At what age did you stop heating your child's bottle?
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Leah - posted on 05/20/2010
My son is 28months and has always had a heated bottle. I tried stopping it, but he wouldn't drink it and now he asks for warm milk, so If that is the way he likes it then that is fine. He only has it at night before he goes to bed now anyway and then sometimes he wants one in the morning, but generally he never asks for it anywhere else.
Stacey - posted on 05/28/2010
I never heated bottles for my eldest son. Used tap water to mix formula and gave it to him. Saved a lot of aggravation when we weren't in a place with the ability to heat a bottle. Never heated baby food either. I had several friends berate me for not heating it, oh well. To each his own...I'm not sure when you would stop it.
Elfrieda - posted on 12/27/2010
Wow! I just stopped giving heated bottles at 11 months. I can't believe all the moms that never heated up their bottles. That would have been easier! :) But my babe always had stomach trouble, and warm formula was easier to digest.
Deanna - posted on 06/11/2010
1 week. It was always getting too hot (even using one of those special bottle heaters) and then I would have to let it cool. So, I would keep filtered water and formula on the counter or upstairs on my dresser for night feedings. Just mix and shake. :)
Tiffany - posted on 05/26/2010
I stopped after about 8 weeks I would say...we did it earlier then a lot of people though, because we read about bpa in plastic being released into the milk from heating and that was enough. Even if the bottles say bpa free, they still have trace amounts of bpa in them. Any way, try giving your baby the bottle without heating it and see how he/she does. My daughter took a little bit to get used to it, but it was winter when we started that so the water was a lil colder then normal. Room temp water is perfect for bottles. =)
Bryanne - posted on 05/26/2010
I have always heated my daughters bottles since I took her off of breast milk. The only time I ever have given her a room temp bottle is when we go camping and theres not a microwave out there in the woods. Even then, her dad figured out a way to heat up water on the camp fire using a pop can with the top cut off. I've always used baby water too... until lately. Culligan water from the grocery store is alot cheaper and you recycle your jug instead of pitching them everytime you're done.
Cori - posted on 05/25/2010
I nursed so heating was never an issue. My daughter has never heated her now 4 month old sons formula. After my niece delivered two babies, 2 years apart and both premature, we learned some new information. The doctors at Duke hospital told her to never heat their formula. Always prepare it per feeding and only with room temperature unrefrigerated bottled water. It's worked perfectly. Since heating always takes away from the nutrients in the formula it's strongly believed by many pediatricians to be an outdated practice.
Elizabeth - posted on 05/25/2010
I noticed my son started to slow down with his milk at around 7 months when teething was in full force so i tried a bottle fresh out the the fridge and he drank more that way so it was cold from then on out. Your baby will let you know what he'll let you get away with and what he won't. He'll either prefer one way or the other or not care in the least. Never hurts to try.
Christy - posted on 05/25/2010
I only use my bottle warmer if the bottle came out of the refrigerator (when I was pumping). Usually we just put filtered water in bottles and sit them on the counter until he needs one, so they are room temperature. If they are warmer than that he will not take them.
Hilary - posted on 05/25/2010
Hello I have 4 kids, and my youngest ones (twins 4 1/2yrs) still really like their milk warmed, but will have it cold too. I really don't think there's a right or wrong with this, just whatever is right for you. My eldest only ever drinks water, no juice or milk and my second loves hot chocolate milk, milkshakes and fizzy stuff too when he can get away with it.
If you are happy to heat your little ones milk and they like it that way, carry on! If you'd rather they had it cold then the suggestions earlier are great, change the temp slowly and be prepared for objections! Good luck
Natalie - posted on 05/25/2010
We kinda spoiled my daughter up until now (she's 14 months old now). We gave her only formula bottles (plus baby food & juice) til she was about a year old. then we started giving her milk and tried weaning her off the formula. she has always had heated up milk, but lately in the past week, we have been lowering the temp more and more with every bottle, not only because she needs to get un-spoiled from it, lol...but because it's starting to get warm outside. so if any of yall are having a problem with weaning, just do it very slowly. we mixed formula with cow's milk for a long time before we got her to go all the way cow's milk. just keep ur head up, it'll happen. just gotta be patient. if i can do it...ANYBODY CAN! :)
Shiloh - posted on 05/23/2010
I still heat my son's milk in his sippy cup and he's 3. I've been waiting for him to stop asking for it, but he still likes it. We have a baby and he loves to drink it while she has her bottle. We use a microwave and shake it up really well so there's no hot spots.
