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Baby Formula Safety Tips

baby formula bottleBaby formula safety tips and how-to's. In my household, I was in charge of breastfeeding while my husband was in charge of formula feeding. Until one day.... he went on a business trip and I had to prepare the formula. Oh my God! The work involved! If I was to give you one piece of advice, it would be this: get the formula prepared before Baby is screaming with hunger. This is what I learned in that one week of "business trip" which I think was more of a "business vacation":

Baby formula safety tips #1 Opening a Can of Formula

Sounds easy doesn't it? But here are some baby formula safety tips you should be aware of:

  • You should wipe, rinse, or wash the top of the can before you open it so that dust & dirt from the top of the container does not fall into the formula. Baby formula is very rich in nutrients, so any germs that fall in will quickly multiply and ruin the entire batch.

  • For powdered formula, always use the scoop that is provided in the canister. The scoop is designed to measure the proper amount of formula for the designated amount of water. Most scoops are for 2 ounces of water - read the label to be sure.

  • Always mix the formula with the correct amount of water. If you use too much water, then Baby won’t get enough nutrients & energy to grow and develop. If you give too little water, it may cause diarrhea or dehydration.

  • For liquid formulas, be sure to shake the container well before using.

Baby formula safety tips #2 How to Wash & Sterilize Baby Bottles

  1. Wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  2. Scrub the bottles, nipples, collars, and caps with soap and warm water.
  3. Rinse well and allow them to drain dry on a dish rack.
  4. Alternatively, you can wash the baby bottles and accessories in a dishwasher with a hot water cycle. Be sure that the nipples and collars are clean – these parts tend to have formula encrusted in the screw-top grooves.
baby bottole sterilizer
Fifty years ago, mom's had to sterilize baby bottles and water. But, now that we are in the 21st century, do we still need to do this? Here's the current scoop: