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How to make baby formula
- Boil fresh tap water in a kettle or on the stove.
- Let the water cool to room temperature or until it’s lukewarm.
- Pour the correct amount of water into sterilised bottles.
- Sealed bottles of water can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
- Add the correct number of formula scoops.
- Only use the scoop that came with the formula’s container and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Fill the scoop so it’s loose and level. Don’t over or under-fill the scoop.
- Fill each scoop from the centre of the tin and level it off with the lid edge or a clean, sterilised knife.
- Tap the bottle on the bench to settle the formula powder in the water.
- Seal the bottle with the teat and screw cap. Shake well until the formula is well dissolved.
- Test the temperature of the formula on your wrist before offering it to your baby.
Tips for preparing baby formula
- Read the information on the container the formula comes in to make sure you understand how much water and how many scoops you need to combine.
- Wash and dry your hands well.
- Make sure you have a clean surface and area where you can prepare the formula.
- Prepared feeds can be held in the refrigerator (5°C or below) for up to 24 hours.
- Never use a microwave to warm up formula.
- Discard any formula that has been sitting at room temperature for more than 1 hour.
Every baby has their own unique feeding needs. If you’re unsure about how much formula to offer your baby, check with your child health nurse. They will guide you on the correct amount for your baby’s age and weight.
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Last reviewed: August 2023