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We purchased this before the birth of our first child as part of the Avent Starter Kit. It has survived use through three babies and is only now beginning to fall apart.
What it does:
The bottle warmer is a double case jug into which you pour a small amount of cold water. Then, when you wish to feed your baby a bottle, you can make it cold and then place it in the warmer to heat up to the required temperature. There is a dial to the front to set the temperature and a guide to tell you how long a bottle will take to warm up on each setting. There is also an indicator light to tell you when it is heating up.
This is a useful piece of equipment for middle of the night feeds. Instead of having to go downstairs to boil a kettle etc, this can be kept by the bed and switched on in an instant. It heats up very quickly and only makes a slight noise.
The bottle warmer could really do with an automatic switch off mechanism. So many times when I have been half asleep I have left it on by mistake and it has boiled dry which must be a safety hazard!
The other disadvantage is that the timing guide is not useful. Timings depend on how warm your baby likes their feed and how much feed you have in the bottle. This can't really be summed up so it is a matter of common sense and checking on it every few minutes.
Price and availability
This can be bought indfividually or as part of the avent starter kit. On its own it costs around £18 and can be bought from most baby stores or online. The whole starter kit costs £30.
It certainly isn't essential as a flask of boiling water kept by the bed does the job just as well. Having said that, I have used mine extensively with 3 babies and did find it useful.
Mine has lasted well although the indicator light has recently fallen inside the unit and cannot be retrieved as the unit is sealed.
I am a first time mum and wanted to be sure that my baby had the best of everything. I purchased many gadgets for my child whilst pregnant many of which I couldnt live without, unfortuately this was not one such product.
I did not purchase this bottle warmer myself but was given it by a relative. I am shocked to see the recommended retail price, I certainly would not have paid this and quite frankly I would recommend that you save your money.
There is nothing essentially wrong with the product it does exactly what it does on the tin - it heats milk and to be fair it is very easly to use! However, as anyone who has a newborn needing milk in the middle of the night will know 9 minutes seems like an eternity.
Simply boiling the kettle is a much quicker option and doesnt require an additional gadget on your kitchen workspace...and you can also make a cuppa at the same time!
Notwithstanding the above if you happen to be going away perhaps to a hotel without tea and coffee facilities (do those hotels exist) then I suppose it would be helpfull.
I aplogise for being so negative but this product appears to resolve a problem that doesnt exist.
I was given this bottle warmer by my mother-in-law who is a childminder. She was finished with it and it had hardly been used so I gratefully accepted it thinking it might make life a bit easier. If it hadn't been free, I don't think I would have bothered buying a bottle warmer; I would have just made do with a jug of boiling water.
The warmer takes ages to heat the water around the bottle and the more milk that you have in the bottle, the longer it takes. It takes an especially long time if the bottle has been in the fridge. Quite often you take the bottle out of the warmer and it feels warm, however, by the time you have dried the outside and carried it to the living room, it feels cold as it has simply heated the outside of the bottle rather than the milk inside. You then have to go back to the kitchen and put it back in for another couple of minutes which can be rather annoying when you have a baby crying for their supper!
However, the bottle warmer is portable and can be used anywhere there is electric. We even take the warmer camping! It is compact and doesn't take up much room in the kitchen and doesn't look too bad.
Despite its flaws, we are persevering with it as we have got used to how long it takes and probably doesn't take any longer than the time it would take to boil the kettle and warm a bottle in a jug.
When I had my son 11 years ago I used to do the whole boiling the kettle and sticking the bottle in a jug if hot water to heat his milk up but found that if the bottle had been in the fridge this would take ages especially through the night and the last thing that you want when your up with a hungry baby is them screaming because there waiting so long, so when I was pregnant second time round I bought the Avent bottle warmer and I'm glad I did! Personally I don't think it deserves the bad reviews it gets! Love the fact it compact and could be easily stored away, and can be took with you if your travelling or out and about visiting! I found it especially useful at night - I used to take the bottle warmer upstairs with me, pop the bottle in to heat while changing my daughter and the night time feeds where over and done with within 30 minutes! Once my daughter was on solids it can even be used for heating jars of food! I think this is an essential accessory for any new parent, good priced and would recommend this!!!
I bought this item new from Ebay and wasn't highly impressed with my purchase. It's convenient in some ways (you can take it travelling with you providing theres going ot be electric where you are going but personally i'd rather save the pounds and use the hot water from a kettle and saucepan to stand your bottle of milk in.
