Mixing Baby Formula

Mixing baby formula is a very easy thing to do, but it's important to do it correctly.  Incorrect mixing of baby formula can be dangerous for your baby.    Since powdered formulas are so much cheaper than ready to feed ones, by mixing your own you can save money on baby formula. Don’t forget to find a coupon as well to save even more!

Equipment Needed:

  • Boiled, cooled water or nursery water
  • Powdered baby formula
  • Formula Scoop (found in formula container)
  • Bottle with cap and nipple OR a baby formula mixer.

Steps for Mixing Baby Formula

  1. Wash hands carefully with soap.
  2. Measure 8 ounces of boiled, cooled water or room temperature nursery water and pour it into the bottle.
  3. Using the scoop that came in the container of formula, measure 4 level scoops and pour them into the bottle or mixer.
  4. Cap the bottle and shake vigorously.
  5. Remove the cap and place the nipple on the bottle. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours, or serve as soon as bubbles have settled (especially for gassy or reflux babies).
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**Side note: Personally I have skipped the cap step and just put the nipple on the bottle right away and shook it. The problem with doing this is small chunks of formula get stuck in the nipple, clogging the hole and causing a very frustrated baby who can’t drink his formula! Bottom line? If you’re in a time crunch or can’t find the cap to the bottle (Come on, fellow flustered moms, haven’t we all been there?), there’s nothing wrong with using the nipple to shake the formula. Just don’t forget to check for blockages before you give it to your baby. As a best practice it is recommended to use the cap while mixing baby formula.

Once the formula is mixed it can be stored for up to 24 hours. Although most people make a bottle each time their child needs one, you may want to consider making enough for the day each morning. This can be a great time saver, especially if you are like most people and like to let the bubbles and foam settle before giving it to your little one. This is a great reason to get a baby formula mixer. They hold large batches of formula so you can make more at one time and store it.

Just remember its 1 scoop of formula to 2 ounces of water. For example, if your baby gets 32 ounces of formula per day you would add 16 scoops of powdered formula to 32 ounces of water. If she only takes 24 ounces you would add that much water to 12 scoops of powdered formula, and so on.

Also, if you don’t feel comfortable shaking your child’s formula and don't want to purchase a mixer you can also use a blender. This method ensures it is very well mixed and you won’t get any chunks. This is a better way to do it if your baby gags easily or seems to have issues with different textures. Click here for a list of the best blenders to use to mix formula.

That’s all there is to it! Mixing baby formula is very easy and powdered formula provides all the vitamins and minerals of the ready to feed version.