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Any tips for knowing when a bottle is at the right temperature?

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Loulamummy Thu 27-Aug-09 13:44:00

Our ds has just started on formula at 4 months. We have the Tommy Tippee bottle which should indicate when the milk is too hot, but the indicator is permanently pink, even when cold (I think it may have got damaged from using near boiling water). How would you describe the feeling of milk when it is at the right temperature? I know you should be able to tell by squirting some onto your arm, but what is the difference between warm and too warm??

BornToFolk Thu 27-Aug-09 13:49:27

I always squirted it on the inside of my wrist - if I couldn't really feel it, it was probably about right (as would have been about body temp). If it actually felt warm, I'd cool it more.

DS never minded it cool though, so I'd always err on the side of caution.

If you can, try and get your DS used to room temperature milk. It's very useful when you are out and about just to open a carton and empty it into the bottle, rather than worrying about having to warm it.

craftynclothy Thu 27-Aug-09 14:11:58

Yeah I always squirted it on the inside of my wrist and erred on the side of caution.

We discovered after about 6 weeks that dd1 preferred room temp milk. This time with dd2 we've given it at room temp from the time we switched to ff.

Fruitbatlings Thu 27-Aug-09 14:14:29

Do you have to heat it? I've never heated it for either of mine, nor the babies I've ever looked after.
Doesn't seem to cause any problems....

BornToFolk Thu 27-Aug-09 14:31:29

You don't have to heat it but if you are making it properly (i.e. using hot water and making up immediately before each feed) then you will need to cool it.

colditz Thu 27-Aug-09 14:33:12


wee on your wrist. that is the temperature your baby will prefer his milk at.

gross but accurate.

Loulamummy Thu 27-Aug-09 14:42:05


BertieBotts Thu 27-Aug-09 21:00:24

Basically it should be body temperature, so on your wrist it should feel wet but not warm or cold. It's a weird sensation!

mathanxiety Fri 28-Aug-09 20:41:52

Wrist or inside of elbow works too. You shouldn't feel it if it's right. I also cooled rather than heated when supplementing and baby was only a newborn. I made up the individual bottle and then held it under the cold tap for ages, sloshing it around.

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