas of your house you have decluttered and organized, and gain inspiration from your tips & tricks! Magazine ready, drool-worthy home, here we come!
Preparing for the arrival of this little one meant pulling out all of our old baby feeding gear that Emily has long outgrown. I can’t believe how much I hung on to! I remember the first year of Emily’s life pretty well, especially as it relates to the annoyances of breast and bottle feeding. One of the biggest frustrations was the clutter – my countertops were always covered, and my cabinets always crammed. This time, I promised myself I would not fall victim to the same frustrations.
My daughter had a severe milk allergy and I was only able to breast feed for the first 6 weeks of her life before switching her to a prescription formula. Even in those 6-weeks, I did a lot of pumping and bottle feeding to make sure she had no problem switching between the two. We anticipate this baby to have the same allergy, so I have supplies for both breast and formula feeding.
Today, I’m going to share with you my process for organizing all of the baby gear that lives in my kitchen!
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Tip: Don’t let pregnancy brain get the best of you! Keep a notebook handy so you can make a list of the things you need to replace or go buy.
Step One: Purge (if this is not your first rodeo)
First I went through and purged. What of this stuff did I not use? Or what did I use but didn’t like? What was broken or damaged? What are you not supposed to re-use that I saved without knowing the better? From what I’ve read, you are not supposed to re-use things like bottle nipples, pacifiers, or breast pump tubes and valves. I had to ask myself frequently what was I keeping ‘in case I MIGHT need it‘. If it was something inexpensive and easy to replace, out the door it went.
Step Two: Group like items
I emptied my dining room table and grouped like items. When I was done, I had piles for:
- breast pump gear
- newborn/breast milk bottles (my Medela bottles)
- breastmilk storage spare parts
- milk storage
- formula feeding supplies
- larger formula bottles (my Playtex bottles)
- baby bullet gear
- small sippy cups
Step Three: Assess storage needs
By grouping, you can get a sense of how much you have to store, and where storing will functionally make sense. After a quick trip to Target for some supplies, I was able to create this functional system. If you are looking for something similar, consider checking out Target or even your local dollar tree.
Other ideas include:
- BINO Woven Plastic Storage Basket
- BINO Small Multi-Purpose Plastic Storage Bin
- InterDesign Kitchen Bin
Now onto the hard part: finding where storing would be possible. I looked for opportunities to consolidate other things in my cabinets. Did I really need all of those mugs? How often was I reaching for the gravy boat? By purging (again) and finding new homes for items I don’t reach for often, I was able to free up almost an entire shelf for my supplies. My counter practically gave me a standing ovation for this one.
Step Four: Put everything in its new home
Like any system, you’ll try this over time and make changes based on your needs. For me:
- I needed quick and easy access to bottles and bottle parts, in a way that I could both grab or put things away in a rush or with one hand.
- Bibs needed to be distinguished between baby and toddler, and be easily assessable for feeding times.
- Nursing gear was distributed throughout the house – some items made sense to keep in the kitchen or with my pump, other items made more sense to be in the bathroom or bedroom.
- Baby bullet supplies and small sippy cups are not needed for a few months, so I put those tucked away behind more day-to-day items.
- I needed the bins to be labeled (which I did with my Silhouette Portrait – subsequent post to come), and of course, I wanted them to look pretty so that when I open the cabinet in a state of frenzy, I have some sense of relief.
Since the baby hasn’t arrived yet at the time I am writing this, and I sanitized things a few weeks in advance of her arrival, my personal system isn’t 100% complete, but I am happy with progress!
Caution to new moms: While some items do need to be open and sanitized prior to babies arrival, I will share that one regret I had was opening everything before she came. We ended up wasting countless dollars on bottles and supplies trying to figure out what works best for her. Had I tried things before opening all, we could have saved some money, time, and stress!
I’ll create subsequent posts on how the system works once I finish, and on what my new toddler feeding system will be too! Please share your own tips and tricks in the comments!
Storing baby bottles is tricky. Unlike diapers or those adorable PJs your little one keeps out-growing, they can’t be easily tucked away and organized. Baby bottles are bulky and, let’s face it, take up a lot of space.
But leave it to one hardworking mom from Southeast Texas to come up with a brilliant (and pin-worthy) solution. To help save valuable kitchen space, Brooke McDaniel, mom of two, turned to a household item normally found in bathrooms: a shower caddy.
McDaniel hung the caddy — only $12 — on the wall for easy, accessible storage that ensured she wouldn’t have to scavenge around for bottles come feeding time (which, with two mouths, could be anytime, all the time).
She has been using the rack for a year and says it works better than anything else she could find. In fact, it was actually on one of her trips to Wal-Mart in search of a solution, that she thought of the idea. “Nothing in the baby section seemed practical to save any space,” McDaniel told BuzzFeed Parents. “Every bottle holder was bulky and just didn’t fit my needs, so I improvised.”
McDaniel took to Facebook last week to show-off her idea, and with over 100K shares, parents everywhere are loving it. “This is brilliant,” one mom wrote. “Going to do it this weekend,” another said.
Commenters also pointed out you could store spices or even cleaning products this way. Ah, the Internet, the gift that keeps on giving.
Want to give this idea a try? We found a similar caddy on Amazon for the same price!