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When you'd originally planned to breast feed and it doesn't work out bottle feeding can seem like a total mind field. There are 101 products out there designed to make things easier and it can be hard to work out what you do or don't need. I didn't discover the avent formula dispenser straight away but when I did I forgot how I did with out it.
The idea is simple; the formula dispenser is essentially just a plastic storage container but a few features it has make formula feeding on the go so much easier.
The main section of the tub is divided inside inside into three sections with thin pieces of plastic. These sections are large enough to carry around 8 scoops of formula so this tub allows you carry enough formula for 3 8oz bottles.
The lid then has a flip catch that covers a hole. You click the lid on the main tub and line it up with a section of formula and when your ready to make a bottle you unclip the catch and tip the contents of that section into the bottle, keeping the other two covered so you waste no formula. The lid then twists easily to line it up with the next section. Its easy as that.
The tub is a compact size making it perfect to slot into your changing bag without taking up too much room, certainly alot less room that carrying a tub of formula around.
We also used it to take up enough formula to make night time bottles in our bedroom saving sleepy night time trips down 2 flights of stairs!
The tub is reasonable easy to wash just watch out for formula getting stuck in the corners where it divides. Also make sure its completely dry before you add the formula or it will stick to the tub. I've even used it in the dishwasher without any problems.
We bought our avent formula dispenser from boots and paid £4.95 for it which I think is reasonable seeing as I use it daily. Its easy to get hold of from other baby stores both on the highstreet and online too. The one I have is pale blue incolour and as far as I'm aware its the only colour they make it in.
Overall it has made formula feeding the go alot easier and I have nothing bad to say about this product so I award it 5 stars.
I got given one of these milk powder storage containers by a friend at work, and I have since bought 2 more for my self, as they are brilliant. The idea of them are, that you can make up your babies milk a lot quicker, by measuring out your scoops of baby powder into this pots, and when you come to make a bottle, you just simply pour it in, no need to mess about measuring scoops when you have a crying baby that wants a bottle!
The ones I have are a baby blue colour, and they are a small pot, which is around 10cm's in diameter. The pot is split into three triangular sections. In each section you add the milk powder you need for each bottle. My son drinks 6 ounce bottles of SMA baby milk at the moment, so it is 6 scoops in each section, and when I come to make him his milk, the powder is already measured out for me, making it a lot quicker for me. Especially in the night, when you tend to forget how many scoops you have put in the bottle as you are so tired and end up having to start all over again!
The lid to the pot, has a hole, around the size of a 10p for you to pour the powder out into the bottle. When you have done one bottle, and are making your next, you twist the lid around so the hole is above the next section you want to pour out. It is such a simple idea, but very handy and time-saving. The hole has a lid which fastens securely, and is easy to open. The lid that you twist can sometimes be a bit stiff to move around, but it feels really strong and securely attached to the pot.
The only problem I have with this idea, is that when you make your babies bottles up, you have to put your hot water in the bottle first, then pour in your powder, and when you pour the powder in from these pots, the steam from the hot water causes the powder to stick inside the surface of the pot and to the hole in which it is being poured out of. You get a thin layer of milk powder stuck to the pot each time you use it, and eventually builds up and a lot of milk powder is wasted. These have to be washed up and dried each day to stop a build up of powder forming.
You need to make sure these pots are completely dry too before adding your powder to them, or the powder will stick to the surfaces. Other than that I love these pots, I have 3, so make up to 9 feeds at a time, and make sure when one is used, I wash it up and fill it back up again, making sure I always have a good amount of feeds ready in case I am really busy one day and forget to keep on top of them. They are great to throw into your bag too when going out and about, they are so lightweight and small, they are very easy to travel about with.
I love these pots, they are brilliant and you can find a few different ones on Amazon, ranging in price from £3-£10. They lasts ages, they are made of plastic and they are such simple pots really, there isn't anything to go wrong with them. I highly recommend this pots to make feeding your baby quicker! Especially in the night so you don't ever have to worry about forgetting how many scoops of powder you have put in!!
