10 Best Formula Dispensers Reviewed in 2018

Feeding your baby is one of the most important things you’ll do throughout your day as a new parent and it’s also one of the more stressful things to do. In addition to figuring out which formula is perfect for your little one, you’ll need to ensure that it’s the right temperature, have consistently sterilized bottles, make sure your ratios are correct, and the list goes on. One thing that can help tremendously with this task is the introduction of a formula dispenser. These little gadgets are neat because they take away some of the stress that comes with feeding time. They’re designed to hold formula and will provide just the right amount that you want with nothing more than a tip of the container or the press of a button. Some of these dispensers even come color-coded in order to make your life easier and help you to discern between measurements and formula types. It’s a useful little gizmo and it’s so helpful, in fact, that we thought we’d write a guide about it!

When it comes to choosing the right formula dispenser for your busy life, we took into consideration the notion that simple is always better. There’s nothing worse than getting a new baby product that’s overly complicated and complex because really, who has time for that? The dispensers on our list are easy to use, easy to clean, and will take up barely any room on your countertop at all. They make feeding time a breeze and can be refilled as you need them and the best part? They’re all multifunctional. When your baby eventually grows out of his or her formula stages, many of these dispensers can be used later on as snack holders. There’s nothing we love more than a product that’s worth investing in, especially when it serves more than one purpose. Below, you’ll find our list of the top ten formula dispensers that we’ve deemed worthy enough for you and your baby. Continue reading to find out how something this seemingly minor can really make a difference in your feeding schedule.

10 Best Formula Dispensers Reviewed

 

1. Munchkin Combo Pack

1. Munchkin Combo Pack
This is a great -- and not to mention colorful -- addition to any parent's baby collection. The Munchkin dispenser is designed to be easy to use, great for storing large amounts, and mess-free.
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Have you ever been ready to feed your baby and realized that you never portioned out their formula the night before? Or perhaps your baby is being fussy and it's just one of those days where you feel like there's not enough time in the world, even to pre-measure formula for meals. The Munchkin Formula Dispenser is changing all that with a unique three-compartment container that's designed to save you time and stress. This heavy-duty plastic will hold up to three separate servings of the formula of your choice so that when it comes time for feeding, all you need to do is pour. The easy-out spout makes it simple to mix and empty each chamber, meaning you won't waste any time while your baby is hungry and fussy.

Benefits
Having three chambers means that you can plan for the entire day or night without doing it the following day. These are ideal for daycares as well because all you'll need to do is fill it, give it to your provider, and voila -- Three meals for the day!

What We Like About It
The sides of these dispensers are clear so that you can see right in. This is beneficial because, in the event that you're overtired (it happens to everyone!) or happen to measure incorrectly, you'll be able to see exactly how much formula you've deposited.
Pros

Durable container

Easy-out dispensing system

Three compartments

Holds powder, snacks, or liquid

Clear sides make it easy to peer into

Cons

It is not dishwasher or sterilizer safe

2. Tommee Tippee 6-Pack

2. Tommee Tippee  6-Pack
If you're constantly on the go then containers such as these are what you need for sure. They come in a full pack of six so you can leave on at daycare, one with your babysitter, and one at the grandparent's house.
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Having a jumbo pack of dispensers might be more helpful than you think! This six-pack of formula containers is great on the go, while at daycare, in the car, and even at home or at a friend's house. You'll no longer need to have three separate bottles sitting in your diaper bag awaiting your baby. Rather, you can have three dispensers ready to go at a moment's notice so that your child will always have a formula that's fresh, warm, and ready to go. With six containers, you can store these anywhere that you go routinely and keep them filled in the event that your schedule overlaps with your baby's feeding times. These are great to pack with babysitters, family members and friends as well who might not have the experience or know-how to measure out a bottle accurately. The best part? They lock tightly, are completely hygienic and safe, and can hold up to nine ounces of powder formula.

Benefits
Sometimes, traveling is just unavoidable. You no longer need to stress over how you'll measure out bottles on the go, though, because Tommee Tippee figured that out for you. This large pack of dispensers is the perfect way to stay on top of your baby's feedings and stay ahead of the game.

