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Does something exists for bottle warming that is, essentially, just a collar that attached to the rim of a pot in order to hold a bottle upright while it is being warmed on the stove?

The real need: something hands-free, small or dual-use, and stove top. (Maybe a small double-boiler?)

Does this exist commercially (and what is it called)? It seems like a simple problem: what creative solution am I missing?

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    for approximately $16 USD, there is a dedicated hands free bottle warmer available from a few sources. I simply Googled 'hands-free bottle warmer'. If you don't want another appliance, how about fashioning a holder from a metal clothes hanger? You'd need to remember to use a pot holder, but it might work. – WRX Mar 18 '17 at 16:32
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    Interesting idea--and yes, as you say, hoping to avoid another appliance... – cohoz Mar 18 '17 at 18:51
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    Why do you need to put the bottle on the stove at all? We heat water for two minutes in the microwave in a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup, remove it from the microwave, put the bottle in, let it sit for a minute, swirl, let it sit for another minute... and it's warm. No need for a pot on the stove at all. – Catija Apr 11 '17 at 21:09
  • @Catija yours is the answer for me, at least. I had been just heating water on the stove and then taking it off the heat/putting the bottle in, but the I've been using the microwave in almost the exact same manner as you suggest doing that for a couple of weeks and it works very well. So not "stove top" but with the same spirit: doesn't require attention (so I can start it and then attend to the baby and not worry about whether I am distracted) and neither does it require another gadget on the countertop. – cohoz Apr 12 '17 at 0:21
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The comment of @catija is the answer I would accept:

We heat water for two minutes in the microwave in a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup, remove it from the microwave, put the bottle in, let it sit for a minute, swirl, let it sit for another minute... and it's warm. No need for a pot on the stove at all.

Or using a mug (anything with handle) one-third filled with water. As long as you have a microwave:

  • no extra gadgets needed
  • can do one-handed
  • can be safely left unsupervised (or forgotten about)
  • heats to a consistent temperature
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You could try a steel cafetiere or a wide stove top infuser teapot. An espresso maker would do if you could take out the middle spout.

The STEEL CAFETIERE is your best bet.

I don't know where you are but a quick search on Amazon in the US or Europe will produce lots of options, and even give you more ideas.

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why dont you just put in the microwave? No need to watch the pot.

Alternatively, in the UK you can buy an AC bottle warmer (essentially a bain-marie) that takes a little water and has a thermostat, I get that you're trying to avoid an extra appliance, but you can maybe sell it on ebay when you're finished?

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    They generally do not recommend using the microwave for warming bottles. See : parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/12712/… – Catija Apr 11 '17 at 21:07
  • as the article says, easily solved by giving it a quick shake. I dont see the difficulty in doing this, and it addresses every part of the asker's criteria – bigbadmouse Apr 12 '17 at 7:55

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