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How long can I use a bottle after being out of fridge?

If you’re feeding your baby formula, you should never leave formula un-refrigerated for more than an hour – or about as long as it takes to feed your child.
This can make travelling tricky, since you won’t have anywhere to store the formula, however, there are ways to get around this.

One option is to buy one of the instant formula’s that are available, and decant this into your baby’s bottle when needed. Another is to travel with a flask of hot, boiled water that is warmer than 70 degrees Celsius, and use that to prepare your baby’s bottles. Water needs to remain warm so that it kills any bacteria that may form over time.

A bottle warmer can help to warm formula if your baby does not drink milk at room temperature, or you might need to find running water to cool down a freshly made bottle that you’ve used hot water to make.

All of these precautions are aimed at preventing the growth of bacteria, and are essential to your baby’s health.

More questions

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There are some foods that your baby should not be eating before his or her first birthday.
Knowing what solid foods to feed your baby
Risks to babies from unsterilised bottles
While breast feeding is best for your child, many mums choose to bottle feed for a variety of reasons.
From around four to six months old, most babies will be ready to try solid food for the first time.
You should never leave formula out of the fridge for longer than an hour.
When to introduce fruit juice to your infant
Choosing the right formula for your child
Your newborn needs to be fed often and there are feeding cues you can watch out for which will indicate hunger.



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