Whilst in the hospital I managed to breastfeed but after a couple of sleepless nights at home, I decided to move onto formula. I didn't have a clue what to do but luckily, I the day I decided to change, my midwife popped around. She explained that it was no longer recommended to make my bottles up and store in the fridge (like my mum did with me) but to make the bottles on demand. Whilst this was ok when I was in the house, I needed a solution for when I was out and about so a friend recommended I buy a milk dispenser rather than carting a tin of formula around with me. As I was already using Avent, I decided to buy their milk dispenser.
I brought mine from Boots and it cost me around £4, it is also available from most supermarkets, chemist and baby specialists for around £5 now.
The milk dispenser is pale blue in colour and measure around 5cm (height) by 10cm (width), which is ideal as it didn't take up much room in my change bag. The main lid can be removed completely, to reveal 3 individual compartments where you can pop your milk powder in. The main lid has a small hole on (which also has a lid on) so when you are ready to make a bottle, just pour the contents of one of the compartments into the bottle.
The only downside of the product is once washed, you have to make sure it is completely dry before you put you powder in otherwise it will stick inside.
Overall, I would recommend this product and give 5 out of 5 stars. It made my life a lot easier when out on my travels, I didn't have to worry about carting around a large tin of milk powder, or measuring spoonfuls of powder.
Thanks for reading.
I had always planned to breast feed my son but as I wanted the option to express milk I did also stock up on bottles, milk storage pots, steriliser and bottle brushes. In fact I was so well prepared that from looking at the huge selection of feeding equipment we had you could easily have thought we were intending to bottle feed formula. One item I hadn't bought was a milk powder dispenser but I knew of them from shopping regularly in the baby isle at Boots. I didn't think I would have a use for such an item as I didn't intend to ever give formula, choosing instead to breast feed and then give cow's milk. However, when my baby was born a good friend of mine bought us a baby supply kit with lots of useful items. One item she bought us was the Philips Avent Milk Powder Dispenser.
- The Dispenser -
It is a transparent plastic pot that has an inner pot that is transparent blue and a transparent blue lid that has a dispensing hole. It is BPA free. The inner pot is divided into three sections. The idea is that you can put scoops of formula in each section and take it out with you or up to bed. Then you don't have to fiddle around measuring out messy formula in an inconvenient place or at an inconvenient time. As there are three sections you would have enough for three bottles which should be enough to get through the night or a day out. Each section fits the nine scoops you would need to make up a 260ml/9 Fl Oz bottle (I don't think most baby's need more than that for one feed) so you could fill the pot with more powder than you need per feed. However, the point is that you don't need to mess about measuring formula out and you know that each section contains the perfect amount for your baby's feed, however much that may be for your baby. The lid is easy to take on and off and there is also a handy hole to dispense the powder directly into the bottle of cooled boiled water that you need to make it into milk. There is a cap to cover the hole so the powder won't leak out. The lid can be rotated so that the hole is placed over whichever section you want to empty. It is very easy to use and is well made. I think it is a very smart, practical idea and should make parent's lives a lot easier. As well as the convenience factor it is also a safer way to store milk when out and about/at night. If you make up bottles of milk and then leave them unrefrigerated for a period of time you risk bacteria growing and the milk being unsafe to drink. Having the powder and water separate eliminates this risk. It is also much better for water to leak out of a bottle than milk, spilt milk inside the changing bag is very unpleasant!
- In use -
I solely breast fed/expressed milk until my son was six months old. At this point he occasionally had pre made cartons of formula on the very rare occasions that I had a night out away from him, as I had got fed up of spending hours pumping. My plan was to wean my son onto cow's milk when he was around one year old. However, my husband pointed out that this would mean always having to have milk in the house and perhaps we should get a box of formula as a backup. I realised it would also be useful for his day time feed which he would sometimes need to have when we were out somewhere. At the moment I am continuing to breast feed when he wakes up and goes to bed but he also has milk at 2 o'clock and this is usually cow's milk but will be formula if we have run out of milk or aren't at home. This is where the dispenser comes in. I find it very useful for taking out with us with a scoop of formula in it for his 2 o'clock milk. Also if we are going away for a few days I can put formula into each section and then know that we have three days worth of milk with us without us having to lug around a big box of formula or ensuring we have cow's milk. I find it very easy to put the powder into the dispenser and very easy to pour it out and straight into a beaker of water. It is convenient and hassle free which is exactly what I need when giving my son milk away from home. I know that I don't have to worry about it leaking into my bag as the pot is very secure. This would definitely be a concern if I was carrying a beaker of cow's milk or formula around with me, as well as the additional worry of the milk going bad and making my son ill. Despite the fact that I thought I would never use this I now find it very useful. I imagine it would be invaluable if you chose to bottle feed formula from the start.
