When you prepare the best goat’s milk formula for your toddler for the first time, you might not yet be familiar with the best ways to store and prepare that toddler formula. To help you prepare, we have created a brief summary on how to store and prepare your goat’s milk formula to achieve the full benefits.
Before you make some goat’s milk formula for your toddler, it is essential to clean the bottle-feeding equipment first. Once your toddler has finished the previous feed with goat’s milk formula, you will need to clean the baby bottles immediately. Simply wash bottles, teats or sippy cups immediately in hot soapy water.
To ensure the inside of the bottle is completely free of any remaining goat’s milk formula and bacteria, you’ll need to use a bottle brush and remove any goat formula left inside. Once you have removed all goat formula, simply rinse the bottle with some fresh water and let the bottle air dry.
To protect your toddler against infections, it can be a good idea to sterilise bottle-feeding equipment first. This is especially the case for toddlers who have a weak immune system or are prone to serious infections. There are numerous ways to sterilise bottle feeding equipment, so let us take a closer look at the best methods you could use before a goat formula feed.
Boiling – Boiling might be one of the oldest methods of sterilisation, but it is still an effective and affordable way to sterilise equipment before a goat formula feed. To sterilise your goat formula feeding equipment through boiling, the only thing you’ll need is a new cooking pot.
Add all the teats, bottles, caps and cups in a large cooking pot and cover them with water. Make sure that all the equipment is completely covered and that there are no air bubbles in the feeding equipment; this to make sure that no bacteria remain after the boiling process. Then, bring water to the boil and let everything boil for at least five minutes. Then, turn off the stove and allow the water to cool down.
Before you handle any of the sterilised equipment, make sure you have washed your hands with a disinfecting hand wash. Also, make sure that any surfaces you will place the equipment on are clean and disinfected. If you don’t use the sterilised bottles and/or sippy cups within the next twenty-four hours, it is necessary to sterilise the equipment again.
Chemical sterilisation – One of the more expensive methods to sterilise bottle-feeding equipment is the chemical sterilisation method, but it is also one of the most convenient ones. Therefore, many parents prefer this method to save time.
To sterilise bottle-feeding equipment with a chemical solution, add the bottles, teats, caps and utensils to a clean container. Then cover all bottle-feeding equipment with the chemical solution and make sure there are no air bubbles left in the equipment.
The bottle-feeding equipment needs to be left in the solution for at least half an hour, although this time can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. You can also leave the bottle-feeding equipment in the solution until you decide to use it. Of course, you should throw away the solution after 24-hours and clean the sterilising container in warm, soapy water before you make a new batch.
Steam sterilisation – The best combination of convenience and affordability is probably steam sterilisation, depending on the type of steam sterilisation you decide to use. To start sterilising, make sure all your bottle-feeding equipment is completely clean. Then, add the bottle-feeding equipment face down in the steriliser. Lastly, follow the instructions and turn the steam steriliser on.
Before we elaborate on formula preparation, we must make you aware that there are different types of formula. The three main types of formula available today are powdered formula, concentrated formula and ready-to-use formula. Below, you will find the preparation method for each one.
Powdered formula – To prepare powdered formula, you will need to add water to a pre-determined amount of powder. To get the right amount of powdered formula, there is usually a special scoop included in the canister. Simply use a scoop and leveller to get the right amount of powder and add it to the bottle. Then, add the right amount of water and shake the bottle until the powder has dissolved completely.
Concentrated formula – Powdered formula is not the only type of formula that requires water, because concentrated formula requires water too. Concentrated formula will contain too many nutrients if it is not diluted. Therefore, add the right amount of concentrated formula and mix it with the appropriate amount of water. Then, stir or shake the formula until the concentrated formula has blended completely with the water.
Ready-To-Use Formula – Ready-to-use formula is the most convenient but also most expensive type of formula on the market today. Ready-to-use formula can be added directly to the bottle or the sippy cup, so parents don’t have to add any water.
When storing formula, please make sure you place the canister (or other packaging) in a cool and dust-free place. Make sure that the location where you store the formula is clean too, since bacteria can always be transferred if not handled correctly.
While storing formula, make sure you always have a complete overview of shelf-life. For example, if you purchase a large supply of concentrated, ready-made, or powdered formula, make sure you arrange them according to their respective shelf-life. Storing formula is relatively easy, but there are some factors to take into consideration.
Once you get used to the preparation of formula, it actually goes quite quickly. However, there is a learning curve you might have to take into consideration. To make things a little easier for yourself, you could write down the directions on a note and stick it to the fridge. By doing so, you’ll get quick access to your instructions when you need it!
On the Oli6 website, you can find information about other things than formula preparation and formula storage. Our information pages include topics such as potty training, toddler sleep, and so much more. So, be sure to check out the resources for parents available on our website.
When in doubt about the formula choice for your little one, you can always speak to a midwife, a paediatrician, or another qualified medical professional. So, if your toddler gets a lot of digestive distress after drinking a certain formula, a medical professional can certainly help.
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