What We Like About It
These containers are BPA and phthalate-free which means that your baby is safe no matter what. They can also be sanitized just like any other bottle which makes them easy to clean and reuse quickly.
Pros

Easy to clean

Non-toxic and infant-safe

Can be sterilized with other bottles

Comes in a pack of six

Great for on the go

Cons

Holds less than eight ounces

3. Philips AVENT Powder

3. Philips AVENT Powder
This cute little cup has two functions, both of which we applaud. It can be used to hold dry formula but it also great for when you baby is a little older and in need of some snacks on the go.
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It's no secret that we love products that have more than one use. In today's world, where time is seemingly in short supply and everything has more than one use, we were happy to find these AVENT Formula Dispensers. This smart little cup has a spill and leak-proof dispenser spout that prevents anything from escaping while in your bag or in-hand. It also functions as a formula dispenser while your little one is still a baby and as soon as they begin growing, it's large enough to hold tiny snacks. This is the perfect "on the g" product for moms who are looking to make their lives just a little bit easy. It's also a great investment for your child too, since they're the ones who will benefit from their snack-filled container later on. It's easily converted as well; simply remove the interior compartment divider that allows room for three formula measurements and you'll have a snack cup instantly.

Benefits
This cup does it all; from three pre-planned formula measurements to an easily converted snack cup, it's useful in every way possible. It's a great investment and will last for years so that you get as much use out of it as possible.

What We Like About It
One of our favorite features about this cup is that it's super easy to wash and clean. Whether you sanitize it, throw it in the microwave, or stick it in the dishwasher, you'll be relieved to find out how easy this is to take care of.
Pros

Completely baby-safe

Can be washed in a myriad of ways

Can be used as a three-compartment storage space

Easily converted to a snack cup

Will last for years

Cons

The spout can occasionally fall over two separate compartments and let out some extra formula

4. Dr. Brown's Pink

4. Dr. Brown's Pink
Dr. Brown's has an excellent reputation amongst parents and their formula dispenser exceeds that. It's simple yet durable, strong, and will outlast many other products in the same category.
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This formula container contains three separate compartments, similar to some others on this list, with the exception being the spout. It's designed to lock in place so that you can travel with it, store it in a bag, etc., and never worrying about accidental spills... Because really, no one appreciates formula covering the bottom of a diaper bag! This container is durable and strong and will hold up to four scoops in each separated compartment. Additionally, it's clear, so you can see exactly when you're running low and in need of a refill. The top is easily moved around as well so you can pour out what you need when you need it.

Benefits
Having a product that's dishwasher-safe goes a long way when it comes to hygienic baby products. You won't have to worry about this coming out as a strange science experiment after it goes in which is something that comes as a relief to many parents.

What We Like About It
The tough spout is something that many people don't realize makes a huge difference in the quality of a product. Having a durable dispenser opening is the difference between a floor full of formula and three servings, ready to go for your baby when they're hungry and waiting.
Pros

Durable and strong

Travel-friendly

It has three compartments

Tight-locking opening

Can hold 12 full formula scoops

Cons

The lid can pop off rather easily while spinning

5. OXO Tot No-Spill

5. OXO Tot No-Spill
The shape of this container might throw you a bit but we assure you, it's this design that has parents loving it. The unique tub-like appearance helps keep dry formula in one place and allows for easy measurement as well as safe, mess-free storage.
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Another thing that we love to see is a "no-spill" guarantee on dispensing products. This OXO Tot container has three separate compartments, each holding up to nine ounces of powder formula. The design and shape of this container are a bit different from the others; it's shaped much more like a tub than a tall container. This makes it easy to pack away and very travel-friendly, as the lid has more surface area to lock onto and the individual compartments are much more shallow. Additionally, the top isn't the only thing here that swivels in order to make pouring easier. You'll notice that the stopper on top has a directional arrow to indicate that it, too, can spin it either direction. That means that while you're pouring out the formula, the stopper can be twisted in the opposite way in order to keep it out of the way and make dispensing much, much easier.

Benefits
The swivel-lid is much easier to swivel than most due to its tub-like appearance. This means that you'll never need to stress over tricky containers that get stuck or stiff when it comes time to feed your baby.

