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Formula flask is poised to solve age-old parent quandary

By RJ Whitehead

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Formula flask is poised to solve age-old parent quandary

Related tags: Infant, Breastfeeding

A Thermos-like device to keep water for infant formula at the ideal drinking temperature is being developed in South Australia.

It claims to be the solution to a perennial problem for parents who never seem to be able to keep their child’s bottle at the right temperature when they are out and about.

Daniel Lauterio says his battery-powered Warm’n’Ready device could prove to be a parent’s best friend when it comes to keeping bottle-fed babies happy. It will maintain a constant water temperature for up to seven hours before it is mixed with baby formula.

The father of two says that more than 70 interviews with parents in recent months revealed three main pain points: trying to cool boiling water kept in a regular thermos; an inability to access warm water quickly when away from home; and, parents worried about using microwaves to heat bottles.

The product has an insulated stainless steel vessel, a built-in 12-volt lithium-ion battery and can be set to keep water at a constant pre-set temperature between 38 and 45C.

It features an easy-to-pour lid design so you can fill up your child’s bottle in any location – in a car, on a plane, on a boat or a train​,” Lauterio says.

There’s nothing like this on the market designed for parents. An everyday thermos keeps things hot: babies don’t want hot; babies want it nice and warm and they want it instantly. Warm’n’Ready gives you that – it eliminates the guesswork​.”

Lauterio has built a working prototype, with the first units expected to be available early next year for $99 each.

Lauterio, pictured with Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Colin Stirling, has been part of the university's Venture Dorm programme through its New Venture Institute. He recently won a pitch competition run by the New Venture Institute, which has expose him to a number of opportunities to help him fast-track the product, he said.

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Posted by Peter Hobman,

It will be critical to ensure the design does not enable infant formula powders to be added to the flask I order to avoid food microbial growth and food safety issues.

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