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List of Essentials to Feed Your Baby Formula & Time Saving Tips

What do you need if you're going to feed your baby formula?

  • Formula (talk to your pediatrician about which brand to buy)

  • Bottles

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Nice to have:

  • Bottle Drying Rack

  • Dishwasher Basket (Munchkin)

  • Hand Sanitizer for the diaper bag

  • Bottle Sterilizer (microwaveable version works well and is very affordable)

    • Cost Saving Alternative: submerge in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes to sterilize

  • Divided Formula Dispenser (Dr. Brown's)

    • Cost Saving Alternative: ziplock bag or small Tupperware

  • Burp Cloths

    • Cost Saving Alternative: wash cloths

Tips and Tricks for Formula Feeding

  • You don't need to serve formula warm! If baby gets used to room temperature formula, it will save you a step each and every time!

  • Try one of each of a few different bottle types to see what you and baby like most (e.g. Dr. Brown's, COMO TOMO, Tommee Tippee, Avent, Nanobebe).

  • Once you've chosen a bottle brand you like, buy some of each size. You can also buy different size nipples, but the larger bottles typically come with the larger nipples which you can use on the smaller bottles once ready.

  • Get enough bottles to not have to wash them more than once per day.

  • Even easier, put them in the dishwasher and run the dishwasher each night.

  • When you're planning to be away from home, add powdered formula to the dispenser. Add the correct amounts of water to the number of bottles you think you'll use, and put them in a wet/dry bag (designed for cloth diapers). Then, when your baby is hungry, you can just drop in the formula from the formula dispenser into the pre-measured water in the bottles.

  • Mayo Clinic's 7 Steps to prepare formula safely

WTFTM Formula Feeding Cheatsheet
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