How to Prepare Ready-to-Mix Powdered Baby Formula

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Properly caring for your newborn baby is probably at the top of your to-do list right now. Becoming familiar with how to prepare ready-to-mix formula is essential to meet your baby's nutritional requirements. With the frequent feedings of a newborn, you’ll get the hang of mixing formula in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottle
  • Nipple
  • Water
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

  • Grab a clean bottle and nipple that have been washed with hot, soapy water and rinsed thoroughly. Be sure the bottles have been sterilized.

  • Pour the desired amount of water into the bottle. Your pediatrician can instruct you on the type of water to use: many suggest either bottled room-temperature water or boiling and then cooling your tap water. A newborn usually drinks 2 to 3 ounces of formula at a time. A 1-month-old needs around 3 to 4 ounces. At 2 months, offer 4 to 5 ounces. At 4 months, give her 4 to 6 ounces per feeding, and at 6 months, she will be drinking about 24 to 32 ounces per day.

  • Check the product's label for mixing ratio. Usually you mix one level scoop of ready-to-mix powder with every 2 ounces of water. Add the appropriate amount of powder to the water.

  • Tighten the nipple on the bottle until snug. Place your clean finger over the nipple hole and gently shake the bottle back and forth until the powder is completely incorporated and there are no lumps. Another option is to mix thoroughly with a spoon.

  • Feed the bottle to your baby and discard any unused formula.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always check to see if the formula is expired. Never feed your baby formula that is past the date printed on the packaging.
  • Never try to "stretch" the formula by adding more water (or less powder) than instructed. This throws off the delicate balance of nutrients that the formula contains.

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