What We Like About It
This unique shape lends itself to be stored in a variety of different ways. While it is a little flatter, it's less likely to tip over or end up upside-down in a diaper bag during travel.
Pros

Tight-locking lid

Easy to swivel around

The stopper can be moved around

The formula comes out easily and quick

Can hold up to 27 ounces total

Cons

The stopper can be awkward if pouring at an angle

6. Simba Twist-Lock Stackable

6. Simba Twist-Lock Stackable
Everything should be stackable, are we right? Not only do these containers save you storage space, they're also tight-locking for mess-free storage and color-coordinated to make feeding much easier.
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These are the result of advancements in baby products and really convey how far we've come with innovative measures. The Simba Twist-Lock Stackable Formula Dispenser also doubles as a snack container to hold whatever your baby loves later on down the line. That's not the greatest thing about these containers, though -- They do actually stack! They'll save space in your cabinet, diaper bag, and even on your counter. Each container fits into the next like a puzzle piece and ensures that no formula is lost or spilled. Additionally, the individual containers themselves have self-locking lids that click into place with a simple twist. They're color-coordinated so you can even use them for various purposes if need be!

Benefits
The stackable nature of these containers allows for a bit more breathing room on your countertop or in your diaper bag. They're designed to hold one serving each but can be snapped together in order to plan out your baby's feeding schedule.

What We Like About It
The clicking lid is something that comes as a comfort to many parents who are worried about spilling formula everywhere. These lids remain in place no matter which way they're turned and will likely survive a drop here and there as well.
Pros

Durable and tight-locking

Color-coordinated

They stack to save on space

Can be used individually or all at once

Travel-friendly

Cons

The formula occasionally sticks to the plastic dispenser

7. Joovy Boob Clear

7. Joovy Boob Clear
This product has a funny name but it's really quite serious in the dispensing department. It's the ultimate in locking technology so you'll never worry about a mess on your hands with the Joovy Boob.
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Despite its funny name, the Joovy Boob Formula Dispenser can only hold eight ounces, but it is a solid choice as far as formula storage goes. The design of this containers lends itself to easy cleaning, and incredibly tight-locking top to prevent spilling and a completely safe and non-toxic container for babies. It can also be used to hold snacks as it's roomy inside with plenty of height. The lid makes dispensing easy and will prevent any type of leaking or mess, making it one of the top runners for mess-free formula containers. The lid provides a tight enclosure and it even comes with a secondary lid just to ensure that formula never escapes the container until your baby is ready to be fed.

Benefits
The mess-free promise of this container is exactly why we were so eager to add it to our list. It's easy to use, quick, and won't have you cleaning up formula that would otherwise be a waste once it spilled.

What We Like About It
The secondary lid prevents a formula from leaking out even in the event that some does escape the dispensing spout. This is a great precautionary measure that we'd love to see with other containers.
Pros

Has two locking lids

Easy to clean

Completely baby-safe

Holds up to eight ounces

Can be used as a snack container

Cons

It's only good for one formula serving

8. Kidsmile Twist-Lock Stackable

8. Kidsmile Twist-Lock Stackable
We've got more stacking products for you! These pastel-colored containers are perfect for travel and feeding on the go. They're also very helpful when it comes to grabbing single formula servings on your way out the door and even have an easy-out spout.
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Similar to the Simba containers, Kidsmile has created a similar stacking product that can hold up to four separate formula servings. This is excellent for when your child goes to daycare or is staying with a babysitter since all you'll need to do is measure out the formula and instruct them on the correct temperature. These are color-coordinated even more than the rest, meaning that neither you or someone who is babysitting your baby will have an issue figuring out which container is for what time. The unique thing about each of these containers is that the dispensing spout can easily fit into the opening of most standard bottles. That means that when it comes time to empty the serving into a bottle, there's literally no mess and no trouble when it comes to receiving a full serving.

Benefits
The stackability of these really saves space when it comes to countertops and diaper bags, but it helps in plenty of other ways, too. Stacking each cup allows you to keep track of how much your baby has eaten, when it's time for which meal, and they can also hold snacks -- making them useful for toddlers as well.

What We Like About It
Everything about these containers is easy to clean including their dispenser. There's little chance of a formula powder becoming stuck or trapped within these containers, making them hygienic as well.
Pros

Color-coordinated

Easily stackable

Can be used for snacks

Space-saving

Very easy to clean

Cons

They can be challenging to twist closed

9. Skip Hop Grab & Go

9. Skip Hop Grab & Go
Skip Hop has made these containers versatile enough that you can fit anything from dry formula to fruit in these adorable stacking cups. And our favorite part? The handle that makes it totally travel-friendly!
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This is the ultimate in container-stacking and formula-holding, at least when it comes to our list. Some parents might even say that these containers hold too much but we think that more is always better! The Skip Hop Stackable Baby Formula Dispenser comes with two ten-ounce containers and two six-ounce containers. This variation allows full customization over your baby's feeding schedule and will make your life much, much easier. Additionally, you have options as far as lids go too; this set features an easy-pour lid, a dry formula lid, and two water-tight lids for liquids. They can be unlocked in order to be carried as separate food containers and when you're done, just throw them on the top rack of your dishwasher to clean. These couldn't be easier and allow so much versatility when it comes to feeding that many other brands lack.

