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I hope it is ok to be asking this formula question. I just need help!! We just got home from Bogota, Colombia after adopting our DD <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> While we were there, we had to sterilize bottles and boil the water (as they did at the orphanage).<br><br>
Now that we are home, I am not sure what the best system is. I have a bottle warmer. It is probably not a necessity but it was a gift so if it is helpful, I will use it. In Bogota, we had a thermos where the boiled water would go and a pitcher with cooled water to add to the hot so it was not too hot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: . I don't know if we need to keep boiling the water here or not.<br><br>
And, once we have made a bottle, if she does not finish it, can we save it in the fridge and re-heat it?<br><br>
Do any of you have a good system that you like? I am using the thermos dealy here but it just seems like a lot of effort. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! My DS was breastfed for 2 1/2 years and never would use a bottle so this whole bottle thing is so new to me. And one last note, I tried to nurse DD and she just looked at me like "would you please put your shirt on and go make me a bottle!"<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I never boiled water although I did sterilize everything when I first bought it and I'd boil nipples every so often. Probably not neccessary but it didn't hurt anything to do it. We used the microwave to warm bottles up even though there are warnings not to- just shake the bottles well after heating. The best gadgety thing we had for making bottles was a three compartment formula dispenser. We'd have the bottles all filled with tap water and when it was time just add the formula and shake. G wasn't picky about warn bottles so if the microwave wasn't handy, they were room temperature.<br><br>
You aren't supposed to save partially eaten bottles to use later and they say to dump it if it's been mixed at room temperature for over two hours. I followed these rules but know many people think it's hogwash!<br><br>
Enjoy your baby!!!!!!!!!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That's cute. No bottle advice here, but when we bring our daughter home I suspect we'll be in the same boat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm sure you'll get it all figured out and have an excellent system going in no time.
 

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And, once we have made a bottle, if she does not finish it, can we save it in the fridge and re-heat it?/QUOTE]<br><br>
no ... if not eatten all at once it nneds to be thrown out<br><br>
i would steralkize everything when bought -- after that ... a dishwasher is good enough.<br><br>
no need to boil water -- just use bottled or filtered ---- i would avoid Tap water -- even if it is good enough for you to drink, with the possiblity of metals and floride and clorine and so on -- better not to tax a little baby with it ..... bottled water is easy to get (even the 5 gallon jugs we have on a disopencer in our kitchen).<br><br>
as for temp ... i advise starting to cool the formual you feed till DD room temp formual .. that takes away the "have to heat bottle when out and about" fight.<br><br>
and you can make pichers of forumal at once, and put them in the fridge, so then you do have to mix each bottle seperatly ... but I would only do that a day at a time, ie in the mrong make enough for the day, before bed make enough -- and even piour into bottles -- enough for the night -- so you can grab and go faster ......<br><br>
I ff a couple of foster babies -- so i have a couple years FF expereince.
 

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This may not be the most sanitary way of going about it but this is what DD was used to. She would only take her bottle at room temp to slightly cool. If it was even a little warm she wanted nothing to do with it. We bought a plastic shake mixer from target and also gallons of bottled water that we left at room temp. We would mix the powdered formula and water in the shaker to get it mixed with less bubbles and then pour it into a bottle. We never had a problem with her not finishing it and eventually you will notice about how much she wants to eat. If its warm I noticed the bottles seemes off and I would dump it. For on the go formula dispensers are very handy, also now that she is older we use them for snacks. We washed bottles by hand with a bottle brush and on the end was the nipple attachment. Also having a bottle drying rack worked well. Good luck, once you get a routine down and notice her wants it gets easier.
 

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You are not supposed to warm bottles in the microwave... I did this, but probably shouldn't have. I don't believe bottles are microwave-safe (especially if you use the liners, as I did), and I don't think we are really sure on how microwaving the formula could affect it, by breaking down proteins and whatnot. So lots of people do this, in retrospect I wish I hadn't.<br><br>
You are also not supposed to save the bottles - once they have had their mouth on it, bacteria is there and you are supposed to throw the whole thing away. I have to admit I didn't really follow this protocol either.<br><br>
The easiest way for us to warm up bottles (before we started microwaving them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) was to get a thermos and put warm tap water in it, and put the bottle in it for 30 seconds or so.<br><br>
Some people have had success with getting their babies to drink cold formula - my DS would never do that, but that might be something to try for later on.<br><br>
You don't need to boil the water; in my town, we have really good water and it doesn't have fluoride, so I used it for our formula. A whole bunch of bottled water is essentially tap water. So if you do go with bottled, be discriminating about where it actually comes from (I believe they're now required to print). Maybe purified water? I don't know if that would be OK to use or not.<br><br>
HTH and congrats on your new arrival!!!
 

