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weaning the baby at the mo but is it just me that has a prob with the idea of microwaves?!

(29 Posts)
thefoodfighter Sat 26-Mar-05 12:15:54

seems an unnatural way of heating?! any comments?!

jane313 Sat 26-Mar-05 12:37:02

I had never thought of it being possibly worrying but my partner did and it slowly infected me too. We microwave stuff for us but I have only done it once for my son and hes now 21 months. I bought a babycook which steam heats and defrosts and chops. Its pricey but I have used it every day since I started weaning. My partners concern was that they have only be around for 20 odd years so we don't know the long term affects. No scientif evidence just his gut feeling. A friend who is a very alternative lifestyle person (shes a qualified shiatsu masseur) is really against them but I can't remember all her reasons!)

jane313 Sat 26-Mar-05 12:41:20

Gosh its even more pricey than when I got it. They used to do them at lakeland for only £45. One of best things about it was steaming all the fruit and veg. You could just leave it to cook and turn off rather thatn hovering over the stove as invariably then your baby would need you!

NotQuiteCockney Sat 26-Mar-05 12:43:10

Does "babycook" sound like a slightly sinister product to anyone else?

I do microwave food for the kids, but don't ever microwave in plastic containers, as I'm worried about the plastics leaching into the food. Microwaves aren't really that scary, they just make water molecules move about, warming everything up.

NotQuiteCockney Sat 26-Mar-05 12:43:25

I mean, it sounds like a very good product with a sinister name ...

jane313 Sat 26-Mar-05 12:44:55

ha ha I had never thought of that! As its a french product I always said it in a frech accent to myself

thefoodfighter Sat 26-Mar-05 14:10:08

its the micro'waves' that sound scary! have never used one for myself but now especially with re-heating baby food it would be so much quicker. just thinking about the rise in cancers these days and as u say jane the long term effects. the babycook looks like an interesting alternative, i will definately check it out, thankyou!

bubbly1973 Sat 26-Mar-05 18:04:03

thefoodfighter, i used to worry about microwaves too!! but im afraid as time has gone on i have become a bit more relaxed and more lazy!! every morning i warm his readybrek up in the microwave

he is 2.8mths but if i have another baby i wont be using it until they are 12mths, dont know why 12mths but thats the age i started to get more relaxed with ds, so intend to treat second baby same way

i make no sense to anyone else, but i know what im on about

thefoodfighter Sat 26-Mar-05 18:07:32

yes, makes sense! i can imagine giving in and using one later! he's 10mths now so give it a few months...weeks! not allowing myself to buy one now so theres no temptation!

TinaColada Sat 26-Mar-05 19:11:20

On the other hand.................... I prefer using the microwave because I know that all the food, especially things with meat and egg, are being heated through properly. If I was standing by a stove with a crying hungry baby then I would be tempted to just warm things up a bit, whereas this way I heat them good and proper and then leave to cool which I think is less risky from a bacteria point of view.

kbaby Sat 26-Mar-05 21:24:59

I use the microwave with most off dd's food as I freeze batches and then defrost and heat them. The thought thst they werent right to use has never crossed my mind. At least I know that the food is cooked through.

kama Sat 26-Mar-05 21:31:51

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thefoodfighter Sat 26-Mar-05 21:50:43

good points. i suppose that the pro to match my con! bacteria getting zapped on the re-heat!

Twiglett Sat 26-Mar-05 21:55:57

food cooked in a microwave cooks quicker and so leaches out less vitamins

I've always used microwave for re-heating pre-cooked food tbh and for defrosting .. no age limit for babies

ionesmum Sat 26-Mar-05 22:20:45

I never use ours except for heating wheat bags for my sore neck! Have read scares about them and actually prefer food not cooked in them . But my bf swears by them and uses them for thawing and heating her ds's meals, so I guess you just have to do what suits you.

tallulah Sun 27-Mar-05 10:12:33

We bought our microwave to heat up our DDs babyfood jars when she was 3 months old (yes, things were different in 1986!). She is now 19 & seems to have suffered no ill effects.

dot1 Sun 27-Mar-05 10:33:42

blimey - never even think about it - only ever think about it being better that it only takes 2 mins to warm up food for a screaming baby than 10 minutes in a pan...! Or 40 seconds for his milk - drives me bonkers when we go round to his grandparents and they haven't got a microwave and we have to heat things up using the oven - means I actually have to think in advance about when to get things ready!!

WideWebWitch Sun 27-Mar-05 12:30:03

I'm not remotely worried about microwaves. There was a discussion here ages ago, will see if I can find it.

WideWebWitch Sun 27-Mar-05 12:32:24

here it is

WideWebWitch Sun 27-Mar-05 12:35:34


sweetkitty Mon 28-Mar-05 21:57:50

I'm a food microbiologist and batch cook for DD and then reheat in the microwave. I have never thought of them as being unsafe as said they only use microwaves to push water molecules around a bit to create heat.

thefoodfighter Tue 29-Mar-05 00:01:28

sweetkitty...pls excuse me if i'm sounding thick! don't mean to be a dunce, just being an over cautious technophob but what is the physics behind the microwave? surely if water particles are floating about can they not stagnate? i don't understand!

moondog Tue 29-Mar-05 00:12:01

I've ne ver even used one in my life and don't feel I'm missing out.

Seem to recall a friend having one about 15 years ago, the door of which didn't work properly. He would order everyone to drop to the floor and crawl commano style across the kitchen when it was on! Lol!

jabberwocky Tue 29-Mar-05 04:51:52

Our nanny won't use it for ds's food but I do occasionally. Of course, you're not talking about using it for milk are you?

WideWebWitch Tue 29-Mar-05 08:00:50

I use it for milk too. I don't see the problem as long as the bottle is thoroughly shaked, which I always do.

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