What should be done when preparing the vial? What food is the right one? When and how often does a baby get the bottle? What do you have to observe on the road or abroad?
Preparing the basics for the vial
Since the immune system of babies is still weak, hygiene is important. All accessories must be carefully cleaned. By boiling the water, germs are also destroyed.
When preparing, the manufacturer’s quantities are decisive. The contents of the vial should have about body temperature, i.e., not more than 37 ° C, but also not substantially cooler. If you drop a drop into the palm, the bottle feels about the right temperature.
Cook a sufficient amount of water every day and fill it in a thermos flask that serves exclusively for this purpose. So you always have warm water at hand. You can pour some boiled water into a vial to cool and store it to get the right temperature when preparing the food by mixing it with the warm water.
Instead of using a thermoset, you can fill the boiled water immediately in bottles and use a bottle warmer to get the right temperature.
You speed up the preparation once again by measuring the required quantity of milk powder beforehand and placing it in small milk powder boxes. This is especially useful for night-time bottle feeding – if you can handle everything in the evening, the food is prepared quickly at night.
In no case should you prepare and keep the vials ready to drink: the warm milk is an ideal breeding ground for germs. Also, remainders in the bottle are to be disposed of after feeding.
For the dosage of the milk powder, packs containing baby food usually contain a measuring spoon. To facilitate filling, you can use a milk powder dispenser.
First, fill a portion of the required water into the vial and add the specified amount of milk powder. Close the vial with its cover and shake it slowly up and down to avoid bubble formation. Depending on the temperature, pour off hot or cold water and shake the contents again.
If the temperature is still too high, keep the vial under cold water. If it is too low, a bottle heater will help. Have formed by the shaking bubbles, leave the bottle for a moment. This will prevent your baby from swallowing too much air.
Which water use?
In Germany, boiled tap water is usually suitable for the preparation of baby food. Old pipes can be problematic, causing impurities to enter the water. This applies in particular to lead pipes.
The competent water authority can give you information about the water quality: this is not the same in all places. For the preparation of baby food, the lime and nitrate content should be as low as possible.
If you have any doubts as to whether the tap water can harm your baby, there is still mineral water. You can see from the label whether it is suitable for the preparation of baby food, i.e., it is germ-free and does not have to be boiled.
The right milk powder
Normally, you can safely use the milk powder of recognized manufacturers in Germany. However, some babies are more sensitive than others. This may be because the darm bacteria required for the digestion has not yet settled or are allergy-induced, also an intolerance to various ingredients, for example, lactose is possible.
A still undeveloped intestinal flora often manifests itself in abdominal pain and bloating. In such a case, you can make use of particularly well digestible milk food, which also supports the development of the intestinal flora by prebiotic substances. For intolerances and allergies, there is also special food.
If you travel abroad, you should take a sufficient supply of milk powder for your baby. Although on-the-spot food is not necessarily inferior, you may not be familiar with the brand, and change can overwhelm the young digestive system.
High-quality milk powder for different age levels, also for sensitive children, you can get here.
Bottles for traveling
All kitchen utensils are always at hand in the kitchen. On the other hand, on the other hand, everything must be put into the luggage. You need enough water and milk powder, which you can fill in boxes beforehand. Milk powder containers can be found here and practical sets for the road.
Also, of course, sufficiently sterilized vials and teats are important. To prevent leakage of the vial, the lid should not be missing. The water remains either warm in a thermos flask. Alternatively, there are insulating containers for the vials with the water.
Accessories at a glance
Since vials and teats must be thoroughly cleaned after each use, it is recommended to purchase a sufficient number. But the choice is great. Bottles are made of glass and plastic as well as in different shapes and sizes. Glass bottles are hygienic but quite heavy in hand. Plastic bottles are lighter, but they also scratch faster, which promotes the settlement of germs.
The ideal size depends on the age and thus the drinking volume of your baby. Here you will find bottles of different designs.
The suction cup also has the choice between different materials and shapes, as well as differing in the hole size for sucking. Latex cleaners are quite soft and durable, but they become porous by frequent boiling over time. Silicone suction pads are more durable but somewhat more inflexible.
The correct hole size depends on the consistency of the food: Thin liquid milk requires a smaller opening than thick liquid. Hold the filled bottle with the teat down, about two to three drops per second.
For cleaning, you will need a bottle brush and suitable detergent. Ensure good hygiene in the rinse accessory and use the brush only for the vials and not for the top tray.
A large pot serves for the bail-out of vials and teats; it is easier with a sterilizer. To store the hot water is an insulating container. Also, a bottle warmer should not be missing.
What to prepare for the vial is in summary:
- sterile water and milk powder
- Milk powder boxes
- Vials and teats
- Insulated containers and bottle heaters
- Cleaning utensils and sterilizer
Tips from Experts
- Commercially available bottle-water coolers bring boiled water to the ready-to-drink temperature. Thus your baby can be fed faster and does not have to wait until the water is cool enough. A flasher thermometer is also recommended and facilitates preparation.
- On the road and at night, some vendors offer a ready-to-drink liquid food which only needs to be heated.
- Special anti-colic systems prevent the air that comes from shaking from arriving at the baby. It is best to use such bottle attachments.
- Use special breast-like suckers, just when you additionally breastfeed your baby to prevent suction confusion. Also, if you are breastfeeding, you should choose the smallest opening and use special baby milkers or teat cleaners to make the baby not too easy. Thus, the change between breast and bottle often easily.