The Proper Method of Warming Baby Bottle

Whether you are warming a bottle of breast milk or of formula, you need to take special precautions to make sure that you don’t overheat the contents, or destroy precious nutrients. There are a couple of safe options for warming baby bottle.

A Word on the Microwave

The microwave oven has become a staple of the modern kitchen because of its fast cooking and convenience. As wonderful is your microwave might be for warming up leftovers, you should never use it to warm a bottle of formula or breast milk. Microwaves can create hot spots in the liquid that might not go away even with careful stirring or shaking. This can cause serious burns to your baby. Microwaves can also damage the nutritional makeup of breast milk. So though it might be tempting, skip the microwave when warming baby bottle.

Baby Milk Bottle Warmers

There are a number of devices on the market specifically designed for warming up a baby’s bottle. The two main types both use water to warm baby bottle, but while one actually heats up the water that the bottle is sitting in, the other flash heats the water to create steam, which heats the liquid in the bottle. Both are effective, but the steam type tends to be faster.

The main problem with either of these baby milk bottle warmer designs is that it can be difficult to get just the right level of heat. Most of them have an alarm that tells you when the bottle is done, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s at the right temperature. The amount of milk or formula in the bottle, the type of bottle, and the amount of water in the machine can all affect the end temperature. You might find your baby waiting impatiently while an over heated bottle cools – not a good thing in the middle of the night.

Some baby milk bottle warmers also have a cooler section to keep milk cold, allowing you to store bottles in baby’s room or your room overnight instead of heading to the kitchen to get one from the fridge when baby is hungry.

The Old-fashioned Way

Many people still prefer the pre-bottle warmer method of heating a bottle. Simply place the bottle in a larger vessel filled with hot tap water, and wait. You will have to check it repeatedly, and may have to replace the tap water with hotter water to continue warming baby bottle. This method may take longer than the baby milk bottle warmer, but it is less likely to cause overheating.

Because the water in the surrounding vessel is slowly cooling, at some point it will have heated the bottle as much as it possibly can, and heating will stop. Baby milk bottle warmers, on the other hand, often continue to apply heat, causing the bottle to overheat.

The other advantage of the old-fashioned method is that it doesn’t cost a thing, unlike baby milk bottle warmers which can be expensive.

No matter which method you choose, always test the temperature of the milk or formula on the inside of your wrist for appropriate temperature before feeding it to baby. It should not be much more than lukewarm, and definitely not hot. Grown ups may enjoy a steaming cup of coffee, but your baby’s sensitive tongue can’t handle that kind of heat. When warming a bottle of breast milk or formula, be sure to gently swirl the contents of the bottle around.

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