What else would you expect, right?
With pwincesh Jada, I was working from home. And it was the first time that I ever attempted exclusive breastfeeding. Therefore, there were plenty of things I didn't know. I thought direct feeding was more convenient and before I knew it, it was too late to introduce her expressed breast milk (EBM) in the bottle as she totally refused it. Therefore, she was breastfed directly for the entire first 18 months of her life.
The positive part about it was - I don't have to worry about bottle steriliser and warmer. But that was then.
Now that I am smarter in the bf department, I realised that there are just waaay too many stuff to be invested if a working mom wants to continue breastfeeding her baby. There are those containers to store EBM, expensive steriliser and that bottle warmer that will definitely ease all working moms. Of course, there will also be that very expensive breast pump which I had bought 4 years back when I was pregnant with Jada. And since I've bought the Philips Avent breast pump, I had to buy all things Avent as all brands have their own unique fit, shapes and sizes.
Recently, though, there seem to be a major exhaustion to Avent's products. It was so tough getting the containers for EBM but I managed to get it through an online baby store after frequenting so many malls. But, when it comes to searching for the bottle warmer, it seemed to be out of stock at all of the renowned online baby shops and I could never find it in any shopping malls.
Do you really need a bottle warmer? Well, you don't actually, if you are diligent enough in ensuring that you constantly monitor the frozen/chilled EBM closely while you place the container in a bowl/mug of hot water. For one, your chilled EBM might make the water turn cold and you'll not get all the milk evenly warmed or on the other hand, the milk might get a little too hot and that would destroy many of the benefits of breastmilk. If your baby has been crying for awhile, this can be really stressful. Now, I know I can monitor it well enough but I also realised that I would waste plenty of hot water as I'd need to change the water in the mug for me to ensure the frozen/chilled EBM gets warm quick enough. And if I expect another person to help feed the baby, that person as I noticed, may not bother to monitor the temperature of the water or the container because they might not be as 'kiasu' as a mother who just had a baby.
So, to ease everyone's tired nerves in the house, I decided to get the bottle warmer. After all, it can double up as a food warmer and I do think I will use it for awhile even after the baby has weaned off breastfeeding. Heck, I am even using the bottle steriliser to sterilise all of Jada's bottles until now, although she turned 3 today. Thus, my kiasu-ness tells me that the warmer will last for awhile in my kitchen.
After searching high and low everywhere for the bottle warmer, we decided to check out an Avent service center which Mr Husband had once went to look for parts to my Avent Isis IQ duo pump which I haven't used since the last 2 years.
walah... we found it at Kinderdijk, located at Hartamas.
Before getting this from Kinderdijk, Mr Husband did buy another bottle warmer when we thought we could just take a short cut and buy whatever warmer that's available on the shelves of any retail stores. But we returned it to the store because it didn't warm up the bottle even after 10 minutes. With the Philips Avent warmer, the temperature warmed up almost in an instant and maintained at a good warm level even after you've switched it off after awhile. It is that convenient!
I would recommend anyone who loves Philips Avent's products to head on to Kinderdijk direct if the distance from your home or work place is convenient enough. This is because not only is the customer service excellent, you would most likely get anything you're looking for (from the standard products to spare parts) but the best part would be - the fact that you're getting the items at a much lower price than retail. In fact, not only did the price tag lower than market price, I got this at another good discount if I can pay for it with cash. Perfect.