Having children is a blessing that is impossible to replicate, but it is also a major financial burden on parents. A baby is going to be almost constantly hungry and will want to eat every few hours. You will also need you to take the utmost precautions on sanitation and food safety. For many years economical parents have been using baby milk formula to save as much money as possible.
When babies are developing their immune system is going to be much weaker than an older child or fully grown adult. That means your baby could get sick from any number of bacteria or viruses that may find their way into your formula. A sick baby is the last thing want to and it is going to pay dividends to put in the work to keep them safe. It may take some extra work, but the health of your baby must be your top priority at all times.
Keep reading below for some advice on the safest ways to get your baby’s formula ready.
Know When Not To Use Powdered Formula
While the powdered variety of baby formula is by far the most economical, it may not be what your little one requires. This is especially true for premature babies as they are going to need specially designed liquid formulas to make sure they get all the extra nutrition that they require. You may also run into problems if your baby has any particular food allergies, or if they are overly fussy. It is best to try to identify these things as early on as possible so you can plan your budget around the baby.
Why Is It So Cheap?
The first thing you need to be aware of is that powdered formula is not sterilized when it is being produced. All of those ready to use formulas you see at the store for higher prices would be sterilised during production, but this adds extra costs. This is another reason the powdered variety is so affordable.
You want to start by making sure the entire area, bottles, and utensils are properly sterilized before going any further. As stated above, it is way too easy for your child to get sick to risk not cleaning everything thoroughly. To start the formula, you need to have your water at a full boil for at least two minutes, if not longer. This is going to make sure all bacteria are gone and you have nothing but pure clean water once it cools down. You have to wait at least half an hour before the water is cool enough to mix with the powder.
As the powdered formula is not sterilized from the get-go, and it has some different ingredients, it is essential to use the formula right away after it is prepared. If you have made too much, or if your baby is being fussy, you can get away with keeping the formula in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Any longer than this and you will risk a foodborne illness, and it just isn’t worth the risk to save a little bit of money.
Extra Work Saves You Money
While not every parent is going to be living paycheque to paycheque or stretching their budget to the limits, the majority are going to appreciate some ways to save. If you don’t mind putting in a little extra work you will be able to safely feed your baby the proper nutrition and also save money at the same time. With those savings, you could start saving for your child’s future development.