Baby Bottle Warmers – Why Do You Need Them?
Moms need to be careful when heating pumped breast milk or formula. If you heat breast milk in the microwave, it changes the composition of the milk, causing the milk to lose some of its anti-infective properties and nutrients, even if microwaved for a short period of time. This is why they are so effective and why most parents of new babies buy them. Breast milk is often very sensitive to warm temperatures and can easily lose its vitamin C content. Heating breast milk on the stove is also ineffective as it will cause the central temperature to rise, which can cause the breast milk to break. Just like microwaving breast milk, it can quickly lead to the loss of minerals, immune properties, vitamins and micronutrients. So, what can you do? You can obviously put your pumped breast milk in a sterilized bottle and brew it under hot water for ten minutes – but who wants to do that when a newborn is screaming because of hunger? The same goes for formulas. For years, doctors have been saying that microwaved formulas cause terrible heat distribution that can burn babies’ mouths and abdomens. Although most people shake the bottle to avoid this – it doesn’t always work because the heat tends to re-build right away. Heating the water is a safer method.

How do you use a baby bottle warmer?
Most people can easily warm up pumped breast milk and formula in about one to three minutes. They are very convenient because if the baby room is upstairs, you can also put the heater there. The baby bottle warmer easily warms 3 or 4 ounces of milk when you change your newborn’s diaper. They are very easy to use, fast and reliable. You’ll never have to worry about your new babysitter cooking over a bottle in the microwave. I bought a Philips Avent iQ baby bottle warmer and it works like a charm. You just add water to the container and choose the setting. You put the bottle in, put the cap on, and leave. Baby bottle warmers heat breast milk by evaporating water very quickly and without any hot spots and without destroying the composition of the breast milk. Now that my baby is about 4 ounces, I can heat a bottle in about 3.5 minutes to heat the milk to the perfect temperature.

Who knew heating breast milk or formula could be a science! Aside from the huge advantages mentioned above, I found that my baby just prefers warm milk so it was perfect for me. Very convenient, does not take up space, and can easily be placed in any cabinet after use. It’s so compact you can take it to any room! A little tip for most bottle warmers – if you can use distilled water, do it. Otherwise, if you use tap water, your baby bottle warmer will build up some minerals.

So is a baby bottle warmer a necessity?
I think so. I think it’s absolutely necessary if parents are going to occasionally bottle-feed their baby’s expressed breast milk or formula. Not only does it have a lot of advantages, but it is also very simple to use. You add water and then plug the bottle in. When it finishes heating, the baby bottle warmer will light up and that’s it. Shake the bottle to feed your baby. Baby bottle warmers on the market today can accommodate larger, thicker newborn bottles, short, tall or narrow bottles. They work great at night and you can do the whole thing with one hand.

Which would I recommend?
Definitely the Philips Avent. This is great for my husband and I. The First Years Night & Day Bottle Warmer System is a great system as it is also a bottle cooler. If I were to do it again, I would probably buy the Gerber bottle warmer or the Munchkin deluxe bottle and food warmer with pacifier cleaning basket. The Gerber Electric bottle warmer has rave reviews and is perfect for travel. The Philips Avent Baby Food and Bottle Warmer is also an excellent baby bottle warmer.

Remember, pumping breast milk and formula in the microwave is never recommended for heating baby bottles. Not only is it hard to tell how long you should heat the bottle, but it can quickly lead to the loss of minerals, immune properties, vitamins, and micronutrients. Hot spots are a danger to sensitive babies. You can run the bottle under hot water, but why wait ten minutes and keep checking. This is the best gift we’ve ever gotten for a newborn. These revolutionary products reheat frozen breast milk very safely and quickly without destroying the vital vitamins and nutrients that babies need. The advanced thermostatic controls and thermal fuses on them allow you to heat bottles and disposable bags containing frozen pumped breast milk without boiling or overheating. Another tip – buy one with a timer!

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