The idea of this item is that you add some water, stand the bottle inside, switch it on and voila, the water starts to heat which in turn of course heats the bottle. Quick and easy? not really - I still found the kettle and saucepan to do a quicker job, purely because of the volume of water that can be in a saucepan.
This item does the job - slowly but in my opinion isn't really needed. Unfortunately the feeding bowl didn't arrive with my purchased item, but the idea of that would be to sit on the top, keeping food warm. Again, I just use to heat food in little bowls floating on top of a saucepan of water. Stick with the kettle I say!
So, when you're expecting a baby....especially your first baby.....you go through the mother and baby catalogues or walk through Boots or Mothercare, and you see a million and one must have products! Its only once the baby is born and you have stockpiled all of these products that you realize that most of them are things that you'll never need and never use! The Avent Bottle Warmer is one such product.
The Avent Bottle Warmer cost me £17.99 from my friends at Amazon with next day delivery. The Baby warmer came complete with a complimentary feeding bowl and spoon. Although the Avent Bottle Warmer is specifically designed for use with the Avent range of bottles, most bottles would fit into the Avent warmer.
The concept behind this bottle warmer is to gradually warm a baby's milk by warming water to a predestined temperature. Please note that this is not an IQ bottle warmer which determines the amount of time the bottle needs to be warmed for in order to get the milk at the desired temperature. It therefore relies on you estimating the length of time and the temperature of the water needed.
To use the bottle warmer, you just fill the element pot with tap water so that it is about half full. The Bottle Warmer then needs to be plugged in to the mains and you check its on by seeing whether the little orange light on the front of the device is lit up. There is a silver dial on the front which has three different adjustable heating settings on it. This needs adjusting to the appropriate setting.
For heating a small amount of milk or breast milk, it is advised to use a lower temperature setting. Whereas heating a large quantity of formula milk or baby food then a higher setting is recommended. Its important to recognise that once the water reaches its set temperature, it will remain at that constant temperature, but the water will continue to heat the food or milk and so if you leave it in there, it will get very hot indeed.
Basically, the bottle warmer does warm bottles as it is intended. But, to be honest, it doesn't really do any better a job than putting some hot water in a jug and then allowing the milk to warm in this water. Infact I would say boiling the kettle and warming the milk in a jug is a quicker than waiting for the Bottle Warmer to do its job.
The thing that I find is a bit worrying is that there is no shut-off mechanism. Unlike an electric kettle which will turn itself off once it has boiled, the Bottle Warmer will literally keep the water at the desired temperature until the Warmer is turned off. Therefore you need to remember to turn the device off at the mains when you have finished using it. Basically, on more than one occasion, I have forgotten to turn this device off, only to remember a few hours later and darted into the kitchen to turn it off before the water had completely evaporated and I'd caused a fire. I'm sure you'll admit that this is easy to do in the middle of the night!
Overall, I suspect that, like me, this is an item you may use for a week or so and then you'd realise that actually its more hassle than its worth and it will start gathering dust on the shelf.
I got given this Avent bottle warmer as a present when I was pregnant. I wasn't actually planning on getting one myself as I felt it was a waste of money when a jug of hot water could do the same job. However as I had been given one I thought I might as well use it.
My initial thought was that it looked nice and it was fairly small, which will come in handy for travelling. It's plain and white with a blue holder inside, used for holding the water. There is a small avent badge at the bottom along with a silver turn dial used for changing the heat setting.
We made our bottles up from scratch during the daytime as that is what was advised when I was in hospital. However at night time we prepared several bottles and kept them in the fridge. We kept the bottle warmer in the bed room so that we could keep our daughter in the bed room instead of taking her downstairs, by doing this we was trying to get her to understand that it was still bed time ( yeah right) still worth a try though!
Having prepared several bottles I would simply get one from the fridge and put it in to the bottle warmer. On the first night we used it was when I realised that it takes a lot longer to warm up than the 4 minutes it says on the box! I know the bottle came straight from the fridge, but I was also advised from midwifes not to leave bottles at room temperature. It took around 15 minutes to warm up to the desired heat.
At 3 am in the morning this is not the best when all you have is the ticking clock to keep you company also by this time I'm guessing my daughter had woke up the whole street with her high pitched hungry wale! There was also not a switch to turn it on and off so each time I used it I had to switch it on and off by the plug.
Another problem I found was that it is only designed for 4 ounce bottles so when your baby moves onto larger bottles you will no longer be able to use it. I tried it out for several more nights, but in the end I opted for using the traditional jug of hot water. I found this easier and quicker to use.
