Thursday, May 26, 2011

Preparation for midnight bottle feedings

No one ever gave me a heads up on how chaotic a midnight feeding could be if you weren’t properly prepared. Oh I remember those first couple of nights searching desperately for the right nipple and trying to measure out formula with my eyes so heavy I could barely keep them open. After Jaxon’s second night home, I knew that I was going to need some organization and preparation for midnight feedings, as there were going to be many many more to come.
My best advice is to have everything measured and prepared. Munchkin makes this great little formula dispensers, that holds three different feeding per container. You simply fill it up with the desired amount of powdered formula and when you get ready to use, you just turn the top to the section you want to use, open the top, and add to the bottle. I also labeled the two different dispensers I had, as one had enough powder for a 5 ounce bottle and one had powder for a six ounce bottle.
Make sure you keep plenty of extra bottles with the desired amount of water already added so that everything is ready to go. Have nipples and caps all matched up and assembled especially if you are using Dr. Browns bottles with 50 different pieces. Oh how frustrating that is trying to assemble a Dr. Browns bottle at 1:30 a.m.   Yes I have been there.


  1. We used that - we also premixed formua so it was ready to go!

  2. Good tips! I sure don't miss those days! (well, sometimes I do) It was so much easier when I was breast feeding, although when we switched to formula, hubby would take over a midnight feeding or two, which was wonderful!

  3. For my son, I actually bought a picture that mixes enough formula for an entire day. Life saver!

  4. Yes!! What Aurie said. I premix all the time and just put it in the fridge. I have the bottle warmer from Dr. Brown's so I just stick it in there, go to the bathroom, and when I come out, it's done!!!

    Haha!!! Hey has anyone had any issues with the Dr. Brown bottles? My husband and I took the tube in the middle out and since then, Oliver hasn't had any problems. Every time we put it back, he cries endlessly!! It's so annoying.

    Hope you're weekend is going great.