Ready to Feed Formula

Before you prepare your baby's infant formula, you need to ensure a few things to safely prepare it:

  • That it is infant formula and not a toddler version.
  • You need to know which type of formula you have:
  • That you have all of the supplies you will need.

Ready to feed formula is considered the easiest formula to make. It does not require the preparation that other formulas require. That does not mean that it is without the ability to cause errors. Reading the instructions is very important, each time you feed your baby.

Once you have determined that you have the right formula and the right supplies it is time to prepare the baby bottle.


Check the Instructions for Ready to Feed Formula

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Many types of infant formula look alike. Be sure to read the directions prior to mixing your baby's bottle.

A ready to feed formula should say: Do Not Add Water

Adding water to this formula either on purpose or accidentally can lead to malnutrition in your baby. Since this is ready to feed, it will already have the water added to it. If you were to add water, it would dilute the formula even more, making it less nutrient dense.


Gather Your Supplies

For the ready to feed infant formula you need to gather the following supplies:

  • Ready to feed formula
  • Baby bottle with measurements on the side
  • Baby bottle nipple and collar
  • Bottle opener with triangular tip

You may also wish to have a baby bib or burp cloth. This is for both during the feeding and after the feeding when you burp the baby. Some babies also spit up or drool formula out of their mouths while feeding. A bib will help keep you and your baby clean.


Finish Up

Take your can opener and punch a hole in one side of the top of the formula can. Punch an additional hole directly across from the first hole. This will allow it to flow better when pouring.

Decide how much formula your baby needs at this feeding. Pour exactly that amount in the baby bottle. Do not pour more than you need because it is not able to be saved for later. Once your bottle is ready, it is time to feed your baby.

The nice thing about ready to feed formulas is that they are simple as long as you have the right supplies and can measure out what you need. The cans can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Please check your label for specific instructions.

Cover the top of the can with plastic wrap and a rubber band or with a special top designed to cover the can top to preserve freshness.

Some cans of ready to feed formula are considered single feedings—this means that there is probably none left over. This is usually not sold in anything less than 8 ounces in the store, though hospitals and your pediatrician may have smaller servings for younger babies. If your baby doesn't eat all of the formula in one setting, that's fine, just store it in the fridge the way you would a larger container.

After your baby has had a bottle, you don't want to put it back in the fridge because the saliva on the bottle contaminates the formula potentially. Throw anything left over out immediately so it is not accidentally fed to the baby.

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