Basic concepts about bottle preparation: hygiene is very important. What must be considered? What is the correct food? Since when and how often is a baby given the bottle? What should be taken into account abroad?
Boil a sufficient amount of water every day and pour it into a thermos . That way you will always have hot water on hand. You can pour some boiled water in a bottle to cool and thus get the proper temperature when preparing the food by mixing it with hot water.
Instead of in a thermos, you can pour the boiling water into bottles and use a bottle warmer to get the correct temperature.
You can also speed up the preparation by measuring the amount of milk powder needed beforehand and placing it in small containers. This is practical especially for night shots: having everything ready, the food is ready quickly at night.
Never prepare the bottle and keep it ready to drink, since hot milk is an ideal breeding ground for germs. It also removes the remains that remain in the bottle after feeding the baby.
To dose powdered milk, packages usually contain a measuring spoon. You can use a funnel to make your task easier.
First pour a portion of the necessary water into the bottle and add the indicated amount of powdered milk . Close the bottle with the lid and slowly shake it up and down, to prevent bubbles from forming. Depending on the temperature, add hot or cold boiled water and stir the contents again.
If it is too hot, put the bottle under cold water, and, if it is very cold, heat it with the bottle warmer . If bubbles have formed when shaken, let it sit for a while. This will prevent the baby from swallowing too much air.
What water do I use?
In Spain, boiled tap water is usually suitable for preparing bottles. However, in some areas the tap drinking water contains too much mineral salts and substances that are not suitable for the baby’s organism.
In these cases you should use only bottled mineral water. To prepare bottles, the lime and nitrate content should be as low as possible.
If you have questions about whether tap water can harm your baby, use bottled water. On the label you can see if the water is suitable for preparing bottles, that is, if it is free of germs and it is not necessary to boil it.
The right milk powder
Normally you can use powdered milk from recognized manufacturers in Spain without thinking, but there are babies that are more delicate than others. This can happen because the intestinal bacteria necessary for digestion have not yet settled, because of an allergy or an intolerance to some ingredient, such as lactose.
An intestinal flora still to develop usually manifests with stomach pain and flatulence . In these cases it is better to buy easy-to-digest milk powder that, in addition, favors the development of the intestinal flora through probiotic substances. There are also special foods for intolerances and allergies .
If you travel abroad, you should bring enough powdered milk for the baby. It is not that the one they have there is of lower quality, but they may not have the brand you usually buy and the baby’s digestive system may not be able to tolerate the change.
Here you will find quality milk powder for all ages, even for delicate children.
Baby bottles for when you’re out
In the home kitchen you always have all the utensils you need to prepare the bottle, but when you go out you have to carry it all over. You will need enough powdered milk, which you can put in containers beforehand. Here you will find containers for powdered milk and practical travel sets.
In addition, it is important to have enough sterilized bottles and teats . To avoid spilling entire bottles, you can not miss caps to close them. Water can be kept warm in a thermos or in insulating containers for bottles with water.
Since bottles and teats should be washed thoroughly after each use, it is advisable to buy several. There is much to choose from: there are glass and plastic bottles, and different shapes and sizes. Glass bottles are hygienic, but they weigh a lot, while plastic bottles are lighter, but scratch faster, which favors germs from entering.
The ideal size depends on the age and, therefore, on the amount the child drinks. Here you will find different models of bottles.
As for the teats, you can choose between different materials and shapes. In addition, there are also different hole sizes. Latex teats are very soft and resistant, but become porous after being sterilized many times. Silicone teats are more durable, but a little less flexible.
The ideal hole size depends on the consistency of the food: very liquid milk requires a smaller opening than the one that is thicker. Hold the bottle full with the nipple down and check if two or three drops per second fall.
To wash the bottle you will need a long brush and a suitable detergent. Take care of the hygiene of the cleaning accessories and use the brush only for bottles, not for fountains.
A large pot can be used to sterilize bottles and teats, but with a sterilizer it is easier. An insulating container is very good for storing hot water and a bottle warmer is also very useful.
- To prepare bottles you need containers for powdered milk,
- bottles, teats,
- insulating containers, bottle warmers,
Cleaning utensils and a sterilizer