How to Prepare Baby Formula

It is essential that every parent know how to prepare baby formula and follow the instructions on the label. Preparing formula is not very difficult once moms and dads learn the fundamentals on how to mix baby formula. The instructions in the article below hold true for both 100 percent formula fed babies and babies who are fed both breast milk and formula.

Remember to consult with your pediatrician before choosing a formula and changing baby formula. Once you and your health-care professional decide on the right type and formula brand, pay close attention to the instructions on the manufacturer’s label and precisely follow the directions.

For further reading, you can also refer to an article titled “Key Pointers on Preparing Baby Formula” by one of our parenting and consumer product experts, Sandra Gordon.

Formula Feeding Guide: The Dos and Don’ts

Health authorities recommend the following steps when preparing baby formula and infant feeding in order to maintain safe feeding practices:

  • Boil new bottles and nipples for five minutes before using them the first time. Also, wash them for one minute in hot, soapy water after each use.
  • Wash hands before preparing formula and before feeding the baby to avoid contamination.
  • When opening a can or plastic tub of infant formula, clean the lid and the can opener of dust or soil.
  • Follow preparation instructions on the product label to ensure the formula is prepared properly.
  • Discard previously chilled bottles of formula if left out of a cooler or refrigerator for more than an hour.
  • Discard any excess liquid in baby bottles to help avoid the growth of bacteria found in baby saliva.
  • Never feed infant formula that has expired or formula from a dented container.
  • Never heat infant formula or bottled breast milk in the microwave.
  • Buy baby formula only from reputable retailers and not from on-line auctions or flea markets.

Dos:

  • Always wash your hands.
  • Read and follow the preparation instructions on the formula label.
  • Use opened or prepared formula within the timeframes outlined on the container.
  • Ask questions. Your pediatrician and formula manufacturer are there to help answer any questions that you may have.
  • Purchase formula from reputable retailers.

Don'ts:

  • Never heat your baby's bottle in the microwave.
  • Don't prepare formula using a blender.
  • Don't use expired formula.
  • Remember to check the container for the expiration date.