is it ok to make up all my babys formula feeds at once?

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Erin - posted on 05/20/2009

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they tell you now not to but i have done it with al my kids and its not been a problem, you are better using boiled but slightly cooled water though and then placing the bottles in the fridge and using any milk within 24 hours dotn store them in the door though as the temperature is not stable there. hope this helps

Megan - posted on 05/21/2009

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i just put the water in the bottle and i have portion containers for their formula that i put their 2 scoops in. Then whenever it's time to feed them, i just dump their portion of their formula in the bottle and shake and its ready. Room temperature ad you dont have to worry with warming cold bottles. :)

Jill - posted on 05/20/2009

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I've always made it up ahead of time, at least a days worth, if not two. The formula you use will say on the label how long it's ok to have it made up for, I think they're usually 48-72 hrs.

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Letitia - posted on 05/22/2009

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i've decided just to put water in bottles and im going to get little tubs to put the powder in so i can be prepared but not have to worry about bacteria thanks for all your help :)

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2009

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Oh I also wanted to let you know that I believe every can says on the side how long each type can be kept, along with other very important info if you just check yours I'm sure it can be a big help. (or the formula's website which most have now)

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2009

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I really think it depends on your formula...just do NOT heat in the microwave...

Becky - posted on 05/21/2009

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On the boxes we use (Apitmil) it says not to and to throw it away after two hours. What i did with both my children was to make the bottles up with boiled water for the whole day, wait for the water to cool and then put the bottles in the fridge unmade. Then when it was feed time warm the bottle (as i found the powder did not mix into the cold water as well) and then add the formula.

Claire - posted on 05/21/2009

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On an evening i sterilize a days bottles and add the correct amount of boiled water to each one before screwing on the lid and storing it in the cupboard at room temp. Then when my baby needs a feed i simply add the correct amount of milk to the water and shake (my baby takes feeds at room temp).

From what I have heard they used to say you can store bottles for 24hrs in a fridge.... (and tbh i dont know that this did n e one any harm). But recently they advise to make bottles up on demand. I think its something to do with baby milk being non sterile and so adding it earlier gives time for bacteria to develop... but dont quote me on this as I'm not sure if its accurate.

Hope it helps.

Callie - posted on 05/21/2009

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when i was using liquid formula, it was okay to make enough for a day or two in advance. when my son was 4 months old i switched over to the powered formula, and it says on the can to prepare one bottle at a time and to discard any remaining after an hour. so i have all the bottles filled with water in advance, and add the powder when it's time to eat.
read all the print on the formula you use, it should tell you. hope that helps!!

Anja - posted on 05/21/2009

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I would always make it right before feeding. Its the best for the baby because of the bacteria.

Shannon - posted on 05/21/2009

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Always check the instructions on the side of the can first. Most formulas once made (water and formua) if placed in the fridge staright away, can be kept in the fridge for 24 hours. When making up the bottle you can either make them individually or enough for the 24 hour period. In the hospital or special care nursey they make them up by the jug as there are so many bottles to make! Always pour cooled boiled water in first to the directed level and then the directed amount of scoops of formula.

When heating heat with a cup of hot water. Once heated the formula is good for an hour and may be reheated once within a half hour period.

Nicola - posted on 05/21/2009

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it depends on the brand, my brand can stay in the fridge for 12 hours, made up as milk, or if its water 48, so i just boil the water and keep bottles of water in the fridge. I jave a handy canister that I can pour leveled feeds of formula in. so when i need a bottle i take it out of the fridge warm it up then just pour. not need for leveling its alread done ahead of time!

Veronica - posted on 05/20/2009

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YES. but always check the can. it will always have directions on how to store your formula.

Jessica - posted on 05/20/2009

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At night I would have bottles filled with water (boiled, cooled to room temp) and a formula dispenser (handy little tool that holds 3 or 4 bottles worth of formula separated) by the crib. When I heard crying, I'd open the bottle, pour in the formula, and shake. For me, it was quicker than trying to warm a refrigerated bottle. During the day, I'd pre-make the bottles needed for the day.

Camille - posted on 05/18/2009

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I measure the powder and screw nipples and lids on the bottles. I kept distilled water in old plastic water bottles @ room temp. Then poored in water as needed. I know late @ night...I could never see or was awake good enough to measure it all together, and on trips so it couldnt spill, i just poored the water as needed. I hope that helps!

