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Baby: tips for preparing the bottle

Which bottle to choose? Which is the most suitablewater? What temperature is best? It’s not always easy to prepare the first bottles for your baby Don’t panic, we guide you through the different steps so you’ll know what to do when your baby cries out for food!

 

Which milk(s) to choose?

Breast milk is the best suited to the nutritional needs of infants. If you cannot or do not wish to breastfeed, infant formulas still allow you to satisfy all your baby’s nutritional needs while guaranteeing that he or she is kept safe.

Infant formulas must comply with a strict regulation set by a European regulation which frames their composition.

To select the most suitable milk for your baby, several criteria must be taken into account:

  • his or her age, which will help you choose between follow-on infant formulas and growth milks,
  • any specific needs: allergies, regurgitation, constipation, diarrhoea, etc.

To find out more, see our article “Choosing the right infant milk for your baby”.

 

Which bottles and teats should I use?

It all depends on baby’s age and appetite, but also on the milk and the contents of the bottle .

Bottles

There are different types:

  • a glass bottle resists high temperatures and is stable over time,

  • a plastic bottle is handy, ergonomic, light and easy to hold. All of them are now Bisphenol. A free and therefore safe for your baby.

There are also different capacities, adapted to the child’s age: the bigger the child gets, the more he or she drinks.

PRACTICAL TIP Choose a wide-necked bottle that makes preparation and cleaning easier.

PRACTICAL TIP  To prepare a 240 mL bottle, use a 330 mL bottle for optimal mixing!

Nipple

There are different shapes and textures. As every baby has his or her own feeding rhythm, the teat must be adapted according to age, its sucking force and the contents of the bottle.

To make sure that the teat is suitable for your baby, keep an eye on behaviour during the meal! If he or she gets short of breath, tired, or grumpy, then increase the flow from the teat. If, on the other hand, the baby swallows too quickly, has a lot of colic or reflux after each bottle, reduce the flow of the teat

To find out if the flow rate is suitable for the contents: turn the bottle upside down, the liquid should flow at a rate of one drop per second without pressure.

Another point to look out for: compliance with the European standard EN 1400. It is preferable to choose a teat of the same brand as the bottle and to buy several speeds of teat to adapt easily to baby’s development and to the content of the bottle. Finally, check that the teats hold up well, especially when the first teeth arrive.

WARNING Change the teat at the first sign of wear and tear. In general, it is advisable to replace the teat after 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the frequency of use.

PLEASE NOTE If using a thickened formula or adding grains or puree, opt for a special teat for thick liquid.

 

Which water should you use for preparing the bottles?

You can use :

  • tap water, provided it is boiled (100°C) and then cooled to between 30 and 40°C,
  • spring water: it must be low mineralized, non-carbonated and labelled “suitable for the preparation of infant food”.

WARNING Any opened bottle must be consumed within 24 hours and kept in the refrigerator.

 

How to reconstitute a feeding bottle?

Precautions to take

  • only prepare one bottle at a time and give it to your baby immediately after preparing it ;

  • carefully close the milk box after use and discard the rest of an unfinished bottle (a bottle cannot be stored, even in the refrigerator ;

  • After opening, store the milk powder for a maximum of 4 weeks in a cool, dry place away from light.

DID YOU KNOW ?  Warm water makes it easier to prepare the bottle by allowing a better dissolution of the powder (and therefore less lumps!). It also makes the milk easier to digest. By heating the bottle, we can reach a similar temperature to breast milk, around 37°C. Avoid the microwave, which does not heat evenly and risks burning the baby.

PLEASE NOTETo keep to the right doses for your baby’s needs, you must use the measuring spoon supplied with the milk box because each brand and each product has its own powder density. Remember to level off the spoon without compacting the powder.

In spite of all the care you take to prepare a bottle correctly, some stubborn lumps may still form! This is natural, the infant milk is a complex mixture that meets very strict regulations. It’s because it does not contain any additives to stop them from forming!

Discover all our advice on baby food and nutrition on the Hi Families webzine by clicking here.


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Important notice: breastfeeding is the best way to feed your child. Good maternal nutrition is important to prepare and continue breastfeeding. Partial breastfeeding can interfere with the breastfeeding process and it is difficult to backtrack on the choice not to breastfeed. It is important to follow the instructions for preparation and use of infant formulas. Formula that is incorrectly prepared could pose a health risk for the child.

Besides milk, water is the only other essential drink. Teach your child to avoid snacking between meals. Being active and playing are essential for your child’s development. www.mangerbouger.fr

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