It does look nice on the night stand, better than a jug anyway. But really who's going to be looking at how you warm your bottles up at 3am in the morning! I have seen from other reviews that other mums have found this useful but it definitely wasn't for me. I wouldn't be put off from buying a bottle warmer all together as there are others on the market that could probably do a better job. But as for this one i would not recommend it.
This Avent bottle warmer can be bought for around £20 if you do wish to purchase one.
On another new mother shopping spree I thought this was another item I couldn't live without. How wrong I was!
I bought it on ebay for just 8 euro but can be bought for about £23 on Amazon. I was really worried I wouldn't be able to tell the temperature of my daughters bottles on my wrists do fell for this gadget as a result.
I didn't get any instructions with it so was a bit baffleD at first. Its aimis to heat the bottle to the correct temperature. You basically put the bottle into the chamber, fill with water and switch it on to heat. It took so long to heat the bottle that eventually couldn't be bothered even turning this this on.
I had a steel jug in the kitchen that worked superbly instead. I filled it with boiling water from the kettle and poured it in. That simple! It kept the heat because it was made of steel and was great in my opinion.
This bottle warmer ended up in the press after two attempts at using it. I was disappointed but yet again I had thought I needed something which Avent just invented for a quick buck!
My advice, buy a steel jug. It's cheaper, faster and will actually heat the bottle!
==Avent Electric Bottle Warmer==
The Avent Electric Bottle Warmer is designed to hold the Avent baby milk bottles and warm them up to a nice temperature for your baby to drink. When you have a baby you seem to get thrown so much different information and people all seem to tell you different things. When I had Jack I was told by the hospital to use fresh water and boil it in the kettle, I should them cool down the water and finally add the right amount of powdered baby milk. Of course in the middle of the night when Jack was wanting a feed this is not the sort of time that he or I would want to wait for.
To combat this we were told we could make up the boiled water into clean sterilised bottles and keep them cooled in the fridge. This way we could wake up, heat the water and add the powdered milk ready to give Jack within minutes.
The Avent Bottle Warmer is a product which is designed to aid in the warming of the bottle of water as using the microwave isn't recommended due to the fact that you are said to get hot spots in the water and sometimes this would make the water/milk far too hot for the baby to drink.
Because of being told all this information, we of course paid out the £20 for this product and added it to the vast collection of kitchen gadgets we had for Jacks needs. The item itself is only small but it does need plugging and and is once more another electrical item on the worktop.
The Bottle Warmer is only used for Avent Bottles and having had some of the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Bottles we realised we couldn't use these in this machine.
The bottle warmer is easy to use and is basically read to use one you have plugged it in and poured in the water to the correct level. There is a little marker inside the unit which shows you where you need to fill to as over filling will most definitely cause water to overflow once the baby bottle has been inserted.
Once water is in and the unit is plugged in it will automatically turn on and begin to heat the water. You have to be really careful to turn it off at the wall otherwise it will continue to heat and if left on accidentally will burn away the water until its bone dry and then continue to heat whilst empty which could be rather dangerous.
There is a small silver coloured plastic dial on the front of the bottle warmer which gives 3 temperature settings and once you realise the setting you need it is best to keep it in the right position.
Not only can you heat up baby milk bottles in the machine it is also suitable for little glassjars of baby food when your child is weaning but I personally never used this for that purpose and can honestly say that after a while we didn't use this bottle warmer much for bottles either.
Although we were warned off heating the bottles in the microwave we ended up doing just this anyway. We had worked out how many seconds it would take to warm the water sufficiently and made sure the water was shaken and tested before the milk powder was put in. It would then be shaken again and tested on the under side of the arm. This would ensure that there would certainly be no hot spots in the water/milk and that the water wasn't too hot to add the milk powder (thus loosng some of the goodness) and then we knew that testing it before giving ti to jack would ensure that the milk was not too hot for him. We never had any problems at all doing it this way and I feel as long as you are sensible and test, test and double test the heat of the milk you really dont' need this product.
A lot of the time during the day, I would make Jacks feeds up fresh in preparation for when I knew he was due a feed too so again this was another product that got tidied away even while we still could of used it.
On the whole I wouldn't overly recommend this product as it is not an essential item when having a baby. It is another item to put on the work surface and another expensive thing I felt I should have. I think I will give a 3 star rating because it does do the job well but its not something that I found particularly useful.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
When I had my daughter a bottle warmer wasn't something that I had thought about buying but when I travelled with her and visited family it was a bit of a nightmare having to go downstairs and boil the kettle, and I was really worried about waking people up. I decided to have a look on the internet for a cheap bottle warmer and I managed to find the Avent model on Ebay for just a couple of pounds.
