Hot Water Bottles for Kids and Kids-at-Heart
Hot water bottles come in all shapes and sizes – they can be big or small, they can be short neck warmers or extra long hot water bottles. Having a nice, soft cover, perfect for cuddling, is important and printed fabrics or plush animals can even be used to cover them. These hot water bottles are perfect for kids and kids-at-heart as they’re flexible, huggable, and 100% adorable!
How to Fill Your Animal Hot Water Bottle
Animal hot water bottles are just like regular hot water bottles. They’re usually rectangular, circular, or heart-shaped, they can even be longer, but it’s the animal covers are what make them so endearing and kid-friendly.
This means there isn’t much difference when you’re filling them up too. The priority is keeping our little munchkins safe as well as toasty so here’s how to fill them up:
Open your hot water bottle by unscrewing the plug
If there’s some water left in it from the last time you used it, pour it all out so you get the temperature you want from your hot water bottle.
Heat up some water
Hot water bottles can hold different quantities of water, and some can hold as much as 2 litres of water. You’re going to want to fill them up until they’re about one-half to two-thirds full depending on capacity.
This step must be done carefully, because you don’t want to burn yourself with hot water. If you are using a tea kettle, slowly pour water into your hot water bottle, allowing it to fill about two thirds full.WikiHow
You can boil water and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Follow your hot water bottle’s instruction guidelines about fill levels and follow correct advice on recommended temperature levels so as not to damage the rubber material.
Fill up your animal hot water bottle
Here at Cuddly Comforts we always advise filling your extra long hot water bottle up with a cover already on. If, for whatever reason, you’re filling it up without the cover, use heat resistant and water-proof gloves for added safety. Hold it around the neck or prop up the water bottle if you don’t want to touch it while filling.
If you’re filling it up with the cover, just make sure you do so carefully. The cover may get wet, but at least you won’t burn your hands if the surface gets too hot.
Squeeze out the extra air
This is an important step. A flatter water bottle is easier to manage. It can cover more skin too. Air left inside will heat up and expand. A bottle fully filled with steam and water can put pressure on its seams, potentially causing irreparable damage.
Close the hot water bottle up by screwing the plug back on
After you’ve squeezed the air out, carefully replace the plug and secure it in place.
Some hot water bottles are also microwavable. For these types, you only need to make sure that they have enough room inside the microwave to rotate. The material may break if they touch the inside walls of the microwave.
You’ll never need to refill them or empty them out. You just have to reheat them in the microwave before using.
Extra Long Animal Hot Water Bottles
If you’re fond of extra long hot water bottles, there are many plush covers and printed fabric covers available for this type of hot water bottles too. And because they’re so adorable, we’re sure you won’t mind that many of these animal covers have long bodies of unrealistic proportions.
There are extra-long dogs, unicorns, bunnies, sloths, dragons, and many different real and mythical animals to choose from. Some are even famous cartoon characters!
These cuddly, warm, and extra long hot water bottles are perfect for colder nights and easing pains in multiple areas all at once. They’re often extremely cute yet highly effective in relieving back pains, neck pains, cramps, muscle soreness, stiff necks, and many other types of muscle pains.
They’re great for hugging and cuddling while sleeping too, and they’re the perfect bedtime companions for kids and kids-at-heart!