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Why do I need to warm my baby's bottle, and what is the best way to do it? Many new parents believe the common misconception that a baby's bottle should always be heated. In actuality, there is no medical reason to heat bottles before serving them. Some infants may prefer warm bottles, but most will happily accept a lukewarm or cold bottle. Try starting your baby off with a cold bottle, straight from the refrigerator; if he takes it, you have saved yourself a lot of time! You will appreciate this for those late night feedings! If you do choose to warm your bottles, always remember to shake the bottle thoroughly after it has been warmed and test a few drops of the formula/breast milk on your wrist before giving it to baby. This will eliminate hot spots and ensure the temperature is just right. ADVERTISEMENT Your browser does not support the IFRAME tag. There are specially made commercial bottle warmers on the market, which makes heating the bottles much easier. Simply place the bottle in the warmer, wait the suggested amount of time, shake, test the
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liquid, and serve. Some commercially made warmers will even plug into your car's cigarette lighter, making feeding on the go even easier. The safest and fastest way to heat a bottle is to hold it under a steady stream of hot water from the faucet. Some women choose to warm bottles in the microwave, but this is a very dangerous option. It is a quick way to warm bottles, but it is also very unsafe. Using a microwave causes bottles to heat unevenly, leading to hot spots, which can scald your baby, or may even cause the bottle to explode, leading to serious burns. If you are using breast milk, no amount of shaking will distribute the heat evenly. The fat particles in breast milk can reach excessive temperatures, and no matter how cool the bottle feels, there may be dangerously hot pockets of liquid. There is even some speculation that heating bottles in the microwave may reduce the nutritional value of formula or breast milk, as the microwaving process breaks down many of the nutrients. Since a baby relies on formula or breast milk as its only source of nutrition for the first few months of life, it is risky to play with nutritional values. Formula What kind of formula should I use? There are many different formula choices on the market today, and often times it can be confusing to try and pick the right one for your child. Usually you will be sent home from the hospital with some formula samples after your baby is born. Although it is not of major importance to stick with the same brand your baby was being fed while in the hospital, some babies may have problems switching between brands, as each one is made slightly different. If you didn't receive any formula, the easiest way to choose one is to talk to the pediatrician, who will recommend which formula is most suitable for your baby. Always inform your pediatrician of any problems your baby is having with a current formula, so they can assess the situation and determine if a switch needs to be made. Each baby is different, so if you find a formula that
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