It was so much easier warming the bottle with the bottle warmer during the night and not having to sit with the bottle in a jug of boiling water was great!
The bottle warmer is so easy to use, you simply fill it with water (to the marked level on the side) and plug it into the mains socket. Place the bottle inside the warmer and then once the timer is set it is ready to go! The instructions said it takes 4 minutes for the bottle to be at the right temperature but I would say it takes between 2 and 4 minutes as it is warm after 2 minutes. It is extremely easy to clean, as it is made of plastic it is wipeable though I would say that it is unlikely to get very dirty as you use fresh water each time and I always gave it a rinse down after use.
I think a bottle warmer is a handy thing to have, it does make night feeds that little bit easier in my opinion, it saves you having to go downstairs and boil a kettle - I wasn't great at going down the stairs half asleep!!! ha.
The RRP of the Avent Bottle Warmer is £25.99, but I would recommend a second hand one as I got because it was still in as new condition and I even sold it on after I had finished with it. It is very durable, easy to use, and all in all a cracking bottle warmer. Avent is a good brand and is well known for excellent baby products and this certainly follows that suit.
I don't know if this is common, but our children whenever they were young always preferred their bottles of milk warm and really didn't want to drink the bottles cold and if they did have them cold they always seemed to get indigestion more readily. At the start we used to boil up water in a jug and put the bottle in there for a few minutes to heat up but this Avent bottle warmer we bought a couple of years back now is so much easier and simpler. Avent is a great brand as far as I am concerned when it comes to baby products and are always reliable. The bottle warmer cost us about £20 which is not too bad.
The warmer is made with strong white plastic so quite durable and has a silver dial and an insert made of blue plastic for the inside. The one we bought came with a bottle and feeding spoon.
The great thing and beauty about this product is it's easy of use and that for me was the best thing about it. You basically just plug it in to the mains and fill it up to the marker level on the inside with water. Place the blue plastic insert inside the container and then put the bottle in. You can set the timer to how long you want to warm the bottle for and that's about it. It really is that easy and it normally takes between 2 and 4 minutes to warm a bottle to it's optimum temperature.
Another bonus of this container is that it is very clean as it's plastic so can be wiped down. I have found that this is suitable for a lot of bottle sizes and overall I would recommend this as it's very simple and effective to use and won't set you back too much money.
When at home and in the early stages I mostly fed from the breast, using bottles only when out and about, therefore I admittedly didn't have loads of use for a bottle warmer. After all you can't really take them out and about with you, they are very much a home use product.
But I did give it a go every once in a while, more later on, but found that it took far to long to warm up and get going, making a hot running tap or standing the bottle in a bowl of hot water far more efficient. Though the warmer was tidier I suppose.
One night feed I also decided to give it a go which was a big mistake. Myself and the baby fell back to sleep waiting for it to heat up, and the bottle, left for hours, started to melt. It was damaged after that, but I doubt I would have used it again, as it could have been pretty dangerous. It really could have done with a timer and/or auto switch off.
All in all, big thumbs down.
As first time parents, we must have bought about a thousand 'must have' items that were reccomended to us. This is not one of the ones that we found was essential. Sure, it was nice to have around and looks much smarter and neater on your worktop than a measuring jug, but to be honest, it does the same job as boiling a kettle and pouring it into a jug, then standing the bottle in it- a method which when we visited relatives, we actually found took less time! When it is 3am and you've had say, 26 minutes sleep, every second less it takes to hush the screaming baby makes all the difference!
I think that the next time we have a baby (god willing) we will still use this product as we have it in the cupboard, but only whilst they are taking tiny amounts of milk to be heated. As soon as they are a bit older and taking over 80- 100 mls we will go back to the trusty old microwave- takes a fraction of the time (as long as you stir the milk properly to avoid hot spots!)
In the excited first flush of parenthood, you are bombarded by a large number of products which, on the face of it, look like a brilliant idea. These range from various slings and carriers, sterilising systems, infant seats, scientifically engineered bottles and various other essential looking paraphernalia. The difficulty is, without guidance, they all look good and its hard to discern what will be useful in the long run and what will otherwise gather dust.
Fortunately, having managed to get our daughter through her first four years, we were able to apply some of the valuable lessons we learned to our new born son, and one item we decided we could do without was the Avent Express Babyfood and Bottle Warmer. It's not that the product is a bad idea, its just that it is limited in its application and not very well thought through.
WHAT IS IT?
