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What to Look at When Comparing Baby Bottle Warmers

Bottle Warmers

There are a lot of bottle warmers to choose from on the market. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, and they have different methods of warming your baby’s bottle. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when choosing a best bottle warmer for your breast milk.
1. Size
The size of the bottle the mother has chosen for her baby is an important factor when buying a baby bottle warmer. Different bottle warmers can accommodate different sized bottles, and most standard baby bottle warmers are too small for larger bottles.
Tip: If using a larger bottle, invest in a full-sized bottle warmer, which will house the larger bottles more easily.
2. Temperature
Bottle warmers that use steam are much more likely to overheat the bottle. In some tests, the milk got up to 199 degrees Fahrenheit. Mothers choose to bottle their breast milk so their baby has the continued benefit of the nutrients and immunological qualities contained in the breast milk. Overheating breast milk destroys a lot of the healthy goodness contained in it.
3. Consistency
Mothers should check the reviews for different bottle warmers to see if the warmers heat the bottle to a good temperature every time. Even warm water bath bottle warmers sometimes overheated the bottle, but left the bottle too cold the next time. Moms are busy, and having a bottle warmer that can warm the bottle to the perfect temperature every time makes it easier for them to spend time with the baby while the bottle is heating. No one wants to babysit the bottle warmer.
4. Directions
Some bottle warmers have a lot of parts that need to be assembled perfectly for it to heat bottles properly. If the mother does not have a lot of time to put it together, it may be better to get a simpler model. Similarly, some bottle warmers come with very complicated instructions on what to do to get the bottle to the mother’s desired temperature. Mothers can save a lot of time by looking for reviews on ease of use and setup.
5. Reheating Capabilities
Mothers with twins will need to be able to warm one bottle after another. Even with just one baby, if the bottle is not warm enough the first time, the mother will have to run it through again. Some bottle warmers have a minimum period of time between cycles, meaning some cannot heat one bottle immediately after another.
6. Convenience
Sometimes things come up, and a mother might forget how long ago she put the bottle in the bottle warmer. Bottle warmers that have a loud signal when they are done are ideal for mothers who multi-task. If the mother can hear when the bottle is done, she will not have to worry about reheating the bottle, which would be especially convenient if the bottle warmer had a cooling off period before it could heat again. A shutoff feature that will end the bottle heating when the bottle is done is also convenient.
7. Cleaning
Warm water bath bottle warmers have a small risk of developing mold or mildew in the water reservoir, and even steam-based bottle warmers run the risk of mineral deposits building up within the bottle warmer. A mother should consider how complicated it is to take apart the bottle warmer and clean it with vinegar, even though this is not something that has to be done daily.

Introduction

Breastfeeding a baby is a wonderful experience. Not all mothers can be at home all day and night with their baby, but they want their baby to have the nutritional benefits of their own breast milk, so many turn to pumping their breast milk and storing it in the fridge or freezer. The mother has to choose the best bottle for breastfed babies, and the best baby bottle warmer to get her milk up to a comfortable temperature for the baby. To make informed choices, some mothers spend hours researching the best bottles and bottle warmers to make sure their baby has the best experience possible with bottle-feeding when she is unable to breastfeed. This article will offer some advice on how to choose the ideal bottle for a baby, and the best bottle warmer to go with it.

Why Not Formula?

Most research has shown that babies that are breastfed have fewer health problems as infants, and that the health benefits continue into adolescence, usually ending at age 15. Infants are less likely to contract a cold or flu if they are breastfed, and children who were breastfed had a much lower risk for child-onset diabetes, heart disease, and cancer before the age of 15 than babies who were not breastfed as infants.
Most pediatricians recommend breastfeeding (or bottle-feeding breast milk) exclusively for the first six months of the baby’s life. After six months, many pediatricians agree it is okay to start using formula, but to keep breast milk in the baby’s diet until the baby is at least one year old. There is no “right” age to stop breastfeeding, however. Some babies want to breastfeed for longer than one year, and do not enjoy formula. Often, mothers breastfeed until the baby no longer wants to, or until the mother runs out of breast milk.

Choosing to Pump Breast Milk

If a mother must return to work before the child is one year old, she will most likely pump her breast milk. This decision requires a lot of planning. The mother must buy the pump, and make sure to pump an amount that will not leave her unable to breastfeed the same day she pumps. She must find a bottle that her baby will like, and that will simulate the breastfeeding process. She must learn how to safely store her breast milk. The mother has several options for storage: she can keep the bottle at room temperature for up to six hours, store it at the back of the refrigerator (away from contaminants) for five days, or freeze it for up to two weeks. She must buy labels to put the dates on the bottles of breast milk so she can use the oldest ones first, and avoid feeding her child spoiled milk. She also needs to decide on a bottle warmer that fits her needs.

Choosing A Bottle

There are many things a mother must consider when she is choosing the best bottle for breastfed babies . The most important factor is the flow out of the nipple, because the right nipple makes it easier for babies to adjust to feeding from a bottle and breastfeeding together. Bottles with newborn nipples, also known as slow-flow nipples, are ideal for babies that are still breastfeeding, because the baby still has to suck actively to get a good flow of milk from the bottle, just like it would on the mother’s breast. Nipples that flow too fast may make the baby resist breastfeeding because it is too much work, or the fast feeding may result in overfeeding the baby. Another mark the best bottle will have is a nipple that feels similar to the mother’s nipple in size and texture. Mothers often buy one of several different types of bottles with newborn nipples to figure out which one the baby likes best, because the baby’s comfort is necessary when switching back and forth from the mother’s breast to the bottle.
According to moms around the world, one of the best bottles available is the Mimijumi Very Hungry bottle. It has an angled newborn (slow-flow) nipple that helps simulate the baby’s natural position when breastfeeding, and the nipple is mildly textured to feel like the mother’s nipple.
A few other noteworthy bottles are: the Adiri NxGen Nurser, which has a bottom-vent system to prevent the nipple from collapsing and forcing air into the baby’ stomach; The First Years Breast Flow Bottle, which most closely simulates the process of breastfeeding, but is a little more work than an average bottle; and the Yoomi bottle, which heats milk as it passes into the nipple (but requires being submerged in hot water for 25 minutes to gain heat after every use).

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