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As powdered baby formula is not sterile, hygiene and protecting your little one's immune system should always be at the forefront of your mind when you're making a bottle of formula.
To reduce the risk of infection, every piece of feeding equipment you use should be thoroughly cleaned and sterilised before every feed. This should be done until your little one is 12 months old. You should also always follow the instructions on the formula's packaging carefully when you make up a bottle feed.
If there's any formula left over after your baby's finished feeding, you should dispose of it within two hours.
How to prepare a baby's bottle while away from home
Now that we've covered how to make a bottle of baby formula at home, let's tackle how to prepare a feed for your little one when you're on the go.
If you need to feed your baby when you're away from home, you'll need:
If you're not able to follow the above steps or need to take a feed to your baby's nursery, you can make up their bottle at home, cool it, and pop it alongside an ice pack in a cool bag.
Alternatively, you can use a carton of ready-to-feed liquid formula to feed your baby when away from home. Liquid formula milk is sterile until opened. However, all feeding equipment will still need sterilising. Once it's been opened, any liquid infant formula that is unused should be stored on the top shelf at the back of the fridge, for no longer than 24 hours.
Bottled water isn't recommended for preparing formula feeds. This is because it's not sterile and can sometimes contain high levels of salt or sulphates. It can, however, be used occasionally if you're travelling to a country where the tap water is not safe for drinking.
If you need to use bottled water to prepare a formula feed:
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