With my first baby we lived in a flat so close to the kitchen, fridge and microwave. Now we are in a house and have an attic room so I didn't fancy getting up during the night going down and up 2 flights of stairs to warm a bottle so I bought the Lindam day and night feeding system. This heats up the bottles quickly when placed in the heating dish by warming a small amount of water placed in the heating dish, this boils said water and heats the milk in the bottle, and I have discovered that if you put slightly more water in the heating element then it stays heating the bottle for a couple of minutes longer which is needed for very full bottles. I use Dr Browns bottles and they fit fine, as do Avent bottles so it is great as it seems to fit most brands of bottles which is a great advantage. It keeps the bottles cool for up to 8 hours with an ice pack that is inserted between 2 bottles. It takes a few days to get in to the routine of remembering to remove the ice pack every morning to freeze it ready for the night ahead though! It has a night light which can be switched off which is a bonus. I have found this to be a great product that has made night feeding so much easier.
Lindam Night & Day Feeding System
I bought this product from Argos for 24.99 around 4 months before my daughter was born (she is now 10 months). I though that it would make my lige much easier as when I had my first daughter, I lived in a flat and it was easy to pop in and out of the kitchen to heat a bottle but now, short of taking a kettle upstairs, I would have had to keep traipsing up and down at silly o'clock and so this seemed to be the better option.
The product itself has quite a few different features, it not only heats the bottles up, but the carry pack which the bottles has an ice pack that fits in the middle so that a bottle can be put either side to keep them cool and fresh and also the unit has a night light on it, perfect for them bleary eyed moments in the middle of the night searching for the 'on' button!
The unit also comes with two little pots which I can only describe as looking like the type of pots that childrens liquid paints come in (the ones on a little row with separate pots for each colour). These are to fill with water and the amount of water that fits into one is the correct amount needed to heat a bottle up once.
To use the unit, the ice block has to be froxen in the day if using the cooler and then put into the cooler unit and a bottle either side (although some of the bigger more shapely bottles may not fit in the cooler or the heating compartment). Fill the two water pots up and you are ready to go. The cooling unit can also be used in the day to carry bottles when out and about as it is detatchable from the rest of the product.
When wanting to heat a bottle, one pot of water is to be poured into the warmer and then the bottle in it. The warmer is a round tray with a metal base, when switched on, the metal bas ethen heats up turning the water into steam and heating the bottle up and then automatically switches off after all of the water ha evaporated.
It is advertised to heat the milk up in around 6 minutes but I found that the more milk in the bottle the longer it took for it to heat, sometimes needing to be started again once finished, as with mine it was only heating the bottle not the milk inside it.
The nightlight on it is not very bright but is good enough to be able to see where the switch is to start the heating process.
The unit is rather easy to maintain as it only needs cleaning around once a week and then that is only with the bottle warmer part with a part warm water part vinegar mixture to prevent limescale.
The only problem is that the unit can get rater noisy when mid-cycle, a lot like boiling a kettle although if heating a smaller size bottle, this doesn't last very long due to there not being as much water.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product to all parents and parents-to-be as it can save a lot of hassle in the night, while the bottle is being heated the time can be used constructively, changing a nappy or soothing your precious bundle.
This is a really clever little device for anyone planning to bottlefeed. It consists of a cool box which will take 2 standard size bottles and also a base unit with a bottle warmer.
The idea is, that in the middle of the night or very early in the morning, you don't need to go downstairs to get baby's bottle out of the fridge and heat it up. Our feeding system was set up in baby's room. Last thing at night we would put 2 bottles in the cool box with the ice pack (which is custom fit for the lindam ice box and needs to go back in the freezer each morning), fill up the little water container that is included and place it all in the feeding station.
The base unit is mains powered. When you want to warm a feed, you place a bottle in the warming unit, add a measure of water and press the button. Depending on how much milk you are warming it will be ready in 3 - 5 minutes. It warms a 7oz bottle no problem, but any more than that and it starts to struggle.
For me this was a lifesaver as I wasn't staggering up and down the stairs in the middle of the night. It's been used with 3 babies now and is still going strong 4 years later. Also, the cool box gets used on days out or long journeys as it's perfectly designed for baby bottles and keeps them cold for ages, at least 8 hours if not longer.
Unit requires very little cleaning. The cool box can easily be wiped out. Occassionally the warming unit needs wiping but I just use some kitchen roll and anti-bacterial spray.
Great product for those of us who aren't night owls!
