I've recently switched from concentrated formula to the powdered type. I'm wondering if anyone has any good tips on mixing it? I had a nice little system going with the concentrated can, it was easy, but I'm finding the powder messy and frankly a pain in the butt!!! Any suggestions on making bottle prep time quick and easy?
Dena - posted on 12/31/2008
I thought the powder was so much easier! In fact it's all I plan to use this time. I use to put the scoops in the bottle then just add warm water and shake! No need to warm or mix ahead of time. There are great little containers for travel that hold 3-4 bottles worth of powder in small separate containers. Fill a bottle with warm water, add powder and shake. At night, I'd just get water from the faucet in the bathroom, and add powder from one of those containers and shake. It was always the perfect temp and only took moments to get it good and shaken up. The bubbles would float to the top when he was eating it, and usually settle down by the time he got to them. Good luck!
Kimberly - posted on 12/31/2008
I bought a rubbermaid bottle with a flip cap. I would measure the amount of water that would fit and add the scoops then give it a good shake and keep the whole thing in the fridge. When she got a little older and drank more, I bought another one, so when one got low, I would just mix up the second one so that it was ready to just pour into the bottle and heat.
Laurie - posted on 12/31/2008
I tried the powder for only one of my 3 boys b/c I found they were getting constipated from the powder. You wouldn't think there would be a difference but I personaly found this a problem. Not sure if anyone else has had this problem. Good luck and Happy New Year.
Jackie - posted on 12/31/2008
Also for traveling, depending on the brand you may be able to get small "envelopes" of formula that are approximately 4 oz. each. Just take a bottle of water with you and the packet of formula is small and already measured for you. Similac makes these, not sure about other brands. Also I never bought them - got them as samples from my doctor since they never had cans.
Cindy - posted on 12/31/2008
lauries idea is great if you are staying at home all day, but for days when you are out and about, Walmart sells a container/dispenser that you pre measure out individual servings into, it has three compartments and the lid is shaped like a small funnel so it all empties into the bottle at once with out spilling. So with my grandbaby that I have often, I carry the dispenser w/formula and a bottle with purified water already premeasured, and mix it as needed. Hope this helps. God bless!
Sarah - posted on 12/31/2008
Like other moms, I premeasured the powder into my bottles. If I'm at home I'd just add water from the tap.
If you're are on the go, keep premeasured bottles with powder and a water bottle in your diaper bag. Then you just measure out the water when baby is hungry...and viola, you're done!
For easy bottle clean up on the go, I bought the cleansing wipes for breastfeeding equipment. It makes an easy time of precleaning your bottles while out, and of keeping interior of your diaper bag in good condition. When you get home, you can then clean your bottles more thoroughly!
Wendy - posted on 12/30/2008
my sister has this wonderful little plastic container that's separated into 3 sections, and the top turns to open to each section as needed and also closes tightly. she fills the sections with the measured amount of powder needed for each bottle. when she needs a bottle, she dumps the powder into the bottle, adds water and then shakes furiously for about 20 seconds. it seems to work very well.
Roxy - posted on 12/30/2008
We use Doctor Browns Formula Pitcher. Best thing ever. Next best thing is a digital kitchen scale. I know exactly how much I need to weigh out to add to 28 ounces of water and that will last me 24 hours. Takes seconds. The pitcher mixes it in seconds so there are no clumps. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.
User - posted on 12/30/2008
We used the powdered formula as well and they make a container with slots that you can measure out the formula for a bottle. The one I had held formula for up to 4 bottles. You just turn it to the slot, open the lid and dump in the formula . It was a round container with 4 quadrants. I think I picked it up at Walmart.
Charynn - posted on 12/30/2008
at night, we put the water measured out in one bottle, plus another bottle with the formula measured out. that way when we are fumbling around in the middle of the night, we just combine them and put the nipple on. makes it a little bit easier...
Amy - posted on 12/30/2008
I used the powder formula for two of my three. The scoop and into the bottle does live a little residue on the counter...I started pouring the formula into the bottle over the sink. Made for easier clean up. I liked the powder because it was easy to pack and you can have a warm bottle from the faucet without all the hoopla of warming one. I will say that it mixes better when the water is warm.
I also purchased the little wheely thing that holds formula for the diaper bag--loved it.
Corrina - posted on 12/30/2008
I had the same idea as some of the other mothers here who have suggested to use a pitcher. I am not against using the microwave to heat bottles up because as long as you shake them first you will not have hot spots... I also think the water tank is a great idea, I love going to my grandma's because she has one and you add a little hot and a little cold and it's all done!
Another thing is that they DO sell premixed formula, it's just pricey but if you can afford it then that's the way to go. GL
Karyna - posted on 12/30/2008
Im not sure if this is an option, but when i was pregnant we bought a water cooler than has the hot and cold taps on it. Then when you measure the powder in the bottle, you just add a bit of hot, then the rest cold and whalah...warm milk. This is nice too, as 'they' say microwaves can put hot spots in the milk. :-)
Kathleen - posted on 12/30/2008
No advice on how to make it quicker since the can of powder comes with a pre-measured sccop but to prevent mess, I just got a silly litle funnel (Ok.. my broke butt used a make shift piece of paper that I rounded and inserted into the bottle!!) and put it in the bottle to dump the scoop into. My counters were soo much cleaner!
Amanda - posted on 12/30/2008
I agree with everyone else when it comes to premixing and as for going out somewhere i bought a premeasure container in the baby department in walmart and it will hold up to three bottles worth... and it works great i measure it out and then put water in the bottle and the spout for the powder is small enough to fit in the bottle so there itsnt so much of a mess.
Susan - posted on 12/30/2008
I got as a present a mixing pitcher made for premixing formula which has ounzes on the side. I started with just 8 oz and now my son drinks up to 32 or more a day. It's great...you just fill it up, mix it ahead of time, and keep it in the fridge. Then when you need a bottle you pour in the bottle and pop in the micowave for a few seconds to take the chill out. Saves on the mess of trying to make a powder bottle one handed while holding on to a squirming baby.
Stephanie - posted on 12/30/2008
the powdered formula sits in the can until you use it. as long as you use it all before a months time and store it properly , i do not see the problem with it. I have 3 kids all used powered formula and all i made the bottles the same way and have never had a problem with it. if this were true why would they continue to sell the powdered formula. you are putting in a bottle and sealing it with the lid, not leaving it open and exposed. I find this very hard to believe.
Samantha - posted on 12/30/2008
According to my fiance's step mom who is a social worker for CAS apparently the powder formula is not good for babies, because if it is left out for to long it can get bacteria in it, and that is not good for the baby.
But a tip to make it easier is to get a jug where you normally put juice into it, but inseat formula, but for how many bottles you're baby drinks in a day make up that the night before, and that way you don't have to hurry around and make formula while you have a screaming baby..
I hope this helps.
Stephanie - posted on 12/30/2008
i put the powder formula in all the bottles so they are already pre measured. (ie, 4 scoops for an 8 oz bottle) , then when i'm ready to use it i just add the water, it is much easier, you dont have to stand there with a screaming baby waiting for you to measure out the powder, then add the water or heat a pre made bottle. I have 6 bottles that I make the night before , so in the morning i'm all set to go.
Laurie - posted on 12/30/2008
Buy a container and make the entire days feeding in one shot. Mix it with an electric formula mixer or a container that has a mixer built into it. I did this for all of my children. Not only does it save you time but less clean up frustration of counting scoops with a screaming child.
you can also go as far as filling bottles ahead of time from the premade container. This helped me when there was more then one baby to feed.
Best of luck
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