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My baby boy is still drinking formula milk as he is under one and I have finished breast feeding him, he got teeth and liked to bite my nipples. Whenever we go out for the day I always take milk with me otherwise he would just get too thirsty and miss his milk. Its always a hassle though to make sure the milk is the right temperature or to get some hot water in a restaurant so that why this thermal bag from Avent is such a good idea.
I saw it on offer in Boots and decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did as its generally our constant companion when we go out and has been a really good buy. The Philips Avent Thermabag is described as having a double insulation layer incorporating 3M ThinsulateTM which will keep milk cold or water hot for up to four hours. I have read somewhere about 20% of the food or drink parents take out for their little ones is not kept at the right temperature and could cause sickness so this is something that we need to keep a watch on as parents. Milk is something that definitely needs to be kept cold, I think formula milk may be a bit different to cows milk but formula milk will still go off when in extreme temperature conditions.
This bag is shaped like a messenger type of bag and has a long strap that you can strap across your body if you wish or like me you can adjust it so it is quite short and then hang it from your pushchair. There is a little zipped section in the front and then there is the main section of the bag at the back that zips to open and close. There are various colours that this bag comes in but they only sold the red in Boots which was the one I bought. The word Avent is written on the front so you know that its an Avent bag. Its not the biggest bag but I quite like it that it is small as it holds enough bottles for our needs and works well for its purpose.
Avent say that this bag will hold two Avent bottles, two Magic Cups or four VIA Cups. I'm actually not sure what magic cups or Via Cups are but we have event bottles and it holds them well. THe inside of the bag is padded, much like a cool bag is and this is what insulates it from the outside temperatures. I tend to take milk in bottles that i have made from home in here and I find that they do stay cool and I am confident that they have not gone off in the time we have been out with the bottle. I also take little Peitt Filou yogurts out in this bag which definitely do need to keep cool and they are always perfect when we are ready for lunch when we are out.
In conclusion this bag works well. It costs £10 from Boots and is a great idea if you take out milk for your baby.
We bought the avent thermabag before baby was born as it seemed like something we would need and everyone i knew with a baby had one. It comes in a variety of colours, we chose black, and says that it hold 2 philips avent bottles or 4 magic via cups. It does hold 2 large avent bottles, although it is a snug fit, there is a strong zip that does up over the top, also a zip on the front so is a smaller slim pocket and an adjustable strap, can go on your shoulder or the handles of pram.
The thermabag has an insulate layer where it can keeps the contents either warm or cold for upto 4 hours, this is ideal as will hold milk for the next feed if we go out after one. I have only really ever used this for keeping contents cold as i make my daughters bottles up in the morning and keep them in the fridge so if we are going out i just transfer them to this bag and they keep cold until i need them to heat them up. I have also used this for 1 bottle and 1 via cup which had food in for her lunch, this kept lovely and cold for 4 hours until it was needed.
It is a very handy bag to have and very lightweight can be stored very easily as well.
When I bought this bag I thought it would be very good for keeping my sons bottles of water for his milk warm when we go out with this saying it keeps them warm for 4 hours.
The bag holds 2 bottles and the zip is very strong it comes in different colours although we chose black because it goes with everything. The bag has a strap on it so you can carry it on you but we find it easier to put it in his big bag the good thing about it is that it says it holds 2 Avent bottles but we have put other types in there and they still fit.
After trying to use the bag just going down the road I put boiling water in the bottle and it did keep it warm for a while about 2hours and then it started to loose its temperature but was disappointed that it didn't keep it warm like the product said it would because when we came home the other bottle was cold and we were only out for a morning. I have never tried to put something cool in there before so I don't know if it would work.
I have noticed that the silver lining in it wears out after a few months we do use it almost everyday though.
I wouldn't recommend this bag to anyone that wanted warm water for a long time it is a very attractive bag to have and it is somewhere to keep the bottles in if that's what you need. If there are any other Thermabags around then I would try them out to see if they are any better than this one. This particular one was £10 I still use it now just to put the bottles in so I don't forget them.