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Hi, I am in the same boat as you. We just returned from Kazakhstan with our 14 month old son. I posted a question under "Life with a Babe" and there were many responses regarding type of water to be used. One thing I have changed since coming home is the type of bottle. I now use glass to prevent the plastic from leaching chemicals into the formula. I was also using a pitcher of formula made up daily then putting each bottle in the warmer. Made it much easier. We are going to install a Reverse Osmosis filter under the kitchen sink so it will be easier and faster to get a hot bottle. Right now we are just using a Brita filter.<br>
We boiled everything after each use while in Kaz and used bottled water there.<br>
Don't reuse the bottle after baby has had a drink. Bacteria will be present. Same goes for food if the spoon has been in LO's mouth.<br>
Don't use the microwave. It also breaks down some nutrients in the formula as well as causing hot spots. Hope this helps!<br>
And of course it's ok to post about formula! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think you have gotten some good advice and suggestions here. We premixed formula into a jug and poured bottles up in advance each morning. The formula is only good 24 (might be 48--I would have to look at a can to be sure) hours after it is mixed, so make sure you don't mix up too much. We used filtered tap water without a problem, although I boiled it or used bottled--distilled--when we visited my Mom, who had well water. Connor took it warm to room temp at first, but he switched to cold when he was sick and had a fever and it was so good to him that way (and helped bring the fever down!). After that, it was cold to cool room temp only <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
We washed bottles by hand, and boiled them every once in a while, or when he had been sick. There is an old school method of boiling bottles that involved filling them all, inverting the nipple in the bottle and using those little plastic disc caps to close them, and boiling all the bottles for a few minutes to sterilize them. Then you refrigerate, and reheat slightly if needed to use. If I felt the need to boil the bottles and water, that is probably how I would do it, as you only have to boil everythng once, instead of bottles and water, etc.<br><br>
DS1 was bio and nursed, but he was a preemie, and was bottle fed bm for 5m before he could nurse. I did boil his bottles and nipples everytime, but he was medicaly fragile, and it was an extra precaution I took, just in case. I would not do it for a healthy child.<br><br>
Congratulations on your adoption, BTW!!!
 

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Congrats on your new baby! How old is she? Does she have any health problems?<br><br>
If she's a normal healthy baby and past the "newborn" stage then it's probably not necessary to sterilize everything.<br><br>
As for finishing a started bottle later, again younger/more fragile babies are more susceptable to problems from that. And a lot depends on how long it is until the next feeding. Is she feeding "on cue" as you would do with BF, and finishes a bottle only to want another ounce or two an hour later? Or are you putting it back in the fridge and re-warming it 4 hours later? I would think that, the sooner you're re-using the bottle, the safer it would be.<br><br>
The best thing, of course, is to try and make up bottles that are small enough to be finished in one feeding so you don't have to worry about leftovers.
 

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Just a thought--our DS is a "feed me now!" guy and the minutes it took to warm the bottle drove him bonkers. One day we popped a cold bottle from the fridge in his mouth and he had non issues. Doc said that temperature is purely a preference thing and we've been fortunate that he will take anything from cold to room temp. (He's on ready to pour, so his bottles on the go are always room temp.)<br><br>
Your LO may be used to warm, but you may be able to mix bottles as you go with a little room temp water.<br><br>
Oh, and we sterilize nipples, and smaller parts (DR. Brown's Bottle) because little man has had a couple bouts of thrush.
 

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We never used a bottle warmer.<br><br>
Here's what we did: made a daily pitcher of formula with bottled h20 and then poured bottles as we needed. To warm we just got a mug of hot tap h20 and set it in for 2-3 minutes. Warmed it up perfectly.<br><br>
boiled nips and bottles once every week or so...
 

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Congratualtions! My son was in born in Cali, Colombia so I wanted to say hi.<br><br>
I seem to remember using boiled water at home until he was 6 months old or so and then just filtered water. We rewarmed them in a pot of hot water.
 

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Oh, and when we used a microwave oven to warm breastmilk, we'd microwave a cup of water then stick the bottle of baby milk in the cup of hot water. I assume it would work just as well with a bottle of formula.
 

