Life Changing Formula Hacks
When I had my daughter I chose to breastfeed, I knew I would use formula at some point but didn’t know ANYTHING about it. Sure it’s a pretty simple recipe of water and powder but then you have to take into account the traveling, the bottle warming, the cleaning, and sorting, etc.
If your reading this, you are probably wondering how to travel with this precious powder (yes, it’s easier to just stay home) and how to feed it at night while getting the most sleep possible. So here are some tips and tricks I have learned along my supplementing journey!
Use a Yeti
I would highly recommend getting your baby used to room temperature bottles, however some babies do like their bottles warm.. every baby is different! But…
For on the go travel I have seen people keep warm water in a Yeti or other insulated cup for warming the bottle or even using the bottle for mixing. Of course remember to check the temperature by pouring some milk out on your wrist before feeding to baby.
A bowl of Water
If you don’t have a fancy bottle warmer, you can warm up formula by sticking the bottle in a bowl of warm water. This requires a bit of patience, but really, any bowl will do!
For Travel or night Feeding
With a baby sometimes it is easier to just stay home, but that is not always possible. Here is what I have found to be most helpful when leaving the house with formula. These hacks also work for those late night feeds and when you are in the thick of sleep deprivation.
Pre-filled water bottles
Before leaving the house or going to bed you can fill the bottles up with the desired ounces of water, All you have to do now is add the formula and shake!
For night feeding and travel I like to have powdered formula pre-measured in 4 or 6 ounce quanities, again this makes it easier to dump and shake. I personally love this formula dispenser by munchkin and label each section with how many ounces are in each. I have used this to make bottles everywhere from story time at the library and the rice aisle at the grocery store. I believe I once even made one on the golf course!
Baby food Container
Before I used the FD I was using baby food containers to store formula for travel, I would just write the quanity of powder on the lid. Any small container will do but be careful when pouring as you don’t want to lose any precious powder! If you don’t have a dispenser you can use a clean piece of paper to funnel the powder into the bottle.
I hope some of these tips will help you in your feeding journey, whether you are formula feeding by choice or because you don’t produce enough! Remember to always check the milk temperature before feeding to your baby, wash your hands before preparing formula, and follow the directions for storing on the package. Talk to your pediatrician about what formula might be right for your baby.
For tips on choosing a formula check out this link from Babylist https://www.babylist.com/hello-baby/best-baby-formula
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