Simply put, at its heart, it's a white mains powered open "kettle" with a heating element which allows you to gradually warm food and milk. The receptacle accepts most brands and makes of baby bottle, but it is specifically engineered to be compatible with the Avent range. The product comes with an orange "on" light, a three position silver dial (to adjust the heat), pictorial instructions and a heating guide in the form of a sticker on the side of the unit.
The 80cm cable is adequate enough for most kitchens (or bedrooms). Excess cord can be tucked under the unit. Rubber feet would have been a useful addition, but the unit just sits on its wide plastic base, which to be fair is quite stable. The turquoise plastic sleeve insert is removable and washable, as is the trivet at the bottom of the unit.
The product is available at most purveyors of baby products for around £20.00 (£19.59 on Amazon with free delivery) and comes with a complimentary 125ml baby food storage container and feeding spoon.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You fill the unit about a third of the way (depending on the size of the bottle or container) with water, turn it on to the desired setting and let it warm away. The water can get quite hot, but gets nowhere near boiling point, and will warm the contents (depending on setting and volume) anywhere between 4 minutes (high temperature, small bottle) to 9 minutes (gradual warming and large bottle).
DOES IT WORK?
The short answer is that it does what is expected as advertised. Gradual warming is probably safer for baby than zapping a bottle in the microwave as it prevents uneven heating and possible destruction of vitamins, but that said, there are various issues with the features (or, to be more specific, the lack of them) which detract from its general usefulness:
(a) It has no timer, which, in my view, is essential. As anyone with small children and/or a baby will know, as a parent you can get easily distracted and it's very easy to lose track of time. A timer with a buzzer would have been a thoughtful addition;
(b) there is no automatic shut-off mechanism, so the unit can (and will) warm itself dry - ultimately damaging the heating element and posing a small fire risk. That seems a glaring oversight;
(c) there is no on/off switch. The unit has to be disconnected from the mains, or turned off at the plug; and
(d) Like anything with a heating element, it is prone to limescale in hard water areas - on both the element and the inserts, especially if - like us - you tend not to empty the water out after every use.
The last point - and this is a more practical matter than a technical one - is that its easier and quicker to boil a kettle and immerse a baby bottle in a large mug than to use this device. Of course, that does not factor in the inconvenience of the bleary-eyed trip downstairs to the kitchen in the early hours, but then again, the sterilised bottles (and, in our case, expressed breast milk) are likely to be stored in the kitchen fridge anyway.
On the plus side, it is arguably more energy efficient than boiling a kettle as it uses a relatively small amount of water, but for us, this small benefit was outweighed by the practical issues. If I am being cynical, I would say that Avent saved the best features (such as the ones missing from this basic version) for its top end "IQ" bottle warmer, which retails at £39.99 (currently £29.99 on Amazon).
The Avent Bottle Warmer seemed like a great idea at the time, but our actual experience differed markedly from our expectations. It was not nearly as useful as we anticipated for the reasons stated above, and as such, it definitely fit into the category of "dust collector" rather than a genuine must have.
© Hishyeness 2009
I had an Avent bottle warmer when my little girl was born and I found it a god send.
She went on to bottles fairly quickly and would have up to 8 a day so we needed an efficient bottle warmer which would warm the bottles efficiently. I know a lot of people use microwaves but I had heard various negatives reports about them so decided to stick to a bottle warmer.
I chose the Avent as it was one of the better makes on the market at the time and it also was the nicest looking.
The warmer was white with a silver dial and a blue plastic insert. It came with one small 5oz bottle and a feeding spoon.
It is so simple to use. You plug it in, put some water in to the desired level which is marked on the inside of the unit. You then place the blue plastic holder in and then put your bottle in. You set the timer to the desired level and off you go. A light shows on the front of the unit and goes out once the water has reached a desirable level. This does not indicate that your bottle has reach the desired level.
It would take between 2 - 4 minutes dependent on the size of the feed for the milk to be warmed to a suitable level.
The unit is extremley easy to clean as all plastic and you also received two packets of cirtric solution to descale. These can also be bought seperately if required.
The one negative to this unit is that there isn't an automatic off switch. The unit can only be turned off by unplugging or switching it off at the mains. Therefore, if you forget to do this you can boil the unit dry.
I found the unit was suitable for all types of bottles including wider neck bottles but I don't think it would be suitable for larger beakers if your child still needed their drinks warming.
They retail around £18 to £20 dependent on where you buy them and can be picked up much cheaper on Ebay.
In all it is a very easy to use and simple to look after appliance which for me was essential when my little girl was a baby.
Warm food quickly and safely. Heats all types of bottles or baby food jars quickly & efficiently. The feeding bowl sits on the top to keep food warm.