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Old Jun 14th, 2017, 09:39 AM   11
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I love my Avent microwave steriliser as well. Only problem is you need quite a large microwave for it to fit in as I discovered after purchasing it when it wouldn't fit in my microwave. Luckily (?) my old
microwave broke recently so I deliberately replaced it with a larger one so I could use the steriliser 😂



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2017, 09:40 AM   12
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Heres what we do in regards to formula.

*clean and sterilize bottles.
*boil kettle.
*in each bottle (make 4 at a time) put in how many oz baby is taking.
*put teats and lids on bottles.
*leave at room temperature.
*add formula as needed.

You can warm bottles if u want to but even in the hospital now they give baby formula at room temp!

This way you have a clean sterilized bottle with water ready to be used when u need it! We used the flask for my son for a while (hes now 3) then we realized we could feed at room temp so started doing it this way.

My HV knows i do it this way (with our daughter now 7weeks) and I think it is the most standard way nowadays.

Oh and I second the microwave sterilizer. Its much easier n takes up less room than an electric too!!
That's interesting. Are u based in the UK?



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2017, 12:17 PM   13
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I would clean and sterlise the flask just as you would for bottles, but obviously not every time (once a day should be fine). Personally I use milton's on flasks and have for years without any problems (literally like the same flask which I've had for 10 years).

Personally, I found it was much easier to use ready made cartons when out and to make bottles in advance or boil water in advance when home though. I found the flask frankly worked too well and the water was still boiling hot hours later. I could have just boiled the kettle! I found it was easier to just remember to boil the kettle a little in advance of when I expected I'd need it and not waste my time with an extra thing to clean. Also I found the water in the flask would cool down too much by later in the day so I was still re-boiling the kettle to replace it when it wasn't hot anymore.

I don't know how it would have been in the early weeks (was still bf), but certainly by 2-3 months it was easy to plan ahead. I knew she would be hungry roughly every 3-4 hours so if it was around 10-11am, at 9-9:30 I'd boil the kettle and make the bottle roughly 30 minutes after that. By the time it cooled she would likely want it soon, but anyway it was still fine at room temp for 2 hours so I could make it even earlier if that was easier. During the night, I made them in advance and reheated in boiled water which took about as long as cooling a fresh one, so all the same.

When out, the cartons, though expensive, were worth the convenience. I did do it from the flask when out for about a month but I didn't think it was worth it for the hassle after that.



 
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Heres what we do in regards to formula.

*clean and sterilize bottles.
*boil kettle.
*in each bottle (make 4 at a time) put in how many oz baby is taking.
*put teats and lids on bottles.
*leave at room temperature.
*add formula as needed.

You can warm bottles if u want to but even in the hospital now they give baby formula at room temp!

This way you have a clean sterilized bottle with water ready to be used when u need it! We used the flask for my son for a while (hes now 3) then we realized we could feed at room temp so started doing it this way.

My HV knows i do it this way (with our daughter now 7weeks) and I think it is the most standard way nowadays.

Oh and I second the microwave sterilizer. Its much easier n takes up less room than an electric too!!
That's interesting. Are u based in the UK?
Yes I'm in south england. Most mums I know do it this way. That way at home or out and about you always have that bottle ready n less to carry round with you. Just your bottles and pre-measured formula



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2017, 14:29 PM   15
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Hi I had 2 types of flasks, 1 proper thermos which kept it very hot and one like a covered coffee cup like you'd have at work which cooled down a lot quicker. Then I just mixed it to the right temp-about 2 thirds hot to one third cool I think. I washed them with hot soapy water and rinsed with cool then just put boiling in. I would take both out with me with a pot of formula if out for a couple of feeds or a ready made carton if out for one.



 
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