Life after having babies takes a turn of 360 degrees. Carefree days, peaceful nights, clean and organized house, become a fantasy for the parents after the arrival of their junior versions.
Babies and parents have to wait for 9 months to meet and greet each other. During those nine months, the baby enjoys his time in his mother’s womb, while his parents are busy with the preparations to welcome the baby and make him settle in his new world.
They set up a nursery, buy important baby furniture, shop for cute and comfortable clothes, and invest in quality blankets and soft mattresses for their tiny angels. All this shopping and setting up the home for a baby can get quite tiring and overwhelming at times, especially if it’s the first time.
But, luckily, no special preparations for meals is to be done for this new guest of the family. He only has one item on his menu and that is milk.
Babies can be either breastfed or given formula milk.
It is completely up to the parents to decide how they want to feed their child, either to breastfeed them or feed him by a bottle.
If parents decide to breastfeed their baby, then there aren’t any special instructions that parents need to know. However, if the baby is made to drink milk through a bottle, then parents must make sure that they are familiar with all the guidelines and hazards of a baby bottle.
Right Time To Introduce A Bottle
The frequently asked question by most of the parents and caregivers is when to start a bottle? There is no perfect or idle time to introduce a feeding bottle to your baby. The earlier you start the more likely the baby is going to accept it and give you a less tough time.
When the baby learns to use his facial muscles to suck, the bottle can be introduced to him. Around 2-4 weeks, a baby gets comfortable to breastfeed and becomes familiar with the action of sucking.
During anytime between 2-4 weeks a baby can be introduced to the bottle. However, if you take longer than that, you have to be patient to make your baby drink from a bottle.
When you start giving the bottle to the baby he may not finish it off, or he may simply refuse to suck from it. Therefore, it is highly recommended that when you introduce a bottle to the baby, don’t stop breastfeeding him initially.
Breastfeed him several times during the day and give him a bottle for 4 to 5 times during the week. This will help him gradually to get familiar with the teat of the bottle and to suck on it without being forced to.
Warming Baby’s Bottle
The majority of the parents are of the view that a baby’s bottle should be warm before given to their babies. Warm bottles help to keep the milk warm and not get cold for the baby.
There are no hard and fast rules involved in this matter. It is up to the parents if they want to warm the bottle or not.
Would you like to have a nice hot cup of tea or cold tea?
Obviously, nobody would like to have a cold cup of tea. It is always tempting to have a nice steaming cup of tea or a coffee.
However, babies cannot have a steaming bottle of hot milk as their mouths will get burned. But, slightly warming the milk will make him enjoy his only meal more.
Following are the reasons that explain why a baby’s bottle should be heated up.
1. Removes Bacteria
Instead of heating the bottle, many parents use warm water to prepare the formula. This not only makes the milk warm for the babies but also kills germs and bacteria in the water.
A baby’s tummy is sensitive and it can easily get infected because of the contamination in the water.
2. Matches The Temperature Of Breastmilk
If you are introducing the bottle to your little one, then it is strongly recommended you take a few minutes to warm the bottle.
Breast Milk is of body’s temperature that is around 98.6 degrees. When you warm the bottle, it helps the baby to drink milk from a bottle more easily.
3. Helps In Digestion
Indigestion can cause havoc for babies and their parents. The pain resulting because of indigestion can be very painful for the babies.
To prevent that from happening, warm the bottle so that it makes it easier for the baby to digest the milk.
Also, the baby won’t have to use their extra energy to heat the cold milk to adjust to their body’s needs.
4. Peaceful Sleep
Giving warm milk to a baby has proven to help in making your newborns sleep longer and calmer.
Warm milk digests quickly and doesn’t form gas inside the baby’s tummy. Many babies cry a few hours after finishing their milk because it causes the formation of gas inside their tiny bellies and the pain disturbs their sleep.
So, if you want your baby (and you) to sleep peacefully at night. Then just investing a few minutes to warm the baby's bottle doesn’t seem like a bad idea, does it?
If you are planning to religiously warm your baby’s bottle before feeding him, then good job Mama, your baby will be proud of you.
You must be wondering that it hardly takes 2-3 minutes to warm the baby’s bottle, then what is all the fuss about?
Well…the fuss is that you cannot use a microwave to warm the baby’s bottle.
Before we move on to the safety methods and tips to warm a baby’s bottle, you must be aware of the safety checks for warming the bottle.
Safety Checks For Warming The Bottle
Follow the below tips to warm your baby’s bottle:
- Do not use a microwave. No matter how hard your baby is wailing, just don’t heat it in a microwave. Microwaves do not heat things evenly. It can cause hot spots in the bottle that might lead to scalding of the baby’s lips or mouth.
- Heat the bottle evenly to get the right temperature for your baby. After warming the bottle and milk, gently swirl the milk to distribute the heat evenly.