- Snack Pot -
I have discovered that this pot can also be used as a snack pot too. I find it great for raisins as they can be sprinkled through the holes. However, if you took the lid off rather than using the hole then it could be used to keep any dry snacks or pieces of fruit or vegetables.
- Cleaning -
The dispenser is dishwasher and steriliser safe so it is very easy to clean. I always clean it thoroughly with a bottle brush as I would a bottle because any milk residue left behind could result in nasty bacteria and a nasty tummy for baby.
- Price and Availability -
This pot is widely available but prices do range a bit so it is worth shopping around. It is currently priced at £3.95 on Amazon, £5.50 in Boots and various prices in between in the supermarkets. I think these prices are reasonable.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend this milk powder dispenser if you plan to give your baby powdered formula at any stage. It makes it much easier, safer and less messy to give your baby milk when out and about, it is well made, BPA free, dishwasher and microwave safe, can be used as a snack pot and is a reasonable price. Considering I thought I would never use it I now find it very useful.
At the moment my little boy is still drinking formula milk as he is under the age of one. We use SMA powdered milk as this is the one that he liked the best when we were trying him on all the different milk powders available. We buy the milk in big tubs which last about a week/two weeks, depending on how hungry/thirsty he is that week and if we use them at home its just easy to measure the milk powder out and mix it up at home. However, if we are out during the day we take the milk powder out in the Avent milk powder dispenser as its a lot easier than taking the whole tub and its cheaper than always having to rely on the ready made milk that comes in cartons although I do use this in conjunction with the milk powder.
This milk powder dispenser is really handy and not too big to keep in your changing bag. There are three different sections in this pot which are divided off by a plastic divider inside the round tub. What you can do then is pre-measure out the powder in the exact amount you want and put it into each section so when you are ready to make up a bottle you can get some pre-boiled water, add it to your bottle and then tip in the powder from this dispenser.
Its really easy to then add a section of the pre made powder into the bottle. The dispenser has a lid on it which spins around and a round hole at the top in the lid which you can manoeuvre to be over one of the section and then you just open the flip top lid and place it over the open feeding bottle and pour the powder in, its as simple as that and there is no mess as the powder can only go into the bottle and not over the worktop. Then when you want to use the next section you just move the lid and the opening moves to that section and you can do the same again. The top stays on well and I have never had any problems with it coming apart and spilling in my changing bag which is nice as I think it would make a very big mess!
The sectioned can be removed from this tub and you can just use it as a regular pot but I have actually never done this and just use it as a milk powder dispenser but its nice to know it has other uses. This can be washed in the dishwasher and can also be cleaned in the steriliser as well. It costs £5.99 and is available from Boots.
I have a 9 week old baby boy who wakes up 3 times in the night to be fed and I regularly found myself miscounting the number of scoops of formula when making up each bottle during the night. I had bought the Tommee Tippee powder containers but I use those for when I'm out and about rather than at night time as I didn't really want to create a lot more washing up for myself; I have enough to do already! I was round at a friend's house and she recommended this Philips Avent milk powder dispenser. I liked the look of it and promptly bought one the next day from Boots priced just under £5. It is one of the most fantastic items I've bought! So what makes it so great? Read on.
The tub consists of a clear tub which has a blue plastic insert which is split into three sections making enough space to store three lots of formula and it'd probably take about 8 scoops per section. The insert and the clear tub are shaped so that the insert won't turn in the tub as the lid is turned. This is very important! The lid is also blue plastic and has an oval shaped hole with a well-fitting flip top cap. The lid also clicks securely onto the tub, ensuring there is no chance of accidental spillage if you were to put this in your changing bag when you are out and about with the baby.
Each night, I fill the three chambers with the amount of formula I will use and get it ready for the night shift. When the boy wakes up for a feed, up flips the cap and I can tip out the correct amount of formula into the water in the bottle. When the time comes again to feed I simply rotate the lid so that the closed cap is above the next full chamber of the tub, flip the cap and pour again! Repeat for a third time and the dispenser has done its job! Only one thing to wash out, yet my baby has been fed three times!
