It is very important to make your baby's formula feed up accurately according to the maufacturers instructions. If too much of the powder is added, the feed will be too concentrated and this can make your baby ill. If this is too weak, he will not get enough nourishment. So measure the water and the powder very carefully.
Quick step instructions to making a feed
Step 1 – wash and dry your hands
Step 2 – ensure all equipment (bottles, caps, nipples and discs) have been sterilised
Step 3 - pour in the required amount of boiled water into the bottle, check the measurement on the milk packet.
Step 4 - check on the packet the recommended number of scoops of powder.
Step 5 – always use the scoop provided as it measures just the right amount of powder.
Step 6 – measure the powder and level off the scoop using a clean knife ot the leveller provided.
Step 7 – place nipple on top of the bottle, screw on the ring and cover the nipple with the cap
Step 8 – shake to disperse the powder
Once mixed, allow the feed to cool until it reaches body temperature – pour a small amount onto the inside of your wrist to check it's not too hot.
Don't make up several bottles at once. New guidelines advise making up a bottle as and when you need it to avoid the risk of infection. Never leave a feed standing around at room temperature or reheat it. Milk is likely to go off and give your baby an upset tummy. Never mix feeds with bottled water as the balance of sodium (salt) will be wrong.