- Always test the temperature even when you are sure that it is right. The perfect way to do this is to shake the bottle on your wrist. The milk droplets will tell you if it’s the right temperature for your baby or not.
- Use a BPA-free bottle. Plastic bottles pose a risk of chemical leaching when heated. Always check if your bottle is BPA- free or not.
- Make sure that the babies are not anywhere near the area where you warm up the bottles. It takes only a split second for these tiny munchkins to pull a stunt. You don’t want them around a hot bottle, warm water, or a bottle warmer, etc.
Below we have mentioned 5 easy and safe methods to warm your baby's bottle quickly. These safety methods will make sure that the bottle is warmed perfectly for your little one, neither too hot nor too cold.
Five Quick And Safe Methods To Warm Your Baby's Bottle Quickly
1. Placing The Bottle In Warm Water
One of the easiest ways to warm your baby’s bottle quickly is to immerse the bottle in warm water for a few minutes.
The warm temperature of the water will keep the bottle warm hence, preventing the milk from getting cold.
There are two ways to do this.
a. Heating Water In Microwave
You can not put a baby’s bottle inside a microwave for safety purposes but, you can heat up the water in the microwave and then dip your baby’s bottle in it.
Take a glass or ceramic container. Fill it up with water and place it inside the microwave uncovered. Let the microwave heat the water for 3-4 minutes.
Once the water is hot enough to warm up the bottle, place your baby’s bottle inside it, and gently swirl it to distribute the heat evenly.
Do not put your bottle in boiling water as the plastic of the bottle may melt or get extremely hot for the baby to handle.b. Using A Stove
Heat the water in the saucepan. Once your desired temperature has been reached, remove the saucepan from the stove. Immerse your bottle inside the water to let it warm up the bottle.
Make sure that the water is hot but not boiling hot. It might burn your fingers while you are placing the bottle inside it.
If the bottle is too hot for your baby then let it cool down for a few minutes.
2. Run It Under Tap Water
If you are not comfortable with the above method or if your baby is screaming for his bottle then you can use this method to warm up the milk.
This method works best for milk bags. Simply place the milk bag under the tap water for a few minutes. Keep on moving the bag so that the heat is distributed evenly.
If you are not at home or if heating the water for dipping your baby’s bottle is not an option, then you can use the same method to warm the baby’s bottle. Just cover the teat with the cap and run it under warm tap water to get the perfect temperature.
3. Prepare Formula Milk With Warm Water
Preparing milk with warm water saves you from the hassle of warming the bottle. You can either use a stovetop to warm the water or place a bowl of water inside a microwave.
Do not boil the water as the formula loses its nutrients at extreme temperatures.
4. Use A Bottle Warmer
If you don’t have enough time to warm the water to prepare the formula or to immerse the bottle in it, then you should get your hands on a bottle warmer.
There are many bottle warmers of different brands available in the market. A bottle warmer is designed to heat both breastmilk and formula milk without killing their minerals and nutrients.
Furthermore, some bottle warmers have the feature of Bluetooth that means you can place the bottle inside the warmer and once the bottle is warm you’ll get an alert on your cell phone. Isn’t it cool? You don’t have to wait in the kitchen for the bottle to get warm.
Unlike other methods, you don’t have to worry about discarding or keeping away the hot water that you used to warm up your baby’s bottle.
5. Using A Warm Towel
If you have a tight budget and cannot grab one of the bottle warmers, then it is perfectly alright. You can use a microwave and a towel to warm up your baby’s bottle safely.
Take a small towel that can be easily wrapped around a baby’s bottle. Run it under the faucet. Wring it to drain out the excess water. Remember, the towel has to be damp and not dripping wet.
Place the towel in a ceramic plate or tray and microwave it for 1-2 minutes. Once the towel is hot enough, wrap it around your baby’s bottle. The hot towel will warm up the bottle.
You can keep the towel around the bottle and place it inside your bag if you are going outside. Just add the formula milk when the baby is hungry. The water will be warm enough to be given to your baby.
Pro-Tip: To make your nights easier, and to immediately handover the bottle to your wailing baby, we have a bonus tip for you. Before sleeping, heat the water and fill a thermos. If your baby needs a bottle in the middle of the night, simply add the water from the thermos and prepare the formula milk. Or luckily if the water is hot then you can take out the thermos water in a bowl and immerse your baby’s bottle inside it for a few minutes. This will prevent you from heating the water in the middle of the night.
Warming up the baby’s bottle needs to be done with great care. Heating them too much might cause their mouth and tongue to burn. On the other hand, giving them cold milk is also not a good option as it can form tiny bubbles inside their small bellies.
Make sure that you put the baby’s bottle inside the microwave or heat it over a stovetop as both methods can cause chemical leaching which is harmful to the baby’s health.