*What I like about this product*
It is so easy to use and easy to clean. There is a little raised bit of plastic underneath the end of the flip top lid which makes it so that when the lid clicks past this part, it won't just flip over when you're trying to pour formula into the bottle which is a great feature! The clear tub can be used once baby has finished having so many bottls It feels strong and sturdy also and Avent are a tried and tested brand.
*What I don't like about this product*
It is a little pricey at just under £5. It can be hard to dry once washed so either leave to dry completely or use a piece of kitchen towel to into the nooks and crannies. Sometimes, the powder doesn't all easily come through the dispenser hole and because it's dark at night, I don't always see that it hasn't gone into the bottle.
So i find this an invaluable item during the night and i'm so pleased I bought one!!!
Thank you for reading :-)
My husband and I wanted to get used to taking our new baby out to places, and so we have slowly been venturing further and further, trying to get used to all the stuff you need to take with you, and feeling like we are becoming more efficient at it with each outing. One piece of equipment that is a must for anyone bottle feeding their baby and wanting to take them out for the day or just out of the house over a feeding time. All my equipment in regards to bottlefeeding is from the Phillips Avent range, and this piece is no exception: the Avent Milk Powder Dispenser, which allows you to take up to three feeds worth of formula, already measured out, meaning all you have to do whilst out somewhere is add it to your sterilised water.
This product is available on the likes of Amazon for just under £4, and is blue in colour. Alongside offering the three separate compartments for you pre measured formula, you can also use this when your baby gets older as a food container, since there are in fact three parts to the item: the lid which has a small dispenser where you can pour out your formula into the bottle and is small enough to ensure that you get all the powder into the bottle and don't loose any out the side as you pour. The bottom part of the item consists of two parts: the clear tub which can be used as the snack tub in later months/years )6m+ in fact), and then the three part dispenser made of blue plastic, which sits inside the clear tub.
Before using this product for the first time it is vital that you follow the instructions and sterilise the product either in a steriliser or by boiling. We used the former of these for handiness. As well as being suitable for the steriliser, you can also safely use it in the microwave as well as the dishwasher
I have used this product several times now and found it to be an invaluable way of transporting formula when out and about. Nobody wants to have to carry around the large tin of formula every time they venture out the door and by using a product such as this, where you can measure out the formula you need in advance and simply add it to your water, it makes life so much easier with a baby. When I first purchased this product, I did notice on the likes of amazon, some negative comments about it, but I cannot say that I have noticed any. I don't find any problem in getting the formula out of the container, I have so far not had any leakages or one portion of powder going into another, and although little bits of moisture can be hard to dry in the corners of the product after washing, as long as you let it air off before putting it away or using it again, this shouldn't be a problem, plus I already do this with other tupperware items.
All in all, I am very glad that I purchased this item, and for the price, I think it is great value for money, since it is ideal for being out and about with your baby, and minimising all the stuff you need to bring with you on an outing. Anything that can simplify life with a baby is a positive in my book.
I feel like I live in a time capsule sometimes as I never see things and everyone else has. I help at a baby group and several weeks ago I offered to make up a mum's milk while she was changing baby and she had carried the whole tub of baby formula in her bag as she didn't have any tubs at home to put some into, the following week she handed me a little round tub with the formula in. Now bottle and water was ready but this tub confused me ( doesn't take much some days) as had never seen them before.
Advent sell these at £4 in Asda or £4.89 in Boots.
They are small round container like a tuperware transparent plastic. The lid has a small round flip lid on. The container has three separate compartments in it which you measure your formula feed into. So in theory the container holds three feeds. There is no way the powder can get mixed up together unless you were to take lid off and shake it lol.
When you want to use some powder you simply make sure the little flip lid is over one of compartments, lift the lid and the small spout part fits inside the top of a bottle so none will be wasted when you shake it into the bottle so no worrying that the measurement will be less then should be.
I think the only way the powder would stick to the container is if it was damp, so always make sure they are totally dry before using.
These are dishwasher safe or clean as you would a bottle then sterilise as usual.
