- 1 How to make life easier when using formula
- 2 1. Use room temperature filtered water.
- 3 2. Prep bottles ahead of time for night feedings.
- 4 3. sanitize bottles when your baby is under 3 months.
- 5 4. Prep bottles before going anywhere with your baby.
- 6 5. keep track of how much your baby eats.
- 7 6. always pour the water first.
- 8 7. make sure you are using the correct nipple size
How to make life easier when using formula
Formula is an amazing thing that has allowed tons of moms to feed their babies. That being said, it can also be a pain in the butt. Here are 7 of the best formula hacks that will make life easier for all you mamas using formula!
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1. Use room temperature filtered water.
There is no reason to warm a bottle for your baby unless she prefers it and won’t drink it otherwise. I recommend giving your baby her first bottle of formula with room temperature filtered water. If she drinks it without a problem, do not get a bottle warmer!
I used a bottle warmer in the beginning because I just assumed my baby wanted her formula warmed. I hated it because it was just another step I had to take to feed my baby, and it was never fast enough.
When I realized that I had made this assumption based on nothing, I tried giving her a bottle with room temperature filtered water, and it was life changing! This is my favorite of the 7 best formula hacks because making bottles became SO much easier and faster.
2. Prep bottles ahead of time for night feedings.
This will making nighttime feedings less stressful, and it will save you time. The number of bottles I prepared was based on approximately how many times my baby was waking up each night.
I measured out the formula, put it into each bottle, and screwed the lid on tight. I brought the bottles, a container of filtered water, and an empty bottle upstairs. The empty bottle was so I could correctly measure the amount of water to be added to each bottle of formula.
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3. sanitize bottles when your baby is under 3 months.
According to the CDC, sanitizing bottles can be important for babies under 3 months for extra germ removal. I got a baby bottle electric steam sterilizer and dryer, and I love it. It’s very easy to use and to maintain. Once you load the bottles, all you have to do is turn the dial.
You can use it for bottles, breast pump pieces, pacifiers, teethers, and plastic toys. My baby is 5-months-old now, and I still use it.
4. Prep bottles before going anywhere with your baby.
Just like with nighttime bottle prep, measure out the formula to put into each bottle and screw the lid on tight. Bring filtered water, and an empty bottle to measure the water before mixing in with the formula.
Calculate the amount of formula you need to bring based on how long you plan to be out, but always bring more than you think you’ll need. That way you’ll never be stressed about whether or not you have enough food for your baby.
5. keep track of how much your baby eats.
Use a baby logging app or some other method to keep track of how much formula your baby consumes each day. While that amount will always vary, this can help you figure out approximately how much formula to make for each feeding.
6. always pour the water first.
It is very important to get the ratio of formula to water correct. The best way to do this is to pour the water in first, and then add the formula. If you dilute the formula, your baby can fill up on water and not get the nutrients she needs. Water intoxication is also possible if your baby drinks too much water.
7. make sure you are using the correct nipple size
In general, nipple sizes correlate to the age of your baby. However, you should pay attention to your baby’s cues. If she is getting frustrated, she may not be getting enough milk in which case you should switch to a faster flow nipple. If she is choking or gagging, then you may need a slower flow nipple.
It also may go without saying to try different bottles to see what your baby likes. We use Philips Avent Natural Baby bottles. They’ve worked great, and our baby loves them. If you do get these bottles, make sure the nipple size is correct! They also available in 11 oz bottles as well.
I haven’t used them, but there are also Philips Avent Anti-colic baby bottles available, in case your baby is colic. These bottles were designed to reduce feeding issues like colic, gas, and and reflux. They have air-free vents that are supposed to keep the nipples full of milk.
I hope you found 7 of the best formula hacks useful. Here are some general guidelines that you can use as a reference for approximately how much your baby should be eating each day. However, keep in mind that your baby’s formula intake will vary on things like appetite, diapers, and her weight.
What are your best formula hacks? Please share in the comments below!