My brain goes a million miles a minute most days. I’m also annoyingly observant and always want to fix things. Just call me Tinkerbell. Something was bothering me at the kid’s daycare. (Psst: this is not a rant or an open invite to discuss daycare.) So my manic brain, need to fix things, and extremely annoying (Hubby added extremely) habit of constant observation spontaneously combusted with the fact that I was raised by ex-hippie environmentalists this week when I witnessed the staff running hot water to heat a baby bottle. Holy run on-sentence. Almost every day last week I witnessed it and lost sleep. Did all daycares do this? That’s a lot of wasted water. That’s a small river of wasted water. I had to fix it.
So I talked to Tommee Tippee about donating a bottle warmer to the center in the hopes we could do at least a small part to conserve water. I then pictured myself making a speech to the head of the company to help in my efforts to save the planet. Cue Captain America music.
When I told the daycare director (love her) about my plan, she wrote back the following:
Hi Kristin, You are too sweet – thank you for thinking of us! It is actually a new Dept. of Early Education and Care regulation that bottles are warmed through running hot water. I agree, it does tend to use a significant amount of water, but is the only allowed way to warm a bottle. The reason for this is to maintain the physical facility regulation in which we must have a free from hazards environment – including preventing injury by keeping liquids, foods, and appliances that are or become hot enough to burn a child out of the reach of children. We can fill a thermos cup or container with warm water and let the bottle sit to avoid running water, but have not had much success with getting the bottle warm within five minutes using this strategy.
This makes sense and I get it. Babies like warm milk (especially ones that are used to breastmilk), and obviously we don’t want anything that could harm our sweet cherubs. So apparently I’m not going to be able to save the planet one daycare at a time. But I CAN do my part by not running the water in our house to get bottles warm. (Cue the Tommee Tippee Bottle Warmer and Perfect Prep Machine flying into kitchens everywhere. With Capes. And Masks.)
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