How do you make up and store formula? I have heard only make it up as you use it, but some mums make it up and refridgerate it for no more then 24 hours and some mums store the boiled water in the fridge and mix it when needed and heat???? What do you do???
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Camille - posted on 08/07/2009
I would just microwave purified water for about 10 seconds, mix it, test it, and we'd be ready to go. That's as quick as anything else really. And my formula said you have to throw it out 2 hours after you mix it.
Jodi - posted on 08/07/2009
When my son was young, I was working full-time, so making it up each bottle was a pain in the neck and not at all practical. I just used a normal jug (with a sealed lid) and everynight, once he was in bed, I made up the formula for the next day. The next morning, I would pour his morning bottles and all the bottlkes he needed at daycare. I honestly can't remember the time in the microwave, but I'd just heat it up, and so would daycare.
I did this for my daughter as well, even though I was home. It was just easier. 24 hours is fine. In the end, my daughter preferred it cold!!!
User - posted on 08/07/2009
Mandy, I used to fill the bottles with boiled water to the amount that the formula tin says then as I needed them, warmed the water in the microwave and put in the scoops of formula.. The other alternative is make the bottles up as the tin says and I only ever used to heat them once after being in the fridge and only kept them for no longer than 24 hours.
Sammie-Jo - posted on 06/22/2009
I always made the bottles in the morning, just fill them up with boiled water, enough for the day. Then use a divider box, tesco sell them. you measure the milk powder into each compartment and use it when you need it. i swore by this. the bottles with the milk compartment inside are good, but my friend had it and said they werent big enough, as he grew she couldnt fit much in. hope this helps
Mel - posted on 06/22/2009
you just get a big plastic jug, mark the water line on it and make up the formula add however many scoops for say 6 bottles then that amount of water and shake it then put it in the fridge. or put it in separate bottles in the fridge. in the hospital they make it up 24 hours prior and keep it in the fridge they gave us one of their container for home so its safe
Amanda - posted on 06/22/2009
Thanks very much for all of your advice... I am feeding my 6 week old baby girl expressed breast milk but would like to substitute her last night feed for formula and am not really sure which websites/advice to follow so just thought I would see what other mums do! Ta
Erin - posted on 06/22/2009
I keep the boiled water in the bottles in the fridge, warm the water to just above room temp then add the formula. You can add the formula to the water then put it in the fridge, but for how long depends on the formula. Mine can only be kept in the fridge for 12 hrs, while others can last 24hrs.
Jessica - posted on 06/22/2009
I used to measure out pre-boiled water into the bottle, since it was winter time i heated up the water a little before adding the formula. I had a divided container and measured out how many scoops i needed (it helped my husband at night time!)
Paula - posted on 06/22/2009
i used to make couple bottles ahead and have in fridge ready......if going out for day had hot water in bottles ready measured and special container ( which holds enough formula for 3 bottles) for formula. Each time needed bottle tipped formula into bottle and shake. This came in handy especially in the warmer months as didnt spoil the milk...
Alison - posted on 06/22/2009
Follow the instructions on the container. It is usually ok to make up bottles and store them in the refriderator. If a particular formula is unsuitable for refridgeration it will say so on the container. In the absence of a warning I personally think its ok and I have done this myself. Often the instructions will say to mix with hot water so storing the water on its own is not usually an option.
Nicole - posted on 06/21/2009
Hello...i have 3 children, so I didn't have time to make it as I use it. I bought a formula pitcher, best one so far made by Dr. Brown's. It makes up to 40oz. of formula which has to be stored in the refridgerator for no longer than 48 hours. It's much easier especially when your a first time mom and your just not sure of their cries yet...i remember wasting alot of formula on my first because I just wasn't sure because he had colic so he cried all the time and I always thought he was hungry but that wasn't always the case with him. I guess you could say for me it was easier to use as I went along and it was as simple as grabbing a bottle and pouring the desired amount...babies can be picky, sometimes they'll eat 4oz, sometimes 2oz and sometimes they'll surprise you and eat 6oz...but atleast if you start with 4oz you can always refill when you need to. Hope this helps. :o)
User - posted on 06/21/2009
have you seen the tommee tippe closer to nature bottles? They are fantastic. You can get a container that fits inside to store premeasured formula. So i would make up about 8 bottles at a time with pre-measured boiled water and formula. That way you just grab one and tip the formula in. Also if you need to go out you just grab a bottle with no need to waste time measuring, making bottles before you go and having loads of containers to store formula powder in.
Liz - posted on 06/21/2009
I uses to just have the boiled water ready and then just pour and scoop. It was nice because i never had to heat the bottle up. Babies dont need to have warm formula. My daughter actually preferred it at room temp. Occasionally her great g-ma would try to warm it up because she thought it would be better and my daughter would not take it that way.
Faunda - posted on 06/21/2009
I always used a small pitcher like the Pampered Chef 2qt. pitcher since it has a stirring mechanism in it and made up as much as I would need in a day then poured it into the bottle as I needed it. However if you get your baby used to room temp. formula you can just use a bottle with the water already measured in it then just add formula and shake and feed. Then no matter where you are you can always feed without the need to warm.