The Baby Planner

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Got Warm Milk?

Both formula and breast milk are fine at cold temperatures, but many babies like their milk warm like mom "makes it". The best way to heat a bottle is by running it under streaming warm water (but that's not very eco-friendly), so be green by placing it in a bowl of warm water for several minutes instead. Shake the bottle gently to help distribute the heat evenly.

You can also buy an electric bottle warmer like the Munchkin Deluxe Bottle and Food Warmer, that conveniently plugs in anywhere and warms the milk with steam heat. With today's models you are less likely to overheat the bottle, and they come with other conveniences like food warming and pacifier cleaning baskets as well.

For warm milk on the go, you can buy a bottle warmer that plugs in to the car like The First Years Fast Heating Travel Warmer that fits all bottle sizes, and easily stows away in the glove box when not being used.

Do NOT use a microwave to heat formula or breast milk. It's easy to overheat bottles, or create uneven hot spots that you will not likely detect. Microwaves also destroy the immunological benefits of breast milk, and release toxins from plastic bottles that can be harmful to your baby.