“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Bottle Warmers „
I remember, as if it were yesterday, when my husband and I were preparing for the arrival of our first child, like many other expectant parents we wanted to make sure we had everything, all the fancy gadgets and cute clothes, it didn't take long after our son was born to realise what was a good investment and what was a waste of money, one of those "handy" gadgets that quickly showed it's true colours was the Mothercare Travel Bottle & Food Warmer, designed to be plugged into the cigarette lighter of a car when out on a journey or day trip.
The travel bottle warmer is a strip of blue plastic material, attached is a thin wire with the socket attachment that allows you to plug it into the cigarette lighter section in a car, the wire transfers heat along the blue strip warming the bottle and its contents. The blue strip gets threaded through a white plastic section which allows you to adjust the size of the strip making it suitable for different sized bottles, jars, tins and food tubs, it's easy to fit and does remain secure once in place. The travel bottle warmer is thermostatically controlled ensuring it doesn't overheat and will warm a standard bottle in up to 15 minutes (remember to check the temperature of food and drinks before giving to your child, a squirt on the back of the hand or wrist works well)
We first tried to use our bottle warmer to heat up our sons milk one day when we out at a balloon fiesta, now admittedly we should have thought of using it sooner and had left warming the milk until too close to his feed time, this left us with a son who wanted his milk and a bottle warmer that seemed to be deliberately taking a long time to do it's job just to spite us, after the allotted time the milk was warmer but only minutely so, it certainly wasn't the cosy warm temperature we would have achieved from a fresh bottle made at home or warmed in a regular bottle warmer. Still we gave the milk a good shake up just to ensure an even heat distribution and then fed our now agitated and hungry baby.
The next time we tried to use the bottle warmer we left longer before needing to warm the feed but still got the same result, the milk wasn't as warm as it needed to be, ok so Christopher didn't really mind as long as he was getting his milk but I didn't see the point in using the thing if it wasn't going to do it's job properly, after all you have to be draining the cars battery, even if it's only a tiny bit, to use the warmer and have to have the forethought to leave at least 15 minutes to get to this lukewarm temperature, it just didn't seem worth all the effort. In it's favour the warmer doesn't heat on the outside so you can touch it without burning yourself but that does mean you have to ensure you've fitted it the correct way and the thermostatic control means it doesn't make the milk stupidly hot potentially causing harm to you or your little one.
In the end we gave up using the warmer and sold it for a few pounds on Ebay, it cost us £8.99 but really wasn't worth that much, hopefully the gentleman that bought it from us had more success or was happier with his results but from my experience with the warmer I wouldn't recommend you go out and pay full price for one, you'd be better off getting your little one used to cool milk and not having to worry about heating it at all.
A car lighter bottle/jar warmer, what a miracle when you are stuck in the car, in the middle of nowhere. The car breaks down and your child is due a bottle or food. It has happened to me, so i went and got a warmer for the cigarette lighter, and it warms the food up in 15 mins up to the correct temperature. I got it from mothercare for £7.99 and it is called cigarette lighter warmer and can get it in any mothercare, and all you do is plug it in to your lighter and it has a strap that you put around the bottle or jar, and it will heat it up for you , thenyou just check it and then give it too your child. Then you fold it back up and put it away in your glove compartment, as it is small enough to put in there.