European Infant Formula & Cereal Preparation

European Infant Formula & Cereal Preparation

What is the proper water to formula ratio?

The great thing about European infant formulas is that it the water to formula ratio is very simple, 1:1. It is very important that measurements are done using ml vs. oz. For example, 90 ml would be roughly 3 ounces. However, ml is always a bit more water than in ounces. 

Using ml for your bottles will help lower the risk of constipation in infants. Water should always be put in the bottle before adding formula powder. This will ensure that you will always have the proper water to formula ratio!

Please note that once the formula has been mixed and fed, it needs to be used within a 2 hour window. Putting a bottle back into the refrigerator after being consumed increases the risk of bacteria being formed on the nipple. We advise to dump the remaining amount of formula out that was not consumed. 

Do I really need to boil my water?

Infant milk powder is not sterile! This is true for infant formula manufactured in the United States as well as formula manufactured in Europe. To follow the recommendations by the EU and WHO (World Health Organization), water needs to be at a minimum temperature of 70 degrees Celsius to ensure sterilization.

Please note, you do not want to add too hot of water to remove the probiotics and pre-biotics which are in the formulas. 

Never use a microwave to heat up formula.

What bacteria could be in my infant's formula?

Cronobacter Sakazakii is a bacteria that has been found in infant formula. Although the risk to this bacteria is very small, the CDC wants to risk all parents that there is a risk of 1 in 24 million. 

Rest assured that European formula is held to a much higher standard of safety testing. In fact, every single infant formula sold on our website is held to this higher standard. 

Cronobacter Sakazakii, however, can be introduced in the environment during feed preparation from kitchen surfaces, handling, and a very small risk from the powdered formula itself. 

Cereal Preparation

Pour the desired amount of cereal into the bowl. Add breastmilk/formula/water until the consistency is proper to the developmental level of your infant. For example, a 5-month-old infant would have more wet cereal than an 8-month-old infant.