Nikki - posted on 05/18/2009

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I pre-made for the day in a pitcher and put it in the fridge so all I had to do was poor into the bottles!

Glendeen - posted on 05/18/2009

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No matter what formula you use it will say directly on the label how long it is good for. I pre-made my bottles aswell and I'm pretty sure it was good for 48 hours from the time it was made in the fridge. When using powder formula it is best that you put the water in first but when you are using the liquid formula it doesn't matter. So as long as they are in the fridge and used up by the time is has to you can make as many as you need : )

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Yes it is ok the hospital told me when I had my son that so long as the bottle doesn't sit out longer than 2 hrs at one time, warm as needed, and the bottles need to be used within 48hrs then its ok.

Mel - posted on 05/18/2009

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oh and its fine to do, they do it in the hospitals as they dont have time to make up individual bottles when a baby needs a feed

Mel - posted on 05/18/2009

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get a big jug and put all the water in for 6 bottles or however many you want, then add the powder for 6 bottles, then separate. or make them individually if you want. for me i had to put the powder in first them put the water up to a certain level :)

Liza - posted on 05/18/2009

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ya i did da same made them all up at nite when baby was asleep and put them in da fridge and by da next nite was ran out so just did that all ova again that worked 4 me and alot of people i know like u say they tell u 2 do da bottle as u go but there always changein things

Kimberly - posted on 05/18/2009

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Each formula varies. When i used similac it said only good for like 6-8 hours. the nestle good start was fine within 24hrs and then we went to a store brand that was just as good but insanely cheaper and it was fine withing 24hrs also.

Hayley - posted on 05/18/2009

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I was always told to put the water in first so you have the correct amount of ounces otherwise you could have more formular than milk and that can cause stomach ach for baby so you should put in water first

Libby - posted on 05/18/2009

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they tell you not to now but i have with all 5 of my kids neva done them any harm

Krista - posted on 05/18/2009

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I use liquid formula and I mix up 2 days worth and refridgerate it (the can says it is good for 48 hrs in the fridge.) I just bought the powdered stuff for travelling, and it is only good for 24 hrs in the fridge. If you're only making up 6 bottles at a time, I think you're fine no matter what kind of formula you use.

Tegan - posted on 05/18/2009

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not really quite sure what you are trying to ask,, but if u mean can you say like make up the days worth of bottles before you go out or somehting ?? i wouldnt but u can fill the bottle up with water and (not sure where u are from but im from Australia so at woolworths or bigw ) stores that sell any baby products you can buy this little container that you put the exact amount of formula in and it will dispense it when u need it,,, sorry if you cant understand me lol if you are staying at home though i think it should be fine just make a few up and put them in the fridge i wouldnt make to many as they don't last very long i really hope that answers you question x

Chelsy - posted on 05/18/2009

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oh maybe its only 24hours. i would go with the other 2 that have replied. 24hours is probably the limit. I never made mine head of time. I put the formula in the bottle then added the water when i needed it.

Ashley - posted on 05/18/2009

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Hello apparently now they say not to, or just to make the bottles up with boiled water and add the milk powder when baby is ready for a feed...... but i dont think it is a problem to make the bottles up all at once when i was pregnant it was ok! things are always changing so just find a way that works better for you, one you feel comfortable with.

Chelsy - posted on 05/18/2009

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you can make it for the day and then put it in the fridge so it stays fresh then just warm it as needed. But i think its only good for like 2days once you do that. It should say on the side of the can of formula how long it stays good for.

Charci - posted on 05/18/2009

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Yeah it's ok. Formula can keep for 24 hours in the fridge. I would make up a day's worth my boys when they were little. It helps, because you don't want to be trying to make a bottle and have a screaming baby.

Chelsy - posted on 05/18/2009

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you can make it for the day and then put it in the fridge so it stays fresh then just warm it as needed. But i think its only good for like 2days once you do that. It should say on the side of the can of formula how long it stays good for.

Hayley - posted on 05/18/2009

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Hi yes its fine to make them all at once i always did as long as they are used within 24 hours its not a problem.Hope this helps.x

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