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Bottle preparation - (almost) child's play

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This is how it works with the bottle

Optimal amount, perfect temperature - breastfeeding offers you many advantages. After all, your breast milk is always available in the 24-hour service. The right preparation of a bottle means an additional effort for you at the beginning. With a little practice and our practical tips, you'll soon get the hang of it. Promised!

Vial preparation step by step

You can find out how to properly prepare a Milupa Milumil bottle here. If you are using a different brand, you should follow the preparation instructions on the packaging.

  • Hygiene is the be-all and end-all! Always wash your hands before preparing the bottle. This applies both to the preparation of milk with milk powder and to other drinks such as teas that are fed with the bottle. The bottle and teat must be cleaned thoroughly after each use. Sterilization is not necessary unless you are using latex teats.
  • Always boil the tap water and then let it cool down to around 40 ° C in a cold water bath. This may take several minutes. When filling the boiled water, it should no longer steam. If you can hold the bottle comfortably without getting burned, the temperature will likely be right. Our tip for the right temperature: You can be on the safe side with a thermometer to check the temperature - it's easy to buy in specialist shops. You can see how much water you need from the dosage table on your Milupa Milumil pack.
  • If the quality of the drinking water is uncertain (e.g. in the case of a house well), you should use special mineral water to stir the bottle - you can recognize it by the note “suitable for the preparation of baby food”.
  • After boiling, fill 2/3 of the 40 ° C warm water into the cleaned bottle.
  • You now loosely fill the measuring spoon from the package with powder. Then wipe off the excess milk powder on the device. Make sure that the powder is not pressed into the spoon or that you are using heaping measuring spoons. To be on the safe side, you should always use the measuring spoon that is included in the package to measure correctly.
  • Then you fill the powder directly into the bottle with water.
  • Then cap the bottle and shake well - for about 10 seconds. You can also create a "vortex" by making circular movements before shaking. It is important that the milk powder dissolves completely.
  • Now fill the remaining water (1/3) into the bottle and shake it again. Then open the bottle and attach the teat to it.
  • The correct and optimal drinking temperature of the bottle is 37 ° C - therefore you have to let the bottle cool down a little after preparation. With the back hand test you can then easily check whether the drinking temperature is right. To do this, put a few drops from the bottle on your wrist. If the temperature feels comfortable - if the milk is neither too cool nor too warm - then you can now feed your baby.

Bottle to go

For a bottle preparation in (half) sleep, you can pre-portion the milk powder in the required amount in small cans or sachets. Then simply have boiled water ready in a thermos that is only used for this purpose - done! Super practical for at night or when you are out and about with a baby.

Almost as important as the right preparation is the optimal amount, because in order to become big and strong, your little one needs a lot of nutrients.

Determining the right amount of baby food is usually not that easy. Because it varies with your baby's age, weight and appetite. Some children, just like us, sometimes have more and sometimes less appetite for food. This is completely normal! If your baby ever has no appetite, you don't have to force him to drink. A little hungry person, on the other hand, does not automatically need a bottle every time they cry. Just take care of your baby - you will soon be able to correctly interpret his signals. It is only important that you adhere exactly to the instructions on the packaging for your formula when preparing the bottle.

 

MILK REQUIREMENTS IS AS INDIVIDUAL AS YOUR BABY!

On average, babies weigh between 2.5 and 4.5 kilograms at birth. Your baby's energy and nutritional requirements are as individual as their birth weight. When you breastfeed, your baby will determine the amount of milk. You can feed it as needed, that is, whenever it calls for the breast, you can put it on. If your baby gets the bottle, the package of your milk formula offers you orientation. Note the drinking quantities indicated on it and the number of bottle meals. Of course, these are only guidelines. The babies have their own pace and, depending on their age and especially with development spurts, can drink significantly more, less or less often than indicated.

WHAT AMOUNT OF MILK DOES MY BABY NEED?

In principle, a baby can drink as much of its mother's milk and infant formula as it wants. The amount you drink is about 1/6 of your body weight. So if your baby weighs 4 kg, he would drink a total of 660 ml divided into 6-8 bottles. From 6 kg body weight, some babies drink up to 1000 ml.

HOW MANY MEALS ARE IDEAL?

As with breastfeeding, there is no fixed schedule with bottle feeding. So up to the age of three months you should always feed your baby when he is sending you clear signals of hunger. For the first few weeks, your baby may ask for the bottle every two to three hours - eight to twelve times within 24 hours. However, the distributed amounts will probably only be very small at 30 to 60 ml per meal. The bigger your baby gets, the longer the intervals between meals. Your baby's drinking rhythm often settles at six to eight meals a day. And the quantities it consumes per bottle are also increasing: at two months it can manage 80-120 ml with a meal, at four months it is 100-150 ml and with six months it is 120-180 ml. But that too is again only rough guidelines. As with us adults, there are babies who simply have a bigger appetite and others who simply don't care that much about eating and drinking.

How do i know my baby is getting enough?

