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How To Make Baby Formula

Super Administrator | Mar 10, 2023

When it comes to feeding your baby, whether you choose to breastfeed or use prepared formula, the most important thing is to ensure that your baby is getting the nutrition they need to grow and develop. If you have opted for making baby formula, it is essential to know how to prepare it correctly to ensure your baby's safety and health. But even if you are breastfeeding, it's still important to know how to make baby formula properly in the event you choose to supplement or need to. Here are the basics! 


How to Make Baby Formula?


Wash Your Hands

Before starting formula preparation, it is crucial to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. This step helps prevent the spread of germs and bacteria that could be harmful to your baby.


Read the Instructions

Every formula product comes with instructions, and it is essential to read them and follow them closely. Each formula has a specific mixing ratio, and failing to follow these instructions could result in your baby not getting the right amount of nutrients or receiving too much, which could be problematic.


Use Clean Bottles and Nipples

It is vital to use clean bottles and nipples when making baby formula. Wash them with soap and hot water before use to ensure they are free from bacteria or germs. After washing, rinse the bottles and nipples thoroughly with clean water.


Use the Scoop Provided

When measuring the formula, always use the scoop provided with it. Using a different scoop could result in inaccurate measurements, negatively affecting your baby's health.


Boil Water

It is essential to boil water for at least one minute and let it cool before use. Boiling water kills any bacteria that could be present and makes the water safe for your baby to drink. Once boiled, allow the water to cool to a lukewarm temperature.


Mix Formula and Water

Measure out the correct amount of formula powder and add it to the cooled boiled water in the bottle. The amount of formula to use will depend on your baby's age and weight. 


Shake the Bottle

Once the formula is mixed with the water, secure the cap tightly and shake the bottle until the powder is completely dissolved. This step ensures that the formula is evenly mixed and your baby will get the right amount of nutrients in every feed.


Test the Temperature

Before baby feeding, test the temperature of the prepared formula by shaking a few drops onto the inside of your wrist. The formula should be lukewarm, neither too hot nor too cold. If the formula is too hot, allow it to cool before feeding your baby. If it is too cold, warm it up by placing the bottle in warm water for a few minutes.


Discard Leftover Formula

It is essential to discard any leftover formula after one hour. Bacteria can grow in the leftover formula, and feeding it to your baby could make them sick. Always prepare fresh formula for every feed.


By following the steps outlined above, you can be confident that your baby receives the best nutrition possible. Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions about formula preparation.


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