Here is a step-by-step guide from the team here at Difrax.
Instructions for mixing and storing baby formula for your child
It's vital to understand the basics of formula preparation and storage, whether you're exclusively feeding your infant formula or nursing and supplementing with formula. This not only saves time, but it also contributes to your baby's happiness and health.
There's a lot to remember when it comes to mixing, storing, and warming. We understand. And we're here to assist you. You can also speak with your doctor if you have any further concerns.
Steps to Make a Baby Formula Bottle
Here are the five steps to making a bottle of formula for your baby securely;
1. Make sure the bottles are clean and sterilised
Using clean bottles and bottle components is the first step in correctly preparing a bottle of infant formula.
All of the bottles may be washed by hand in the sink, and many of them are also dishwasher safe.
To wash by hand:
- Completely dismantle the baby bottle, separating all pieces.
- Rinse well under cold running water.
- Clean each component with hot water and dish soap (ideally with a bottle brush to get into all the nooks and crevices)!
- Rinse under running water one more.
- Allow to dry naturally on a towel or drying rack.
For the dishwasher, follow these steps:
- Make certain that all pieces are separated.
- Place bottles in the dishwasher's top rack. Smaller components can be stored in a top-basket that is closed.
- Using hot water and a heated drying cycle, start the dishwasher.
Before taking the bottle components from the dishwasher, wash your hands.
What about a second round of sanitization?
According to the CDC, you should add an extra sanitization step for kids under 3 months, that born preterm, or those with a compromised immune system. This occurs when each portion of the bottle has been thoroughly cleaned according to the preceding guidelines.
2. Prepare and mix the formula for your infant
Read and follow the mixing directions on the label of the recipe you've chosen.
Before making your baby's bottle, wash your hands.
Water should be measured out. All powdered and liquid-concentrate formulas will require the addition of water. If you're making an individual bottle for your infant to drink right away, you may use room temperature or warm tap water.
To get the right water-to-formula ratio, carefully scoop and measure the exact amount of formula. You'll probably be told to use an unpacked level scoop. This simply means that you'll scoop out the formula and then smooth it out on top. It's a crucial step to avoid over-concentrating your baby's bottle.
The formula can be kept in the fridge for up to 24 hours after it has been mixed.
You may also buy ready-to-feed premixed formula. There is no need for extra water or mixing.
3. Please make sure the bottle lid is secure
If you're creating a single bottle, combine the water and formula within the bottle before serving. Pour the premixed quantity your baby requires into the bottle if you're using a pitcher.
Depending on the bottle you pick, you may need to put together numerous pieces. If you don't double-check everything, you could wind up with a very leaky bottle! Replace the lid and give it a little shake.
Babies also require a lot of holding, which might make bottle preparation difficult if they won't let you put them down.
4. Fill your baby's bottle with warm water
Warm milk is preferred by many infants. Though it isn't essential, it will make feeding your infant much more comfortable and pleasurable. If the milk isn't warmed up, some newborns will flatly refuse to swallow it. I mean, how can you blame them?!
If the bottle came from the refrigerator or a cooler, you'll want to plan on warming it up to remove the cold.
What is the most effective method for warming a baby bottle?
A bottle warmer is the most convenient way to warm up a baby bottle. You may use an electric bottle warmer that plugs into an outlet if you're at home. There are several alternatives to pick from that are suitable for this purpose. We also understand that you want to go out of the home now and again, and a portable bottle warming like The Baby's Brew is a fantastic alternative to have.
You can prepare and reheat your baby's bottle without ever having to put your baby down if you work together.
If you don't have a bottle warmer, you may safely reheat your baby's bottle for about 2 minutes in a bowl of warm (not hot!) water.
Shake the bottle before giving your infant the warmed milk to ensure an equal temperature. Place a drop of milk on your wrist to check the temperature. It should be somewhat warm but not hot.
Never reheat your baby's bottle in the microwave! It may produce hot patches in your baby's mouth, which can cause burns.
5. It's time to feed your child
The formula is now ready to be given to your baby once it has been prepared and warmed.
To feed your child, do the following:
Even when they're big enough to handle their own bottle, always hold your infant. This is crucial time for bonding!
Hold your infant up and straighten his or her head. This will aid in swallowing, reducing gas and spit-up.
Keep an eye out for symptoms of fullness. When your baby starts turning away from the bottle and refusing to drink, it's time for you to stop feeding them! Never have your child finish a bottle on his or her own.
Burp your child. Patting your baby on the back gently can assist release any trapped air from feeding and will make him or her feel more at peace.