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How to Prepare Infant Formula

Many new parents may not know how infant formula is prepared. The overall idea is to establish a good feeding routine early to make all the future feedings easier and more comfortable for you and your baby. Some basic preparation guidelines include mixing up the formula, warming it up, and checking the temperature before starting the feeding.

Preparing Infant Formula: An Overview

Feeding your newborn baby should be an enjoyable and heartwarming experience. It might be one of the first experiences that you share with your baby. If you are new to the world of baby formula, continue reading to get the basics, as well as a few "dos and don'ts" about feeding your baby formula.

How Do I Feed My Baby Formula?

The following is a guide on how baby formula is prepared for a newborn or young baby. The steps you take can vary, but the overall idea is to establish a good routine early to make all the future feedings easier and more comfortable for both of you.

Steps for Preparing Infant Formula

Some of the basic steps include:

1. Wash your hands.


2. Make sure that you have a clean bottle and nipple. If you wash and rinse the bottles and nipples well with hot, clean water, sterilization is unnecessary.


3. Measure the water carefully before adding any powdered baby formula. Do not add the formula first, as the powder in the bottom of the bottle will give you an inaccurate measurement of water.


4. Place the baby bottle with the measured water into a small pot of water on the stove. Heat the pot of water so that it heats the water in the baby bottle to "lukewarm." Don't use the microwave to heat a baby bottle, as it may cause hot pockets and burn your baby.


5. After the baby bottle has been warmed up, add the powdered baby formula. Read the directions on the powdered baby formula can. Formula concentrations can vary by brand, so always check to be sure you're adding the right amount of formula powder to the water. Generally speaking, however, most brands use the following formula: one level scoop of baby formula mixed with two ounces of water will produce the proper consistency.


6. Mix the two together well -- make sure there are no clumps or lumps.


7. Securely attach a clean nipple onto the bottle.


8. Test the temperature of the prepared formula on the sensitive skin of your forearm.


Once the formula has been prepared, it can be kept in the refrigerator for 48 hours if the baby has not touched the nipple. If your baby's mouth has come into contact with the nipple, it is best to dispose of the contents after the feeding session has ended.
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