Skip Hop Splash: The Functional and Attractive Bottle Drying Rack

03/30/2009 at 04:00 PM ET

For a long time I resisted the idea of using a designated drying rack for my son Travis’s bottles because it seemed like yet another baby-centric product parents could do without. (We were doing fine without a Diaper Genie and wipes warmer, so why stop there?) But it became apparent that using our dish rack, then a Tupperware container to hold his bottles (and their various parts, from the cap, the nipple to the venting valves) wasn’t exactly practical, especially when we were washing bottles several times a day. The bottle accessories got lost easily in our dish rack and day-old water had to be dumped out from the Tupperware lest it contaminated the newly-washed bottles. Ick. So I decided to give Skip Hop’s Splash Bottle Drying Rack ($28) a try.

The easy assembly — the top section attaches to the bottom plate via a notch hole — scored it points from the get-go. And after several days’ use, I begrudgingly admit that having all the bottles drying and stored in one easy-to-access place has made the whole feeding/bottle-washing rigmarole in our household a little easier, which means a lot for a set of busy parents barely able to keep up with an active 1-year-old. The rack holds up to nine bottles and cups, all of the parts and includes a bottle brush.

Sure, it is still a pain to wash baby bottles, but at least now they’ve found a new stylish home — one that Mom can live with — on the kitchen countertop.

Other great feeding-related products from Skip Hop include:

  • Chow ($24) – holds up to 12 baby food jars in a spinning carousel
  • Palette Plate ($28) – a plate that separates food into three resealable compartments, a main plate/bowl area, plus room for a beverage
  • Mate ($20) – a sectioned plate that attaches to a stay-put mate and includes utensils

— Julia

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Sally on

I’ve had this rack for 18 months now, and it’s truly AWESOME. It’s functional, but it also completely fits my style. I’ll definitely get another one.

Ellen on

I found one of these at TJ Maxx for $14!

Rachel on

This is the best one out there and it looks good… as good as you are going to get for something you need to leave out on your counters all the time. It’s very functional too.

andrea on

I have the first years one,and works great and cheap too.I have the diaper genie and wipes warmer also LOL.I love all my stuff,I am first time mom so I always get new stuffs to my baby LOL.I just got today a Itzbeen Baby Care Timer I don’t know what say about that yet.

Linda on

I was just like Julia. I used a plastic container to dry my pump parts and didn’t think we needed a babycentric product but I got tired of digging through all the bottles and parts to find the parts I needed for pumping, so I got a drying rack, not the one pictured, but one from Babies R Us. It’s pretty useful, actually.

Something About Baby on

Wow – this looks like a great item for busy moms. Wish I had one when my daughter was still using a bottle.

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