Now I breastfeed my daughter but I give her a bottle of formula day to have with her weight gain under health visitors advice. The reason I have purchased one of these is so when I am out and about I will take formula with me for ease rather then try find somewhere I can comfortably breast feed. Usually I make up the milk before leave home but it seems nowadays this is not the done thing and frowned upon, how times change as I remember years ago people would make up their bottles for the day but now it's recommended it is not made up more then 15minutes before they need it.
This container is lightweight and even with powder in it there is not much weight there. Let's face it these changing bags can get pretty weighed now with nappies, spare clothes, health book etc etc.
Now for some unknown reason Advent only do these in a blue colour, but for your information Asda do their own make of little angels in pink colour also at £4.
I only use one compartment as is all I will need but this is so handy and now I have seen several people also using them.
When I had my daughter 4 years ago, it was okay to make up the mount of bottles you needed for the day and store then in the fridge. Fast forward to now and it is not the case and it is recommended that you make them up as you need them as there is now a belief that bacteria can grow in the milk and make your baby ill. My daughter was never ill from the bottles being made up and stored in the fridge and although I did make them up this way, I did always have a little Avent Milk Powder dispenser in my baby bag just in case something should happen to bottle whilst it was being transported about.
I did need this on a couple of occassions when I was out because a bottle had leaked and lost some ounces. The dispenser is quite a handy little invention.
It looks like a biggish jar with a lid. It is in a transparent blue colour. I have never seen these in a different colour so I think it is only available in blue. When you open the lid, you will see that it has 3 different, same size compartments. This is so that you can actually store 3 lots of feeds for your child so you are not limited to the amount of time you are out. You can make 3 bottles up using this dispenser. The dispenser holds enough for each bottle to be made up of 8oz.
The best idea to use this is to also take your bottles out with you with cooled boiled water in them (the amount of cooled boiled water should be the right amount you usually have in each bottle) as that way, you can just tip the amount of milk formula in and your bottle is made up. All that is left is to heat it.
To get the forumla out of the dispenser, the lid rotates so you just simply twist it to whichever compartment you are trying to get to and you can easily tip the formula out without losing any of the forumla in the other two compartments. The formula is also seemingly sealed into each compartment so there is no transferring of formula from compartment to compartment which I thought was good.
The dispenser is nice and sturdy and not at all flimsy. It is light and easy to store in a bag. It makes bottle feeding alot easier when you are out. In my case, although I didn't use it all the time because I used to make all my bottles up beforehand, it was handy for those times when the bottle had leaked and there wasn't enough in the bottle and I would have to make up a fresh bottle whilst out.
This is definately a better option than purchasing the ready made cartons when you are out and highly recommended with the new baby care standards.
We have two of these dispensers as we were told by a friend that they can make night feeding quicker as you can pre-measure your powder. We were also told that they're essential for feeding when out and about, which they definitely are, though they are quite bulky in our already overflowing changing bag.
One major drawback to their use (at home or while out and about) is that the spout where the milk comes out is slightly too far away from the edge of the body of the dispenser. This always means that some of the powder gets caught and left inside. You can then spend a good minute or so banging the pot at several angles trying to release that last little bit.
The lid to the pot is also very stiff to put on and off when you are refilling it. These are design flaws which would put me off recommending these to anyone. Any steralized pot with a lid would work equally as well and wouldn't have cost £5.
The only plus points are that the pot can be steralized without melting and when it has been finished with as a powder dispenser, the central divider can be removed and it can be used as a weaning pot or a general food container...small food though... as it's not that big!
It measures 9cm diameter at it's widest part, and it is 8cm high. Each of the three compartments will each comfortably take 9 scoops of powder.
Some products are so simple, and easy, it's a wonder why you didn't think to purchase on in the first place. I find this product such a simple and great idea, that I would recommend everyone have them. Now I know people make up their bottles differently-some people make one bottle at a time, some make a few up at a time, some just sterilise the bottles and fill tem wit water, and wont mix them until needed. Well whatever way you do it, these can be helpful.
I would say the main use for these is when you are travelling, and you cant make up a bottle in advance. The idea of the dispenser is that you store the milk powder in the sections, so it is already measured out, so all you have to do is mix it with the water.
