How to Make a Baby Bottle: What You Need to Know

Formula Preparation: What You Need to Know

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If you choose to use formula, make sure you know how to safely prepare it.

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A person holds a baby in their arms and feeds them a bottle of formula.

NOV. 9, 2023  2 MINUTE READ

Breast milk is considered the gold standard, but some parents can’t or choose not to breastfeed, while others rely on both formula and breastfeeding. Those who use formula should know how to make a baby bottle to keep their baby healthy. It's simple, but important to carefully follow the label instructions. Questions about feeding your child should be directed to a healthcare professional.

Follow these 6 steps to learn how to prepare baby formula safely.

How to Mix a Bottle of Powder Formula

1. CLEAN & SANITIZE. First, wash your hands with soap and warm water before preparing bottles or feeding your baby. Next, clean and sanitize the workspace where you will be preparing your formula.

2. ADD WATER TO BOTTLE. Measure and pour the appropriate amount of water into a clean baby bottle.

3. ADD POWDER FORMULA SCOOP(S) TO BOTTLE. Add unpacked, level scoop(s) of powder formula to the bottle as directed. Return dry scoop to container. Scoop sizes can vary, so it's important to use the scoop that comes with your product.

4. CAP & MIX BOTTLE. Put the cap on the bottle and shake. Note: Baby formula doesn’t need to be warmed, but if you prefer to warm it, do not microwave it. For more information on how to warm a bottle, visit the Abbott How to Make a Baby Bottle guide.

5. READY TO FEED! Feed or store immediately in refrigerator and use within 24 hours.

6. CLEAN YOUR BOTTLE. Baby bottles, nipples, and rings should be cleaned after every feeding. Make sure to take bottles fully apart and thoroughly clean each part and allow to air dry.

For more resources on how to make a baby bottle, check out Resources to Help You Safely Prepare Baby Bottles.


Article originally published on Mar. 30, 2022; updated Nov. 9, 2023.

First Solid Foods for Baby: Developmental Signs and Milestones to Look For

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One of the most exciting parts of caring for your baby is watching them grow and reach new milestones right before your eyes. They'll develop an appetite for and interest in solid foods during their first year of life. Your job, during this exciting journey together, is not only to guide their nutrition but also to decode their unique language of cues — a symphony of expressions, gestures and coos in reaction to these new sensations.

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Resources to Help You Safely Prepare a Baby Bottle

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Providing the best possible care for your baby is a constant mission, from making sure they get enough sleep to keeping them nourished. It's what keeps you up at night as new parents (quite literally). Safely preparing a baby bottle is an important part of caring for your baby, whether you're breastfeeding and supplementing with formula, or feeding formula only.

Not sure how to prepare a baby bottle? Don't worry — we've got you covered! Making baby formula bottles is a skill that becomes second nature with the right guidance and practice. 

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