One simple change made night feeds so much easier


Rob is father of 2 boys and husband to Mariandi. Avid tea drinker.


You all know the routine when feeding your baby at night? Baby begins to whimper and cry which wakes you up from your beautiful dreams of laying on a sunny beach with a tall glass of wine or cider in my case, and stumble down the stairs half zombified to make the babies feed.

With any luck you've thought ahead and pre-boiled some water before you went up to bed. Then through squinty half asleep eyes you try to measure out 5oz or 150ml if like me you prefer metric, and try not to mess the powder when scooping it into the bottle.

All the while the once whining baby has now gone into full distress mode and has woken up the sleeping other half, the toddler, the neighbours and their dog.

EUREKA!

This being our second time round dealing with this, I got thinking, there has to be a better way. All I needed was some device to keep a quantity of milk warm for about 7 hours. There must be something, right?

My initial search brought up nothing, though I know now that was wrong.

Whilst wandering the homewares aisle of a popular local supermarket, it dawned on me, a flask! Flasks are designed to hold liquids hot for a number of hours, and even if it was less than 7 it didnt matter baby milk doesn’t have to be that warm.

I did a quick “google” on Amazon for baby flasks and came across the Pacific Baby range of thermal baby bottles. I didn’t really need a bottle as such so I bought a standard 350ml flask and laster that evening, filled it with 10oz of freshly made feed.

Simple solution to getting up for the night feed

I probably congratulated myself a little to soon, as the the next 2 nights proved this to be the wrong way to keep the milk warm. Whilst the first feed of the night was perfect in everyway, the second feed tasted a little off, and by the morning any feed that was left was a thick goopy substance closely resembling yogurt.

The solution was simple

Why were we making the feed up and trying to keep it warm?

Why couldn’t we just keep the warm water in the flask and measure out the right number of scoops into small containers, one for each feed?

It turns out we can, and that’s the method we have been doing now for the last 2 months.

The only difficult part now is getting the right temperature water into the flask due to how the water cools slowly in the flask, and inevitably the baby will wake up early. But 9 out of 10 times by the time we’ve changed and cleaned the baby and added the powder the water has cooled to the right temperature.

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