Benefits
There's one additional feature that we haven't told you about yet, and that's a lid handle. You wouldn't think this is very important until it comes time to walk out the door and your hands are full -- Thus all you need to do is grab the lid handle and all four compartments come with!

What We Like About It
The options are endless when it comes to stacking these containers. They'll grow with your child and as they get older, you'll be able to pack various snacks according to each lid design.
Pros

Options for dry and wet foods

Stackable

Comes with a handle

Various ounce sizes

Easily cleaned in the dishwasher

Cons

It's not as easy to add dry formula to a bottle as with some of the other designs

10. BEABA Peacock

10. BEABA Peacock
IF long-term investments are what you like then these stackable cups are right up your alley. They're designed to grow with your child and will have them loving mealtime as a baby and snack time as a toddler.
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This is a list that we are proud to say has no products that are even slightly better than any other. All ten of these have their own features that make them a true top ten. Although the BEABA Container is listed last, it certainly is not at all inferior to the others when it comes to quality and design. This stackable container comes with three compartments that are tight-locking and remain secure, regardless of whether you're storing formula or snacks. Each compartment can hold up to four ounces and can be stacked for an easy, on the go meal plan for your baby or set up on the counter for easy feeding. As your child gets older, the easy side-grips allow them to open these containers themselves at school or at home. They're the perfect size for small snacks and allow kids to eat out of them easily. You'll also notice a handle added to the top of this stack, making them very travel-friendly as well.

Benefits
Although these containers are not clear, they make up for that in durability and lasting power. They're completely baby and toddler-friendly and won't spill, leak, or break easily.

What We Like About It
We love that these will grow with your child. They're perfect for storing baby formula at home and as your child gets older, they'll be thrilled to have their own colorful snack containers. It's personal and fun!
Pros

Easy to lock into place

Stackable to save room

Completely non-toxic and kid-friendly

Will grow with your child

Comes with a handle for travel-friendly food storage

Cons

Does not hold as much formula as other models

Criteria Used in the Evaluation of the Best Formula Dispensers

When it comes to babies, there are so many things to consider. Luckily, here at Born Cute, we consider those things for you! When we chose to write this guide for formula dispensers, we went through a way array of thoughts and debated whether or not containers should have only one purpose — dispensing formula — or more than one. When it came down to it, that question is what helped to shape the majority of our list. You’ll notice a variety of products on here ranging in anything from strictly formula containers all the way to toddler-safe snack containers. We wanted to provide you with options while also showing you what else is out there. Modern advancements have turned traditional items such as a formula dispenser into something that can have more than one use. This bumps up the usability tremendously and also increases the value of the product. If it’s something that you and your child can grow with, then it’s something that we want on our list so we can show it to you. There were some other factors we did have to consider, though, and those were as follows:

a.) Will it be safe for babies and kids in general?
b.) How can it be washed and will it lose its shape or durability?
c.) What exactly can it hold and how can it be locked?
d.) Is it travel-friendly?
e.) How much will it hold and will it make feeding easier at all?

We had to carefully answer each of these questions while evaluating all the products we found. After they were answered successfully, we were able to present you with the list that you’ve just read. It was important to us that each product had an answer for each of our questions and though some might not have answers that are as successfully, it was determined that if they excelled in other areas, they were worth being on the list. It’s through this process that we were able to make our determination on what’s worthy and what’s not for your baby and his or her formula.

After all this, you might be asking yourself “why” when it comes to a formula dispenser. Does it seem lazy to you or like a useless step in something that you’re just going to complete anyway? If so, then allow us to explain some of the beneficial factors in having one of these. For parents who are on the go constantly, a container that’s intended specifically for formula can be a huge help in the way of remaining organized. If you lead a busy life and find yourself short on time much of the time, being able to pre-portion out a formula and store it in a container that can be easily grabbed is huge. This makes mornings run much more smoothly and can lead to much more relaxing nights as well. If your baby goes to daycare or gets babysat often, then containers such as these can help tremendously to take the stress off of caretakers as well. When a formula is measured out prior to feeding, you’ll notice that no matter which scenario you’re in, you’ll be feeling a bit less stress than you were before. We’re not saying that this will completely revolutionize feeding times but it can definitely help in the way of planning out your day. Especially when you have a fussy baby!

