Baby formulas are both supplementary and complementary for breast milk; however, it is essential to know the right way to prepare a baby formula without risking the baby’s health. With this simple step by step guide on how to make baby formula, you will be able to prepare the formula safely in the comfort of your home.
Step 1: Choose the Right Formula
Knowing the safest way to make baby formula is as important as choosing the baby’s right formula. Although there is no universal law guiding the choice of formula nevertheless, you’ll want to choose a formula that’s best for your baby. At My Organic Formula, we have varieties of organic baby formulas designed to nourish your child with the best organic nutrients, and you should consider one of our organic formulas. Even though most parents prefer our Hipp Dutch, our other products, such as Holle, Lebenswert, etc., are as nutritious and as high quality as Hipp Formula.
Step 2: Wash Your Hand
The last thing you want to do is to infect your baby with germs from your hands; therefore, you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water and dry your hands with a neat cloth before preparing the baby formula. The same goes for the workplace, clean and sanitize it.
Step 3: Check Expiration Date
You should always check for the expiration date of the baby formula you want to prepare; this could be found on its container. More importantly, most baby formulas have a “use before” date; that is, after opening the lid, it must be used within the stipulated duration. You may want to write the date you open the lid on its cover, so you don’t forget.
Step 4: Prepare Your Bottle
Always wash and sanitize the feeding bottle every time you want to use it. You may also use a sterilizer to keep the bottle safe from germs and bacteria.
Step 5: Preparing the Formula
You will need to add some water, especially when using powdered baby formula. The first step is deciding if the water is from a safe source; this could be discussed with your local health department if you are using tap water. You need to add the right amount of water to the formula; too much water will reduce the formula’s nutritional content, and not enough water may equally cause lumps in the food. This will give the baby’s liver and digestive organ extra work in digesting the lumps. Check the instructions on the container for the right amount of water to use in preparing the formula.
Want to warm the baby formula?
Suppose you decide you want to warm the baby formula (even though not necessary). In that case, we advise you don’t use a microwave because microwaves heat food irregularly, leaving hot spots in the food, which may burn your baby in the mouth and throat. You can warm it by placing the bottle under running warm water until it attains a desirable temperature. Put a drop of the feed on the back of your hand to see if the temperature is okay for the baby before feeding.