Joy - posted on 05/21/2010
I used warm water and slowly changed the temperature and by the time they were 8 months i no longer had to use warm water I have ahd 3 childern and it worked great for all of them. I started changing temp. at about 6 months hope this is helpful!
Santana - posted on 05/21/2010
i never heated both of my childerns bottles. i always use warm water if i had to use formula. but by 8 months old i didnt care anymore bc they started liking juice more and eating solid foods. then at 11 months i started using half whole mike and half formula in thier bottles. but when u do the half/half make sure w ur dr about what kind of milk to start out first. bc both of my children was breast feed and stop at diff ages. my first one i stop breastfeddin at 6 months so i start formula early then wanted but bc of that i was able to start whole milk sooner then a year old like 9 months. my other son i breastfeed him and plus use formula when need it until he was 10 1/2 months old and i was able to start him on whole milk right after that. but if u do breastfeedin u have to heat it on the stove top. bc its not good for the milk. it will take out the vitamin in it. but if u r using formula its up to u and ur baby. so good luck
Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2010
My daughter is 15 months old and I still heat her cup of milk for 30 seconds. She drinks it so fast and I remember my son doing the same thing. If it's cold from the fridge, they get "brain freeze". It's horrible to see a little person experience that kind of pain when you can't explain it to them!!!!
I think I heated my son's milk until he didn't get a cup in the morning anymore (age 2?). Hope that helps!
Sara - posted on 05/21/2010
I stopped heating my sons bottle at about 3 mos...I would heat it up if we had been around alot of people during "sick times" when people were more likely to be sick. But other than that I carry around bottled water & give it to him room temp. When we're at home I leave his bottles in the fridge & give it to him cold. And if its hot out & we're out of the house, I put ice in his bottle with his formula...figure he probably needs something cold to drink too. And he likes it just fine!
Beaners - posted on 05/20/2010
As long as its room temp, you shouldnt have to heat a bottle. Its along the same lines as not heating a juice bottle. I have a friend whom adopted and she was told by the dr. that we do this cuz it is what we were taught while we were little and growing up. Its sorta like all the cooking and cleaning toys for girls, even though boys can do the cleaning to but as little kids we are al taught that cleaning is a girls job and working on cars is a boys job. Crazy isn't it
Luna - posted on 05/19/2010
My 20 month old only likes cold milk in the day, luckily we always have cows milk and juice in the house and he loves both, can't get enough! But at bedtime when he has his toddler formula we always heat it up a little bit, especially in winter, although now it's getting warmer in the evenings we might start heating it up to a lesser temperature, like room temp or something... It's strange how he refuses to drink formula in the day though, only before bed, sometimes when he has a nap if he doesn't want juice instead and if he wakes up from a bad dream in the night...
Amy - posted on 05/19/2010
My daughter had to have the liquid formula that you add water to. Since you can't leave it in the can, I would fill as many bottles as we could with it, add water and put them in the fridge. Then we heated water in a large cup in the microwave and put the bottle in that for a few minutes to heat up. It felt much safer to me to heat the bottles by putting them in hot water for a few minutes, plus, the couple of times that her dad forgot and put the bottle in the microwave, it destroyed the bottle.
My girl started weaning herself from bottles around 11 months, though, so once she was a year, she just got milk in sippy cups (or water, juice, etc.).
If you think of formula as a substitute for the natural food (breastmilk), then it makes sense to heat it to room temp or slightly warmer. After all, breastmilk doesn't come out cold or hot - it's sortof lukewarm.
Kristin - posted on 05/18/2010
Once our Son was 1 years old, I took him off the bottle. At this point he had been drinking from a sippy cup during the day for several months with room temp liquids and only having a bottle before naps and bedtime. I took the bottle away and stopped heating his drinks it all at once. The transition was actually alot easier than I expected. I think it was because he was used to the sippy cup and the temp it was served at.
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