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at the daycare i worked at the rule for formula was the bottle could not be saved if baby had taken ANYTHING out of it. we could keep it at room temp for a hour and re-offer in that time, but after that it had to be dumped. we warmed the bottles in a crockpot
 

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We were told not to use bottled water and that it was fine to use warm tap water. Of course, with our first child I boiled everything until she was 5 months old! I even boiled the bottles after every use. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> You really don't need to do that. Wash the bottles and boil them for the first time out of the package. Don't use a microwave because of three reasons: hot spots that can scald the baby's mouth, breakdown of the formula, and bpa's released from the plastic in the bottle into the formula. Warm tap water is fine (check with your doc and your water system), add formula, and shake. When we leave the house our system was: A thermos of warm water, a pre-measured formula container, and bottles. We also used this system for middle of the night feedings. We did have a bottle warmer and used it for our 1st and 2nd child, but then realized the thermos, pre-measured formula, and bottled worked *much* better (and you could keep everything in the co-sleeper so you never had to leave your bed!)<br><br>
As for bpa's in plastic bottles, we did use Avent's and Dr. Brown's bottles. With our 3rd DD I found the non bpa Gerber bottles at all places - the dollar store!! We still used Dr. Brown's bottles with her (and do currently) but we NEVER EVER heat them in the microwave. If you see any signs of a bottle that is cracked or scratched, throw it away.<br><br>
We did not reuse left over formula. However, sometimes they would only drink a couple of ounces, but 30 min. later might want to finish the bottle, so from time to time I'd wait a little bit between feedings, but make sure it's not out of the fridge or on the counter for too long.<br><br>
With DD#2 we did use a big formula mixing container (specifically designed for formula mixing and it was awesome!), but I hated to hear her cry for 5 minutes while we were trying to warm the bottle (either in a cup of water or the bottle warmer). Honestly, the thermos was the best system for us.<br><br>
Most of all, hold your baby lovingly and enjoy your bottlenursing relationship!!! Congrats on your new daughter!
 

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I thought I'd chime in too.<br>
Some plastic bottles do leach, so it would be best to choose ones that don't. I have a list, but I hesitate to post it here as I don't know the rules. If you'd like it, please PM me.<br><br>
We never warmed the formula. It was room temp or cold. We never used tap water, because of the fluoride. Even the pediatricians and dentists are now saying that too much fluoride is causing fluoridosis in babies and young children. We only used bottled water - usually in "good" plastic. Now, we have a reverse osmosis filter. Sometimes, we would use tap. We weren't panicky about it; we just didn't want him to get too much of it.<br><br>
If he had the bottle for less than 30 minutes, we'd refrigerate it and give it to him again later. More than 30 minutes and we pitched it.<br><br>
Good luck! And Congratulations!
 

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I'm a foster mom, and have had about 15 babies under age 1, so we've had to develop a "system" or I'd lose my mind from all the neverending bottle drama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Here's what we do:<br>
We have an R/O and use that water unless we're out and about, in which case we use bottled spring water (Arrowhead, Trader Joe's, whatever). I don't boil the water for the formula. I do boil any new nipples as soon as we get them, and run new bottles through the dishwasher on the "sanitize" setting. I hate having extra containers to wash, so I never did the pitcher thing. I just make all the bottles in the morning and stick them in the fridge. For a six-month-old, that would be four or five 6-7oz bottles, so no problem. As the baby finishes a bottle, I rinse it and the nipple in the sink, and then stick it in the dishwasher. We run the dishwasher every night, so I always have fresh bottles in the morning.<br><br>
I don't heat the bottles in the microwave; I run them under hot water just to take the chill from the fridge off. I've been using plastic, but am thinking about switching to glass, for everything but out-and-about bottles (I don't want glass in my diaper bag). When we're out running errands, and I know the baby will need a bottle, I have a bottle of water and one of those formula dispensers, which I always keep full. I usually have a can of formula in my car, too.<br><br>
At the beginning, I was fussy about tossing half-finished bottles, but not anymore, unless it's a baby with a compromised immune system or a newborn. Otherwise, after they're 6 weeks old, I'll keep an unfinished bottle until the end of the day. I've never had a problem doing this; nobody has ever gotten sick. I have a friend who will go even longer -- overnight -- and will re-use a bottle without washing it (GROSS, I know) and hasn't ever had a problem either.<br><br>
I don't do bottle warmers. If a baby needs a bottle at night, I take the can of formula upstairs, along with a bottle of water, and mix it when I get up to feed the baby. Shake shake shake, and it's ready to go.<br><br>
(edit) Oh, I almost forgot! I have one of those battery-operated bottle stirring things, which I use whenever I have it nearby. It minimizes the amount of bubbles in the water, and blends the formula really well, even the sticky parts that can get stuck on the bottom. You can get them at BRU.
 
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