How old does a baby need to be before they can have cooler water/formula?

Amielle - posted on 10/24/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I live in Australia and it is getting into the warmer months, so i was wondering how old your baby needs to be before they can have cooler water/formula? Why do we NEED to heat our babies bottles to body temp anyway? i know it gives them a belly ache but why?

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Toni - posted on 10/28/2010

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they are just used to warm, from being in your belly try cold water and see how baby feel about it, the heat will prob make baby like the cold water.

Sabra - posted on 10/28/2010

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try gradually cooling down the bottle. if you warm the bottle up for 20 seconds then do 15 for awhile then do 10 until you dont have to heat it up anymore the shock of a cold bottle can sometimes startle them. keep in mind to that if you are using powdered formula that it wont mix into cold water very well

Ashley - posted on 10/28/2010

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my youngest NEVER had warm formula she hated it at the hospital they gave it to her at room temp (she was re admitted after sent home because her jaundice levels were so high and I wasnt making enough milk for her so they gave her formula) anyways thats how she took it then by the time her second summer came summer came she was about 1 and still was on formula (more health reasons) the started drinking it cold because it was soo hot so I guess as long as baby likes it then do it

Sarh - posted on 10/28/2010

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Ok, just please be VERY careful that all the water is the same temp! :) But if your pre-boiling the water that is fine.

I know in this link it says formula, but it is the same thing, no matter what liquid is being heated. There is a good point in here about transitioning to cow's milk.
http://www.babycenter.com/404_can-i-heat...

Sarh - posted on 10/27/2010

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Here in the US we don't HAVE to heat bottles. I never heated them for my daughter and when my son gets a bottle here or there, they are never heated either. Do you guys use bottled water or do you boil your "tap" water? I have our gallon of baby water sitting on my counter and he drinks it from "room temperature".
I find no need in warming up babies milk... maybe they tell you to because if baby was breastfed it would be warmer?? Maybe whoever has started the warming up of the bottles thinks it will kill some bacteria or something crazy like that...?
Your bubby will be fine if you give him a room temperature bottle. Most babies don't like cold from the fridge though!

Can I ask... how are you warming up the bottles? Never put it in the microwave!!! The microwave heats from the inside out so even if you shake it before giving to baby, you never truly know how hot the WHOLE bottle is! Run the bottle under hot water from the sink, or fill a cup w/hot water only from the sink and sit it in there for a few minutes.

But, try giving him a room temp bottle, he may take it or he may be too used to it being warm now.

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Amanda - posted on 11/12/2010

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I don't see the need in warm milk/formula. I had a bottle warmer for my son but not for my daughter. except that It helps them sleep better. during the day I just give her room temp and at night I breast feed so idk do wat you think is right

Stifler's - posted on 11/10/2010

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once my kid turned 6 months i gave him room temp. i have been giving him water since about 5 weeks as he was born in 40 degree heat.

Theresa - posted on 11/10/2010

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I live in Virginia but you heat the water because cold water on a babies sensitive stomach can cause upsets, or a lot of gas build up because they don't really have anything else in there it's probably best that you start when they start eating baby food some wait tell they start eating baby finger foods your the mom wait tell you feel comfortable about it!

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my sister in law made my son a bottle when he first started having formula at about 4 months i had been giving him room temperature bottles and she made is warm and he just screamed after his first sip and refused it until it cooled down

Brooke - posted on 11/09/2010

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well from the time my daughter started having formula I would give it to her at room temperature. She wouldn't drink it warmed up. It was great for when we were out and about etc. BUT then my MIL started getting her to drink it warm and after that I couldnt get her to drink cool formula agian. lucky now though she is 22 months no formula or bottle just milk in a cup and wether its cold or warm she doesn't mind :-)

Nikkole - posted on 11/05/2010

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my kids HATED cold milk my son is 3 and my daughter is 4months i warmed my sons up till he was 10months then it was cool or cold stuff!

Michelle - posted on 11/05/2010

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My daughters 6mths for a couple months now Ive been giving her room temp water, (Im in aus too) she doesnt like cold though she will refuse to have it

Zarabeth - posted on 11/04/2010

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My daughter refused warm milk from the day she was born it always had to be room temp or cold. A few other mothers and a nurse said it was wrong to do that but the 3 midwifes I spoke to about it told me to do that as long as the water is boiled and less then 24hours old it's fine.

Julie - posted on 11/04/2010

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i think room temp would be ok. we make formula with boiled water so if you make your bottles up from scratch each time it is given warm but room temp bottles are ok. i only ever warmed up a bottle if it was premade and kept in the fridge. you dont say how old your baby is but like you say australia gets really hot so you have to keep your baby watered and hydrated. my mother in law lives in aus and she complains of the heat so i can only imagine how babies feel at least you won't have too much washing cos in hot weather my kids went round in there underwear or nappies.

Stacia - posted on 10/31/2010

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Hi Amielle
u can give a baby cooled water at the age of 3 months but only little amouns at a time. U can aslo give them the Baby jucies around 5 and a half months. hope that helps.

Chicky_fly - posted on 10/29/2010

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honestly i never warmed my sons bottles up, he was fine with having cooler water and he did fine with it, so i would say its up to you

Carmina - posted on 10/29/2010

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i didnt know we could give it to them cooler, thats good to know though ! :) wish i knew that last summer! (im from aus too :))

Amielle - posted on 10/28/2010

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I started heating them with the water and not in the microwave, but one night he was screaming so bad i had to do it fast so i put it in the microwave and just from then on thats the way i have been doing it.

Daryl - posted on 10/28/2010

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Its never given my daughter a belly ache an she is 5 months I give her room temp sometimes cooler an at night I give it to her warmer it doesn't really make a difference it is just comforting an easier on them when they are younger

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If your worried about microving to warm you could try sitting the bottle in hot water to warm it up thats how i do my babys bottles

Amielle - posted on 10/28/2010

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Thanx guys for your feedback, it is greatly appreciated :) I warm up his bottles in the microwave but NEVER with the formula in the water as the microwave kills the good stuff, and recently been thinking that if it kills the good stuff in the formula then wouldn't it kill the good stuff in the water too. I use pre-boiled tap water, there is no such thing as "baby water" in Australia.

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Im in Aus too and i never gave my son warm bottles he started having bottles at 3 1/2 months and he had both breast then formula from a bottle and because when i excpressed breast milk it wasnt warm it was just normal temp i have always made his bottles to that temp

Brianna - posted on 10/24/2010

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i think i started my son on cool water and formula around 7 months, once it started getting warmer out, because i figured that if it was warm out and they were drinking warm liquids that it would just make him warmer. It may have been earlier than that, but im sure it was right around the same time that i started him on fruits and veggies. I do still give him warm whole milk at night though, because it helps him fall asleep. I would talk to your pediatrician though before you switch your baby over to make sure that they can handle it. or you can try one bottle and if they act a little different (like uncomfortable) than they normally would with a warm bottle to hold off a little bit longer and try again in a couple weeks. eventually they will act like you or i would when it comes to hot/cold liquids. Hope this helps!

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