Just after I had Murray I started expressing some milk to allow daddy to help with the feeds and let me get some sleep as having 2 children under 3 was very tiring with very little sleep, with having to breast feed all night long. The first few nights when Murray wakened he would scream while hubby was down stairs getting the expressed bottle out of the fridge and heating it up. By that time I had just latched Murray on and breast fed him. After a while I gradually started introducing to formula to try and get him to go longer between feeds and give me a break as I was at breaking point. Hubby was happy for this but he was fed up going downstairs, switching the kettle on and waiting for the bottle to get the chill off it. So he decided enough was enough and off he went and came back with a Lindam Day and Night Feeder. Costing £29.99 from Mothercare. This day and night feeder came with a fairly large base. We had to clear a good chunk of the chest of drawers to allow plenty room for it. It is roughly 15cm by 15 cm. The base is while and it has a large rectangle at the back of the base. You Then slot the bottle holder in. The bottle holder holds 2 tall bottles and the ice pack no problems. It also can double as a carrier during the day if you are going out and want to keep the bottles cool. I found with my wideneck bottles that it did take a bit of work to get both bottles in but they do fit with quite a bit of jiggying. It also comes with a ice pack which you place in the freezer during the day and at night we would put it in with the 2 bottles and take upstairs. Our only complaint with the icepack was that if you forgot to take it to the freezer you were stuck especially as we have a freezer in the garage which makes things harder to remember when on your own. The ice pack keeps cold for around 8 hours which worked in well with us
taking it up between 10.30 and 11pm. The front part on the left contains a light which to be quite truthfully was blimming useless. It was orange and didn't give off much light and it was easier to put on the nightlight which we had. The front part on the right contains a bottle warmer. This one doesn't work like the one we had downstairs. With this one, you get a little holder which reminded me of contact lenses holders which I saw friends using in the states. It was like 2 round circles with lids that popped on top. You fill these with water and depending on if you need a 4oz bottle or a 7oz bottle heated you either use 1 for 4oz or the 2 for a 7oz. The unfortunate thing was that the plastic which held the lids on broke very easily and we ended up guessing roughly how much water we should use. But the bottle warmer is metallic at the bottom and has a basket in there which is used when using tall bottles or you can remove for widenecked bottles. You place the water into the warmer area and click the switch and depending on how much water you place in it took 4 or 7 minutes to heat. This was one major problem we found was that it got very noisy like a noisy kettle boiling water which would end up wakening the whole household. Especially in the dead of the night it can be very infuriating to waken up to this! The warmer automatically switches off when the water has evaporated. There is no way to switch it off before this. I also found you had to catch the bottle being heated to the correct temperature otherwise it would end up far too hot and then it was off to the bathroom to cool it down again! After a while we learned to time the bottle to the correct temperature. The System over all is very easy to clean and I used wipes and once a week cleaned out the bottle warmer part. I did find it collected a lot of dust over a week in our bedroom, but baby wipes
make it simple and easier to clean. It was a worthy investment although it was only used for 12 weeks when Murray started sleeping 9 hours a night. It still looks like new and when my Sister in Law has her baby in December she is more than likely to borrow this, so my money's worth will be gotten out of it. The idea of the system is great if especially like us you have a big flight of stairs and a walk through the downstairs to reach the kitchen as it saves time getting a feed to a hungry baby. My friend invested in this for her baby for all day use and kept it in their kitchen as they are all on one floor. If you are finding night times tough or plan to bottle feed this is worth looking at investing in for when baby arrives.
When I first bought this product I was jokingly called a lazy so and so, but as a first time mum I've found it an invaluable bit of kit. The system comprises of a base unit and separate cool pack (with freezer block) which slots into the base when you use it. It's neat and tidy and isn't too big to take all the room on your bedside table. I'm able to have the unit, a lamp and my book (yep I still get the chance to read - sometimes) on there with room to spare for any other necessaries (Infacol, bib etc). The base unit has a built in night light/bottle stand which I found useful as somewhere to keep the bottle lid but not much use as a light to be able to see what you're doing. You also get a small water holder to keep the right measures of water needed to heat the bottles which stores neatly in the cooler pack with the freezer block and your bottles. Handy so you don't end up trying to guess the right amount needed. There is room for two bottles to be kept cool and I found this to be enough for night time feeds with my son but it may be a problem if your baby requires more than two feeds during the night! The system is capable of heating both wide neck and narrow neck bottles by means of an 'adaptor' (a small ring that fits over the top of the heating element); though I found the narrow neck bottles didn't seem to heat as well as the wide neck ones. Luckily though my son prefers the wide neck bottles anyway - phew! The bottles are heated by steam fairly quickly (between 5-7 minutes depending on size of feed) and although this may seem like an eternity when your little one is screaming at 3.00 o'clock in the morning consider how long it would take to get up, go downstairs, boil the kettle and then heat the bottle up! So 7 minutes isn't so bad after all! The only real gripe I have is that sometimes (and I'm at a loss as to why it happens) is that the bottles are not heated enough; ind
