Top Tips | Back to Basics – Bottles

The baby world is always such a mine field for new parents – even if it is not your first time around. If this pregnancy is your second or other it may be worth spending a little time researching the latest guidelines on topics such as making up formula bottles or SIDS. For us as nannies, we also have to pay attention to the latest guidelines to make sure we continue to demonstrate best practice in our jobs.

Today we are highlighting the most recent government guidelines for making up a formula bottle. For clear and concise information we have taken these instructions straight from the NHS website. There are a couple of points, for example, when to wash your hands that we may naturally do at a different time (earlier rather than any later you’ll be pleased to know!) but for the purpose of this post and ensuring we give out correct information to our readers we have kept exactly to the website.

Step-by-step guide to preparing a formula feed

  • Step 1: Fill the kettle with at least 1 litre of fresh tap water (don’t use water that has been boiled before).
  • Step 2: Boil the water. Then leave the water to cool for no more than 30 minutes, so that it remains at a temperature of at least 70C.
  • Step 3: Clean and disinfect the surface you are going to use.
  • Step 4: It’s important that you wash your hands.
  • Step 5: If you are using a cold-water steriliser, shake off any excess solution from the bottle and the teat, or rinse them with cooled boiled water from the kettle (not tap water).
  • Step 6: Stand the bottle on the cleaned, disinfected surface.
  • Step 7: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and pour the amount of water you need into the bottle. Double check that the water level is correct. Always put the water in the bottle first, while it is still hot, before adding the powdered formula.
  • Step 8: Loosely fill the scoop with formula powder, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and level it off using either the flat edge of a clean, dry knife or the leveller provided. Different tins of formula come with different scoops. Make sure you only use the scoop that comes with the formula.
  • Step 9: Holding the edge of the teat, put it on the bottle. Then screw the retaining ring onto the bottle.
  • Step 10: Cover the teat with the cap and shake the bottle until the powder is dissolved.
  • Step 11: It’s important to cool the formula so it’s not too hot to drink. Do this by holding the bottle (with the lid on) under cold running water.
  • Step 12: Test the temperature of the formula on the inside of your wrist before giving it to your baby. It should be body temperature, which means it should feel warm or cool, but not hot.
  • Step 13: If there is any made-up formula left after a feed, throw it away.

Information and picture from NHS website

Other useful points

  1. Never add cereal, sugar or more/less scoopfuls of formula to your bottle. This will run the risk of child becoming dehydrated, constipated or under nourished.
  2. Only use boiled tap water to make up formula feeds. Do not use bottled water as these can contain high and dangerous levels of salt or sulphate.
  3. Make up bottles as you need them to reduce infection and cool them by holding under cold running water.
  4. If bottle does need heating up, do not do this in the microwave to prevent hot spots.


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