If you are feeding your baby with the bottle, you should have your baby weighed regularly, especially in the first few weeks and months. This is possible, for example, at the mother's advice service or at the parent-child center. With ongoing weight monitoring, you can be sure that everything is okay and that your baby is getting enough. If you change your baby's wet diapers about 6 times a day and they are generally happy and satisfied, this is also an indication that everything is probably in the green area. You are unsure Then just talk to your midwife or doctor about it or ask our experienced mothers from our Milupa Parents & Baby Service.

Do you have any questions? We have the answers!

There are questions about questions about the preparation of bottles. Our parenting service expert Irmi Demitsch answers the most frequently asked questions about bottles so that you can become an absolute bottle pro in the future.

What do I have to consider when preparing a bottle?

Dr. Irmi Demitsch: Always follow the dosage recommendations in the instructions for use so as not to endanger the health of your favorite. First, you fill the bottle with tempered water. In our experience, milk powder dissolves best at 40 ° C. However, it is okay if you have something warmer or a little cooler water. The main thing here is that the powder dissolves well. Very important: never use water that is too hot or even boiling hot! If you want to be absolutely sure, you can also buy a thermometer for temperature control, e.g. ask for a tea thermometer in a tea shop. But temperature controls are also available in baby shops.

You can then easily measure the milk powder with the measuring spoon included in the package and then add it. Then cap the vial and slowly shake it up and down. Try to make sure that there are no bubbles. If you do, simply set the vial on its side for a brief moment. The important thing is to prepare every meal fresh and ideally feed your little one directly with it.

Can you prepare the milk for several bottles at the same time?

No, unfortunately this is not recommended. A milk bottle should never be used for a maximum of one hour. Otherwise there is a risk of bacteria multiplying, which can be dangerous for your baby. For this reason, you should never prepare several cups of milk.

Can kettles be used to prepare the bottle and if so, which ones are suitable for this?

The stove is more suitable for boiling the water than a standard kettle, as most models switch off automatically when the temperature is reached. However, because the water should be boiled with bubbly for at least two minutes, the use of a kettle to boil the water is not necessarily recommended.

 

 

If I do have to use a kettle, can I leave a larger amount of water in the kettle, bring it to the boil several times and take some of it out again and again?

If I do have to use a kettle, can I leave a larger amount of water in the kettle, bring it to the boil several times and take some of it out again and again?

No, always pour away any remaining water from the kettle or only heat it up as much as needed. Because unwanted substances from the material of the kettle can migrate into the water if water remains in the kettle for a long time - e.g. bisphenol A from plastic kettles or nickel from stainless steel kettles. Good to know!

Tip: You can prepare the water for the next two or three meals. Take cold, fresh water from the tap and boil it. Then you fill it in a thermos, which is only used for this purpose. If you then make a bottle, simply take the water from the thermos flask so that you can prepare the bottle and feed it to your little explorer.

In general, it can be said that the stove is more suitable than a standard kettle.

 

Which water is suitable for baby food and which water should I use to prepare a bottle?

Sounds strange at first, but it's true: tap water. It is one of the most strictly controlled foods. You can usually use tap water in Germany without hesitation. It is only important to always boil the water beforehand, as contamination in lead pipes and taps can still lead to the multiplication of bacteria and germs. And since the health of your little adventurer is the most important thing, you should bring the tap water to the boil for at least two minutes. If you do not have suitable tap water - for example on vacation - you can easily fall back on bottled water from the supermarket. Make sure, however, that the label says "suitable for the preparation of baby food". Here, too, the following applies: Please boil for your little explorer, as even still mineral water from the bottle is not necessarily sterile.

Buying baby water: What do I have to consider here?

If you want, you can of course also buy baby water. But please only use the water labeled “suitable for baby food”. The normal mineral waters can contain too many minerals and would put unnecessary strain on your little one's kidneys. It is best to follow the manufacturer's instructions - for example, whether you still have to boil the baby water or not. Then nothing can go wrong at all. And your baby can fully enjoy his bottle.

 

 

 

Baby water or still water?

There is only one exception: there is now a special baby water on the market that is free of all germs and bacteria and can therefore be used as an alternative without boiling. Perfect for small tummies. Nevertheless, you should only keep it in the refrigerator after opening and use it as quickly as possible (within 24 hours).

How can I prepare smaller quantities?

If your little one cannot drink the amount stated on the packaging at once, you can safely prepare less. Every heart beats at its own pace and also has its own pace when it comes to eating. The simplest solution is to prepare half or a third of the amount according to the package instructions and give it to your little explorer.

 

What is the usual amount to drink for what age?

Of course, there are guidelines as to how much is good to drink and at what stage of development. But here too, everything at your own pace applies. Because the need for energy and nutrients is as individual as the baby and its body weight. The so-called "1/6 formula" can be used to calculate a guideline value for the amount of drinking.

In the first week of life you simply follow the needs of your baby, as his stomach is still very small and for this reason can only take in little food. From the second week to the fourth month, a guide value for orientation can be calculated based on the individual body weight of your baby. A sixth of the body weight is roughly the amount you drink in ml.

An example: If your little one weighs 4000 g, the daily amount consumed would be 667 ml. The number of meals can vary depending on your baby's needs. Five to twelve meals a day are common. From the fifth month, the bottle meals for your sweetheart will be gradually replaced by the complementary meals.

 

 

 

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