When I had my son I was in quite a bad way and I still insisted that I was ready to leave hospital and they allowed me after much pestering on the provision that I rested. I got home and thought I was some kind of super women and set about putting away all my hospital bag, baby gifts and the like and ended up almost collapsing and having to have the doctor come out to my house. As a result it was advised that my mother in law stay for a couple of nights to take care of night feeds so that I could get some rest. After just a couple of days I wanted to take care of the feeds myself and someone suggested that we purchased a Lindam night and day bottle warming system so we went off to Argos and bought one. I believe it was around £30.00 which may sound a lot but I feel it was worth it.
The night and day feeding system is basically a portable piece of equipment which will keep your bottles cold for up to eight hours but will also heat them for you which is perfect for night time and means you don't need to head down the stairs at some crazy time!
The product is a white plastic pretty much all over. It has a removable bottle carrier with a blue carry handle but we never used this off the machine to be honest as it is quite bulky and it would have been a pain to carry around on trips out and things. On one side of the front of the product there is a raised circular hole which you put your bottle in when you want to warm it up and on the other side there is a nightlight which you can use during the night feeds to see what you are doing.
Within the bottle holder there is space for two bottles. We used the Tommee Tippee nuby bottles when my son was a baby and we could fit two of these in with no problems but perhaps the really wide bottles would struggle there. You are provided with an ice pack which you need to freeze and slot between the two bottles to keep them cold overnight. You must of course remember to remove this and refreeze it each morning if you are planning to use the feeder every night.
You are also provided with a small little pot which almost looks like a small pot from one of those paint at home paint pots. You need to fill this with water as this is what is used to heat the bottles for you.
When you use the feeder you need to make sure that it is plugged into the mains and then you can pour the small amount of water into the hole provided to warm the bottle. You then need to add the bottle to the space too and then press the "on" button and the water is heated up and as such the steam warms the bottle. I would say it takes around five minutes or so to warm the bottle but this was usually fine for us. I used to take the bottle out a couple of times and just give it a shake and then put it back in to ensure even heating throughout the bottle. The feeder also switches itself off which is handy as you know there will be no fires if you forget to switch the product off yourself!
We used this product for quite some time for the night feeds and to be honest I have no real faults with the item. The night light isn't great and so I used to just have an adjustable touch lamp in the bedroom which made it easier to see whilst still being dark enough to not really disturb my husband who had work in the mornings.
The Lindam night and day feeder really made the night feeds feel easier as we didn't have to go up and down the stairs however many times a night as we had two feeds that were kept cool and we could heat them reasonably quickly using the same product which was just perfect for us to be honest.
I would certainly recommend this product. We never found that a bottle became too hot as we always kept our eye on the product and would take the bottle out regularly to test them and to shake them to ensure even heating.
I would give this product five out of five stars as I feel anything that makes those night feeds easier has got to be worth it!
Thank you for reading my review!
When I was getting up in the night ( several times a night ) to go down stairs to the kitchen to warm up my babies bottles, I was desperate to find a solution to my problem. I was convinced that I was going to fall down the stairs half asleep and kill myself. Also as I was in the kitchen trying desperately hard to quickly warm the bottle, my poor Husband was having to listen to a screaming baby starving hungry!! I found one day in a Mothercare magazine, this wonderful invention of a bottle warmer that was for night as well as the day. It cost around £29.99, and I think is worth every penny. It is designed so that you make up the bottles ready before bedtime. It holds two bottles, and there is a freezer pack that you put in between the bottles to keep them fresh, and this is inside a mini cool box which sits in the holder. It has a nighlite built in, which was a godsend. You have to fill a small cup with the required amount of water, and place the water into a metal well. Press the start button and place the bottle on top of the metal well. It basically heats the water and steams the bottle, but it does it really quickly, and lets you know when it is ready to be used. I had it next to the bed, and in the end I could do it in my sleep almost. It was fab, and I would definately recommend it.
I bought this unit following on from my sister having one when she had her children and she swore by it. I had used it a couple of times at her house as well so I knew it was a good idea.
