Wondering how much formula to prepare for 3 ounces of water? If so, you’ve come to the right place! As any parent knows, it can be daunting trying to establish a good feeding routine – especially when it concerns finding the correct ratio of formula to water.
That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide on preparing the perfect bottle.
Most formula packaging gives you instructions on how to prepare 1 scoop of the formula using 4oz water. But if you need to make a 3oz. bottle?
That’s a different story. The answer is simple: use 2 scoops of formula in 8oz of water. Then you can divide the milk into however many ounces you need for each feeding.
It’s essential to get this right to ensure your baby is getting the proper nutrition they need to thrive. In this article, we’ll dive into the specifics of measuring formulas and provide you with guidance on how to prepare it correctly.
Whether you’re a seasoned parent or a first-time caregiver, this information can help you provide the best care for your child.
Making A Bottle With An Odd Number of Oz
Baby formula is so easy to prepare when you’re making a nice even number of ounces (such as 4, 8, etc.) But when you need a smaller amount (with an odd number like 3oz, 5oz, or 7oz.) it can be tempting to just eyeball the measurements, but accuracy is key when it comes to your baby’s nutrition and safety.
The best way to ensure your baby is getting the right amount of formula is to follow the directions on the packaging. Measure out the correct amount of water and scoop the appropriate amount of formula powder into the water.
Then you can pour the desired amount needed into the bottle and save the rest for later. (storage tips below)
Is this cost-effective? No, but it’s important.
Can I give my baby 3oz of formula?
Yes, you can give your baby 3oz of formula. On average, babies are able to consume 3oz of milk starting around 1-2 months old.
The appropriate amount of formula for your baby depends on their age, weight, and their individual appetite. In general, newborns require more feedings of smaller amounts of formula, whereas as they grow older and their stomachs can tolerate it, they may take larger bottles less frequently.
But you should be paying attention to your baby’s hunger cues and adjusting the amount accordingly. If your baby is hungrier, you may need to increase the portion size.
It’s important to remember that all babies are different, so what works best for one might not be right for another. It’s important to monitor your baby’s weight gain and discuss any feeding concerns with your pediatrician.
Do you count Oz after you add the formula?
You should pour the correct amount of water into the bottle before adding the formula. This will ensure you’re using the proper ratio of formula to water.
This also solves the dilemma of whether you should add water or formula first. By adding the water first, you can count the ounces after and then measure out the correct amount of formula.
A Note About Liquid Premade Formula
If you are using a formula that is already mixed and sold ready to drink, there’s no need to measure scoops! You can just pour the desired ounces into the bottle and feed baby. The caveat here though is that these ready-made formulas tend to be more expensive than powdered.
Storing Prepared Formula
Once the formula is mixed with water, it is considered a perishable item and should be treated as such.
It is recommended to dispose of any unused formula after two hours, as bacteria can begin to grow. If your baby only drinks part of a bottle, any remaining formula should also be thrown out.
When it comes to storing prepared formula, it is important to keep it refrigerated at a temperature of 40°F or lower. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but it’s best to use it within four hours.
Additionally, avoid storing formula in the door of the refrigerator, as the temperature there may fluctuate. Finally, always remember to wash your hands thoroughly before preparing formula, and to use sterile equipment.
Preparing Formula Without A Scoop
What happens when you have misplaced the small but mighty scoop that accompanies the formula? Don’t worry, there are alternative ways to prepare formula without the scoop.
One option is to use a tablespoon as a substitute for the scoop. Another option is to measure out the proper amount using a kitchen scale. If you’re on the go, pre-measure the required amount of formula into small, sealed containers(like this one) or use pre-packaged single-serve packets. These alternatives may even prove to be more convenient for some parents. I have so many more formula-feeding tips and tricks!
The Bottom Line
The exact amount of formula to feed your baby depends on various factors. When measuring out the formula for 3oz, you should pour the water first into the bottle and then measure out the scoop of formula powder. Follow the instructions on your formula packaging and divide the formula out to the amount you need.
Make sure to consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about the amount you are feeding your baby. Always remember to wash your hands before preparing the formula and never re-use a bottle after it has been opened for more than 2 hours. Ultimately, trust your instincts and pay attention to your baby’s hunger cues. They will tell you when they are full and how much they need to drink.
Now that you know the scoop on scoops of formula, you are well on your way to being a pro! Happy feeding!