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How to Prepare a Bottle of Formula

How to prepare a bottle of formula in five easy steps.

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Before you begin, clean your work area and wash your hands well with soap and water. If you're preparing the formula with tap water, run the faucet on cold for 30 seconds to minimize lead content. If you're concerned about the quality of your water, boil it for 2 minutes to sterilize. If you're using powder or concentrate, fill the bottle to the desired level with tepid tap water or cooled boiled water. Babies drink about 2-1/2 ounces per pound of body weight per day. For refrigerated formula, heat the filled bottle to room temperature in a bowl of hot water. Never microwave formula. It produces hot spots in the liquid that can burn your baby's mouth. Use the scoop provided by the manufacturer to add powdered formula to the bottle per the package's instructions--generally, one scoop for every 2 ounces of water, and make sure the scoops are level and not packed. With a small spoon or fork, stir the formula into the water until it's completely dissolved. Cap the bottle and let it stand for a few minutes so any bubbles created by stirring will have time to dissipate. You don't want them in baby's tummy. To test the temperature of the formula, let a few drops from the bottle fall on to the underside of your wrist. If the liquid feels barely warm, go ahead and feed your baby.