November 2013 Moms

Are these baby items lame?

I'm a FTM and wondering if a bottle warmer and wipe warmer are awesome or a big waste of money and space.

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Re: Are these baby items lame?

  • IMO - bottle warmer not lame.  Wipe warmer lame.

     

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  • Bottle warmer is nice to have. Wipe warmer is a waste and just makes baby used to warm wipes. Baby will freak out when you have to use a cold one when out and about.


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  • And, for me...bottle warmer lame, wipe warmer not lame.  I never heated DS1's bottles, even when I stopped breast feeding.  It made it much easier to not have to warm a bottle in the middle of the night.  Everyone told me the wipe warmer was a waste, but we loved it and plan on using it again.  DS1 has very sensitive skin, so cold things almost hurt.
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  • Guess it depends on the bottle warmer of you are bfing if you are, may not be a must. Wipe warmer the general consensus is they are a waste of money.
  • My SIL said the wipe warmer helped her avoid getting sprinkled by her baby boys but wasn't needed for her baby girl. Her boys reacted to the cold by spraying mommy and daddy during changes.
  • I'm a FTM as well but I've heard from a few friends to stay away from a wipe warmer. LO will get used to warm wipes and will freak when you use cold ones, for example if you're out at a restaurant and baby needs a change... which is the last place I would want a freak out! On the other hand I heard bottle warmers are useful and I've already registered for one!
  • I never used a bottle, so I can't help on that, but I liked my wipe warmer for my others, especially since they were winter babies and we keep our house cool to help prevent SIDS.  It just seemed nicer in the middle of the night when they are so cozy and snuggly to change them with a warm wipe instead of a cold one.  In fact, before they were invented, I used to run my regular wipes under warm water to warm them up first.  I just thought it would be more comfortable for the baby.

     

  • I don't have either and never felt like I was missing something.

    I can see how the bottle warmer would be nice if you formula fed. Can you mix a bottle and keep it in the warmer for hours during the night? If you can, then I can see that it would be nice. I BF, so mixing and heating a bottle at night was never a problem.


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  • My friend gave me her bottle warmer since they're done having kids. I'm not sure if I would have registered for one otherwise.

    Wipe warmer is definitely a waste.
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  • I registered for the bottle warmer because I liked that you can also gently heat baby food. I'll be pumping once I go back to work and thought it would be a nice accessory to have for when my parents watch the baby. 
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  • I didn't have either and didn't miss them, so I vote waste of money.

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  • I wasn't going to register for a bottle warmer but my SIL suggested it. She said that her kids took to warmer bottles because they were also nursed. Saved them time.
  • In my opinion, both are a waste. 

    Anna drank her bottles cold (formula).  I'm not sure if breast milk has to be warmed or not, so it may not be a complete waste???  She drank her bottles room temp for the first few weeks and the pediatrician suggested trying them cold to help with reflux and spitting up.  It worked and she loves it.  

    I've heard that wipe warmers just dry out the wipes.  I also don't see a reason why they have to be warmed up.  It's not like they are coming out of the frig. 




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    Anna drank her bottles cold (formula).  I'm not sure if breast milk has to be warmed or not, so it may not be a complete waste???  She drank her bottles room temp for the first few weeks and the pediatrician suggested trying them cold to help with reflux and spitting up.  It worked and she loves it. 

    BM can be served cold. We usually just ran the bottle under warm water and served it, it was cold or barely warm.


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  • I bottle fed DD and found the bottle warmer to be a waste. But agree with pp that a wipe warmer is handy with a winter baby. Once it got warm out I just unplugged it and used it as a wipe holder. I never had a problem with it making diaper changes on the go difficult to do with a colder wipe. I found a great warmer at a yard sale over the weekend for 1! Maybe buy them used so if you don't use them your not wasting much and can form your own opinion. GL
  • I don't plan on getting either. I would say a bottle warmer could be super helpful but I don't want to go downstairs to heat bottles in the middle of the night.

    A wipe warmer seems like a recipe for mildew and other ick - warm, damp, dark place. No thanks. 

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  • A coworker told me that she loves the wipe warmer because the warm wipes didn't wake her son up as much during night time changes, but a cold one would wake him up more. Makes sense to me, but I'm not sold on it just for that. She really struggled with his sleeping issues the first 4 mos so I'm sure she was extra sensitive about it.

    My BFF never used either and said she didn't want to make her LO too picky.

    I haven't heard a lot in favor of the bottle warmer to share.
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  • I breastfed DS1 for 6 mo, then formula after that - never used a bottle warmer the entire time.  I did use a wipe warmer for probably the first year.  I did have to occasionally add water to it to keep the wipes from getting dry, but it wasn't big deal.  Also, it didn't make my son "picky" to if the wipes were warm or room temp, but every kiddo is different.  For DS2, I plan on doing the same (I kept the wipe warmer). 

     

     



     

  • I didn't use either with DD1, so that's the route ill be going again.

    I also didn't buy a traditional high chair and just used and loved a booster seat strapped on a chair. I tried not to overbuy to keep life simple.
  • I never used either and never wished I had them.
     

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  • Didn't use a wipe warmer on first two babies but did for number 3.. It was wonderful! We'll get one for this baby especially since we now live in the Midwest and baby is due midNovember! Never used a bottle warmer so I can't say.
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    IMO bottle warmer not lame.nbsp; Wipe warmer lame.


    Agree. Although the bottle warmer isn't a necessity. Hot water works just fine. Someone also posted last week about the nasties that can grow in a wipe warmer. Eeww.
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  • I don't plan to use a wipe warmer but we were given a bottle warmer. I'm hoping to be able to breast feed and the person that gave us the warmer said that when they froze their BM, they would use the warmer to heat it up...
  • I'm a FTM and have no experience with either but I did just read somewhere that wipe warmers can be a dangerous because they are the perfect environment to breed bacteria. Something to look into. 
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    I didn't have either and didn't miss them, so I vote waste of money.
    Agreed. DD1 was BFd but I pumped when I went back to work and didn't use a bottle warmer. Never used a wipe warmer either.
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    I did use a wipe warmer for probably the first year.  I did have to occasionally add water to it to keep the wipes from getting dry, but it wasn't big deal.  Also, it didn't make my son "picky" to if the wipes were warm or room temp, but every kiddo is different.  For DS2, I plan on doing the same (I kept the wipe warmer).  

     This! We uses a bottle warmer because I was a working mama and had to freeze my BM to make sure I had a good supply. So letting it thaw for an hour is not ideal when you see supply is low. You cant microwave it so unfreezing it in 15 mins was great for us.

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    I never warmed DDs bottles when I switched to formula. I didn't want to run into being out and not having a bottle warmer and having her refuse the bottle due to it being too cold. I just used warm water.

    I also did not use a wipe warmer. I used cloth wipes with DD and did not warm them.

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  • We got a lot of use out of both. Necessary? No. Nice creature comfort? Sure.
  • Bottle warmer...must have.  Wipe warmer...not so much.  People say they are great but with DS it became a pain in the a** and I ended up not using it after too long.  Bottle warmer we used all the time
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