How to Switch Baby Formula

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If your child has an intolerance to his current formula, changing to a different formula might help. Before you make the decision to change your baby’s formula, it is essential that you consult his pediatrician and make sure the switch is necessary. Pediatricians usually recommended switching formulas gradually, but in some instances your doctor might want you to make the switch from one formula to another immediately. Ask your baby's doctor for a recommendation on which formula is best for him.

Things You'll Need

  • Formula
  • Bottle
  • Start on day one by mixing 1 oz. of the new formula with 7 oz. of the original formula. Mix them in the same bottle. Shake the bottle well to mix the formula.

  • Mix 2 oz. of the new formula with 6 oz. of the old formula on day two. Shake the bottle before feeding your baby.

  • Combine 3 oz. of the new formula with 5 oz. of the original formula on day four. Shake the bottle well before feeding it to your baby.

  • Mix 4 oz. of new formula and 4 oz. of the original formula. Shake the bottle well before you feed your baby.

  • Put 5 oz. of the new formula with 3 oz. of the old formula. Shake the bottle well before feeding.

  • Combine 6 oz. of the new formula with 2 oz. of the existing formula. Shake the bottle before you feed your baby.

  • Put 7 oz. of the new formula with 1 oz. of the old formula. Shake the bottle to well before feeding your baby.

  • Stop mixing the formula. Feed your baby the new formula from this point forward.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your baby is not yet taking a full 8 oz. of formula at one time, adjust the smaller amount he does consume in the same manner. For example, if he drinks 4 oz. of formula at one time, mix 1 oz. of the new formula with 3 oz. of the old on the first day and 2 oz. of new and 2 oz. of old on the second day, continuing until he's getting all new formula.
  • Watch for signs of intolerance to the new formula.

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