The parents of newborn infants have to do a lot of work to take care of their beloved children, including preparing the formula. Are you tired of blending the formula every day and want to find a quicker and easier way?
Furthermore, manually mixing doesn’t always smooth and well-combined formulas as the batches can get sticky with clumps. You may wonder if the blender can handle the task.
This post will discuss this issue and give you an in-depth answer, along with useful tips and instructions on making infant formulas. Continue reading to find out!
Can you Mix the Formula in a blender?
Yes, you can blend the formula in a blender. However, it won’t deliver the best texture as the air can get in, and the blenders are just too strong. It is recommended that you use the devices designed specifically for mixing the infant formula.
Many formulas products are not suitable for putting in the blenders, which is included in the product’s description. The blenders are too powerful, and they bring too much air to the drink when blending.
Furthermore, the formula blended in this way usually gets too sticky and thick with the lumps. It gets harder for your baby to consume and digest the texture and may even cause constipation.
For these reasons, it is not recommended to use blenders in preparing formulas. However, if you are too short on time, an immersion blender or handheld device may help with the task.
They are quite similar to mixing the formulas by hand with less power. You can pour the formula into a bowl, mix it with water and stir the texture by hand. Then use the handheld blender to stir and remove the lumps.
How To Mix Powdered Milk Replacer/Formula
There are three popular types of infant formulas that can be prepared a little bit differently. The powdered and concentrated liquid formulas must be mixed with water to prepare.
A more convenient type is the ready-to-use formula. As the name suggests, it can be prepared easily with no need for mixing with water. However, these products are more expensive than the other two types.
Here are the detailed steps to prepare the perfect formula for your beloved baby.
Check The Product
First, you must check the expiration day of the formula carefully. Then check the powder’s taste, smell, and texture to ensure that it is safe to consume.
When you open the formula cans, they can get cross-contaminated if the spoon is mixed with the other foods. Furthermore, you may forget to close the lid, and the air or bacteria can get in.
After all, we don’t want anything bad happening to our little babies. So just spending a few seconds to check the product will do no harm.
Wash Your Hands
Your hands may get dirty or have contact with the other foods and ingredients when cooking. If you don’t clean your hand and put it in the formula cans, the bacteria can get in and ruin the powder.
Therefore, always remember to clean the hands thoroughly with soap and clean water, then dry them with a clean towel before taking the formula.
Prepare The Bottle
If you bought a new bottle from the store, remember to sterilize its container, caps, and nipples thoroughly before using. You can do it by boiling the bottle in hot or warm water (around 5 minutes) and put in a microwave to dry it.
This step is required to remove the harmful chemicals and bacteria in the manufacturing process or when the bottles are delivered and stored on the shelves. For the later uses, you just need to wash it with clean and hot water.
Mix With Water
For the liquid concentrated and powdered products, adding water is required. Read the description on the product’s can, and you will know how much water to add.
Both tap and water bottle are applicable, as long as it is clean. Boil the water for around 1 minute and wait for it to cool. If you are too busy and don’t have much time for this task, consider using ready-to-use formula products.
Measure The Formula
You need to measure the proper proportions of the formula and water for one feeding. Your baby needs sufficient water to stay hydrated and formula to supply enough energy and nutrition.
Most products will have instructions that show you how much formula and water are needed for one feeding. You can measure the proportion in the bottles.
For the ready-to-use formula, just put it in the bottle, then attach the cap and nipple to shake thoroughly. With the liquid-concentrated and powdered types, put the formula in the bottle and add water in the instructed ratio.
Finally, shake the bottles until the mixture is well-combined and it is ready to use.
Warm The Drink (Optional)
The formula milk doesn’t need to be warm. Actually, formulas at room temperatures make it easier for your baby to drink. However, if you free the formula, boil it shortly in warm water, and let it rest for a few minutes before feeding.
Store It Safely
The newly prepared formulas can be put in the fridge (no more than one day) if you haven’t fed them to your baby. If you want to prepare many bottles, label them to differentiate between used and unused bottles.
For more in-depth instructions, consider watching the video below.
Is A Formula Mixer Necessary?
Shaking the bottles of formula milk works fine and produces a good texture. So you don’t need a formula mixer. However, formula milk mixers can help you prepare many bottles a day.
They are very helpful for parents with more than one infant by saving more time and effort preparing the formula milk.
Can You Mix Formula With Cold Water?
It is recommended to boil the water first before mixing it with the formula powder, especially for babies under three months old with a weak immune system.
If you don’t have time, use the store-bought water bottles that have been sterilized.
What Happens If You Put More Formula Than Water?
Many parents think that putting more formula will give their babies more nutrition. However, too much formula makes the milk too thick and dense to drink.
On the other hand, too much water will dilute the formula milk, and the texture is no longer healthy for the babies to drink. Therefore, it is crucial to always mix the formula milk in the right proportions.
Why Do You Need To Shake The Formula Milk?
If you don’t shake the formula thoroughly, it can form clumps on the side or bottom, making it harder for the babies to consume and digest.
To sum up, it is not recommended to mix the formula milk using the blenders. You should use the formula mixers or shake them by hand in the bottle. Don’t forget to blend in the right proportions of water and powder.
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