eed it sometimes seems it is not warm at all. However this only happens now and again and even going through the full process again is better than getting up to boil the kettle! I bought it for £29.99 from Argos and from what I've seen it's available from almost all baby care and home shops. At first glance it may seem a bit steep for what it is - I mean all it does is keep bottles cool then heat them - but for me it's an absolutely fundamental piece of equipment. You can view it on the Lindam website at: http://www.lindam.com/ld27.htm
When a friend found out I was pregnant she advised me to get this for when I went onto bottle feeding, I would recomend the same to my friends. The system contains a coolbox which will hold two bottles and the icepack and keeps the bottles cold overnight - for upto 8 hours. I use Avent bottles and these fit in nicely. The system can be used for either wide or narrow bottles and an adapter for the narrow bottles is included. The coolbox can be used for trips out as well. There is a small plastic container for putting the correct 'dose' of water in (it reminds me of a contact lens case), this fits quite nicely on top of the ice pack for storage and holds two doses of water. There is a nightlight, although this is not really bright enough to serve any useful purpose - also it is flat, and the chances are you will have the system on a chest of drawers or similar, so your child will not see this from their cot anyway. However this is does not affect the workings of the system at all, so I forgive them for this one! (It is about the right size to put a bottle on while you are burping baby though so I guess all is not lost) I did find that the power cable was too short for the unit to sit on top of a 5+2 chest of drawers. I would guess that it would easy sit on top of a smaller chest of drawers or a bedside cabinet. 'Operation' is straight forward - simply tip one of the doses of water into the heating element, put your bottle in and press the button, and little indicator shows that its on and then you will hear the water bubbling. You will need to check the times that it takes for your particular size of feed. Maintence is also simple, the heating element just needs a wipe over with white vinegar every so often. Although there are a few petty niggles (the nightlight, power cable and having to remember to freeze the icepack) I would recommend this as a gift for any new mum. It is
so useful, I would like to have another one so that I didn't have to keep taking it downstairs every morning as it is so convenient to use during the day as well.
I had my second baby at the beginning of February. As my eldest daughter is now 3 ½ years there have been a few 'baby' things I have had to get use to again. One of these is night feeds. I am not a night person, I need my sleep, so being woken up in the early hours is not good! It was hard enough when I was breast feeding her, but now I have changed to bottles it was very hard indeed. Getting up, going downstairs, getting the bottle, warming it, coming back up, not a lot of fun! Also I have two cats whose idea of an early morning game is to lie very still in the kitchen doorway in the hope that Mummy will be so tired she won't see them, and fall over them! (I did this twice when night feeding my first daughter, once ending up with a grazed knee, and once with a sore back after falling). But, I have found the solution, and it is the 'Lindam Night & Day Feeding System'. This is a bottle warmer with a built in cooler. It has made my night times much easier, and less painful! The feeding system is very easy to use. Before you go to bed you take the freezer block, which has been chilling all day, and fit it into the centre of the bottle cooler. You then fit a bottle of milk on either side of the block. Put the lid on and the milk will stay fridge cold for at least 8 hours. You also need to fill two small pots with water. When the baby needs a feed during the night you simply remove the bottle from the cooler, pour one of the pots of water into the warmer, put the bottle in the warmer and switch it on. The bottle is then warmed by steam. How long it takes depends on how much milk is in the bottle. At the moment my daughter takes 5oz of milk, and that takes about 5 minutes to warm. This may seem like a while, but by the time I have got her out of the cot and changed her nappy the bottle is usually ready. The warmer steams for 7 minutes, so in theory it should warm up to a 7oz bottle. If the feed is bigger than that you may have to put in on aga
in, but I'm hoping that she stops night feeds before we reach that point. The feeding system also has a built in nightlight. I don't actually see the point of this, and very rarely use it. It's very dim indeed. I know that is the point of a nightlight, but it's so dim it doesn't actually light anything! I've put a nightlight bulb into my bedside lamp, and that works much better. The cooler section itself has a handle and is detachable, so if you want you can use it as a bottle carrier during the day. The only maintenance you have to do with the feeding system is to clean it once a week. It is recommended that you wipe out the bottle warmer part with a weak solution of vinegar, just to stop any limescale forming. The one real disadvantage to the system is you do have to check the bottle size to make sure they will fit into the cooler. I have 3 small squat Mothercare bottles that will not fit in, they are too wide, but I also have 2 wide neck Maws bottles which fit fine. You do have to be organised during the day to use the feeding system at night. The cool block has to be in the freezer all day to be cold enough, and the bottles have to have been chilled in the fridge for 3 hours before they are put into cooler. But this is just a case of thinking ahead, and of course you have the bonus of knowing you have a less disturbed night if you do. If you are bottle feeding a baby during the night I would strongly recommend the Lindam feeding system. Since we have brought one we have had a happy Mummy who is getting more sleep and a happy baby who is getting her milk quicker. In fact the only unhappy ones are the cats who aren't been treated to sight of Mummy flying across the kitchen at night!