The unit is designed to save you having to go downstairs when your baby is still waking up for feeds during the night.
The unit consists of a stand. Within this stand you have a two bottle holder which can be removed, a warming unit and a night light.
The bottle holder is white plastic with a removable lid and a blue handle. This holder can be used seperately to the unit as just a bottle bag but to be honest it was far too bulky and being plastic it would just take up too much room in your changing bag or pram if you were to take it out.
In the holder you could hold two wide neck bottles, mine used to hold two of the large Avent bottles. In the middle of the two bottles was a freezer pack which you would fill with water and freeze during the day ready to put in the unit to keep the bottles chilled over night.
Although I understand this one of the only ways to do this I did find this part a pain as when you have a newborn baby you don't always remember to take the unit down the next morning to refreeze. I think it would be better if the holder was developed with some kind of insultation inside instead.
Also within this unit was a small two compartment container which you filled with water. This water is then transferred over into the heating area, one compartment needed for each bottle.
You turn the unit on once water in the heating unit and place your bottle in. It would take between 5 to 7 minutes to warm the bottle dependent on the size of the feed.
Although this sounds a long time when its in the middle of the night I found that I would turn the system on and put my bottle in, go off and change my daughters nappy and get her back in her sleepsuit and by the time I came back for the bottle it would be warm enough for her to drink happily.
Personally I never used the Nightlight but could see this could be useful if you had a partner who was a light sleeper.
The unit has a handy automatic shut off tool so you can ensure you do not boil dry the heating area.
The unit was all plastic so easy to clean. The warming area has a stainless steel plate so does need descaling solution to keep clean.
Only negatives for me is that it is quite a large unit so if you are limited to space it could be a pain and it also costs around £30 which could stretch some peoples budgets.
What a brilliant idea! I have used the Lindam night and day system ever since my baby was born this year.It has been a great help and I wouldnt be without it.You can keep two bottles of milk chilled for up to 8 hours inside the cooling chamber which has a handy carrying handle.It also has a neat night light built in which is handy for night time operation and as a comfort to baby.When you want to heat up your milk you just take it out of the cooler add some water from one measure which is stored inside and pour into the warming chamber press the button and in about 7 mins its ready to feed to your baby. All you must remember is to put the ice pack in the freezer in the morning ready for bedtime.
This Night and Day warmer sounds ideal but has serious drawbacks. Firstly, only narrow neck bottles (ie, not Avent wide neck style) fit in to the warming chamber (which is metal and burns your fngers when you desperately try to extract the bottle) plus there are two wells which take appx. two teaspoons of water to use for the re-heat process. These are difficult to measure and inevitably, inaccurate. When you wake up (ie.. baby wakes you up) at midnight, 2am, 4am etc. you sneak into the nursery and switch on this warmer, then try to pacify baby and keep them half asleep. NO WAY !!! This warmer is louder than the loudest kettle I've ever heard. It hisses and bubbles whilst warming and basically brings baby into a state of consciousness you simply don't want. On top of this, the milk is either underheated (no real problem there) or seriously overheated... many problems there... ie, baby can get burns and blisters. Generally, when using this warmer, I heated the milk and then ran to the bathroom to plunge the bottle under cold water to reduce the temperature.
I bought this mainly to warm the bottles up during the night. So i didn't have to go downstairs to use the microwave. But it never seemed to warm it up enough, so it was then that my son learned to drink luke warm milk. Now he drinks milk cold. This system can warm up normal neck bottles, or it has an attachment, for wider necked bottles. It has a built in light, so you can see what you are doing at night. The warming of a bottle works by putting they supply, filled with water, into the heating chamber. Then it heats it up, it gets alot of steam aswell when it is heating. It turns itself off when it is finished. You also have a cooling box, with an ice pack inside. Which you keep in the freezer during the day. So it can keep them cold at night. It keeps the bottles cold for 8 hours then, it holds two bottles. I still use the cooler now, when i go out, too keep the bottles cold. It is not that expensive £20.00. It is worth every penny.