Will It Be Worth it Later on Down the Line?

Absolutely! That’s one of the reasons as to why we’ve included containers that have more than one use. These containers are great when it comes to portioning out any type of formula but also come in handy with snacks as well. Since they’re built to last, containers such as these can be easily converted into small snack packs. You’ll be able to give your toddler fruits, veggies, their favorite crackers or even a sweet treat in their own personal container. They’ll feel like tiny grown-ups when it comes to being responsible for opening up their own containers and feeding themselves and you’ll love the fact that you can make them feel that way. Some of these containers can also store liquids so you can pack things like baby food, puddings, and even yogurt for your child to take to daycare or preschool. They come in handy in more ways than one which is what we began to discover when we started our own research.

Tips and Tricks When it Comes to Feeding

How will you know for sure that your baby is hungry? Since they can’t talk yet, it can sometimes be challenging to know when your baby is craving food. Once you have a formula dispenser and have eliminated some stress from feeding and getting a bottle ready, it’s time to move onto how you can tell for sure that they’re ready for it. The most obvious is crying — They’ll do this in such a way that it will sound low-pitched, will raise in tone, and go back down again. This uneven, unique cry basically means, “feed me, I’m hungry!” Your baby might also begin to lick their lips and make smacking sounds that are totally adorable but have an alternate meaning. Anything they’re doing with their mouth is usually a sign that they want something in it — Meaning it’s time for another bottle! Your baby might also nuzzle up against you as an instinctual sign that they’re ready to be fed and open their mouth repeatedly, occasionally even sticking their tongue out or sucking on their own hands or fingers. These are all signs that you might have a hungry baby but luckily, you’ve already pre-portioned your formula.

In conclusion, formula dispensers are designed to be revolutionary as far as making life easier. What they are designed to do, however, is to make your life as a parent go much smoother. We always strive to find the best products that are worthy of taking a look at in the hopes that they help you in some way. Parenting is challenging enough and you don’t need products that aren’t up to par or performing as they should, to make that even harder. We believe that you and your kids deserve the best which is why we’re happy to bring products to you that have been thoroughly researched, reviewed, and deemed acceptable by parents and kids alike. That’s our job, after all!

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can these hold liquid formula as well?

A: Once a formula has been mixed, it can be rather tricky. We say this because formula won’t stay fresh forever and should really only ever be given to your baby if it was recently made. We don’t recommend holding liquid formula in these unless you’re planning on feeding immediately after, however, they can be used to hold other liquid products. They perform their best when being used for their main purpose — dry formula.

Q: How long will formula powder remain fresh in these?

A: In all likelihood, you probably won’t keep dry formula in these for longer than a couple of days. Babies go through their formula pretty quickly so that’s not really the main concern. We’d say you could store it up to a week and after that, it’s up to your discretion, depending on how often the container has been opened. If your baby doesn’t go through a lot of formula powder at once, it’s best to only fill what you know you’ll need.

Q: Can these all be put in the dishwasher?

A: Most of them can with the exception of the first option on our list. That container is heat-sensitive and will need to be hand-washed in order to avoid ruining or damaging the container itself. The rest can go into a sterilizer for thorough cleaning.

Q: If I purchase more than one of the stackable containers, can I stack double the amount of containers?

A: Yes. As silly as it sounds, these containers work in a similar way to LEGOs. They can be stacked easily and stacked together regardless of which order they’re in or if you’ve purchased two or more sets. This is actually a great idea if you have a baby and a toddler at home, as one set can be used for dry formula while the other can be used for snacks, etc.

Q: How much heat or cold can these containers handle?

A: We’d recommend not putting anything into them that will steam up the sides as far as hot temperatures go. Alternately, we’d recommend staying away from products that are too cold as well. Their first purpose is to hold a dry powder and while they can hold snacks, they’re not all designed to tolerate extreme heat or cold.

Q: Does it matter what type of formula is stored in here?

A: No. You can store any type of dry powder in here and the ingredients of the formula do not make a difference. They’re versatile for any type and brand and will serve the same purpose regardless.

Sources

  1. What To Expect Editorial Team, Formula-Feeding Your Baby, Jun 28, 2018
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  3. Ciara Attwell, THE IMPORTANCE OF SNACKING FOR TODDLERS, Jul 28, 2018