Need to heat a bottle for a baby or something else? Wondering how to use that new bottle warmer you’ve got, or how to use them if you buy one? You’re in the right place. In this article, were going to look at a number of the issues surrounding bottle warmers. Getting your water or milk just to the right temperature is important. Especially if you’re warming milk for a baby. It needs to be warm, but not too hot, you don’t want anything approaching burning. That’s why you need to use a bottle warmer, and us it properly. In this article, we’re going to tell you how. Not only that, but we’ll also look at a few ways to carefully warm a bottle without a bottle warmer. Either way, if you want to know how to warm a bottle, let’s have a look.
Why bottle warming is important
Babies will only really drink warm milk because it’s similar to the natural type. It’s also better for their digestions. But hot water is obviously a big no-no. It could burn. That’s why using a standard kettle or another way to boil something isn’t really a good idea. While you could wait for it to cool down, this is risky and hard to get accurate. Bottle warmers are much better, but how do you use them?
How to use a bottle warmer
Find the right bottle warmer
Before you start, you’ll obviously need a bottle warmer. So buy one. You should be able to find loads of options online or in the local area. have a look at reviews and find out which are recommended for people like you. Remember, the size and weight of your unit will affect how fast the liquid is warmed, as well as obviously how much it will hold at a time. If you need more stored at once, then go for a bigger one. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a bottle that heats up quickly to ease a stressful situation, you might want to try a smaller, more powerful model.
You can check reviews to see which bottles warm fast, store more, are easy to hold and use, or are easy to drink out of. All of these are important factors. You might want to check how reliable units are, as you won’t want one breaking. Some bottles can heat food as well as liquids, albeit liquidy-food, so have a look at them too. While looking online is a good idea, nothing beats getting a feel for something you’re going to be using a lot in a local store. Check if there are any discounts on the particular model you’re interested in and make your purchase.
Unpack the bottle warmer
Before you use it, take the bottle warmer out of its box and put it together if necessary. Always read the instructions first. Some bottle warmers will need sterilizing before their first use, but others won’t. You can do this if you want to be on the safe side.
Fill the bottle warmer
Start by putting water into the bottle warmer. Then put the liquid into the bottle itself. This will normally be milk, but not always. You might want to heat water for some reason, or baby food, or some other food solution. Fill the desired amount into the bottle warmer. Don’t overfill it! Always leave a small gap at the top, maybe around 1.5cm or more. Put the bottle into the bottle warmer.
Put the lid on
Make sure everything is secure and in place. Put the lid on the bottle warmer and fix everything into place.
Plug the bottle warmer in
You shouldn’t leave a bottle warmer plugged in, especially if you’re near children. Only plug it in when you’re about to use it and stay near it to make sure the cable doesn’t get tripped on or moved, or the bottle warmer doesn’t fall off the side.
Make sure the bottle warmer is on the minimum setting before you plug it in. That’s so it doesn’t start up on max without you realising. Most bottle warmers will start warming as soon as they’re plugged in, but some will have an on/off switch.
When you’ve done the previous steps, you can start warming the water. Remember, if pressure starts building you can flip the lid to release some, or press the hood—-but keep the lid placed on top if you can.
Choose the setting you want in order to warm the liquid. You won’t want it too hot or too cold.
A thermostat will switch a light to indicate when the water is at the right temperature. Some bottle warmers use a water system to maintain a certain temperature while heating other liquids. Follow the instructions for these. If you set your warmer to maintain a constant temperature that doesn’t mean the milk will be at that guaranteed temperature.
When you’ve warmed your food or liquid, you can start using it. Don’t heat anything for longer than 30 minutes. It’s important to remember that you need to check all liquids or foods yourself before feeding them to anyone else. make sure it isn’t too hot. Or too cold. Remove the bottle from the warmer and use normally. The bottle can be put back into the to keep warm during breaks. But don’t overheat. Always check again.
How to warm a bottle without a bottle warmer
If you haven’t got a bottle warmer, don’t worry. You can still get good results without one. Fill a bowl or saucepan with warm water and heat it on the stove. Put the bottle in it and heat for no more than 15 minutes. This needs a lot more precision than with a bottle warmer, so you need to be careful. Always check the liquid in the bottle beforehand. Be careful.
Now you know how to use a bottle warmer, you can start using one carefully. If you don’t have one, you can still heat a bottle. But being careful is even more important if you do it that way. Whichever way you choose, you can now heat a bottle and keep it warm relatively easily.