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    Default Should we heat it?

    We are about to give Levi his first bottle in the next couple days, since I have to go back to work in 2 weeks. Should we try to give it to him cold first, or will that possibly turn him off to the idea of taking a bottle?

    DS1 was bottle fed and he was very particular about the temperature, and I think it was because he always had it heated. It seems like it would be much easier if we don't have to worry about heating it.

    Anybody have a LO that will take their bottle cold, or will most only take it heated?
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    Default Re: Should we heat it?

    My DD is okay with it being slightly below room temp, but she prefers it body temp.

    There is really no medical reason to heat the bottle first, but it may be more comforting to the baby if it's warm.

    Try a cool one before you go with a cold one. He may be okay with a room temp bottle.

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    The only problem with a cold bottle is that the milk separates and I would be worried about them not getting all the fat. What about a slightly warmed bottle?

    If you had a bottle warmer it would always be the same temperature. They don't seem too hard or complicated to use.
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    Default Re: Should we heat it?

    We do have a bottle warmer. I pumped exclusively for DS1 until he was 17 months, so we dealt with bottles a lot. He was SO particular about the temperature that it made it hard to give him a bottle if we were out and didn't have access to a bottle warmer. I think that's where my concern is... DH is going to be taking care of them when I go back to work and it will make it hard for him to do much if DS2 is very particular about the bottle temp. I know it was hard to travel with DS1 because of that. With DS1 we never tried a cool/cold/room temperature bottle, so I think that was part of the problem.
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    We heated for the first few weeks, and then my LC said to try without and he took it like that so we never heated again. It was awesome. And as far as the separation, pulling it from the fridge it will be separated of course, but then after you swirl it together it won't separate back out just because it is cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*nolies.mama View Post
    We heated for the first few weeks, and then my LC said to try without and he took it like that so we never heated again. It was awesome. And as far as the separation, pulling it from the fridge it will be separated of course, but then after you swirl it together it won't separate back out just because it is cold.
    That sounds like it would be awesome. We drove to Connecticut and Texas from Georgia with Lance while I was EPing and getting the bottles to exactly the right temp while traveling was a nightmare! I really want to avoid DH having to deal with that. Of course I don't have to worry about bottles nearly as much this time though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommyoflance View Post
    That sounds like it would be awesome. We drove to Connecticut and Texas from Georgia with Lance while I was EPing and getting the bottles to exactly the right temp while traveling was a nightmare! I really want to avoid DH having to deal with that. Of course I don't have to worry about bottles nearly as much this time though!
    It was for sure. I remember those first few weeks messing with bottle warmer, and we even have video of Albert with Nolan and he is crying and Albert is yelling "hurry hurry!" and I am yelling back "I'm going as fast as I can!"

    No bottle warmer = bliss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*nolies.mama View Post
    It was for sure. I remember those first few weeks messing with bottle warmer, and we even have video of Albert with Nolan and he is crying and Albert is yelling "hurry hurry!" and I am yelling back "I'm going as fast as I can!"

    No bottle warmer = bliss.
    That's one thing I don't miss! When Lance would wake up it was a race to get the bottle heated as fast as possible. And then we would heat it up and it wouldn't be exactly the right temperature. So he would scream. And then we would heat it up some more. And it would be too hot. And we'd have to add cold milk to get it to the right temperature. All the while more screaming.

    It's so much easier just to stick a boob in a baby's mouth. I don't understand why anyone would choose to bottlefeed.
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    Default Re: Should we heat it?

    We usually did cold too. Though it was hard convincing the grandmas they didn't have to warm it. Oh well.
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    Default Re: Should we heat it?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommyoflance View Post
    We do have a bottle warmer. I pumped exclusively for DS1 until he was 17 months, so we dealt with bottles a lot. He was SO particular about the temperature that it made it hard to give him a bottle if we were out and didn't have access to a bottle warmer. I think that's where my concern is... DH is going to be taking care of them when I go back to work and it will make it hard for him to do much if DS2 is very particular about the bottle temp. I know it was hard to travel with DS1 because of that. With DS1 we never tried a cool/cold/room temperature bottle, so I think that was part of the problem.
    There is a car bottle warmer, available at Target. It doesn't cost very much and it's very easy to use. My husband has one. He said it's a cinch to use and very compact, you could toss it into the diaper bag and it doesn't take up very much space at all!

    Here, check this out: automobile bottle warmer
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