View Full Version : Heating bottles ???
How is everybody heating bottles ..
ONLY now I have just started using the microwave .. I don't know why I didn't before.. DURR!
This is safe hey ? I only put it in for 30 seconds etc ..
Before I was standing the bottle in boiling water and with a hungry baby at 3am not good ..
any advice on heating would be appreciated ..
I use the AVENT bottles and I unscew the lid with the teat attatched and put the bottle in for 1 minute. Give it a good shake when you put the teat back on as it can have hot spots.
Yeah the microwave is safe for milk bottles!!
I also use the microwave, I have the bottles prepared with water then when he needs a feed I nuke a botte for about 30 secs, then add the formula (I read somewhere that microwaves destroy nutrients??) As was said, shake the bottle so there is no hot spots! :D
thanks girls ..
I use Avent everything as well !!!!
I was always told not to use the microwave as can cause hot spotys and burn bubs mouth. With my 1st I would stand it in boiled water but with Nathan he is happy to drink it without being warmed, even better.
We also using the Avent brand. We only m'wave the water w/o the teat just the lid (eg. 180 ml for 10 sec) then add the formula in, shake em well. But we never m'wave ever the already-made-up formula
This may be a silly question.....but why not microwave the water with the formula in it??
According to my brother who is an OB/GYN it isn’t wise to m’wave formula/expressed breast milk because the m’wave radiation can kills the vitamins (in formula) or can destroyed some protective properties (in breastmilk)
Hope this helps!
Thanks ML....sometimes I feel sorry for my little guy....I really am flying blind!!!
If you're at all worried about the microwave affecting the formula, nuke the water first and then add the formula (I find with mine it mixed better with warm water anyway). I don't see any benefit in doing it the other way round.
Once we were onto cows milk I did heat it by standing it in boiling water, but then a friend who knew a medical type person said it was OK to microwave it. DD2 was over 12 months and so I was not to worried about verifying whether the microwave affects the milk (I was much less vigilant by then).
Hiya :) We did the hot water thing forever as well then realised the microwave would be better and it is :) I have read in a number of places that if you can feel warmth in the milk then it is too hot for bub.... and I have also found that not being too picky about giving the bottle warm has given us the freedom to go out and about or whatever and my son will drink it anytime at any temp... so I'd suggest you vary the temp.... we quite often just warm it enough to take the chill off the bottle.
To kill the nutrients you'd have to get teh bottle very hot indeed - I wouldn't worry about it. I've been using the microwave to heat up formula for many months and my bub is happy, healthy and growing rapidly - so it doesn't seem to be bothering her much!!
For a cold bottle of 180-200 mls - I zap for 30 secs, give a good shake then another 10 secs. For room temp bottle - 10 secs, shake and another 10 secs (1100 watt microwave)..........just make sure always shake really well to ensure all hot spots are eliminated.
I don't worry about taking the lids off - it's quite okay to put all these bits in the microwave sterilizer for 5-7 mins (and they get VERY hot to be sterilized) - so a few seconds to warm milk is not going to hurt them.
I just made sure that the above times were fine by testing the formula for about the first few days I did it - but now I'm confident I ahve teh times "down pat".
Heating bottles seems to be a difficult thing - especially when you are using differnce microwaves ! For example, when heating our little man's bottles in our microwave at home, we set it for 1 minute. At my mum's place, we use 45 seconds, and when we are out and about, we use 30 seconds ! They are all different !
I think it is great microwaving bottles - so convenient and quick - handy for those moments when a child is demanding a feed ... NOW !!
Good luck !
I've been microwaving bottles ever since Raleigh was switched to formula. I generally heat the water only and then add formula. I keep bottles made up in the fridge with water in them (no formula) so the microwave is just enough to take the edge off the chill. One thing I have found though, is that Raleigh doesn't like overly warm bottles. Room temperature is pretty much right for her. Anyone else experienced this?
I didn't use the avent bottles, just a normal 180ml bottle and each time the bubs was due for a feed I'd make the bottle up individually and just ensure I had enough water boiled in the kettle. THEN, my clever friend said just make up all your bottles for the day. If my child had 6 bottles for the day, I would put cool boiled water in each of them and add the formula, shake them up, put them all along the shelf inside the fridge and when bubs was hungry, there they were. No running around at 3am stressing because bubs is "going off". Just a quick zap and hey presto. Always check temps of milk and bottle before giving it to bubs though because everyone's microwaves are different. Give it another quick shake before you give it to bubs. Oh, I don't put the lid that has the teat on whilst microwaving because that would definately hurt bub's mouth.
As my bubs got a little older I didn't have to even heat it up. I guess I learnt that one on the way out somewhere and my girl was freaking out that much I just grabbed the bottle and filled the gap.lol. It worked!!
THANKS girls ..
Melzy - I do that NOW :D I make all the bottles up and line then up in the fridge and just zap them when shes ready to eat!
I have actually just been putting the bottle in for 25 seconds and its fine with the formula allready in .. I've actually found brooke dosen't have ALOT of wind at all .. I do keep her elevated for a good 20-25 mins after each feed .. she will either fall asleep on my shoulder or we just nurse her so maybe thats why ..
I DID find she had alot more wind before I even used the microwave ..not sure if there is something in that? hmmm .. just thinking out loud.
BB - LOVE your AVA *sigh*
thanks again girls .. * training wheels on here * - wink -
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.9 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.