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Ready-made formula given cold?

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mogwai Thu 09-Jun-05 10:32:24

Although expensive, this seems pretty convenient for trips out, or to keep at grandparents' house (I worked out from the carton that a newborn costs one pound fifty to run every day, excluding nappies!).

It says on the carton that the milk can be given cold or heated. Does anyone give it to their baby cold? In principle it sounds fine, but I've never heard of babies being given cold milk.

Next thing, I'll be asking if I can just put a straw in the top!!!!

elliott Thu 09-Jun-05 10:34:02

Yes not a problem. You can actually give any milk to babies cold, its just a matter of getting them used to it. Much easier in the long run!

Newbarnsleygirl Thu 09-Jun-05 10:34:14

My dd would have it cold.

The cartons are an absolute godsend, like you say to keep at grandparents etc.

Another tip buy a pack of disposable bottles with them too just in case. You never know when you might get caught out.

aloha Thu 09-Jun-05 10:34:51

I never heated any milk for my ds. Always gave at room temperature.

bundle Thu 09-Jun-05 10:35:14

always cold, even ebm.

vickiyumyum Thu 09-Jun-05 10:36:02

never used formula, but know of several friends who used those cartons and just emptied it into a bottle from their chnaging bags. they seemed to have no problems, i think its just a case of getting your child used to having abottle that isn't warmed.

WideWebWitch Thu 09-Jun-05 10:36:14

I used to give cartons (and jars of baby food) at room temp, I figured if she didn't know any different she'd take it that way which made life easier if we were out.

Toothache Thu 09-Jun-05 10:39:26

Mogwai - I never heat bottles unless they have been in the fridge. Dd takes her milk warm or room temp.... I never fussed about it, therefore she didn't. She was bf for the 1st month or so, but still didn't mind a cool bottle of formula. Makes it much easier when out and about.

Toothache Thu 09-Jun-05 10:40:08

Oh and like WWW - I very rarely warm up jars of food either.

mogwai Thu 09-Jun-05 10:40:42

wow! this is a total revelation to me! Think of the freedom! (ask me again when it's born!)

So if you generally give them warm milk, will they still drink room temperature if you have no way of heating it up?

I'm thinking a summer baby might actually prefer cooler milk. I presume straight from the fridge would be a bit of a shock to their tummy though!

I can see days out.......walks in the park with me casually emptying a carton of milk!

acnebride Thu 09-Jun-05 10:40:49

Room temp, always. Sometimes from the fridge - ds seemed completely unbothered but relatives often were.

Cheaper and still pretty convenient are just preparing bottles of boiled water and taking a small three-section round box with measured powder to tip into the water (Toys R Us, Boots and I'm sure others do them).

But i resorted to ready made in France when I just couldn't get the different formula to dissolve properly.

acnebride Thu 09-Jun-05 10:42:39

PS pharmacist in France told me it wasn't dissolving because I wasn't heating it enough. So I did start heating it again - still couldn't get it to work. How are you supposed to do this wihtout kettles anyway??

mogwai Thu 09-Jun-05 10:42:59

acnebridge -

Will the formula still dissolve if the water is not very warm?

WideWebWitch Thu 09-Jun-05 10:43:35

mogwai, they will if they're hungry enough imo!

mogwai Thu 09-Jun-05 10:44:15

Ah! The French and their distaste for kettles!

But they do make nice onion tart....

WideWebWitch Thu 09-Jun-05 10:44:29

Our dd's morning bottle has been on the windowsill overnight and we add formula in the morning. It does still dissolve if you give it a good shake.

Toothache Thu 09-Jun-05 10:45:55

Mogwai - Here's another revelation.... I bung the bottle in the microwave for 15 secs then give it a good shake... BINGO! Warm milk!

Once you get the baby used to it cool and warm... then its 6 and half a dozen... my dd just wants MILK any way possible.

Hazellnut Thu 09-Jun-05 10:49:16

Another one who agrees with the advice here - I have ready made cartons in the cupboard along with some disposible bottles but tbh I find it actually easier to just take the cooled boiled water and the formula in a divided pot thing (as described more eloquently by acnebride !) when I go out. DD takes it at room temp and always has done - she needed formula at the hospital due to being teeny and unable to latch on and they certainly didn't heat it there so she never knew any different which makes life much easier !

WideWebWitch Thu 09-Jun-05 10:51:48

Yes, I use/d a microwave when I wanted it warm too. Just make sure you shake it well.

jessicasmummy Thu 09-Jun-05 11:06:21

ditto here - room temp but we do heat the night bottle in the microwave - helps her sleep through for some reason!

cartons are a godsend!

Blu Thu 09-Jun-05 11:08:20

Bad mummy Blu used to give DS bottles straight from the fridge. Not when he was tiny - from about 8 months. (wouldn't drink from a bottle before then anyway).

motherinferior Thu 09-Jun-05 11:11:50

For DD1, who was mixed-fed, I did the three-section container plus boiled water too. Never had any problems whatsoever, and mixed it anywhere - once in a bus queue with her in her buggy. Amazingly easy.

tessasmum Thu 09-Jun-05 11:37:17

Yep, we gave DD milk straight from fridge - breastmilk then formula and now cow's milk. Heard that in States that's how they do it so thought it would be much easier. Only problem I had was my mum who was horrified!

acnebride Thu 09-Jun-05 11:41:15

I stood by the fridge naked specially to cool my breastmilk down.


TBH it does dissolve better if you warm it. But the formula I used here dissolved OK in room temp water if I gave it a really GOOD shake.

RnB Thu 09-Jun-05 11:45:45

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