One of the gifts that my daughter had on her baby registry was the Munchkin Deluxe Drying Rack, and she was very pleased when she received it from a friend. She chose to breast feed her daughter, but there have been a few occasions when we have needed to feed the baby with a bottle, and my daughter has had to use a breast pump when she was engorged with milk and the baby would not feed.
The Munchkin Deluxe Drying Rack was purchased from Amazon.com for $7.99, and it is a good little tool for moms who bottle feed their babies. The rack is made of a sturdy white plastic, and it has four tines that lift up to hold bottles, straws, nipples, bottle brushes, and other small items.
The back two tines are tall enough to hold a full sized baby bottle, and the two center tines are half this height, for shorter bottles. The tines are covered with a thick blue material with a rounded nub on the top to prevent any damage to the bottles or nipples.
If you are a parent that feeds your baby with the style of bottles (or even sippy cups) that use the straw method, there are small hooks on each side of the lower tines that allow you to snap the straws in place, and they are held upright so that water will drain out of them.
In the very front of the Munchkin Deluxe Drying Rack are small slots that are intended for holding smaller items, with a slot for storing a bottle brush on the very end. When my daughter put this on her baby registry, she thought that it came with a bottle brush, but it does not, it is simply a drying rack.
We use plastic bottles and have not had any issues with the bottles causing the tines to fall over. They do seem to snap in place, and when I lower them down flat for storage (or adding to my dishwasher) they do make an annoying snapping sound. The unit does lay very flat though, and it takes up very little storage when closed, and when open the footprint on the counter top is minimal.
All around the perimeter of the Munchkin Deluxe Drying Rack is a raised edge, so that water drains from the bottles, straws, nipples, etc. and collects in this tray of sorts. I hand wash my bottles, rinse them well, and shake out as much excess water as I can before placing them in the rack, and I have not had a problem with excess water collecting in the unit.
After my daughter uses her breast pump to express milk I have the job of taking it apart (and there are a lot of small pieces to the pump), and this Munchkin Deluxe Drying Rack works well for keeping each of these small parts together in one place and organized so that none of them get lost. Breast pumps are expensive and we surely don’t want to lose any pieces, and I don’t feel comfortable placing them on a paper towel to dry.
Overall, for the price, I would give the Munchkin Deluxe Drying Rack high marks for durability and functionality.