Infant formula can provide all the nutrients your little one needs during the first 6 months of their life. However, it’s necessary to prepare infant formula as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This will help ensure your baby will be meeting their nutritional requirements.
It’s important not to:
- Add too much powder to your baby’s bottle as their feed will be too concentrated. This can lead to constipation, causing your baby abdominal pain, bloating and discomfort when trying to do a poo
- Add too much water, as your baby’s feeds will be too diluted and they will not receive enough nutrients to help them grow.
Simple Steps to Remember:
- Always wash your hands with warm soapy water and dry them well before preparing formula
- Wash bottles carefully with a bottle brush and hot soapy water. Teats, caps, spoons and all feeding equipment needs to be washed thoroughly and rinsed in clean running water
- Sterilise all feeding equipment by placing them in boiling water for 5 minutes. Other methods of sterilising include chemical sterilisers, microwave sterilisers and steam sterilisers. Sterilising of feeding equipment is recommended until your baby is about 12 months
- Always read the instructions on the pack when preparing formula. Different brands of formula may require different amounts of water and powder
- Boil fresh drinking water and allow to cool for a least 30 minutes or until lukewarm before adding the powder
- Pour in the correct amount of cooled boiled water in the bottle first. Prepare each bottle individually
- Use the scoop provided to measure out the correct amount of powder. Using a sterilised knife, level off each scoop and add to the bottle of cool boiled water
- Cap the bottle and shake well to mix the powder
- Test the formula temperature before feeding your baby. Do this by pouring a little on the inside of your wrist, it should feel warm but it’s better to be cool than too hot
- Make sure you discard any formula left over in the bottle after a feed.
For more on Preparing a Bottle, see our demonstration video.
Preparing Infant Formula
It is important that infant formula is prepared safely. Here’s some information on discarding, storing and transporting formula.