I've had my Avent Thermabag for 4 an a half years now, ever since my 1st baby was born and I suddenly twigged that if you wanted to go out for more than an hour, you needed to take a bottle and be able to keep it cool.
The Avent Thermabag can be bought in a variety of colours, but mine is a royal blue colour. It's approx 9 inches in height, 7 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep when empty.
The outside layer of the bag is made of a thick, spongey kind of material
The top of the bag has a sturdy zip ensuring that the bag closes securely.
There is a carry strap on the bag made of thick cotton. It has a clasp on it to allow you to lengthen or shorten the strap as desired. At one side of the strap there is also a plastic locking clip, which allows you to completely open the strap and fasten your bag around the pram or buggy you might be using.
The bag has a zip pocket a the front. It's only slim, but I find it very useful for storing spoons, dummies etc.
The inside of the bag is made of a silver plastic shiny insulating material. I've had lots of unfortunate spillages within the bag but the inside wipes clean easily and the material does not soak up liquids - just allows them to pool.
We've used our bag plenty of times on long journeys to keep baby bottles cool for 4 hours.
On occassion, when we've been on longer trips, I've slipped a fozen ice pack in with the bottles and had no problem keeping them chilled for 6 - 8 hours.
This bag will take any standard neck bottles - they don't have to be Avent. However wide neck bottles are more of a problem. The bag will only fit one of these comfortably.
We paid £9.99 for our Avent bag and it has been worth every penny as it allowed us to get out and about with all 3 of our babies and feed on the move.
Avent bottle warmer
One of my recent "baby purchases", I bought this so that myself and grandson can get out and about without the hassle of finding somewhere to heat bottles to optimum temperature.
The bag is a Thinsulate insulation bag designed to keep the contents of AVENT bottles, VIA and magic cups either cold or warm for up to four hours. The contents can be cold formula, breast milk and baby food, so really anything you are going to need for baby. It does this because the microfibres trap the air and so insulate the bag.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING.
I have the black version although it is also available in red. The bag is soft and padded with a small zipped front compartment and the main compartment which easily holds two bottles. The bag is insulated with a grey lining both in the main bag and the small front compartment so I feel as though the contents of whatever i put in will keep at the desired temperature.
The bag has an adjustable shoulder strap so that if I have no other bag (unlikely) I can sling it over my shoulder and go. The shoulder strap is strong and although the bag won't be carrying much weight it is well attached at the ends of the strap.
There is the AVENT logo on the front but it's quite tasteful so it's not an embarassing bag to carry about.
The bag comes with a full set of instructions including best methods of carrying formula. One of the things I read after I had used the bag for the first time and carried ready made formula with me is that it's best to carry the boiled water with the formula ready to add. However, carrying the ready made formula doesn't seem to have harmed Little Man.
The bag should be wiped down with a damp cloth and not immersed in water, but if the bottles are securely closed, there should be little or no real leakage and so no need to do anything other than wipe it down.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
I bought mine from Boots for about the £10 mark, which i think is very good value because it's a high quality bag which is not unpleasant to look at and does the job.
Surprisongly, it's made by Phillips- I would have thought that AVENT would have made the bag, but I was wrong.
The instructions gives a website, www.3M.com/Thinsulate to find out more about these type of products
A good buy. I have handed it over to mum because she liked the idea and it makes any trips out easier, so will probably be buying myself another one.
The bag does what it promises to do, and keeps his formula at the optimum temperature so we have no need to worry about finding somewhere to heat up his bottles.
Recommended for babies on the go.
Thanks for reading.
The Stylish Avent Thermabag holds two Avent Bottles, two Magic Cups or 4 Via Cups. Its double insulation layer incorporating 3M Thinsulate keeps milk cold or water hot for up to four hours. Lightweight, compact and convenient for travel with adjustable sh