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From youshi: How do you prepare your formula? If powdered do you make a batch up and use it or do it bottle by bottle? With my last pregnancy, I mixed up a container full and kept it in the fridge. I warmed every bottle in the bottle warmer. This was not convenient when your baby is crying in the middle of the night.

This time I am filling the bottles with water and keeping them out at room temperature. When I need one, I just throw in the powder and shake. I use it right away at room temperature. So much easier for me. I like the powder not only because it is cheaper but the can stuff is darker and stains.

From Lana ~ I didn't use powder formula with my first, but started to this time because it's cheaper than the ready-made. I make several bottles and leave them in the fridge. My daughter hardly ever wakes up crying; she normally grunts and stirs for a good 15-20 minutes before she is actually awake, so I take my cue and go fill a coffee mug about half-way with water and then stick it in the microwave for a minute. Then I stick the mug in the sink and let the bottle float in it for a few minutes to warm it. I use that time to go either change the baby or clean up around the kitchen for a quick few minutes or get something else done real fast. We bought a water purifier pitcher that we keep filled up in our fridge and that is the water we use for the bottles.

From Liz-at-home ~ I'm using the ready-to-feed variety now but when I used powder, I would always make large batches. I would mix up a day's worth in a pitcher then pour the formula into bottles and put the bottles in the fridge. On vacation I generally made the bottles one at a time.

From MaryB23 ~

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Originally Posted by youshi
This time I am filling the bottles with water and keeping them out at room temperature. When I need one, I just throw in the powder and shake. I use it right away at room temperature. So much easier for me. I like the powder not only because it is cheaper but the can stuff is darker and stains.
This is how we do it, too. It works great for when you are out and about as well. We just fill the bottles with the water we'll need and we use the Rubbermaid salt and pepper shakers for our pre-measured powder. It has worked really well for us. When the boys were still waking in the night, we'd have a bottle of water and some powder ready in their rooms. We have a 2 story house so we really didn't want to drag ourselves up and down the stairs in the middle of the night every night.

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From Becks2 ~ I make bottles as needed. I use warm tap water and bottled water if we go out of town (my MIL has well water). Then I just add the formula and shake it up. This has always worked for us. When we go out, I use a little tupperware container of premeasured formula and fill the bottle with very warm water so that it will still be a bit warm when it is consumed.

From monc ~ I make 64 oz. at a time and keep it in the fridge.

From AZTanya ~ We are supplementing with formula so I never know how much Savannah is going to drink (so I don't premix it ahead of time for that reason). What I do is just put tap water in the bottle and then add the powder. When we go out I bring a bottle of tap water and the can of formula. I don't know why I never thought of putting premeasured formula in a smaller container, but that is a great idea ~ I hate lugging around a big can!

From youshi ~ They sell those specialty formula containers that have three sections that you can put a premeasured amount in and then just turn the top to the section and shake out one section at a time for your bottles. I love that thing. They run 3 bucks.

From jfmom ~ I make room temp bottles one at a time. I keep a container of water on the counter and use the powdered formula. Since my son is still waking up for a night feed, I leave a bottle and one of those travel formula containers with powder in it in his room at night. The only time I've warmed his bottles is if I stored one in the fridge because he wasn't ready for it or if he was sick and a warmer bottle might encourage him to eat.

From 3xMama ~ We make bottles as we need them.

From Melinda ~ We make a 64 oz batch at a time. Since we have a two story house, we have a bottle warmer in the nursery. When my daughter wakes up, I put the bottle that is premade and sitting in the warmer's cooler, and add it to the warmer. By the time I am done changing her diaper, the bottle is ready right next to the glider rocker!

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