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April 17th, 2012, 07:39 AM
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I have had a few ladies at work mention that it is very helpful for them to have a mini fridge in their room or the baby's for over night feedings. They said it is especially helpful when the bedrooms are on the second floor, which I have.

I have never heard of this. Do any of you ladies do do that or heard of it?

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April 17th, 2012, 07:46 AM
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I personally EBF for a year, so I never had to prepare anything for overnight feedings. Maybe some of the bottle feeding mommies can give you more guidance on this. My thought is that the baby will most likely want it warmed, so depending on how you do this, you may be walking around to the kitchen or sink to warm the bottle, regardless. It may be a small convenience to have it if you pre-prepare the over night bottles and don't need to warm them, but if you will warm them, you'll have to be up out of the bed and moving around for some amount of preparation, KWIM? I guess it couldn't hurt, though? I know some women who had their water prepared in the bottles and sat them by the bedside so they were room temp, and then added the powder to the room temp bottles so that it was not too cold and the baby would take it.
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April 17th, 2012, 07:49 AM
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Ditto Katie, I wouldn't need one, but I can see the convenience if you are formula feeding.

I would like a bathroom down here where out living room is, we have a rough in, but a rough in does not a toilet make - lol!
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I never had a mini fridge in our bedroom, but I can see how it would be helpful for bottle feeding mommies. It is an easy way to store pre-made bottles closer to you and baby for those middle of the night feedings. However, you would still need to warm the bottles.

There are also zipper pouches you can purchase that store 2-3 bottles and include ice packs that keep the bottles cold throughout the night. Those sort of offer the same convenience
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April 17th, 2012, 08:12 AM
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I will be EBF so no need here. Even if i was using formula i wouldn't get one because we don't have space in our room but i could see how it might be useful so you don't always have to go up and down the stairs.
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April 17th, 2012, 08:43 AM
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Thanks ladies.. I was just surprised to hear that because I never thought of it One of them even had a microwave on top.. I just thought it sounded a little strange, but I guess I could understand the convenience
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April 17th, 2012, 08:50 AM
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It wouldn't make much sense to me... You'd still have to get up to warm the bottle.
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it would only make sense to me if you had the microwave too! I couldn't see feeding my newborn a cold bottle. I have heard of people doing it, though. I still think breastfeeding is way more convenient than all of that hassle! But for someone who can't breastfeed, I guess it would make sense.
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We actually have a mini fridge in our room, but it's for DH's can drinks and bottle water. We never had one for the babies. For us we started from the begining (of using formula), using room temp water to make the bottles so we never had to worry about if there was a place to heat the water! If was wonderful. We would just keep a bottle of water on the nightstand (or diaperbag), and a can of powder formula, and we could mix it with no issues.
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I could go for a mini fridge in my room, but not for baby stuff. I would put drinks and snacks in there for me. I think that would help me with the night feedings. I am trying to convince my dh to get me an electric teapot, so I can have a cup of tea for the night feedings.
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April 20th, 2012, 07:27 PM
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I have had a few ladies at work mention that it is very helpful for them to have a mini fridge in their room or the baby's for over night feedings. They said it is especially helpful when the bedrooms are on the second floor, which I have.

I have never heard of this. Do any of you ladies do do that or heard of it?

Yes, I used my old college dorm mini fridge when I visited my parents. Guest rooms are on the 2nd floor opposite side of the house. In our old house the fridge was next to the master bedroom so not needed. I could really use one now. Kitchen is upstairs. It also helps to pre-make the night bottles before bed so you don't have to measure, find bottles, and shake. My son wakes between 1-6 times a night. He used to wake 10-20 times a night.
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April 21st, 2012, 05:43 AM
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No need! I've never had to 'prepare a night feed.'

Don't you have to heat up a bottle anyway?
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April 21st, 2012, 02:07 PM
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We only heat up his bottles in the begining. After that he got it cold and never cared.
Jace was drinking as many as 6 four oz bottles a night and still goes through 1-6 eight oz bottles a night, so preparing them ahead of time made my life SOOOO much easier.
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You don't even need a fridge,lol. Get bottled water, formula and a bottle warmer and you are set for night feeding. Make the bottle when the baby wakes up. I have a two story house and will be doing just that for night feedings.
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I could go for a mini fridge in my room, but not for baby stuff. I would put drinks and snacks in there for me. I think that would help me with the night feedings. I am trying to convince my dh to get me an electric teapot, so I can have a cup of tea for the night feedings.
As someone who EBF her first and was always starving and so very thirsty while nursing- this was the first use I thought of for a mini fridge!
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