This formula dispenser has three equal compartments, so all you do is scope out the formula, and put it in the sections. With our son on 8 ounce bottles a day, fitting 8 scoops of powder in brings the powder almost to the top-but it still fits ok. Then once filled, you replace the lid, which attaches very securely. On the lid, there is a flip cap, so you can simply tip the powder out into the bottle when needed. He top of the dispenser slides around, so all you have to do is twist it t get to a full compartment of powder.
One of the major benefits of course about using a dispenser like this is that if you actually forget to count when measuring the formula out, you can simple tip it back and start again, which means no wasted milk. Also, it saves on making up feeds which then don't get used. However, above all that, the best thing about this is that it saves time. Just imagine-your baby stats crying, screaming, and it wants it milk now. Well luckily its already measured out, so you are one step ahead of the game!
My twin girls were born just over two years ago, and right from the start we had a mountain of stuff to carry around everywhere we took them. Nowadays, healthcare professionals recommend that you only make up milk feeds as and when you need them, to prevent bacteria growing in the milk and making baby ill. This product allows you to carry measured amounts of powder, ready to be mixed in cooled boiled water when you need it while out.
The container has a main section that is divided into three equally-sized sections, so that three measures of powder can be transported. The lid fits securely onto the main body of the pot, and has a spout with a flip-lid to get the powder out. You rotate the lid round to the section you want to get the powder out of, which keeps the powder into the other two sections for future use. The flip-lid fits well, and we did not have problems with it coming undone. The pot is quite tall, so you can get a lot of scoops of formula in it, good for when baby gets older.
However, because we had two babies, we needed two dispensers. The second one was a supermarket's own version. It was a lot more compact (about half the height, and a smoother, rounder shape). It was cheaper, but you couldn't get as much powder in it. Overall, this is a good product, but I'd say the cheaper supermarket version was slightly better for when the children didn't need many scoops of formula in their feeds. For older babies, this one will carry the amount of formula needed for bigger feeds. It's a very practical product, we would have struggled without it.
I bought this product after having purchased a much cheaper version online that didn't quite measure up.
This is invaluable for when you are out and about with your little one as it stores 3 milk feeds and can take up to 8 scoops of powder in each of the 3 compartments - enough for a 240ml/8oz feed. This way, you just need to carry about with you bottles of cooled boiled water and tip the powder straight into the bottle.
I got this one once my baby started to take more milk as the previous dispenser I had could only take 4-5 scoops at a time - not great for a growing baby. Also the old one tended to allow milk powder to move from compartment to compartment which this one certainly doesn't - therefore you know that you have exactly the right amount of powder in each compartment for feeds.
Well worth a buy - much more cost effective than buying ready-made cartons for when you are out and about.
I bought this milk powder dispenser (by Avent) for just under £5 from Boots - it was reccommended by a friend.
It is blue and I think you can now get pink, and is a very simple but clever little pot that has an outer pot that you slip the section part into and it then holds 3 lots of milk powder for feeds. The idea is that you take it out with you and when it comes to feeding time you simply pop up the lid and tip the already measured amount of milk from one of the sections into the bottle - avoiding spillages or having to make up feeds before you go which could then go cold and not be useable as well as savingyou from taking out a whole milk tub!lol.
Definatly an essential for any busy mum using formula milk powder. I think it would be alot better if each section was a little bit bigger - I can fit in 6 scoops (6oz) in one section and I need an 8oz so technically I can only get 2 bottles made up from it. I also always need to add a little extra as there is always a little bit left that wont shake out. Although still very handy!
I stumbled across the Avent milk powder dispenser by chance while browsing in my local Tesco super market. I thought it looked like a great invention, and ummed and ahhhed about wether to buy it or not. The reason for this was because i cost just under £5, which I thought was quite alot of money for what it was. Anyway, I bought it and I must say that it has been brilliant. It is a plastic cup that has a removable section inside tha has three compartments in it, and a removable lid with a little lift up section to access to container. It is designed for you to put your formula milk into each section, so that if you need to make up a feed when you are out and about, you have a container that you can pre measure your formula milk into and it is stored ready to poor straight into your bottle of sterilised water. These days you are recommended to make up feeds only when needed, so for this reason, I think this product is great.
Infant formula manufacturers recommend that fresh feeds be made up when needed, so there's no chance of the milk going off while you're out and about.